The Long Term Care Revolution National Challenge

This SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that disrupt the institutional long-term care model, ensuring that UK businesses are well placed to take advantage of this growing market opportunity. 

The competition is open to organisations (large enterprises, SMEs, micro businesses, entrepreneurs, third sector, public and private sector) working together as a consortium through a single contracted project lead, to develop and deliver commercially viable products, services and systems. 
Successful applications will attract a 100% funded development contract over a period of up to 24 months. 
The competition opens on 7 April 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 26 August 2015. The deadline for applications is at noon on 2 September 2015. Projects are expected to commence inJanuary 2016. 
There will be a briefing event for potential applicants on 14 April 2015



Up to £99,000 will be available for NHS organisations that come up with new digital services that improve patient care and help share information more easily across the NHS, the Department of Health announced today.
The Information Sharing Challenge Fund is looking for innovative ideas that change the way information is currently used and shared between different organisations so that NHS staff, clinicians and patients can access information when they need to and patients can be involved in decisions about their care if they wish to be.
NHS organisations can bid for funding if their ideas demonstrate value for money and can easily be adopted by other NHS organisations as part of the NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK). The toolkit is a set of standards and frameworks that allows different IT systems to connect together.


£4 million for innovative solutions to tackle healthcare problems

The government has announced £4 million of funding for businesses to develop cutting-edge ideas to address some of the biggest health problems of our time.
The Department of Health has opened two new competitions with up to £2 million of funding each to develop technological and innovative solutions that can:
• Change people's behaviour in order to reduce the impact of obesity and alcohol related diseases.
• Improve the number of patients taking their medication as prescribed.

Competition - Change people's behaviour in order to reduce the impact of obesity and alcohol related diseases.
The application process is run through NHS London. All applications should be made using the application form, which can be downloaded from
Key dates
Competition launch- 28 March 2012
Deadline for applications- 1 June 2012

Competition - Improve the number of patients taking their prescribed medication.
The application process is run through Health Enterprise East, the NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England. All applications should be made using the application forms, which can be downloaded from
Please email your forms to by 1200hrs on 18th May 2012.
Key dates
Competition launch- 28 March 2012
Deadline for applications- 18 May 2012

For more information please download the call information here

Designers to develop innovative new concepts to improve life with dementia

‘Thinking dogs for dementia' and an appetite-stimulating ‘scent clock' are amongst five innovative products and services which will be developed by teams of designers, support groups and industry experts, to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.
The announcement was made today by the Department of Health and the Design Council which will award the teams a share of £360,000 to design and develop prototypes of their ideas.

A million people in the UK will be living with dementia by 2012 and one in three of us who live to 65 will have some form of the condition. The project aims to develop the next generation of products and services, drive innovation and stimulate the market, in a bid to improve the quality of life for those with dementia, their families and carers.

The teams will be showcasing the prototypes of their solutions and services early next year and have 20 weeks to develop their ideas. The concepts and their teams are:

• Dogs for people with early stage dementia- developing a service that explores the potential of trained dogs in a dementia situation to help maintain independence, dignity, companionship and joy
(Alzheimer Scotland, Glasgow School of Art (product design) + Dogs for the Disabled)

• A permanently worn discreet wristband to aid dementia sufferers. The product will provide user identification, personal monitoring and emergency alert functionalities via 3D accelerometers and RFID, and will enhance the current buddi telecare system.
(Buddi + Sebastian Conran associates)

• A web and mobile-based service for carers of people with dementia to help them find work that can be delivered on a time and location flexible basis. This will enable carers to supplement their income and protect their savings whilst also enabling them to stay within the world of work. 
(CREO Strategic Solutions, A+B Studio, FLY Design, FeedHenry)

• The Scent Clock' – a home scent-device to stimulate appetite and enhance nutritional status in dementia. The device will look to increase the likelihood of eating, reducing the issues of weight loss, dehydration, fatigue and malnutrition that people with dementia experience.  (Rodd Design, The Olfactory Experience, Gwen Coleman + Crossmodal Research Lab, University of Oxford)

• ‘Grouple' – a collaborative caring and sharing tool which enable the family to support their relative through easier, accessible communication. Applicable from the point of diagnosis, Grouple will provide online and physical tools to facilitate co-ordinated support. (Studiohead, BT Innovate & Design, Louise Wilson, Ifung Lu, Meike Walcha + Jewish Care)

Paul Burstow, Care Services Minister: "It is fantastic that the Design Council's innovation challenge for dementia produced the highest number of applications it has ever received.
The five winning concepts have made it through an incredibly competitive process and they have the potential to help people live better and longer with dementia. I look forward to seeing how these exciting and innovative projects are developed in the coming months"

Mat Hunter, Design Council's Chief Design Officer says: "This is the latest example of design taking a pioneering role, in rethinking what it means to live with dementia. This challenge has prompted some new and unusual collaborations between designers and industry experts and they have created an inspired range of solutions. We look forward to the prototypes being unveiled in early next year."


For more information please download the information here.


Technology Inspired Innovation- Competition for Collaborative R&D Funding, October 2011

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £15m in collaborative research and development projects that stimulate
innovation across our key enabling technology areas – advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, photonics and electrical systems; information and
communications technology; and nanoscale technologies.

This competition is co-funded by Scottish Enterprise with up to £2.75m of additional funding. Our focus is on projects where recent
technological discoveries or breakthroughs have inspired people to innovate in a context of significant technology risk, or have led to
ideas that are yet to find applications in a recognised market or business sector.

For more information download the call document here


Grant for R&D (single business)

The Grant for Research and Development (Grant for R&D) scheme opens on April 4th 2011. Grant for R and D is available to single companies. Three types of grant are available: -

  • Proof of market grant
  • Proof of concept grant
  • Development of prototype grant

Pre start-ups, start-ups, and small and medium-sized businesses from all sectors across the UK may apply for the Grant for R&D programme. 

Grant for R and D responsive mode is "always open". However to assist the Technology Strategy Board in the processing of these applications, TSB assign them into batches for final assessment and funding. Once an application is submitted, it is forwarded to the appointed assessors to begin the assessment process. At the batch assessment date indicated below, any remaining applications are sent to assessors. Any applications submitted after 12.00 noon on the batch assessment date will be reviewed with the following batch of assessments. Following the batch assessment date, the Technology Strategy Board collates all of the assessment feedback and scores from the assessors and then ranks all submissions in batches and assigns the available funding. Therefore an applicant should expect to hear from the Technology Strategy Board approximately one month after the batch assessment date with respect to its funding decision. Batch assessment dates 2011-12 2011 • 5th May • 7th July • 1st Sept • 3rd November 2012 • 5th Jan • 1st March Open date: 04 April 2011


Email: Phone number: 0300 3214357

ICT PSP Work Programme 2011 adopted, launch of the 5th Call for Proposals

(25 February 2011) The ICT PSP WP2011 was formally adopted by the Commission today, Friday 25 February. An Information Day, on the 5th Call for proposals, will take place in Brussels on Monday 28 February and this will be web streamed. The 5th Call for proposals, based on ICT PSP WP2011, will be open from 1 March until 1 June 2011. The WP describes the themes, the objectives and the types of actions that will be supported following the calls for proposals. This year, the focus is on 5 themes:

  1. ICT for a low carbon economy and smart mobility
  2. Digital Content
  3. ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion
  4. ICT for innovative government and public services
  5. Open innovation for Internet-based services in "Smart" cities

After the evaluation of the proposals and the negotiations for the retained ones, the projects should be launched by the end of 2011 or early 2012. Up to 40 additional actions, mainly pilot ones, would complement the approximately 100 Pilot and 30 Networking actions, that have been launched over 2007-2010 (for nearly 310 M€). In addition 9.5 M€ should be dedicated in 2011 to studies, benchmarking surveys and high level conferences. More details on the call for proposals and on running activities are available on the ICT PSP web site.

SBRI East – Improving the Health of People with Long-Term Conditions ‘Personalisation and Empowerment'

A new SBRI East competition is being launched by the NHS in the east of England to find ways to help better support the growing number of people with long-term health conditions. It is looking to industry to bring new technological solutions to support the achievement of health priorities in the East of England and increase the possibility of adoption in the NHS.

SBRI East would like ideas that can be shown to make a difference to the care of people with long-term conditions. The areas that proposals should focus on are:

  • Delivery of care closer to home and in the home
  • The empowerment of people to take greater control and responsibility of their health and care

The competition launched on the 28th February. Potential applicants are strongly recommended to read the brief, guidance and FAQ's before submitting applications.

More details on the SBRI East competition including the above documents can be found on the Health Enterprise East website.

Could your products and ideas make a difference?

Do you have a new product, service or innovation that could help patients with cardiovascular disease or other long-term conditions? Would you like the opportunity to have it evaluated in a clinical setting?

Smart Solutions for Healthcare is a new programme which aims to help the NHS make significant improvements in Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP). They are specifically interested in new technologies, products, services that enable patients to have a greater role in managing their own health, or help the NHS improve staff productivity and eliminate waste. Between four and ten products or services will be selected to undergo evaluations in a clinical setting. The programme is open to companies or other non-NHS organisations of any size, from any sector.

Products and services must address the priority areas of cardiovascular disease (including aneurysm, angina, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, cerebrovascular accident or stroke, cerebrovascular disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction or heart attack, venous thromboembolism, peripheral vascular disease and hypertension) orlong-term conditions (including respiratory conditions, cancer, diabetes, renal disease, hypothyroidism and epilepsy)

For further information see the website at