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NIHR i4i Product Development Awards

Fund Name

i4i Product Development Awards

Project Length

24 - 36 months

Project Value

No upper funding limit



i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) support translational research and development of medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use. The research proposals may address any disease or health area, provided there is a clear unmet clinical need.

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Fund Details

Funded activities include the following:

  • Research and development of medical devices, in-vitro diagnostic devices as defined by the relevant EU Directives, across all areas of existing or emerging healthcare need.
  • Digital health technologies that fall under Tier 3 of the NICE Evidence Framework for Digital Health Technologies (.PDF), and that are focused on patient outcomes and intended for ultimate NHS use.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies including Augmented or Ambient Intelligence, applied in areas of health and social care including health promotion and prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Product development required to enable a technology for clinical use.
  • Research and development of techniques or technologies from a different industry sector, which could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.
  • Feasibility studies if a technology from a sector other than health is being developed.
  • Studies to provide data relating to safety and effectiveness of a device.
  • Clinical utility studies, looking at the technology’s usability, tolerability and user acceptance.
  • CE/UKCA marking and other regulatory requirements, including work toward QMS development and the Clinical Evaluation Report.
  • Activities associated with the technology’s market access strategy.
  • Training associated with the implementation of new technology.

All proposals must meet the essential requirements of the i4i programme, including:

  • Projects must have already demonstrated proof of concept as a minimum. Early-stage research or discovery science is not fundable.
  • Proposals must set out a commercial strategy that takes into account the regulatory pathway, IP management, commercial barriers, health economics and route to market.
  • Proposals must present a plan for future adoption of the technology into the NHS.


  • Projects can be led by small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SME), NHS providers or higher education institutions (HEIs).
  • Projects must be collaborative between any two of the eligible types of organisation.
  • Projects can last a minimum of 24 months and a maximum of 36 months.
  • The lead organisation must be registered in England.

The i4i programme will not fund:

  • Minor or incremental changes to technologies in current clinical use.
  • Projects involving small molecule drugs and biologics, including vaccines and gene therapies.
  • Projects involving stem cells.
  • Projects that involve work on animals or animal tissue.
  • Early-stage or basic research.
  • Product ideation.
  • Clinical evaluations of fully developed products.
  • Studies to improve the understanding of biological processes such as mechanism-of-action or exploratory studies.
  • Technologies intended only for hospital information, administration, infrastructure, patient flow or hospital beds management and other related software.
  • Methodologies clinically assessing or validating an existing or newly developed technique or technology.
  • Wellness and wellbeing mobile apps.
  • Software aimed at healthcare professional training.
  • Development of innovation or knowledge networks and healthcare technology cooperatives which aim to accelerate the development of innovative technology products.

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