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Funding news - 12/06/2014

SBRI Healthcare Launches £2.5 Million NHS England Competition for Development Contracts

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare Competition provides seed funding for the development of innovative products and services that address unmet health needs.

Businesses across the West of England are invited to submit products and services that can improve how well patients follow treatment recommendations.

Successful projects will be selected on their potential value to the NHS, patient benefit and the opportunity to back thriving businesses.

The competition will run in two phases:

  • Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of six months and up to £100,000 (including VAT) per project.
  • Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units from the more promising technologies in Phase 1. Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2.

Developments will be 100% funded and suppliers for each project will be selected by an open competition process and retain the intellectual property rights (IPR) generated from the project, with certain rights of use retained by the NHS.

For the purposes of this competition, SBRI Healthcare will be looking for ideas from companies specifically focused on addressing challenges in five key areas of healthcare:

  • Child and maternal health.
  • Integrated care.
  • Medicines adherence.
  • Musculoskeletal.
  • Telehealth/telecare for people with learning disabilities.

The competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors across the West of England who will ultimately be capable of supplying the NHS with the resulting product or service on a commercial basis. The SBRI scheme is particularly suited to small and medium-sized businesses as the contracts are of relatively small value and operate on short timescales for Government departments.

Commenting on the launch of the competition, Peter Ellingworth, Chair of the SBRI Management Board, said “The SBRI Healthcare programme is a great enabler of innovation in the NHS. Companies can gain substantial funding but also the expert support of the NHS to develop products that truly reflect patient need".

The closing date for submission of expressions of interest is 10 July 2014 (12pm).

For more information, see the SBRI Healthcare website.

Source: SBRI Healthcare, 12/06/2014

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