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£1 million funding: SBRI Healthcare innovation

£1 million funding: SBRI Healthcare innovation

A search for innovations with the ability to transform cancer screening, and facilitate earlier and faster diagnosis has now launched. 

A new national Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare competition is being launched by NHS England, in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks, to find innovative new products and services.

The challenge at hand? The National Cancer Transformation Board have published six strategic priorities, including earlier and faster diagnosis, together with increased screening, with the aim of improving both patient care and treatment outcomes. Cancer survival rates in England are at their highest ever level, but urgent GP referrals to specialists have increased by over 500,000 since 2014. By 2035, there is a projected 40% increase in yearly cancer diagnoses compared to current levels. The goal is to reduce the diagnosis bottleneck of potential cancer patients to improve treatment and implement a new, more efficient standard of diagnosis and care.

The competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities. The competition will run in two phases: the first is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept, and will award up to £100,000 per project; the second is intended to develop successful and promising prototypes from phase one, and will be awarded up to £1,000,000 per project (from successful phase one projects).

More information about the challenge at hand can be found here.

Application to the competition ends on 6th September 2017 at 12:00. Assessment takes place after this deadline, and successful contracts will be awarded by the end of November 2017. Application bids must be registered through the SBRI Healthcare online portal

SBRI Healthcare

Small Business Research Initiative

SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, led by the Academic Health Science Network, who aim to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice.

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