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How It Works

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund has three key steps:

1. Theme Selection

The HIC Fund operated a succession of thematic calls for proposals. Theme topics were selected by the two funders in conjunction with experts and were identified as areas where there was an unmet, or poorly met, healthcare need.

2. Submission of Applications

The health research community was invited to submit applications addressing the identified unmet need. Applications were assessed by the appointed Joint Funding panel (JFP).

3. Portfolio Management

Successful proposals became part of the HIC Fund Portfolio and their management continues to be overseen by the Joint Secretariat, which represents the Wellcome Trust and Department of Health and Social Care.