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Invention for Innovation - Product Development Awards Call 28


10 April 2024


13:00 on 29 May 2024


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Supporting Information

Supporting Information:

*This document is an example of the online Standard Application Form and can be used as a template to prepare your answers. Please do not use this as an application form. You must apply using the online form in the Research Management System. Please note that these are standard NIHR application forms. Small variations exist for the i4i programme in the live online application form; therefore, it is strongly advised that you read the Stage 1 Applicant Guidance to check for i4i requirements.

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme invites proposals to Call 28 of its researcher-led Product Development Awards (PDA)

The i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) supports collaborative research and development of medical devices, in vitro diagnostic devices and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for use in the NHS or social care systems. PDA are researcher-led and aim to de-risk innovations, supporting early product development and real-world evaluation, to make them more attractive for follow-on funding and further commercial investment. The expected focus of a PDA project is to: 

  • carry out product development required to enable technologies for clinical use or use in social care, 
  • carry out the clinical development of a laboratory-validated technology, and/or 
  • accelerate the development and uptake of innovative products, which already have demonstrated safety and efficacy.

The aim is to accelerate benefits to patients and end users, de-risk the technologies and make them attractive to follow-on funders, investors and buyers, in particular NHS commissioners and national guidance bodies. Projects must have demonstrated proof-of-concept as a minimum, which is generally described as TRL3.

Essential requirements for Product Development Awards

  • Any R&D activities must be within the scope of our funding programme (more information can be found on the i4i webpage).
  • A minimum of two organisations must be involved
  • Lead applicants must be based in the UK
  • Work packages must not include animal studies
  • Projects must have progressed beyond basic research and have demonstrated proof-of-concept

The call opens on 10 April 2024 and the deadline for this call is on 29 May 2024 (13:00 BST).

Please complete and submit your application on the Research Management System (RMS). Please note that the RMS is the only mode of submission.

NIHR i4i Webinar: Call for New MedTech Funding Applications

A webinar discussing funding opportunities for emerging MedTech projects from NIHR i4i occurred on March 27th at 10:00 am. The recording will be made available upon request by contacting the i4i team at