Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK, SBRI Healthcare & NHS

SBRI

The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), which supports a programme of competitions inviting companies to come forward with their ideas and new technologies for known NHS challenges. These ideas are assessed and a fully funded development contract is agreed between the company and the NHS.

The SBRI Healthcare programme has two primary-phases that start with an initial identification of unmet need, undertaken by clinicians. Challenges are offered to industry to test the feasibility of their ideas and these projects, if successful, can result in a contract to develop the product

SBRI Healthcare is a fast track, simplified process that enables the NHS to work with industry to tackle known challenges. Targeted at SMEs and early stage businesses it gives vital funding for a critical stage of product development. For details about how to apply and current and future completion thematic areas visit www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk 

INNOVATE UK

Innovate UK: KTPs
Current success through partnerships:
• Businesses currently engaged in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships include the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, which operates retirement communities across the midlands and north of England.
• Through a partnership with Aston University, the trust has developed a new resilience app for advisors to use with residents. They can monitor progress, identify those at risk of becoming frail and improve wellbeing and independence.
• ExtraCare also has a second Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of the West of England This will explore smart technologies for assisted living, such as how robots and intelligent sensor systems can aid mobility.
Deadline: 20 March 2019
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Innovate UK: Biomedical Catalyst Round 1: feasibility and primer awards AND early and late stage awards
Projects in the competition can be in any life science sector or discipline, including:
• medical technologies and devices
• stratified healthcare, which involves grouping patients based on risk of disease or response to therapy
• advanced therapies, such as gene and cell therapies
• digital health
• drug discovery
• diagnostics
Deadline: 3 April 2019, midday
Click here for more on the feasibility and primer awards and here for more on the early and late stage awards.

Innovate UK: KTPs
Businesses currently engaged in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships include the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, which operates retirement communities across the midlands and north of England.
Through a partnership with Aston University, the trust has developed a new resilience app for advisors to use with residents. They can monitor progress, identify those at risk of becoming frail and improve wellbeing and independence.
ExtraCare also has a second Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of the West of England. This will explore smart technologies for assisted living, such as how robots and intelligent sensor systems can aid mobility.
Deadline: 3 April 2019
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Innovate UK: Business Basics Fund
Britain is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business, according to a government review. However, a productivity gap exists between the UK and international competitors, which means our businesses are not reaping all the benefits that they could be.
Adopting leading technologies, practices and support services – such as cloud computing, mobile technology and e-purchasing – can improve the productivity and earning power of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and in turn grow the wider economy.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK have up to £2 million to prove and test ideas that enable small businesses to become more productive.
UK-based businesses of any size, public sector, university or research and technology organisations, charities and not-for-profit companies are eligible with up to £60,000 to lead a proof of concept project.
Deadline: 17 April 2019, midday
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NHS

NHS England + UK Space Agency: multi-million pound drive to improve patient care
The UK Space Agency has announced it is allocating up to £4 million to find hi-tech solutions to the major health and care challenges facing the NHS in its 70th anniversary year in a joint initiative with NHS England.
These challenges are:
•Managing long term conditions including joining up health and care services
•Earlier diagnosis of cancer
•Transforming GP services and other primary care
•Meeting mental health needs
Previous examples of space tech being adapted for NHS use include a pill camera that can be swallowed by patients, dementia tracking slippers, breast screening vans that beam images back to assessment centres, wearable monitors to help prevent falls among the elderly and apps that help prevent skin cancer.
Deadline: none stated
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NHS TENDERS

NHS: Supply of MMR vaccines
Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to be purchased and stored by Public Health England for the use in the childhood immunisation programme.
Deadline: 25 March 2019
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NHS Supply Chain: Architectural Surgical Medical Systems Renewal 2022
NHS supply chain intends to launch a National Framework Agreement for the provision of lights, pendant systems,
theatre control units, tables, patient stretchers and trolleys, medical lasers including all variations specified
for use in a medical setting. Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 16 870 000 GBP to 32 327 500 GBP in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement. The estimated value over the total Framework Agreement term (including any extension options) is between 72 000 000 GBP and 150 364 000 GBP.
Deadline: June 2019
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NHS Supply Chain: Patient Monitoring Equipment and Related Accessories/Services
NHS Supply Chain intends to launch a National Framework Agreement for the provision of the following types of Monitoring Systems:

– spot check
– vital signs
– patient (low, Mid and High Acuity)
– pre-hospital transport
– Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) compatible
– central station
– telemetry
– foetal
– cardiac output, Electroencephalograph (EEG) and
– electromyography (EMG)
– transfer (individual patient modular monitor).

Please note that this framework will not cover the purchase of consumables alone. For the avoidance of doubt consumables will only be in scope of the proposed Framework if purchased alongside the types of equipment, as stated in any subsequent specification. Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 40 000 000 GBP in the first year of this Framework Agreement. However, this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement.
Deadline: approach to market 24 July 2019
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NHS Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield & North Kirklees CCG: Posture & Mobility (Wheelchairs) Service
NHS Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) intend to procure a Wheelchair service to carry out assessments and to supply and maintain wheelchairs.
The service will be required to demonstrate:
• A commitment to providing for the holistic needs of the service user in every aspect of service delivery (i.e. clinical lifestyle, social, educational)
• Design and delivery of services that are personalised, with the service user at the heart of what they do
• An ongoing expectation of quality and service improvement and innovation demonstrated by the provider(s)
• Continued professional development among staff demonstrated by provider(s)
• A commitment to, and evidence from the provider of excellent service user experience, and involvement
• A strong commitment to partnership working with related services and the voluntary sector
• A modern IT system with the ability to accurately record and track activity
• A focus on value for money
The service will be procured as two separate Lots:
Lot 1 – Assessment for wheelchairs
Lot 2 – Supply, maintenance and repair of wheelchairs
Deadline: 1 October 2019
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NHS Calderdale CCG: Care Closer to Home
NHS Calderdale CCG is acting in its capacity as commissioner for healthcare services on behalf of the registered population of Calderdale.
This notice is to advise that the commissioner has determined to seek to develop an alliance in respect of the currently contracted providers of services identified within the scope of ‘Care Closer to Home’. Over the next two years, this will entail the providers of services developing and entering into an overarching agreement with the commissioner and other providers to deliver services under existing service contracts in a more collaborative and integrated way to the population served by the CCG.
During the term of the developmental stage outlined above Commissioners will work to develop a strategy for the future commissioning of services and where appropriate, procurement.
Deadline: 31 March 2021
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NHS Supply Chain: Urology Bowel and Faecal Management
The Framework Agreement will look to include the following range of products – Baby Urine Collection, Bowel and Faecal Management Kits, Catheters, Kits and Maintenance, Catheter accessories, Straps, Valves etc, Catheter Gels, Enuresis Alarms, Mid-Stream Urine Collection, Nephrostomy Urine Drainage, Personal hygiene cleansers, Creams and Foams, Polypropylene Urinals and Funnels, Sheaths, Spigots, Superpubic Catheters, Urine Drainage, Urine Drainage Bags, Urine Meters, Urodynamics. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of £18,000,000 in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement. The estimated value over the total Framework Agreement term is £78,000,000
Deadline: early engagement
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NHS Supply Chain: Artificial Limb Components and Associated Products
This PIN if for a range of items & services provided in a Prosthetics department and include, but not limited to: limb systems, coverings for upper and lower limbs, Feet and ankles, hips, knees, liners, hand, wrist and elbow prostheses, prosthetic socks, structural components. Quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of £55,000,000 to £60,000,000 in the first year of this Framework Agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement.
Deadline: early engagement
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