Digital health technology catalyst round 4: collaborative R&D

Key features: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health solutions addressing major healthcare challenges. You must show how your project will improve the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Programme: Innovate UK will select and fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets and healthcare needs, that demonstrate the potential for significant innovation

Award: Project’s total eligible costs can be between £300,000 and £1 million.

Opens: 11 February 2019

Registration closes: No Deadline

Closes: 10 April 2019

Support phone number: 0114 236 4457

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health solutions addressing major healthcare challenges.
You must show how your project will improve the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project.
 
The aims of this competition are to:
  • Address major healthcare challenges
  • Grow the UK digital healthcare industry through the innovative use of digital technologies
  • Develop solutions for either clinical or non-clinical use 
Innovate UK will select and fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets and healthcare needs, that demonstrate the potential for significant innovation
 
Funding
 
The government’s Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term vision for how the UK can:
  • Build on its economic strengths
  • Address its productivity performance
  • Embrace technological change
  • Boost the earning power of people across the UK 
Our project’s total eligible costs can be between £300,000 and £1 million.
 
All projects must start by 1 October 2019, can last up to 18 months and must be completed by 1 March 2021. To be eligible for funding your project must:
  • Be led by a UK based SME
  • Be collaborative and include at least one business (of any size), NHS organisation, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Carry out its project work in the UK 
The lead organisation and at least one other organisation in the project must claim funding through this competition.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
  • Up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • Up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • Up to 50% if you are a large business
 For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
  • Up to 45% if you are a small business
  • Up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • Up to 25% if you are a large business
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.
 
Scope
 
Your project must address unmet healthcare needs in one or more of the following:
1.         Improving health, and closing the health and wellbeing gap.
2.         Transforming care, and closing the care and quality gap.
3.         Controlling costs, enabling change, and closing the finance and efficiency gap.
 
The types of digital health projects Innovate UK will fund can include:
  • Clinical decision-making support
  • Technologies that improve access to healthcare or help treatment compliance or provide patient led management
  • Digital technologies and products which help overcome privacy challenges of managing, sharing and exploiting data
  • Projects addressing the patient-led experience from prevention, through diagnosis, treatment and recovery, to long-term care
  • Applications of technology to health challenges where digital solutions offer and can demonstrate significant improvements in quality, speed, cost, outcomes and learning
Out of scope
 
Projects will not be funded if they:
  • do not have digital technology as the main provider of transformation
  • cannot demonstrate in their application that they will benefit from NICE Datalab services
  • discover or develop medicines
  • seek only to develop data or record-keeping systems
  • do not demonstrate strong awareness of the underlying unmet healthcare need
  • are not collaborative
  • are not game-changing or disruptive innovative ideas leading to new solutions
  • do not explain how they will gather and demonstrate relevant economic, safety and clinical evidence
How can we help?

We have an expert team who specialise in applying for, and securing funding on behalf of businesses. The success criteria for funding is often complex; engaging a specialist team significantly increases your chance of obtaining funding. If you would like to discuss your eligibility, or apply for this funding, contact us at your earliest opportunity.

We continually appraise the market to source the most appropriate funding available to meet our clients’ requirements.  There are numerous opportunities currently available, spanning a range of industries and topics. If you would like to explore the funding available, call us today to speak to a member of the team and to find out how your business could benefit.