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  • 24 September, 2018 - 10:04
    Brexit - Future Relationships
    The Government’s future relationship White Paper outlines the UK’s vision for a principled, pragmatic and practical Brexit that will enable businesses, civil society and citizens to thrive. You can find the full text of the White Paper by clicking here or alternatively you can download a summary document by clicking here.  You may also find the Life Sciences Future Relationship White Paper summary useful which is available by clicking here.
  • 20 September, 2018 - 10:32
    West Midlands Tech Awards 2018
    BirminghamLive and CoventryLive will be coming together in December to celebrate the people, businesses and organisations who are using digital innovation to drive positive change for the regional economy and its people.

    The awards will recognise everything from pure-play digital start ups to traditional firms using digital innovation to transform their businesses. It will also highlight the use of digital technologies to find new ways to deliver public services and the artists, creatives and musicians using digital approaches to enhance the life and culture of the region.

    The awards are open to individuals and companies based in or connected to Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire, the Black Country, Solihull and South Staffordshire. Nominations close on Friday 26th October. For more information please click here.
  • 12 September, 2018 - 11:31
    Apply for up to £500 travel support to attend an NMBP international brokerage event

     Dear Safina Mistry

    Are you an SME looking for collaboration opportunities or to find partners for your Horizon 2020 project in Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP)? 
    Apply for up to £500 towards travel and accommodation costs to attend one of these events in Europe:
    NMBP Event: Sustainable Chemistry Brokerage Event
    23rd October 2018, Brussels, Belgium
    NMBP Event: Sectoral Cooperation on Skills: Industrial Symbiosis and Energy Efficiency, Consortia Building Workshop
    29th October 2018, Vienna, Austria
    NMBP Event: Industrial Technologies 2018
    30th October 2018, Vienna, Austria

    Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are offering UK-based R&D performing SMEs the opportunity to receive a contribution of up to £500 towards travel and accommodation costs.
    Applying does not guarantee you will receive travel support. Your application will be evaluated and only successful applicants will receive support. 
    Apply before close of play on Monday 24th September. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 28th September.

    Click here for more information.
  • 10 September, 2018 - 16:00
    Accelerate: Scale up and Game On - 17th October
    Innovation Engine are holding the following event and we would be delighted if you or any of your colleagues could join us and also if you would push details of the event out to relevant companies please. 

    It is a jam-packed day, full of great business leaders and entrepreneurs such as Jason Stockwood, Simply Business, Sunday Times Best Employer two years running, so don’t miss the opportunity,sign up on the link below and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 17th October.

    Sign up here
  • 10 September, 2018 - 15:51
    Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) 2019/20
    Launched at Expo 2018 on 5 September 2018 and as part of NHS England’s commitment to the Five Year Forward View, NHS England has developed the Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) 2019/20.

    The ITP aims to deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – supporting the NHS to adopt innovative market-ready medical devices, diagnostics, digital platforms and technologies which have demonstrated improvement to the quality and efficiency of patient care, by removing financial or procurement barriers to uptake.

    To find out more please click here or if you would like to discuss this further please contact Tammy Holmes ( 
  • 10 September, 2018 - 10:07
    Innovation in Action - Ministry of Interior, Abu Dhabi
    deasUK are delighted to bring you another webinar to enable us to share and learn from each other, promoting workplace innovation.  
    The Ministry of Interior, who have achieved Platinum Accreditation from ideasUK for five consecutive years are sharing their knowledge around how they have created and continue to evolve their award winning ideas programme.
    The team will share their insights on what it takes to sustain performance, including how they have developed a process to ensure quick implementation of incremental ideas; encourage customers, suppliers and ‘The public’ to submit ideas; the recognition programme that keeps employees engaged and the internal training programme developed to increase knowledge and embed a culture of innovation.
    Dial in on:    TUESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
    Time:             10.00 GMT / 13:00 Gulf Standard Time
    Duration:     30 Minutes
    To join the conversation, register now:

    If you are happy to share your experiences and would like to be involved in a future webinar – please get in contact!
    Zena Cox
    Operations Director, ideasUK
    +44 7887 640246
  • 3 September, 2018 - 15:51
    Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, visits Digital Health West Midlands
    The Health and Social Care Secretary, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP was welcomed last Thursday, 23 August, by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s (WMAHSN) innovation service, Digital Health West Midlands (DHWM). Matt Hancock was on a visit to the region to highlight new technologies and to outline his intentions of digital health, listing digital health innovation that improves care for patients, as one of his top three initial priorities.

    On his visit to iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham’s digital campus in Birmingham, the Health Secretary was introduced to the digital health team, the Serendip® Digital Health Incubator and the WM Digital Health Accelerator by Commercial Director, Tony Davis and Lead for Digital Health West Midlands, Neil Mortimer.
    Matt Hancock MP met up with a number of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) leading on digital innovations support by the Digital Health West Midlands team. Sitting at the heart of the iCentrum building, the Serendip Digital Health Incubator provides market access and expertise for digital start-ups and​ SMEs through close partnerships with major organisations, thereby accelerating the early growth of new business.

    GiveVision, one of the start-ups/SMEs at Serendip working in collaboration with WMAHSN-DHWM as commercial partner, gave the Secretary of State an impressive run-through of their innovative products and an opportunity to try out one of them. Stan Karpenko, CEO of GiveVision, explained how the virtual-reality solution enhances sight for people with particular types of Macular Degeneration and gave Matt Hancock MP the task of reading a passage of text with a pair of the VR glasses.

    Stan said: “Our goal is to eradicate the barriers preventing people living with sight loss from living full and independent lives. GiveVision exists primarily to provide innovative accessibility solutions to empower increased numbers of blind and visually-impaired people into mainstream society, education, and employment. Being part of the digital health community-based in the Digital Health quarter of the Serendip Smart City Incubator has delivered many benefits for GiveVision including collaboration with businesses in the digital incubators at iCentrum such as Barclays Digital Eagles, Transport for WM, Tata Motors, and GymShark.”

    Another SME at Serendip who spoke to the Health Secretary was Rich Westman, the CEO of Birmingham-based pioneering digital health company, Kaido Wellbeing. Westman has created a workforce wellbeing platform that uses smart technology and access to world-leading Artificial Intelligence to empower individuals and their communities to make educated lifestyle choices. He reflected on Hancock’s visit saying: “We are hugely grateful to Matt Hancock for coming to see what we are doing for digital health innovations at Kaido. It was an absolute privilege to present our work and talk all things workforce health and technology.”

    In 2018, following an introduction from WMAHSN-DHWM, Kaido’s health and well-being challenges were launched to 9,000 staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. In the challenges, points are rewarded based on positive improvements that participants make to their daily activities.  

    Further along his tour of the innovation building, Matt Hancock met the DHWM team and gained a good understanding of the Digital Health Ambassadors’ role and how they help SMEs to find the right parts of the NHS to approach and target viable investment routes such as venture capital and NHS Test Beds. The Secretary of State also gained an insight into the emerging theme of SMEs using NHS contracts to lever entry into private sector markets. For example, Kaido’s contracts with NHS Trusts led to large deals with KPMG and Müller, consequently driving workforce productivity beyond the region’s health sector. Hancock was also very interested in the WMAHSN SME Innovation Fund and its use of venture capital to support SMEs – particularly the ability of SMEs to opt to convert the loan into equity, giving the NHS and AHSNs a stake in digital businesses, a model already adopted in universities and academia.

    Before leaving, the Secretary of State met Katie Buckingham of Altruist Enterprises, a provider of tailored training for organisations, which use artificial intelligence to personalise content to prevent, identify and tackle stress within workplaces. Katie raised important topics on employee mental health and the government's £300m pledge towards mental health staff in schools. Matt Hancock then spent some time with the B13 Technology team who are developing digital clinical guidance for community-based clinicians, before ending his visit with Tony Davis and Neil Mortimer sharing his insights and views of the growth of digital health and innovation.
    Neil Mortimer, Lead for Digital Health West Midlands, said: “We are delighted that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, was able to visit WMAHSN’s Digital Health West Midlands and offer his support for digital health innovation.

    Digital Health West Midlands are well on their way to building a sustainable digital innovation network, which has a regional, national and international impact. DHWM will provide the conduit of connectivity and revolutionise the potential to increase the possibilities of new and emerging technologies like blockchain, virtual reality and artificial intelligence services. This will bring together clinicians, developers, businesses, patients and researchers, to develop solutions that enhance health and social care whilst using the same networks, changing not only the way we interact with technology but how we work and live.”
  • 22 August, 2018 - 13:38
    CRN Primary Care Commercial Research Event
    CRN West Midlands would like to invite you to a Primary Care Commercial Research event on Friday 21 September 2018.

    The Primary Care landscape is changing, with new care models emerging and the transition of many clinical areas to Primary Care. This event is an opportunity for us to showcase the wealth of experience we have in our region, with our enthusiastic research active Practices, and to see how we can collaborate together on future research, to enhance the CRN offering to all stakeholders involved.

    For more information click here.
  • 22 August, 2018 - 08:36
    27 October event at Birmingham Library; Research Changes Lives
    Research Changes Lives

    Showcasing NIHR Health and Social Care Research in Birmingham

    Free Public Event
    Saturday 27 October 2018 1pm-4.30pm Library of Birmingham

    Calling all researchers!

    We’re looking for enthusiastic researchers to share their research with the public. Bold, creative approaches encouraged.

    **Share your research with visitors to this fantastic venue** **Engage and interact with the public**
    **Free to exhibit**

    To register your interest in exhibiting, please request an application form from (to be returned by 5 September)
  • 20 August, 2018 - 09:44
    Latest funding calls and other opportunities
    NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Connect - Call 2
    i4i Connect is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway. Offering between £50,000-£150,000 over a 6 - 12 month period, its primary aim is to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding, in particular for a full i4i Product Development Award (PDA), or to support projects at any stage of the translational research and development pathway to further de-risk them for follow on investment.

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 11th September 2018
    Find out more here<>.

    BrightFocus Foundation: Alzheimer's Disease Research Program
    Details: BrightFocus Foundation is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. Their programs are designed to provide initial funding for highly innovative experimental ideas for Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

    The Alzheimer's Disease Research program offers two types of awards:

    Standard Awards
    The standard award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.

     *   Award Amount: $300,000
     *   Duration: 3 years

    Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
    Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career.

     *   Award Amount: $200,000
     *   Duration: 2 years

    Deadline for proposals: 5pm EST (Washington, D.C.) on 2nd October 2018
    Find out more here<>.

    BrightFocus National Glaucoma Research Program
    Details: BrightFocus Foundation is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. Their programs are designed to provide initial funding for highly innovative experimental ideas for Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

    The standard award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.

     *   Award Amount: $200,000
     *   Maximum Duration: 2 years

    Deadline for proposals: 5pm EST (Washington, D.C.) on 9th November 2018
    Find out more here<>.

    RDS West Midlands can offer free expert support and advice on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR funding - please complete our online Request for Support<> form to gain access to our advice.