Seedcorn Competition 2022 is now launched. 

The National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative is delighted to launch the Seedcorn Competition 2022. Applications are invited for funding of up to £10,000 to support the early development of novel technology-based solutions applicable to the brain injury pathway from prevention through to long term rehabilitation that includes Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE). Awarded projects will kick off on 1 January 2023.

The competition brief is available here: COMPETITION BRIEF

To register your interest and to receive the application form, please contact with the following details for the lead applicant:

– Full Name
– Role
– Organisation
– Title
– Field of Study

Follow us on Twitter @NIHRBrainMIC to obtain updates as they are announced.


The Brain Injury Medtech Co-operative engages annually in seedcorn funding competitions and mentoring of young innovators – open to the whole of the UK – through small grants subject to rigorous independent review by our network of experts.

Priority in seedcorn funding is given to projects in line with unmet needs and desired outcomes identified by Patient and Carer representatives, within an approach that ensures that novel ideas and technologies are identified at an early stage and economic value identified and captured.

Through these activities, the wider aims of the MIC with respect to the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technically dependent interventions in brain injury are to: 

  • Provide a focus to catalyse NHS ‘pull’ into practice both nationally and internationally
  • Build UK capacity for developing and testing new concepts
  • Act as an international knowledge centre and advocate for the identification and development of new solutions.

In 2021 four projects were awarded from the Seedcorn Competition:

  1. Explainable artificial intelligence based on magnetic resonance imaging for precision treatment for glioblastoma, Dr Chao Li, University of Cambridge
  2. Towards routine objective measurement of physical activity in patients hospitalised after a stroke, Dr Peter Hartley, University of Cambridge
  3. Testing the risk compensation hypothesis – does protective headgear promote aggressive play, Ms Judith McMinn, Rezon Limited
  4. Feasibility study for a coagulation tracking app, Dr Ellie Edlmann, University of Plymouth