The next NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) recruitment call opens on 1 September 2022. Please check back regularly and follow @NHSAccelerator on Twitter for updates.

Who can apply for the NIA?

The NIA is open to applicants from any background, including SMEs, clinical entrepreneurs and academia, with innovations of any type that solve a problem for the NHS.

To be successful, your innovation should be:

  • In use in at lease one site, in the NHS or elsewhere
  • Supported by an evidence base and able to demonstrate better patient and/or staff outcomes
  • Ready to spread across the NHS
  • Led by an applicant who is open to learning and sharing insights
  • Aligned with one of this year’s call themes

Call themes

For the 2023 intake, the NIA is seeking innovations that align with the NHS Core20Plus5 manifesto while addressing our key theme areas of elective recovery and operational challenges post-pandemic.

Therapy areas of interest are:

  • Maternity
  • Mental health and severe mental illness
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory disease
  • Hypertension and cardiovascular disease

Additionally, the NIA is looking for innovations that address urgent and emergency care.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate how their innovation actively alleviates health inequalities in practice.

Interested in learning more?

We will be hosting several informational webinars during the recruitment period. Check back for dates and details.

Useful information

When considering your application for the NIA, the following documents from our previous recruitment call may be useful.

  • 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.