The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) recruitment call is open from 1st September to 10th October 2021.

Interested in applying?

Join a Meet the NIA session to hear more about what we are looking for this year and what support is available to innovators from the NIA and AHSN Network, and to ask questions about this year’s call for applications. Click a link below to register to attend your preferred session.

Not able to join a session? Watch a recording here.

Useful information

Before beginning your application, please review the following documents:

  • Call for applications: provides an overview of the NIA, who can apply, the assessment 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.

If you are new to completing application forms of this nature or would simply like additional help, the Knowledge Transfer Network is available to provide independent advice on structuring and producing a compelling application. If you are interested in accessing this support, please email by 22 September 2021. You will need a draft of your proposed application ready by this date, which will be reviewed with feedback provided by telephone or via an online platform on 1 October 2021. This support is offered on a first come, first served basis and is only available to UK-based applicants.

Call themes

This year, the NIA is recruiting for innovations which address at least one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Supporting equity of access, experience or outcomes for those at greatest risk of poor health outcomes
  • Theme 2: Early detection or diagnosis
  • Theme 3: Delivery of proactive personalised care

Ready to apply?

Applications must be made in the application portal. You will be able to save your progress in the portal and return to it as often as needed until the application period ends.

All applications must be submitted through the application portal by 23:59 on 10 October 2021. The NIA will not be able to accept applications after the deadline or via email.