Seedcorn Competition 2022. 

The National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative launched the Seedcorn Competition 2022. Applications were 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 be expected to start on 1 January 2023.

The competition brief is available for review here: COMPETITION BRIEF

Those who may be looking to register for future competitions may wish to know the format that these take.

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

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To see all previous winners of our Seedcorn competitions please click the link here:


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 2022 three projects were awarded from the Seedcorn Competition:

  1. The Jungle App, Mr Colin Hamilton, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  2. Development of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) interface for cranioplasty to allow implant specific surveillance, Dr Harry Mee, University of Cambridge.
  3. The association between cerebral saturation and successful resuscitation in patients undergoing prehospital advanced life support for non-traumatic cardiac arrest, Mr Robert Major, East Anglian Air Ambulance.