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/EUREKA Network: Singapore/UK Collaborative R&D
The competition aims to support the development of collaborative research and development projects between the UK and Singaporean companies. Although the competition scope is open to any sector, applications are particularly encouraged in:
1. medical technology
2. smart mobility and logistics
3. advanced manufacturing
Projects must be collaborative, including at least 1 business from Singapore and 1 from the UK, independent from each other, and show:
* a clear game-changing, disruptive and innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services                                                                                                                                                  *a strong and deliverable business plan that demonstrates awareness of market potential and needs
* a clear route to market within 2 to 3 years of project completion.
Deadline: 19 September 2019
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Innovate UK: Linking technologies to better detect disease
Businesses and health researchers can apply for up to £20 million to develop new diagnostic tools based on linking technologies, data and systems.
This competition is looking for projects that build on recent investments in new healthcare technologies. They should deliver new diagnostic systems by integrating across technologies, data, care pathways and systems.
Disease areas could include cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, inflammatory disorders including autoimmune disease, metabolic diseases, neurogenerative diseases including dementia, and paediatric and maternal-foetal.
Deadline: 23 September 2019
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Innovation with Artificial Intelligence and Real-world NHS Data: Opportunity for SMEs
KTN is offering innovative SMEs the opportunity to work with real NHS data and help solve challenges in healthcare systems.
KTN is working with partners from NHS, Academia and Industry to develop and enhance the innovation landscape around the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies. This type of technology has already demonstrated benefits to how both patient and clinician experience healthcare and its provision. For example, chat bots saved 1 hour of clinician’s time per service user (for emotional and suicidal ideation applications). Predictive analytics have shown 35% improvement in prediction accuracy compared to existing statistical methods or clinical scores for conditions such as cystic fibrosis and cardiovascular risks.
How to get involved
KTN is offering innovative SMEs with ideas in the area of Artificial Intelligence and other digital tools and solutions that might tackle this situation, the chance to get involved with and work on ‘real’ NHS data. The NHS partner for this opportunity is Mersey Care and the Trusted Research Environment hosting some of the data is managed by AIMES.
Deadline: 23 September 2019
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Innovate UK: New technologies for manufacturing drugs
A large part of this investment is in facilities to improve the UK’s ability to manufacture new drugs and treatments. Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £3.7 million from the fund to invest in projects developing new technologies that will support the commercial manufacture of new drugs.
Projects must focus on gene therapy, engineered tissue or cell therapy and work with standards bodies such as National Physical Laboratory, the LGC Group (formerly Laboratory of the Government Chemist), BSI (British Standards Institution).
They should use external technology to look at ways of improving process mechanisation that will support the commercial manufacture of the new drugs and therapies they have developed.
Projects must show how they will increase productivity, competitiveness, capability or growth for at least one of the UK businesses involved.
Deadline: 25 September 2019 – there is a briefing event on 3 September
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Next Funding Round
Projects can focus on any technology or industry area, and last between 1 to 3 years.
Applicants must:
• focus on a specific project
• set out the nature and goals of the project
• give details of who will take part
• establish what the graduate is expected to deliver
Deadline: 3 October 2019
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Innovate UK: Smart Grants, Next Round
Innovate UK will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused.
Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.
Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas this is not a requirement, as we are also keen to support projects in other areas.
Deadline: 16 October 2019, midday
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Innovate UK: Healthy Ageing Challenge
Working in partnership with investors, Innovate UK will distribute a share of up to £12 million in grants to SMEs and social enterprises.
The competition will stimulate private investment in business-led research and development, to grow and bring to market ideas for healthy ageing products and services that have potential to be adopted on a wide scale.
Phase 1
In this first phase of the competition we are recruiting investors to participate. To be selected you must:
1. be a UK registered equity investor
2. commit to identifying a portfolio of healthy ageing technology micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises you are willing to invest in
3. demonstrate you have, or can raise on demand, enough capital to equal Innovate UK’s grant and provide the additional follow-on funding
4. Investors can apply for £1 million to £6 million.
The investor partners we select will work to:
• identify innovative SMEs working in healthy ageing technology that are suitable for investment but outside your typical risk preference, which might involve changing your target market
• help those SMEs deliver a healthy ageing project, with 50% of the total eligible project costs grant funded and the remaining 50% from equity investment into the business

Phase 2
In phase 2 our chosen investors will put forward SMEs for funding, by invitation only.
All funded projects will need to show how they tackle one or more of the following essential challenges of older life:
• sustaining physical activity
• maintaining health at work
• design for age-friendly homes
• creating healthy, active places
• supporting social connections
• living well with cognitive impairment
• managing common complaints of ageing
We expect funded SME projects will have total eligible project costs of between £100,000 and £1.5 million.
Deadline: 6 November 2019
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NHS TENDERS

NHS England: Supply of various medical products
Icatibant and C1 Esterase products for the treatment of Hereditary Angioedema

Specialised – Bleeding Disorders

Specialised – Normal Human Immunoglobulins 

Open future opportunity – This means that the buyer is not yet ready to invite applications, but early notification has been provided and some dialogue may be possible.

NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group: Health and Care Evaluation Services Framework
NHS Leeds CCG is seeking to establish a Multi-Supplier, Multi-Lot Framework of suitably qualified providers to deliver Health and Care Evaluation (HaCE) services to support the CCG’s in-house service.
The Health and Care Evaluation Service is a team operating across Leeds CCG and evaluates services implemented across the health and care system in the City. The service supports commissioners wishing to evaluate a service through either carrying out an evaluation of the service themselves, or finding a partner to evaluate some or all of the service for us. We are currently working on a range of evaluations including of interventions into the urgent care system in Leeds, Better Conversations- a culture change programme operating across the health and care system in the City and the introduction of a new service for patients with recently diagnosed diabetes.
The Services are to be broken down into 3 specialist areas which will form separate Procurements Lots. Those specialist areas are as follows: –
Lot 1: Specific Evaluation Tasks:
Part of a larger evaluation. Evaluators will be tasked with the delivery of specific elements of qualitative evaluations.
Lot 2: Evaluation Work Packages:
The development and execution of evaluation strategies and delivery of evaluation products for aspects of projects e.g. either a qualitative or economic report.
Lot 3: Full Evaluations:
Organising an evaluation from start to end. Including the development and execution of evaluation strategies and delivery of reports and evaluation products for the whole of a project.
Deadline: 16 September 2019
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NHS: Grant for NHS Apprenticeships Senior Leadership Engagement
Apprenticeships are a key feature of the Government’s educational policy, with specific ambitions to increase apprenticeships within the NHS. The Apprenticeship Benefits Realisation Strategy includes objectives to:
• meet the skills needs of employers;
• create progression for apprentices;
• widen participation and social mobility; and
• create more quality apprenticeships.
To deliver these benefits within the NHS, Trusts and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) need support to become informed apprenticeship customers and to develop apprenticeship strategies that meet the needs of their workforce strategies.
If the NHS were treated as a single employer, it would be the biggest employer in England. It is a major contributor to both the apprenticeship levy and public sector apprenticeship target. It is expected to deliver over a third of all public sector apprenticeships. The NHS has an estimated annual public sector target of around 28,000 new apprentice starts.
The ESFA is looking to award a grant to a delivery organisation who will engage with senior leaders within NHS Trusts and STP’s.
In particular we are looking for the following outcomes to be achieved:
• Engage senior leaders within NHS Trusts, e.g. Finance Directors, HR Directors and Chief Executives •Secure their active support as apprenticeship champions within their organisations, ensuring operational staff have the necessary leadership and resources.
• ‘Open doors’ for our account managers to reach decision-makers.
The successful bidding organisation will need to be able to demonstrate that they are a not-for-profit (e.g. voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations), impartial organisation, with national reach across England and have:
– an understanding of apprenticeships;
– an understanding of and experience with working with the NHS;
– proven experience of senior stakeholder management and influence;
– experience in activities that are aligned with the purpose of the grant.
Deadline: 20 September 2019
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NHS Supply Chain: Patient Assessment Devices
Blood Pressure Monitoring products, Otoscopes and Ophthalmoscopes, Reusable Stethoscopes, Patient Weighing Scales and Measuring Devices, Proctoscopes (Rectoscopes), Sigmoidoscopes and Anoscopes, Dermatoscopes, Personal Health Monitors, Assessment Lights, General Patient Assessment Products inclusive of Disposable/Single Patient Use Stethoscopes and General Patient Assessment Consumables.
Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 3 100 000 GBP to 3 400 000 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. Initially a 2 year Framework Agreement with an option to extend for a further period of 2 years. Estimated value, range between 12 400 000 GBP and 13 600 000 GBP.
Deadline: Approach to market date is 20 September 2019
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NHS Wakefield CCG: Nursing Home AQP
This specification is intended to outline the expected outcomes the CCG wants to see for individuals in nursing homes in receipt of NHS Healthcare funding.
Its contents provide an overview of what we would expect to see delivered in order that service users are provided for and supported to lead as fulfilling and holistic life as possible, and to die with dignity and respect.
This specification does not substitute for a service user’s care plan as it would be expected their care plan will be one which is individualised and tailored to meet their changing care needs, and should be considered in conjunction with this specification.
Objectives:
• To provide high quality care through experienced, competent, supported and trained workforce.
• To improve the service users’ health and wellbeing and ensure their safety thus reducing hospital admission.
• To have care needs met in a way that puts the service user at the centre.
• To provide good quality care that meets the required and expected standards of Nursing Home providers.
• To provide a clean safe environment for service users.
• To provide a calm and stable environment for service users.
• To establish effective links with and work in close collaboration with other Health and Social Care Services to support service users’ care.
Deadline: 30 September 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 Wakefield CCG: Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Service
NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group is seeking to procure a Diagnostics Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Service for the population of Wakefield offering a 3 year conrtact with an option to extend the contract for one further year. This will be an open tender for a single service provider. Partnership or lead provider bids will also be welcome. This will be an out of hospital-based service and will integrate with the secondary care diagnostics services as well as the wider health care system.
Deadline: 25 October 2019
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NHS Supply Chain: Respiratory and Suction Consumables
This framework is for the supply of respiratory and suction consumables with products covering; facemasks, nasal cannula, nebulisation products, oxygen tubing, venture barrels, sterile water, humidification products, catheters and connectors, air cushion, anaesthetic facemasks, manual resuscitators, re-breathing bags, corrugated tubing, resuscitation dummy/mannequin, anatomical anaesthetic facemasks, compressor nebulisor, spirometer, bacterial viral filter, suction catheters, suction tubing, yankauers, suction canisters, chest drainage devices, manual and powered suction devices.
Deadline: 1 November 2019
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NHS Supply Chain: Collaborative Procurement Partnership: Wheelchair and associated products supply
Powered and Non-Powered Wheelchairs; Wheelbases; Wheelchair Cushions; Special Seating Spares and Associated Products; Service and Maintenance Packages, to include Adult, Bariatric and Paediatric, Heavy Duty Wheelchairs and Associated Products and Accessories.
Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of £8,000,000 to £11,000,000 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. £44,000, 000 – £60,000,000 is the estimated value over the total Framework Agreement.
Deadline: 12 November 2019
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NHS Supply Chain: Non-Invasive Ventilation, Sleep Therapy and Sleep Monitoring
Non-Invasive Ventilation consisting of CPAP, Bi-level and High Flow Therapy devices with associated consumables, sleep therapy devices consisting of CPAP and APAP with associated consumables, sleep monitoring devices consisting of polysomnography, polygraph, respiratory inductive plethysmography, pulse oximetry, blood oxygen saturation sensors and sleep and respiratory managed services consisting of clinical training, patient therapy data monitoring services, consumable management and patient assistance.
Deadline: 1 December 2019
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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: 11 December 2019
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NHS Supply Chain: External Breasts Prostheses and Associated Products
The Framework Agreement will look to include the following range of products – Silicone Full Prosthesis, Silicone Partial Prosthesis, Soft Form Temporary Prosthesis and Post-Operative Bras and Accessories. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of £5,000,000 to £8,000,000 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 £20,000,000 to £32,000,000.
Deadline: 24 January 2020
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NHS Supply Chain: Robotic Surgical Equipment
To provide a framework for robotic surgical equipment and associated accessories. NHS Supply Chain is conducting market research into robotic surgical equipment, including related accessories/consumables, that cover a wide range of medical procedures including, but not limited to: general surgery, laparoscopic and rthopaedic. Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of 10 000 000 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. The estimated value over the total Framework Agreement term (including any extension options and growth) is 50 000 000 GBP.
Deadline: 3 February 2020
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NHS Supply Chain: Sexual Health and Associated Products
This is a PIN.
The purpose of this notice is to draw attention to a procurement that NHS Supply Chain intends to commence during the subsequent 12 months. The invitation to tender will be the subject of a separate notice and it is that notice to which potential suppliers will need to respond at the appropriate time.
Deadline: 13 March 2020
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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 National Framework Agreement for the Home Delivery Service – Home Parenteral Nutrition
Deadline: ongoing
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