UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health products through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Advancing new and novel digital technologies can significantly improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs for healthcare providers.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £5 million to invest in projects through the digital health technology catalyst – a programme that aims to accelerate the development of digital health innovations.
The 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.
Using real-world data
This competition is supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which will provide successful projects with its real-world data advisory services, DataLab.
DataLab aims to connect expertise across the NHS and academia through the institute’s data research. It is a collaboration between NICE, the University of Manchester and Health Innovation Manchester.
Advancing health care through digital solutions
Previous digital health technology catalyst winners include Neurofenix, whose tool helps patients that have had a stroke to recover.
Better healthcare solutions
The competition is for collaborative research and development projects that span a variety of technologies, markets and healthcare needs and demonstrate the potential for significant innovation.
Projects must do one or more of the following:
• improve health and wellbeing
• transform care to improve quality
• control costs and enable change
Technologies could include:
• virtual and augmented reality
• artificial intelligence and machine learning
• the Internet of Things
• data analytics and security
• the competition opens on 11 February 2019, and the deadline for applications is midday on 10 April 2019
• to lead a project, you’ll need to be a UK-based small or medium-sized business (SME)