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

Testing New Medical Technologies in the NHS
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to support real-world testing of new medical devices, diagnostics and technologies in the NHS.
The fund is aimed at small and medium-sized companies that have developed and manufactured innovative healthtech, have gained a CE marking for it and have marketed it in the UK for less than 5 years.
Projects should show how they are working with appropriate organisations such as the NHS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. They should aim to have a significant impact and address NHS priorities including:
• reducing cancellations or unnecessary appointments
• reducing the burden on accident and emergency
• improving patient safety
• speeding up diagnosis
• enabling earlier diagnosis of cancer
• supporting management of long-term conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain management, cardiovascular disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Closing date: 30th January 2019
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Innovate UK: SME Support to Evaluate Innovative Medical Technologies Round 3
The competition will provide funding for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to generate an evidence base that will enable the evaluation of products that address NHS priorities. This support is intended to allow companies to collect and analyse clinical performance and cost effectiveness data within an NHS setting.
Work should focus on understanding evidence gaps, and testing product performance to clearly explain the operational impact of the product on NHS service provision. Proposals must aim to support the impact assessment of medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital healthcare products.
Up to £1.5 million is available to fund projects in this competition. There are two options for applicants in this competition:
•Study planning and preparation. Project costs up to £50,000
•Collection of clinical performance and cost-effectiveness data study. Project costs up to £250,000
•Funding can be used to access innovation and advisory support services, including consultancy. Costs related to the collection and analysis of clinical data beyond that required for standard clinical care may also be covered.
•All projects must be led by a UK-based SME. Projects must be carried out within the NHS. Priority will be given to products that address the priorities outlined in the Next steps on the NHS 5 year forward view. Developers of medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital healthcare products must have gained a CE marking.
•SMEs may work alone or in collaboration with other businesses or research organisations as unfunded partners or sub-contractors. Only the SME leading the project can claim the grant.
Deadline: 30 January 2019, midday
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Innovate UK: Testing new technologies in the NHS
Innovate UK and the Office for Life Sciences are working in partnership to invest up to £1.5 million in business projects that support the development of new medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology.
Funding will support either the development or design of plans for collection of data on clinical performance and cost effectiveness or studies that collect the data. Projects should show how they are working with appropriate organisations such as the NHS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
They should aim to have a significant impact and address NHS priorities including:
•reducing cancellations or unnecessary appointments
•reducing the burden on accident and emergency
•improving patient safety
•speeding up diagnosis
•enabling earlier diagnosis of cancer
•supporting management of long-term conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain management, cardiovascular disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Deadline: 30 January 2019
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VCSE Health and Wellbeing fund 2019 to 2020: Children and Young People’s Mental Health
Applications are invited from existing schemes to trial a new approach to helping children and young people with their mental health.
Projects should:
•adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
•particularly support children and young people through life-changing events
•have strong local connections already in place
•be delivered by the VCSE sector
•be co-produced with service users and stakeholders
Through this programme, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England are working with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities.
Deadline: 15 February 2019
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NHS

 

NHS England: various specialised Prior Information Notices

Procurement of normal Human Immunoglobulins – approach to market 1 February 2019

Procurement of Icatibant and C1 Esterase products for the treatment of Hereditary Angioedema – approach to market 1 February 2019

Bleeding Disorders – approach to market 1 February 2019

 

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

Doncaster CCG: Social Prescribing Service
Doncaster Council and Doncaster CCG wish to commission a Social Prescribing Service in Doncaster. Social Prescribing is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients who have one or more long term conditions with social, emotional or practical needs and support them to self-manage their condition by helping to develop/enhance essential life skills such as problem solving, setting goals, accepting change, finding coping strategies, managing relationships through good communication, and finding quality of life in difficult and challenging circumstances.
Deadline: 8 January 2019, midday
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NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG: Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Services
NHS Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield & North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups are seeking to procure a Diagnostics Non-Obstetric Ultrasound Service for the population of Calderdale and Kirklees for 3 years, with an option to extend for up to a further two years, using the any qualified Provider(AQP) route. Any provider will be eligible to apply for this AQP contract if they can demonstrate compliance and competency against the specified criteria published within the tender documents.
Deadline: 31 January 2019
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NHS North Kirklees CCG Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Pain Management Service
North Kirklees CCG is looking to commission an integrated adult Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Pain Management service.
The key outcome is that the population of North Kirklees receives the best personalised MSK and Pain Management services in accordance with their needs, in a timely manner, using a shared decision-making approach. Underpinned with the ethos of providing the right care in the right place at the right time, first time; with a focus on quality, spend and patient outcomes. The CCG is looking for a provider to set up and manage a triage hub for all MSK, MSK Physiotherapy, Trauma and Orthopaedic, Rheumatology and Pain Management referrals. The principle aim of the hub is to deliver a specialist MSK and Pain Management care navigation and treatment service that will act as a single point of access for referral support, guidance and advice and access point for treatment after clinical assessment.
The Commissioners will welcome a collaborative approach with joint bids between providers which supports true integration of services in line with the GP Five Year Forward View and new models of care.
Deadline: approach to market 7 February 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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