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NIHR i4i & OLS Real World Evidence Programme


31 January 2024


27 March 2024


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Supporting Information

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme, in collaboration with the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), invites applications to the NIHR i4i & OLS Real World Evidence Programme.

The aim of the call is to support consortia to address real world evidence gaps to accelerate widespread adoption of technologies recommended for early use in the NHS through NICE Early Value Assessment (EVA). Funding will be deployed to generate real world evidence for product(s) to achieve a full NICE evaluation, generate further evidence required by commissioners to increase uptake, and to capture generalisable learnings to support future innovators. Applications that align with the Life Sciences Vision, published in July 2021, are particularly welcomed.

The NIHR i4i & OLS Real World Evidence Programme 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 consortia consisting of:

  • An analytical partner (lead applicant) – which will lead and coordinate the generation of evidence required (must be a UK legal entity).
  • The technology partner(s) – which will provide the EVA products for which evidence must be generated
  • Adopting site(s) – which will give access to sites, or services, for testing of the products.

This call will be open to organisations which are UK legal entities, including large enterprises, small/medium commercial entities, NHS and social care providers, universities and research institutions, as well as not-for-profit organisations including charities and Community Interest Companies. For this call, the lead organisation should be the ‘analytical partner’ as described above. 

More information can be found in the call specification , list of eligible technologies, offline application form, guidancesupporting information and FAQ's.

The application window opened on 31 January 2024 and will close at 13:00 on 27 March 2024.

Launch event - 23 January 2024

An online launch event was held 10:30am-12pm on Tuesday 23 January. 

A recording of the webinar is available here.

Q & A session - 20 February 2024

A further online event wase held 10:00am - 11:30am on Tuesday 20 February. Please see the recording for presentations from NHS England on secure data environments, NICE on evidence generation and NIHR on tips to submit a strong application.

Analytical and technology partner matchmaking event - 13 February 2024

An in-person networking event was held in central on 13 February to facilitate the formation of consortia required for this competition. 


Interested sites/services are welcome to send their details to with confirmation that they agree to their details being shared with potential analytical and technology partners. This list will be available to attendees at the matchmaking event or on request from potential analytical or technology partners. 

For any enquiries email: