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Digital health technology catalyst round 4: collaborative R&D

The Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund run over 4 years as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

It is a core element of the government’s plans to implement the Accelerated Access Review (AAR). It aims to address challenges the review identified in the development of digital health innovations, and to help grow the digital health sector.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £5 million in industrial research and experimental development projects. These must develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges.

Who Can Apply:

Companies who should  apply for this project include:

  • Biopharmaceutical companies
  • Medical R&D companies
  • Medical AI Companies
  • Medical Research institutions
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Medical Manufacturers

State aid

Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance.

Meeting Innovate UK's eligibility criteria

Your 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.

If your project’s total costs or duration fall outside of their eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to support@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request

Lead applicant

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.

If you need help to find suitable consortium partners, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network or your local Academic Health Science Network.

Partners with no funding

Projects can include partners that do not receive any funding (for example, non-UK businesses). Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs but they will not count as collaborators.

Your Proposal:

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

Your project must fulfil these points for at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Aligned with both the Industrial Strategy and the Accelerated Access Review, 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.

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Project Dates:

  • Competition opens: Monday 11 February 2019,
  • Tuesday 19 February 2019 - Online briefing event
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 12:00pm

Interested in applying? We can help.

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  • Winning Application - We’ve had some of the highest scoring applications in Europe. In fact, we recently helped 4 Irish companies win a total of €14.9m in the Irish DTIF Grant Funding competition.
  • Honest & Trustworthy – We will not waste your time or money. If we feel your application won't succeed, we will tell you before we undertake the application process.
  • Maximised Application - Benefiting from our expert grant writers will ensure your claim is maximised.
  • Risk-free Eligibility Call – Call us for a free eligibility call to see if you have an application worth applying for.

Click here to discuss your application with one of our expert grant bid writers or visit Innovate UK to find out more

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