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£1m in research funding available to medical equipment providers

30 January, 2018
£1m funding

UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £1 million to evaluate innovative medical technologies that could help the NHS to meet its priorities.

The competition, run by the Office for Life Sciences, in partnership with Innovate UK, seeks to invest in projects that help developers of medical devices, diagnostics and digital technologies to evaluate their products in a clinical setting.

Projects can range from smaller ones looking at the feasibility of collecting data to larger ones that support the actual collection of data.

They must be carried out in the NHS and show how they will impact NHS priorities. This includes to:

  • reduce cancellations or unnecessary appointments in primary and secondary care
  • reduce the burden on accident and emergency services, for example, by diverting footfall
  • improve patient safety and avoid patient harm
  • speed up diagnosis, such as improving the scope of lower cost diagnostic imaging
  • enable earlier diagnosis of cancer
  • support the management of long-term conditions, such as diabetes, chronic pain management, cardiovascular disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Competition information

  • the deadline for applications is at midday on 21 March 2018
  • projects must be led by an SME working alone or with partners, but only the lead business can apply for funding
  • we expect projects to range in size between £50,000 and £250,000 and to last up to 10 months
  • businesses could attract up to 50% of their costs

Find out more about this competition and apply.

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