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NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative supported by the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners – has launched its 5th call for applicants representing high impact, evidence-based innovations. The call is open to local, national and international health and industry innovators, SMEs, charity/third sector, clinicians and academics.

Rosie Brown
Project Manager

Join the NHS Innovation Accelerator

The application period for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is currently open until 23rd October 2019 at midnight.

The NHS Inovation Accelerator is looking for individuals representing high impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the commitments laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Anyone interested in applying is invited to an information session with the NIA team, hosted by the West of England AHSN, in Bristol on 30th September. Join us to learn more about the NIA, the application process and the benefits of being an NIA Fellow.

Who can apply to join the NIA?

You can be the inventor of your innovation, the lead for it within your organisation or simply the representative of an innovation you find compelling, and as such, wish to scale it across the NHS.

Applicants, nationally and internationally, can be clinicians; academics; from a public-sector, charitable or not-for-profit organisation; from a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME); from a large corporate.

You should apply if:

  • Your innovation addresses one or more of the commitments laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan
  • Your innovation demonstrates, in practice, significant outcomes for significantly lower cost
  • Your innovation is supported by an evidence-base and is ready to be diffused across the NHS
  • You have a passion for learning and for sharing your insight widely
  • You are committed to scaling evidence-based innovations for patient and population benefit

How to apply

Before beginning your application, please review the following documents:

  • Call for applications: provides an overview of the NIA, who should apply, the criteria for innovations, and the application and assessment process
  • Guide for applicants: provides detailed guidance on how to complete each section of the application, as well as instructions for using the application portal

For general questions, please refer to the FAQs.

Applications for the NIA must be made in the application portal, which can be accessed at https://nia.smapply.org/. You will be able to save your progress in the portal and return to it as often as needed until the application period ends.

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