NIHR Mental Health Funding Calls - Collaboration and Information

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Are you a company developing a medical technology for mental health?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) runs a number of funding programmes which industry may apply for funding either as a lead organisation or as co-applicants with NHS or academic partners. The 2018 Themed Call is ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health across the whole life course.

We invite you to join us for this collaboration event, you will have the opportunity to:

  • learn more about the funding opportunities available in mental health

  • identify potential collaborators for your research projects

  • build on pre-existing collaborations that may be suitable for one of the funding programmes

  • build relevant contacts in the NIHR and other organisations


10.30 - Registration and refreshments

11.00 - Welcome and introduction - Ian Newington, NIHR

11.10 - NIHR Mental Health Themed Call - TBC

11.20 - Programme overview: invention 4 innovation (i4i) - TBC

11.30 - Programme overview: EME, HTA, PRP, RfPB HR&DR, PHR and PGfAR

11.40 - Advice from evidence users

12.00 - 3 minute pitches: NIHR Infrastructure and academics

12.40 - 3 minute pitches: Industry

13.20 - Partnering

15.00 - Close

Register your interest

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday February 2nd by 5pm. Places are limited, so book your place today. You will be notified whether you have secured a place as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 7th February.


All attendees will be given the opportunity to do an informal pitch to potential collaborators. If you would like to participate then please prepare a 2-3 minute pitch. No slides will be required.

NIHR Collaborators

There will be attendees from across the NIHR including from: NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs), NIHR Medtech & IVD Cooperatives (MICs), NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs).

More information about NIHR Themed Call

The NIHR 2018 Themed Call is ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ across the whole life course.

We welcome proposals for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level. Issues of particular interest include proposals that utilise new digital health technologies or investigate their effects.

The remit for this call includes disease and therputic areas listed in the Health Research Classification System (HRCS) category ‘Mental Health’. Studies may include individuals with co-morbidities included in HRCS category ‘Neurological’, provided the main focus remains the mental health condition.

Applications are encouraged that include geographic populations with high disease burden which have been historically under-served by NIHR research activity. Relevant information is available as a guide for applicants (2015 Compendium).

More information about i4i Mental Health Challenge

Challenge Awards are commissioned on an ad hoc basis in areas of existing or emerging healthcare need. The expected output is a disruptive technology with the potential to offer improved outcomes for NHS patients.

Applications for these late-stage awards must be based on a working prototype or proven concept with a strong evidence base and comprise the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions, requiring minimal preclinical development. Minor or incremental changes to technologies in current clinical use are outside the scope.

Applications are invited for the development of innovative technological solutions which can influence the patient care pathway and improve patient outcomes for mental health conditions. Essential requirements are as for Product Development Awards plus:

  • Projects can be up to 5 years in duration

  • Applications must include one collaborator from an NHS Trust or NHS service provider.

  • Projects must include first-in-man or later stage trials.

  • We will not consider applications focused on neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson's, Dementia, Alzheimer's and Huntington's.

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