Invention for Innovation (i4i) – Dementia Call

The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme invites applications for a dementia-specific funding call aimed at the research and development of digital approaches for the early detection, diagnosis and stratification of individuals with dementia.

The i4i Programme supports the research and development of innovative medical technologies that have demonstrated proof-of-concept and have a clear developmental pathway towards new products for ultimate NHS use.

Please read the detailed research specification for more information about the dementia call.


  • Launch for stage 1 applications: 10 November 2021, 13:00
  • Deadline for stage 1 applications: 26 January 2022, 13:00
  • Notification of outcome of stage 1: 30 March 2022
  • Deadline for stage 2 applications: 25 May 2022, 13:00
  • Notification of outcome of stage 2: late August 2022
  • Project start: 1 October 2022

The Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is a translational research funding scheme aimed at de-risking early-to-late stage medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use.

We fund projects that have demonstrated proof-of-concept and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation.

i4i has three funding streams: Product Development Awards (PDA), Challenge Awards and Connect. PDA and Challenge run two funding competitions a year, launching in autumn and spring, whereas Connect runs one funding competition each summer. See the full dates for i4i funding competitions. All i4i funding streams have a two-stage application process.

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