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The return of the NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards

Date: 09 January 2018

Last year we launched the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Mental Health Challenge Awards. In November 2017, our panel selected one innovative application, which could transform the lives of people living with mental health conditions, as the winner of the 2017 Challenge Awards.  

On 1 February the 2018 NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards will be launched at the MQ Mental Health Science Meeting 2018. Following this event we will be accepting applications for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards which must offer innovative technological solutions to influence the patient care pathway and improve outcomes, supporting aspirations as set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom.

Proposals are invited from teams comprised of clinicians, academics and small to medium sized enterprises, and may address one or more of the following:

  • Integration of physical and mental health services across the NHS
  • Accurate, cost-effective, faster screening and diagnoses of mental health conditions
  • Effective management of mental health conditions including prevention, early intervention, tailored treatments and active disease monitoring.

Funding will be awarded on a ‘winner takes all’ basis to a project of three to five years’ duration, with no limit on the level of funds requested. Stage one applications will open 1 February 2018, closing 4 April 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 application with a funding decision expected in January 2018. More details can be found on the NIHR i4i website. Alternatively please email the i4i programme team.

The NIHR i4i Programme is a translational funding scheme supporting the development of innovative medical technologies. Its aim is to advance healthcare technologies and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of clinical need.

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    On 1 February the 2018 Challenge Awards competition with be launched at the MQ Mental Health Science Meeting 2018. Following this event we will be accepting applications for the 2018 Challenge Awards which must offer innovative technological solutions to influence the patient care pathway and improve outcomes.
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