£8m available to tackle biggest healthcare challenges

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To support a growing, ageing population, Innovate UK has made up to £8 million available to UK businesses to develop new and novel digital healthcare solutions.

The competition is being run under the digital health technology catalyst, which is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim is to support the development of digital health products that meet NHS needs. It is a new £35 million funding programme over 4 years.

Improving outcomes

Digital health promises to have a profound impact on the approach, delivery and administration of healthcare, for the benefit of patients.

Feasibility or development projects that advance digital health or digitally-enabled medical technologies are available to apply for the funding. The projects should “improve patient outcomes”, “offer new approaches to healthcare” and “reduce the demand on the health system”.

Competition information

  • the competition opens on 31 July 2017, and the deadline for registrations is 4 October 2017
  • feasibility studies can range from £50,000 to £75,000 and last up to one year
  • industrial research and experimental development projects can range from 500,000 to £1 million and last up to 3 years
  • you can work alone or in collaboration with other organisations, but projects must be led by a UK-based SME
  • you could get up to 70% of your eligible project costs
  • projects must start by 1 February 2018

Find out more and apply here.


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