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Funding opportunities

Monday, March 30, 2020
Kara MacKenzie

Innovate UK Smart Grants January 2020

Closing Date:  22nd April 2020

Value: £25k - £500k – 6-18 month projects, £25k - £2m for projects between 19 – 36 months

Eligibility:  Projects must include at least one micro/SME.

Summary: Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, with projects expected to demonstrate a clear game-changing, innovative and/or disruptive ideas which lead to new products, processes or services ; an idea which is significantly ahead of others in the field, set for rapid commercialisation ;  a strong and deliverable business plan ; have clear evidence based plan ; be able to deliver the project with the budget and timescale; and have the potential to impact the UK Economy and/or productivity in a positive way. 

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Innovate UK Digital Security by Design

Closing Date:  15th April 2020

Value: Your project’s total eligible costs must be greater than £5 million but no more than £25 million. Your total requested grant must be no more than £5.8 million.

Eligibility:  Lead – UK Business of Any Size

  • Summary: The ISCF Digital Security by Design (DSbD) challenge aims to update the digital computing infrastructure by creating a new, more secure hardware and software ‘ecosystem’. These new security capabilities will underpin future digital products and services.
  • Your project should include something complementary which adds value to the demonstration of the technology platform prototype in order to make use of or further develop its capability hardware extensions.
  • These complementary technology components are known as ‘ingredients’.
  • The aim of this competition is to develop a demonstrator of a product and/or service in which capability enabled hardware will be used to provide a more secure solution.

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SBRI - monitor and visualise domestic pollution to safeguard health  

Closing Date:  15th April 2020

Value: In phase 1 projects can range in size up to a total cost of £20,000 each, including VAT. Projects must start by the 1 August 2020, end by 1 November 2020 and can last up to 3 months.

Eligibility:  Lead – UK Business of Any Size

  • Summary: Action to reduce the health impacts of air pollution tends to focus on outdoor sources, notably emissions from vehicles. However, indoor levels of some air pollutants are often far higher, and many end up in the external atmosphere. Particulate matter (PM), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), and sulphur dioxide (SO2) are all present in domestic environments and can be detrimental to health.
  • The aim of this competition is to support the research and development (R&D) of products and/or services which monitor a wide range of household pollutants. These solutions must raise awareness of the potential impacts of the pollution in the home, providing timely and appropriate information so that householders can make effective choices to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours.

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Wellcome Trust – Innovator Awards

Closing Date:  Ongoing

Value: up to £500k, or £750k for collaborations

Eligibility:  Researchers, individuals and teams from not-for profit and commercial organisations can apply.

Summary: For researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health.

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UKRI - Call for Participants in a three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care

Closing Date:  4th May 2020

Value: £1.2m available with each project expected in region of £400k

Eligibility:  Research organiations.

Summary: The theme for this sandpit is novel digital technologies for improved self-monitoring and health management. Successful projects from the sandpit should either have a new approach to self-monitoring of conditions(especially conditions which are harder to manage and where there are fewer tools available for interventions) or that seek to identify novel digital technologies that will ultimately enable the public to better manage their health in their own homes and in the community. These smarter interventions should reduce the time that the public spends engaged with the traditional healthcare delivery system and enable a faster recovery or better management of their health.

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ISCF Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme

 

Closing Date:  Pre-Call Announcement – call for research proposals due May 2020

Value: £9.5m (100% FEC) available  - projects up to £2m over 36 months

Eligibility:  Lead - UK Research organisations.

Summary: The theme for this sandpit is novel digital technologies for improved self-monitoring and health management. Successful projects from the sandpit should either have a new approach to self-monitoring of conditions(especially conditions which are harder to manage and where there are fewer tools available for interventions) or that seek to identify novel digital technologies that will ultimately enable the public to better manage their health in their own homes and in the community. These smarter interventions should reduce the time that the public spends engaged with the traditional healthcare delivery system and enable a faster recovery or better management of their health.

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UKRI – Strength in places Fund

Closing Date:  Anticipated Wave 2 in Summer 2020

Value: TBC

Summary:

To support innovation-led relative regional growth by identifying and supporting areas of R&D strengths that are:
 

  • driving clusters of businesses across a range of sizes that have potential to innovate, or to adopt new technologies;
  • in order that those clusters will become nationally and internationally competitive.

To enhance local collaborations involving research and innovation. Building on the underpinning regional economic impact role of universities, research institutes, Catapults and other R&D facilities (such as Innovation and Knowledge Centres - IKCs); and engaging those businesses at the forefront of delivering economic growth through innovation within the identified economic geography.

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NIHR – Mobile Data for Public Health

Value: not specified

Summary:

Research areas can include, but are not limited to:

  • The comparative use, validity and accuracy of data from geolocation software in devices and applications such as Google Earth, Strava, Fitbit, social media, smart phones and watches
  • Interventions that track behaviour through the use of mathematical models or those that use mobile digital data without formal modelling (e.g. movement, sleep)
  • The use of mobile digital data from either a nationwide cohort or a geographical location cohort or both
  • The ethics, legality and public acceptability of organisations collecting and using mobile digital data
  • The accessibility and the costs of access of mobile digital data
  • The generalisability of mobile data in research to a range of public health problems

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NIHR - 19/135 Interactive electronic devices and children and young people's wellbeing

Closing Date:  28th July 2020

Value: TBC

Summary: Research Questions;

  • What is the impact of interactive electronic devices on health and health inequalities experienced by children and young people (CYP)?
  • What are the effective* interventions that aim to maximise benefit or minimise harm of health outcomes as a result of the use interactive electronic devices activities for CYP?

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NIHR – Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Award.

Closing Date: 12th June 2020

Value: Not specified

Summary:  The National Institute for Health Research invites applications for its invention for innovation (i4i) challenge awards. These support the assessment of medtech innovations in healthcare settings. The aim is to shorten the evidence gap between the safety and preliminary efficacy typical of a newly CE marked technology and what is required for decisions by commissioners and regulators. Applications should focus on CE marked products. Digital technologies that are not regulated as medical devices but are going to be integrated into the NHS can also be included, as long as reasonable proof of safety and efficacy is provided. Products should address one of the priorities defined by NHS England, focusing on a clinical need specific to the context where the technology will be tested.

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Coming Soon: EUREKA - Multilateral call for projects on healthy ageing

Closing Date: 12th June 2020

Summary - EUREKA invites proposals for its multilateral call for projects on healthy ageing. This supports applied research and innovation projects on the development of digital health tools and smart devices to promote healthy ageing. Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • connecting robotics and medical imaging systems to simplify surgical procedures;
  • software as a medical device or diagnostic incorporating artificial intelligence;
  • software for better diagnostics or therapy;
  • digital health and smart drug delivery services;
  • linking big data capabilities with new knowledge from precision medicine to create precision health offerings that promotes preventive interventions before symptoms of disease manifest.
  • Consortia must include at least two for-profit independent companies from two of the countries participating in the call. Participation of research institutes and universities is welcome according to national funding regulations. Partners from other countries may participate, but funding must be secured within the deadline for the call.

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H2020 - Calls

SC1-DTH-12-2020 – Use of Real-World Data to advance research on the management of complex conditions – 7th April 2020

SC1–HCC-10-2020 – Towards a health research & innovation cloud:  Capitalising on data sharing initiatives in health research – 7th April 2020.

SC1-BHC-06-2020 – Digital diagnostics – developing tools for supporting clinical decisions by integrated various diagnostic data – 7th April 2020

SC1-BHC-17-2020 - Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) – Prevention and/or early diagnosis of cancer – 7th April 2020

SC1-BHC-20A-2020 – Pre-commercial procurement for integrated care solutions – 7th April 2020

SC1-BHC-20B-2020 – Public procurement of innovative solutions for diagnostics for infectious diseases – 7th April 2020

SC1-DTH-02-2020 – Personalised early risk prediction, prevention and intervention based on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Technologies – 22ndApril 2020

SC1-DTH-04-2020 – International Co-operation in smart living environments for ageing people – 22nd April 2020

SC1-HCC-08-2020 – Scaling up innovation for active and healthy ageing – 22nd April 2020

NIHR – AI Health and Care Awards Future round anticipated

Summary:  The AI Health and Care Award supports AI technologies across the spectrum of development, from initial feasibility to evaluation within clinical pathways in the NHS and social care settings, to the point that they could be nationally commissioned. Key areas of focus include screening, diagnosis, decision support and system efficiency. Applications may be submitted by an SME, an NHS Trust or service provider or a Higher Education Institution.

Phases 1-3 of the award support feasibility, development and clinical evaluation, and real-world testing of AI technologies. The Phase 4 award supports initial systems adoption of AI technologies with market authorisation into the NHS, evaluating the AI technology within clinical or operational pathways to determine efficacy or accuracy and clinical and economic impact.

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Innovate UK SBRI Funding

Organisations can apply for a share of £100,000 including VAT, to monitor and visualise domestic pollution to safeguard health.

Competition closes: 15 April at 1200

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How can mobile data be useful in public health?

The National Institute for Health Research are interested in receiving applications that would use a range of potentially innovative designs and methods to evaluate whether, how and at what cost, existing publicly available non-health mobile digital technologies could be used to improve population health in the UK.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

Competition closes: 22 April at 1200