Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme
Dr Martin Anyim
i4i Assistant Director
Programme objectives
To advance the translation of healthcare technologies for
increased patient benefit through guided progression of
innovative medical technologies.
Types of projects
A low-cost non-invasive visual
aid for severely sight-impaired
Next Generation Mobile HIV
Diagnostics with Wireless
Types of projects
Stroke reduction via improved opportunistic screening
for atrial fibrillation - An evaluation of the clinical and
economic benefits of the RapidRhythm device within
primary care
Facts and Figures
• Funding: £4 million in 2006/07; £20 million in 2013/14
• Projects last up to 3 years
• Current awards range from £170k up to £1.4 million but
no formal limit
• Since 2010, 52 projects recommended for funding,
totalling £31,105,714
Project team eligibility
• Must be collaborative - Minimum of two organisations
• NHS Trust, Higher Education Institution or industry
• SMEs are particularly welcome
• Lead applicants must be based in England or Wales only
3 key points...
• The benefits to patients and the NHS must be clearly
• Applications must show a high degree of technological
• The project team must contain the appropriate expertise
for the work to be undertaken.
Application process
Stage 1
Stage 2
• Sift for eligibility
• Assessed by Panel members
• Includes Programme Director, Chairs and
Deputy Chairs
• Shortlist to invite to Stage 2
• Peer review, including lay review
• Due diligence begins
• Risk friendly, multidisciplinary Panel
• Presentations and Q&A
Selection criteria
• Demonstrable evidence that a novel technology or intervention will
be the ultimate output of the research and will deliver benefits to
• Relevance of the research topic to the needs of the NHS and
• Strength of the research / management team
• The degree of technological innovation and the case for further
• The health economic case
• The strength of the overall business/commercialisation plan
• The quality of the outline and full applications
2013 Calls – key dates
7th call for i4i Product Development Awards
Call opens
9 am, 20 November 2013
Stage 1 closes 1 pm, 15 January 2014
Panel meetings w/c 2 June 2014
Late June 2014
8th call for i4i Product Development Awards
Call opens
May 2014
3rd call for i4i Challenge Awards
To be confirmed
Beyond the Panel
• Due diligence
– Includes understanding IP position
– Aimed at encouraging success
• Project milestones
– All projects are contracted against milestones
– Agreed with project team and CCF
• Monitoring
– Active monitoring against milestones
– Regular technical & financial reporting
– Site visits, advice, RSGs, IPMG
i4i Accelerator Programme
Aim: To help health researchers maximise their chances of success when
applying for funding and investment.
Eligibility: SMEs, academic researchers and clinicians applying to i4i or other
medical-based funds, those seeking investment to take their early-stage
products forward or to market.
Format: Four days and one evening intensive residential programme at Henley
Business School.
Cost: £1750 per participant (excl VAT).
Next courses: the evening of Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 October and Monday
11 to Tuesday 12 November 2013.
Accelerator Programme Director, Ed Cooper
Tel: 0118 935 7115
Email: [email protected]
Contact details
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8843 8015
NIHR CCF (i4i), Grange House, 15 Church Street,
Twickenham, TW1 3NL

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