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22 August 2017

posted Aug 22, 2017, 4:54 AM by Beck Lockwood

New SME-focused funding stream from i4i launched

A new funding stream from NIHR’s i4i Programme - i4i Connect - has been launched this month. It’s aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach their next stage in the development pathway.

SMEs will have until 13 September to submit an expression of interest to the i4i Connect funding call. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a business case and video pitch.

On announcing the new funding Martin Hunt, NIHR i4i Programme Director said:

“SMEs have told us that there is a gap in funding both in the early stage of development and for completed projects that do not have all the data to effectively access the follow-on funding marketplace. i4i Connect will support teams through either of these stages of development with a fast turnaround of funding - vital for SMEs needing to maintain momentum.

“The NIHR will provide a maximum of £150,000 short term funding (6-12 months) for SMEs with innovative technologies in the pipeline. This new funding will help SMEs get to the next stage of investment, supporting accelerated development to ensure technologies benefit patients sooner.”

For more information, visit the NIHR's Funding Opportunities page.