Digital health is evolving at a rapid pace and this is having a profound impact on healthcare delivery. Digital health uses data and technology to:
improve patient outcomes
improve access to healthcare
make more targeted and personalised health interventions
transform service delivery
deliver new treatments and translational medicine
The aim of this competition is to speed up the development of new digital solutions to healthcare challenges and grow the industry.
Feasibility studies are smaller scale projects of up to one year for between £50k and £75k. Industrial research and experimental development projects are larger, from £500k – £1M and for up to 3 years. Different levels of grant are available to businesses depending on the type of research and size of the company.
Both types of project should be led by a UK-based SME. A business can be involved in up to 3 applications but may only lead on one.
Research organisations can participate as collaborators, but are limited to 50% of the total project costs. In addition all projects must show how they will improve the competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME invovled in the project.
A briefing webinar is taking place tomorrow, 1st August, and the competition closes to applications on 11th October.
Please contact your Faculty RFPM at an early stage if you’re interested in applying.
Innovate UK has posted an update on its blog about the forthcoming Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which is part of the government’s commitment to invest £4.7bn extra in science and innovation over this parliament. Recent engagement workshops have produced a list of 8 focus areas and these are now being refined into more detailed challenge questions. Expect to see further updates in April, when the funding programme will begin.
If you want to develop an innovative product or service, you may be able to apply for funding. Here is a summary of some of Innovate UK’s current funding opportunities:
Synthetic biology for transparent materialsThe Centre for Defence Enterprise is to invest up to £750,000 to investigate how synthetic biology can provide transparent materials for military use. We’re interested in new transparent materials that are thinner, lighter and offer better ballistic protection than we have now. Find out more and apply >
Using technology to improve dermatology NHS Scotland, in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise, will fund up to £450,000 for innovative technology and digital platforms that improve dermatology care. The aim is to develop technology that will improve diagnosis and ongoing management of skin conditions. Find out more and apply >
Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or commercial challenges relevant to the health and life sciences sector that will lead to increased UK SME competitiveness, growth and productivity.
The Health and Life Sciences sector has a focus on agriculture, food and healthcare, underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical research and enabled by expertise in engineering and physical sciences.
The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden business innovation in health and life sciences, leading to an increase in productivity.
Grants can be awarded to consortia, led by a business of any size, working with other businesses and/or research organisations.
All consortia must involve at least one SME and they will particularly welcome projects led by an SME.
A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development depending on the challenge identified.
Projects can last from 6 to 36 months, with total costs of £50,000 to £2 million, depending on the type of project and activities proposed.
The competition opens on 12 Sept 2016. The deadline for applications is noon on 16 Nov 2016.
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are joining forces to fund industrially relevant research on robotics and autonomous systems.
The call is open now and the deadline for applications is 26th October 2016 (but be aware that as with most Innovate UK calls, you need to register a week beforehand, by the 19th October).
Robots that are independent of human control can learn, adapt and take decisions. These could revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. Disruptive technologies related to robotics and autonomous systems include mobile internet, automation of knowledge work, advanced robotics, and automated and autonomous vehicles.
We are particularly interested in projects that address one or more of the following:
system and system-of-systems engineering
system verification, validation and certification
design and manufacturing of robotic systems
multi-sensor system integration, data fusion and perception
control systems for remotely controlled or unmanned system operation
cognitive systems for autonomous system behaviour
dependability, longevity and safety
actuation and locomotion
navigation, task and motion planning
software systems, architectures and tools
There are two funding streams:
Stream 1 is for projects of up to £100k and must be SME-led thought they can be collaborative with other businesses and research organisations (e.g. universities).
Stream 2 is for projects of £100k + and can be led by a larger business or SME. At least one SME must be involved in the consortium and research organisations can also take part.
In both streams the maximum contribution for research participants is 30% of the overall costs. If there is more than one research organisation participating this must be split between them. There are varying levels of contribution depending on the type of project (earlier stage technical feasibility or closer to market experimental development) and the size of business. Research organisations get the standard 80% of FEC as per normal Innovate UK/RCUK rules. Further details are in the competition guidance. There’s also a briefing webinar on 27th July which interested applicants should register to attend (only 20 tickets remaining at the time of posting!).
Northumbria staff: please get in touch if you are interested in applying.