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Funding and opportunities

Our business development team provides support to innovators, start-ups and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) working in the health and life science sector across the West of England region and beyond.

We work closely with our member organisation to identify local needs and priorities in the healthcare industry. This information, combined with our large network enables us to reach out to companies through open innovation challenge pathways to provide solutions.

Alongside partners, we have received funding from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to create bespoke business support programmes. These programmes are designed to help innovators and SMEs to develop and commercialise innovative products and services that have the potential to improve and transform healthcare.

You can learn more about our regional programmes below:


Health Tech Accelerator Programme

This programme supports small and medium-sized enterprises in the West of England region develop new products or services for the health and life science sector.

Support offered: mentoring and business support (including planning and strategy, financial advice, market research, IP advice and bid writing); sector specific expertise; networking & academic/ industry collaboration opportunities

Stage of innovation: any
Open to: start-ups and SMEs based in the West of England who are looking to further develop novel products or services for the health and life science sector
Application deadline:
 ongoing


SBRI Healthcare Integrated Care and Social Care Challenge

**Applications are now closed**

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is an NHS England funded initiative led by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) to develop technology solutions for known healthcare challenges.

Support offered: up to £100,000 funding for phase one (feasibility) and up to £1 million for phase two (development) for solutions that match the needs of the NHS

Stage of innovation: ready to launch
Open to: all organisation that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution
Application deadline:
closed


SBRI Healthcare Cardiovascular Challenge

**Applications are now closed**

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is an NHS England funded initiative led by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) to develop technology solutions for known healthcare challenges.

Support offered: up to £100,000 funding for phase one (feasibility) and up to £1 million for phase two (development) for solutions that match the needs of the NHS

Stage of innovation: ready to launch
Open to: all organisation that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution
Application deadline:
closed


Swindon & Wiltshire Health and Life Science Innovation Hub

**Applications are now closed**

The Innovation Hub supports small and medium-sized enterprises in the health and life science sector to bring healthcare innovations to the market.

Support offered: a range of business support opportunities, including mentoring and specialised health sector advice.

Stage of innovation: any
Open to: companies situated in, operating in or planning to relocate to the Swindon or Wiltshire area
Application deadline:
closed


Health Innovation Programme 

**Applications are now closed**

An intensive, fully-funded, four-day personal development course.

Support offered: coaching, mentoring and personal development support

Stage of innovation: a product or service already in development or simply the germ of an idea
Open to: West of England AHSN members (NHS commissioners, providers & universities), micro- businesses, Small & Medium Enterprises and public contributors based in the West of England geographical area
Application deadline:
closed


Evidence into Practice Challenge

**This challenge is now closed**

An open call to healthcare professionals in the West of England who have an evidence-based idea for an initiative or project that will improve healthcare. The applicant must have previously implemented the project at least on a small scale.

Support offered: support to enable the development and spread of this great idea across other organisations in the region, and possibly even nationally.

Stage of innovation: proven  in your own organisation
Open to: anyone employed by one of our member organisations
Application deadline: closed


The Future Challenges: Young People and Mental Health Resilience

**This challenge is now closed**

A national call looking for innovative solutions to two priorities:

  • building and promoting resilience
  • early identification

Support offered: £40,000 is available to pilot your solution in one of our healthcare member organisations, plus the opportunity to have the project evaluated.

Stage of innovation: on the market
Open to: companies
Application process: This is a procurement call for products and services already on the market. Briefing documents and the application form will be available on the Bravo Solutions platform.
Application deadline: closed


The Future Challenges: Keeping Healthy at Home

**This challenge is now closed** 

A national call looking for innovative solutions to two priorities:

  • staying well & confident and out of hospital (prevention, citizen focused)
  • staying connected and supported at the right time and right place (self-management, citizen focused)

Support offered: £40,000 is available to pilot your solution in one of our healthcare member organisations, plus the opportunity to have the project evaluated.

Stage of innovation: on the market
Open to: companies
Application process: This is a procurement call for products and services already on the market. Briefing documents and the application form will be available on the Bravo Solutions platform.
Application deadline: closed


Create Open Health

**This call is now closed**

Create Open Health is a call for digital or technology-based solutions, which could be implemented within the NHS and health sector to support the mental well being of young people in the UK.

Support offered: successful applicants will be offered the chance to build on their ideas during an intensive two day development bootcamp and hackathon. We’ll give applicants guidance on financing their idea, and in implementing their idea within the healthcare sector.

Stage of innovation: proof of concept/ concept
Open to: entrepreneurs, people who’ve got lived experience, parents, caregivers, healthcare practitioners, members of the general public
Application deadline: 
closed