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Funding opportunities

Monday, March 30, 2020
Kara MacKenzie

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 – 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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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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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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