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NiHR i4i FAST (Funding At the Speed of Translation)

The brand new i4i FAST (Funding At the Speed of Translation) funding scheme is inviting innovators to submit applications that will answer a specific question, fund a single piece of activity or fill a specific evidence gap across all technology readiness levels. Research themes can address any area of existing or emerging clinical unmet need. The Awards provide between £15k to £50k of funding for projects that can last between three to six months.

The brand new i4i FAST (Funding At the Speed of Translation) funding scheme is inviting innovators to submit applications that will answer a specific question, fund a single piece of activity or fill a specific evidence gap across all technology readiness levels. This could provide pivotal support by allowing innovations to be de-risked, further explored to justify further research and investment or to fail fast if simply not viable. Research themes can address any area of existing or emerging clinical unmet need.

This is the first round of i4i FAST Awards and will initially run as a pilot scheme. The Awards provide between £15k to £50k of funding for projects that can last between 3 to 6 months. FAST Awards are designed to have a rapid turnaround, and decisions to fund will be made within 6 to 8 weeks.

You can find further details about this new scheme by reading the applicant guidance and in a blog post from i4i Programme Director Professor Mike Lewis.

i4i FAST is a rolling call and there is no submission deadline. Applications can be submitted from 13:00 on 04 April 2022.

The call can close at any time subject to budget and evaluation requirements.

Find out more here.

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