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Organisations can apply for a share of funding for innovative technology to improve dermatology, improve care for stroke patients, or develop new vaccines against infectious diseases.

Improving the diagnosis and management of skin conditions

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition, with funding of up to £450,000 from NHS Scotland in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise.

The competition is looking for proposals that:

  • Helps patients manage their help from home
  • Free up clinic appointment times for patients who need a longer consultation with a dermatologist
  • Minimise time consultants spend on administrative tasks

The competition opens on 14 November 2016, and is open to organisations of any size. The registration deadline is 4 January 2017.

You can work alone or in collaboration with others. Up to £150,000 is available for phase 1, which will show the technical feasibility of your innovation. Projects can have up to a total cost of £30,000 each and last up to 6 months. Phase 2 is only open to applicants who have successfully completed phase 1. In phase 2, you will develop and evaluated prototypes or demonstrators of the most promising projects completed in phase 1. Projects should last up to 1 year and cost up to £150,000. Phase 2 will have total funding of up to £300,000.

For more information about this competition, see the competition brief available at Innovate UK.

Improving care for stroke patients

A Northern Ireland-led international consortium is inviting innovative businesses to apply for a share of up to £2.7 million to develop new technical care solutions for stroke patients.

The project, which is funding through the Horizon 2020 programme, aims to discover innovative approaches to post-stroke care and improve the independence of stroke survivors.

The competition is in three phases:

  • Phase 1 – Successful applicants will receive funding of up to €60,000 to carry out feasibility studies or solution development projects lasting 6 months
  • Phase 2 – Successful companies from phase 1 will receive funding of up to €105,700 to develop prototypes of their proposed solutions
  • Phase 3 – Successful companies from phase 2 will receive funding of up to €930,000 to develop their solutions at scale in Northern Ireland and Italy

The competition is open now, and the application deadline is 9 December 2016.

For more information about this competition, see the tender information on the eTendersNI website.

Developing new vaccines against infectious diseases

The Department of Health is investing up to £25 million in projects to develop new vaccines against 12 diseases which have the potential to cause epidemics in low and middle-income countries.

This is a SBRI competition run in partnership with the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council which is open to organisations of all sizes. Academic, industry, and government bodies may all apply for funding.

The competition has 2 stages:

  • Stage 1 – Applicants should explore the scientific, technical, and commercial feasibility of their concept of the development of vaccines and vaccine technology. Individual contracts will be worth up to £500,000 and projects should last up to 12 months. There is up to £10 million allocated for this stage of the competition.
  • Stage 2 – Only projects supported in stage 1 will be eligible for stage 2 funding. Individual contracts will be worth up to £2 million, with projects lasting up to 24 months. There is up to £15 million allocated for this stage of the competition.

The competition is open now. The registration deadline is 21 December 2016, and the application deadline is 4 January 2017.

For more information about this competition, see the competition brief available at Innovate UK.


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