Seedcorn Competition 2021 is now launched. 

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative is delighted to launch the Seedcorn Competition 2021. 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 31 March 2021.

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

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Click on the following links to read the NIHR’s Response to Covid-19 regarding research-funded and supported projects.


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 2020 five projects were awarded from the Seedcorn Competition:

  1. Novel remote follow-up technology in neurotrauma (PROMPT), Mr Brandon Smith, University of Cambridge
  2. Revolutionary Assessment for concussion in sports: Investigation of the Precision finger grip to support PItchside Diagnosis of mild Concussion: RAPID-C, Dr Genevieve Williams, University of Exeter
  3. Implementation of machine learning to facilitate Brain Lesion Analysis and Segmentation Tool using Computed Tomography in traumatic brain injury (Implement BLAST-CT), Dr Virginia Newcombe, University of Cambridge
  4. Feasibility study of an in-situ brain-chemistry monitoring optical probe, Dr Farah Alimagham, University of Cambridge
  5. Meeting the neurorehabilitation need for kinematic measures of everyday movement using novel motion tracking (Biokido): validity and test-retest reliability, Professor Valerie Pomeroy, University of East Anglia

To download the Announcement in PDF click here: NIHR-MIC-Seedcorn-Competition-2020