NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme was launched by NHS England in 2015 and focusses upon developed innovations which have an evidence base and are ready for scaling.

Who should apply to the NIA?

The NIA call is open to all types of innovation (including digital, medtech, workforce and models of care) and welcomes applicants across a range of professional backgrounds (including clinical, academia, SMEs, large corporates, public-sector, charitable, and not-for-profit organisations).

The NIA particularly welcomes female applicants and applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, as they are currently underrepresented amongst our Fellows.

The NIA does not support start-up or early-stage innovations. It supports mature innovations with an existing evidence base, already being used in the NHS or elsewhere, to spread. In doing so, the NIA captures and shares real-world insight, learning and expertise on how to spread new solutions across the NHS in England.

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.

The NHS Accelerator recruitment call is now open and all details, including the application process, are available on the NHS Accelerator website – https://nhsaccelerator.com/