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Grants of up to £100,000 available in feasibility funding for innovations to help patient flow and children’s care

Companies are invited to bid for funding to develop solutions to improve patient flow in acute care and independence for children with long-term conditions in the latest competition from SBRI Healthcare.

Funded by NHS England, the aim of SBRI Healthcare is to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. Successful companies can receive up to £100,000 phase 1 feasibility funding each to develop products that improve patient flow in acute care, and self-care options for children with long-term conditions.

The initiative is run by the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The competition for managing patient flow in acute care is being jointly led by the West of England AHSN, Imperial College Health Partners and Health Innovation Network (South London).

The West of England AHSN has successfully supported a number of companies to secure funding through the SBRI Healthcare programme:

Folium Optics
Bristol-based Folium Optics has been awarded £1 million funding in the latest SBRI Healthcare competition to develop ‘My Health Tags’, an innovative new product designed to improve medicines adherence. Read more. 

Plessey Semiconductors
A hand-held ECG monitor that has been developed by Plessey through Phase 1 and Phase 2 Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding. Working in collaboration with the West of England AHSN and healthcare providers to spread its adoption. Watch our video.

Working with the West of England AHSN through two successful SBRI Phase 1 funding calls in improving medicines adherence in Mental Health and Improving Urgent and Emergency Care Services. Watch our video.

To date we have helped facilitate a total of £6.5 million of funding for projects through SBRI-led challenges. Find out more.

Anna Burhouse, Director of Quality for the West of England AHSN, commenting on the competition for managing patient flow in acute care, said:

“This is a very exciting opportunity to call on the expertise and innovation of business to help the NHS improve productivity and patient flow. We want to see ideas that scope better use of technologies, information and products to enable fresh ways of working, which lead to measurable improvements in outcomes for patients, productive ways of working for staff, and greater efficiencies for NHS organisations”

The competition for self-care and independence for children with long-term conditions is led by Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health).

Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment and Partnerships for Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, commenting on the competition for self-care and independence for children with long-term conditions, said:

“We know that disability in children can have a permanent effect on their life skills in adulthood. With six percent of children in the UK living with disability, there is a high need for innovations that address their health and care needs, so they can live life to the full. This will enhance their wellbeing and confidence but, over the longer term, will enable them to take advantage of greater opportunities as they move towards and through adulthood.”

Applications are invited from companies across England.  Briefing events with clinicians for interested companies will take place in London on 21 June and in Leeds on 22 June .

The deadline for applications is 28 July 2016 and full details are available on the SBRI Healthcare website.

For enquiries and support, please contact Urszula Kapoulas in our Enterprise team at

Posted on June 8, 2016

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