EIT Health Needs-Led Innovation Fellowships

Innovation based on needs has a better chance of achieving business success and ultimately helping patients. These fellowships focus on real solutions for real needs.


Needs-Led Innovation Fellowships (NIFs) actively target the key challenges in healthcare: better patient care, improved population health and reduced costs. Fellows working in multidisciplinary teams identify a broad spectrum of possible healthcare challenges that represent under-met needs. They interrogate the problems in detail and only address clearly-understood clinical needs with solutions that have realistic commercial potential and a higher likelihood of benefitting the healthcare system. The resulting outputs have proven to have greater potential of reaching market maturity and delivering impact for patients. Spinouts by EIT Health Needs-led Innovation Fellows attracted €32 million in investment in 2018 alone. The fellowships take place in an interdisciplinary environment that immerses innovators in the healthcare system, connects them to a network of highly-experienced mentors, offers links with industry and academia and introduces access to funding.

Daniel Mogefors
| Fellowship Network Activity Line Coordinator | University of Oxford