Digital tech to tackle healthcare challenges: apply for funding – Deadline Midday 31st October 2018


There is up to £9 million for businesses with ideas to develop novel digital technology solutions for healthcare challenges.

Funding is provided by UK Research and Innovation and delivered by Innovate UK.

This competition is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to deliver leading-edge healthcare in the UK. This £181 million fund will transform how we develop and manufacture medicines and other healthcare products, such as digital technologies, to get the right drugs and treatments to patients when they need them.

We are looking for projects that span a variety of technologies, markets and healthcare needs and improve on the current health and care system.

There are 2 competitions that businesses can apply into, depending on the stage of their project:

  • up to £1 million for feasibility studies
  • up to £8 million for collaborative research and development

Technologies you could look at include:

  • virtual and augmented reality
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • the Internet of Things
  • data analytics and security

Your idea could be for use in a clinical or non-clinical setting. This could include digital technologies to:

  • support clinical decision-making
  • improve access to healthcare, support treatment compliance or patient-led management
  • improve the patient experience from disease prevention through to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and long-term care
  • overcome privacy challenges with managing, sharing and exploiting data
  • create significant improvements in quality, speed, costs and outcomes

Feasibility studies competition information

  • the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday on 31 October 2018
  • to lead a project, you’ll need to be a UK-based small or medium-sized business (SME)
  • SMEs can work alone or collaborate with others, including businesses, NHS organisations, universities, research and technology organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • your project can last up to 12 months and have total costs of between £50,000 and £75,000
  • businesses could get up to 70% of their project costs
  • projects must start by 1 April 2019

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