£400k funding on the table for innovative research projects
NHS Scotland, in conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government, has launched a Small Business Research Initiative competition to help develop technology which will improve the lives of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
It has pledged to provide up to £400k funding for innovative technology and digital platforms which improve IBD care and is looking for proposals which:
• help patients manage their health from home
• promote independence and help people to be more involved in decisions about their care
• facilitate easier and quicker communication with clinicians
This competition has three phases, with £75,000 allocated for phase 1, up to £135,000 for phase 2 and up to £150,000 for phase 3.
• Phase 1: technical feasibility. Projects should last up to 8 weeks. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £15,000 each
• Phase 2: prototype development and testing. Projects should last up to 6 months. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £45,000 each
• Phase 3: pre-commercial testing to support continued development of the solution. Projects should last up to 1 year. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £75,000 each.
The competition opens on 20 March 2017 and organisations can carry out the project on their own or with others.