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NIHR & OLS Cancer Mission: Early Cancer Diagnosis Clinical Validation and Evaluation Call


24 October 2023


12 December 2023


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Supporting Information

The NIHR i4i Programme, in collaboration with the Office for Life Sciences (OLS), invites applications to the Cancer Mission: Early Cancer Diagnosis Clinical Validation and Evaluation Call.

The aim of the call is to support the clinical validation and evaluation of breakthrough technologies that can increase the proportion of cancers which are detected earlier in the disease course and/or target health inequalities in stage of cancer diagnosis. Funding will be deployed to facilitate the generation of evidence on safety, test performance characteristics, clinical efficacy and/or effectiveness that can support regulatory approvals requirements and subsequent clinical implementation or implementation research. Applications that address health inequalities in early cancer diagnosis are particularly welcomed.

The Cancer Mission: Early Cancer Diagnosis Clinical Validation and Evaluation Call is a one-stage call inviting applications for projects up to 36 months in duration, with no upper funding limit.

The call will be open to organisations which are UK legal entities, that have an innovative solution with the potential to increase the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2. This call is open to small/medium commercial entities, NHS and Third Sector Service Providers, charitable organisations, local government bodies, as well as universities and research institutions.

More information can be found in the call specification.

The application window will open on 24 October 2023, 13:00 and will close on 12 December 2023, 13:00.

Launch event - 6 October

Please see the recording of the launch event that took place on Friday 6 October 2023.

Register for the Q&A Session - 6 November

A Q&A session was held on Monday November 6th at 15:00. If you require the slides presented on the day, please email