The return of the NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards

Posted on: 23/01/2018

Investing in technology to improve outcomes in mental health

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Award

Stage one applications open 1 February 2018, closing 4 April 2018.

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

On 1 February the 2018, the NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards will be launched at the MQ Mental Health Science Meeting 2018. Following this event NIHR will be accepting applications for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards.

Proposals for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards must offer innovative technological solutions to influence the patient care pathway and improve outcomes, supporting aspirations 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. They may address one or more of the following:

  • Integration of physical and mental health services across the NHS
  • Accurate, cost-effective, faster screening and diagnosis 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 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 i4i page on the NIHR website. Alternatively please email the i4i programme team at

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