Up to £8 million available for the development of commercial digital health solutions
Innovate UK has up to £8 million to invest in new technologies through the Digital Health Technology Catalyst.
The catalyst was set up under the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to address significant problems in healthcare and speed up the development of digital health innovations.
The latest round of funding will be available to industrial research and experimental development projects in a number of priority areas for health services. This includes:
cancer diagnosis and treatment
mental health services
emergency care provision
management of primary care workload
enabling patient choice
They could also include health services to maintain or improve care while reducing costs.
What types of projects are eligible?
Innovate UK expects to fund projects across a range of technologies including:
virtual and augmented reality
artificial intelligence and machine learning
use of sensors, internet of things, and networks
informatics, data analytics and process
The innovations could help in areas such as clinical decision-making, assisting patients with their treatments or improving disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care.
The competition opens on 15 February 2018 and closes at midday on 18 April 2018.
Projects must be led by an SME working with at least one partner. They are expected to range in size between £300,000 and £1 million and to last up to 30 months. Businesses could attract up to 70 per cent of their project costs