Innovate UK is to invest up to £8 million in projects that develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges.
The Digital Health Technology Catalyst is a new £35 million funding programme to be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund over the next 4 years.
Feasibility projects must range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £75,000 and you must complete your project within one year.
Industrial research and experimental development projects must range in size from total project costs of £500,000 to £1 million and you must complete your project within 3 years.
Innovate UK may consider projects outside this range but you should contact them at least 10 days before the submission deadline to discuss further.
You must start your projects by 1 February 2018.
Projects must focus on the development of digital health or digitally-enabled medical technologies. They must have the potential to achieve one or more of the following:
- improve patient outcomes
- transform healthcare delivery
- enable more efficient delivery of healthcare
You may design technologies for use in clinical or non-clinical everyday settings.
An SME must lead the project. Feasibility projects can be from an SME working alone or in collaboration.
Industrial research and experimental development projects must be collaborative and work with at least one other grant-claiming partner (NHS, other healthcare providers, other businesses, Catapults such as the Digital Catapult or other research technology organisation, research base or third sector). It is recommended that you collaborate with the NHS on any industrial research or experimental development project where appropriate.
You must show how your project will improve the competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
31 July 2017 – Competition opens
11 October 2017 12:00pm – Competition closes
17 November 2017 – Applicants notified
For full details of this competition please visit the Innovate UK competition page here.