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  • 16 May, 2018 - 08:54
    NIHR Funding Opportunities
    NIHR: Research for Patient Benefit - Social care call

    Details: The NIHR is pleased to announce that the Research for Patient Benefit Social Care Competition has now launched. This initiative seeks to fund high quality research ideas which come from the front line of social care, and to support partnerships between social care researchers and practitioners. This applies across a wide spectrum of topic areas for research, which has the potential to improve adult social care practice. It will be open to universities, local authorities and NHS bodies or other providers of NHS services in England with individual project awards up to £350,000 available.

    Deadline for proposals: 1pm on 4th July 2018.
    Find out more here<https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/research-for-patient-benefit-social-care-call/8447?diaryentryid=32559>.

    Stroke Association: Priority Programme Awards

    Details: These awards are aimed at addressing critical gaps in stroke research evidence. The 2018 round of the Priority Programme Awards is on the psychological consequences of stroke. Priority Programme Awards offer up to £410,000 over 3 to 5 years.

    Deadline for proposals: 5pm on 13th June 2018.
    Find out more here<https://www.stroke.org.uk/about-us/research/our-funding-schemes/priority-programme-awards>.

    MRC: The aetiology of self-harm and eating disorders

    Details: The Medical Research Foundation and MRC will make available up to £2.5 million for new high-quality, internationally competitive research to investigate the aetiology and underpinning mechanisms of self-harm or eating disorders, including the underlying bio-psycho-social mechanistic and environmental drivers, in children, adolescents and young adults (up to 25 years).

    Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 26th July 2018.
    Find out more here<https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/browse/mrc-mrf/the-aetiology-of-self-harm-and-eating-disorders/>.

    MRC: Methodology research programme: June 2018

    Details: The MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Programme (MRP) is co-funded by the MRC and the NIHR. For the purposes of obtaining funding from MRP, methodology research must include at least one of the following:
    • Research primarily targeting underpinning methodologies, to create generalizable learning. Research must extend beyond a single case-study or application.
    • Methods in research', the development of methods for their implementation in research standards, with the aim of improving quality and consistency in practice, for example consensus statements.
    • Research framed within a pathways to disseminate the developed methodology, or associated learning, such as to maximise implementation and adoption. This can be comparative to test and evaluate methodology or translational to create step changes in utility or uptake.
    • Research that is led by the methodological needs of a breadth of researchers, where research outputs are designed to maximise the informative value and utility across this breadth.
    Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 20th June 2018.
    Find out more here<https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/browse/mrp/methodology-research-programme-june-2018/>.

    MRC: UK-São Paulo/Brazil: Neglected Infectious Diseases Joint Centre Partnerships

    Details: The MRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation are pleased to invite proposals to the UK-São Paulo/Brazil Neglected Infectious Diseases Joint Centre Partnerships Initiative under the umbrella of the Newton Fund. This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative Joint Centre Partnerships focused on addressing Neglected Infectious Diseases in Brazil.

    MRC will make up to £3.5m funding available for this initiative, with equivalent effort matched by FAPESP. The funders wish to support proposals with the aim of:
    • existing partnerships and developing new partnerships between the UK and São Paulo-Brazil in the area of Neglected Infectious Diseases
    • supporting collaborative research
    • supporting the mobility and exchange of UK and Brazilian researchers to enhance links between researchers in both countries
    • strengthening the strategic relationship between the UK and Brazil.
    Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 19th July 2018
    Find out more here<https://mrc.ukri.org/funding/browse/uk-brazil-nid/uk-sao-paulo-brazil-nids-joint-centre-partnerships/>.
     
  • 10 May, 2018 - 13:27
    Artificial Intelligence in Health and Social Care in England Mapping and Thought Leadership Questionnaire
    The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Artificial Intelligence Initiative seeks your input to create the ‘go to’ Directory of AI in Health and Social Care in England.

    By taking part in this short survey you will help us to showcase how AI is being used in healthcare and preventative health, and highlight barriers and enablers to its effective development. The project’s aim is to develop and drive innovation and adoption of AI technology throughout health and social care, improving care at less cost and promoting healthy lifestyles.

    As part of this work, we are particularly keen to hear of AI case studies that could have a short-term impact, especially in the area of diagnostics.  To read more about the benefits of taking part and to access the survey please click here.
  • 27 April, 2018 - 09:15
    Would you like to learn more about the Innovation Loans Open Competition?
    Innovate UK is working to broaden the range of innovation finance support available to businesses, so they can access funding at all stages of innovation. 

     
    Innovation loans are for UK small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to scale up and grow through innovation, developing new or improved products, processes or services. They can be used for late-stage research and development (R&D) projects, which have not yet reached the point of commercialisation.

    Join us at a briefing event near you or watch online
    The briefing events are designed to provide vital information to enable businesses to decide if an innovation loan is appropriate for them and, if so, to develop a clear and compelling application that shows that they have an innovative project and are suitable for a loan.
    The competition launch event, with a live and recorded webinar, will take place in London on Monday 30th April 2018. Further briefing events will be held across the UK:
    Further information

    Further information on the April 2018 Open Competition for Innovation Loans can be found on the Innovate UK competition page here
     
    The deadline for registration for the competition is 12:00 on 6 June 2018 and the application deadline is 12:00 on 13 June 2018.
  • 9 April, 2018 - 09:15
    THE INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR PROJECTS IS NOW OPEN!
    Open Accelerator (OA) is the international fast track acceleration program dedicated to projects in life sciences, with a specific focus on Central Nervous System (CNS) and Respiratory diseases (including rare diseases in those areas).

    The Call for Projects is open from today till the 10th of June 2018. 

    OA is scouting for projects and startups in the following technological areas:
    • DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS  
    • MEDICAL DEVICES, BIOMARKERS, DIAGNOSTICS
    • WEARABLES AND DIGITAL HEALTH
    • BIG DATA
    The Acceleration Program starting in September will provide intensive training, support from international experts, dedicated mentorship, business services from Deloitte, legal advice from Bird&Bird and technical support from Zambon.

    Upon completion of the Acceleration Program, the most promising projects selected by a distinguished jury will have the opportunity to:
    • Co-develop their projects with Zambon as strategic Partner;
    • Get milestones-based Seed Investment up to €100.000;
    • Use Labs and Office Spaces for free in OpenZone scientific campus;
    • Connect with a high profile network of scientific experts and business leaders;
    • Receive Advisory services from Deloitte and legal support from Bird & Bird.
    Open Accelerator is created by Zcube, research venture of Zambon Group, and is located in Bresso, Milan at the OpenZone scientific campus where 22 successful Life Sciences companies reside.

    For more information visit the web site www.openaccelerator.it or contact us at info@openaccelerator.it
  • 21 March, 2018 - 14:06
    WMAHSN/Ideas UK Networking Event: Challenge Based Innovation
    This event is aimed at anyone working in the areas of ideas management, innovation or who has a general interest in understanding how to formulate challenges to inform future service or organisational development.  

    This event is organised in partnership with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) and Ideas UK and will provide attendees the opportunity to find out and discuss the following: 
    • defining the need/challenge
    • engaging people in the definition 
    • making idea identification relevant 
    • getting buy in 
    • communicating the challenge
    • skills needed

    Please note this event is not specifically open to organisaitons working in the healthcare sector.  To book your place please click here.
  • 13 March, 2018 - 13:24
    Med-Tech: Innovations and Opportunities Evening
    You are cordially invited to attend ‘Med-Tech: Innovations and Opportunities Evening’ organised by Warwick Medical School on 10 April.

    This is the first in a series of networking events aimed at creating a forum to share ideas, strengthen existing interactions and develop new partnerships.

    We will showcase the cutting-edge expertise and technologies that are available at Warwick and explore joint funding opportunities.
    This free event will start with a keynote address by Professor Malcolm Skingle CBE, Director of Academic Liaison at GSK, entitled ‘Leveraging Science & Funding to underpin R&D’. Dinner will follow, providing a networking opportunity and further short presentations will showcase funding opportunities, available technology platforms and how to access local expertise in both the University and the NHS.
     
    This event is aimed at companies with an interest in medical technologies, as well as those supporting the sector such as product design/development consultancies, and financial and legal organisations.
     
    A limited number of spaces are available for this free event so we recommend early registration.

    Register here

    We look forward to seeing you at University of Warwick on 10 April.

    Professor Lawrence Young
    Pro-Dean for External Affairs, Warwick Medical School
    University of Warwick
  • 12 March, 2018 - 11:47
    Aseptika and Zenzium Win Innovate UK funding to build Artificial Intelligence (AI) into Apps and Medical Wearables
    Aseptika and Zenzium Win Innovate UK funding to build Artificial Intelligence (AI) into Apps and Medical Wearables: supporting patients with respiratory disease

    Monday 12th March 2018, St Ives, Cambridgeshire: Aseptika and Zenzium, Ltd., have been awarded a grant from the UK’s innovation agency to develop a new home-based early warning system for people with severe respiratory disease. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will automatically analyse and learn from data generated by the patient at home, using easy-to-use medical monitors and wearables, which connect to Aseptika’s Activ8rlives App.

    “You have a 75% chance of becoming ill in 7 days. You need to ask for help and start taking your Rescue Pack.”

    This will be the level of expertise available to patients that self-care at home that suffer from severe respiratory disease when AI is combined with the latest connected home-use medical monitors and wearables to avoid having to go to hospital.

    The Winter of 2017-2018 will be remembered as the time the NHS treated a record number of patients in its A&E departments. Planning for this was extensive, but demand outstripped supply and NHS frontline staff worked around the clock, prompting new calls to find solutions for the challenges in providing health and social care for an ageing population.

    The challenge for many patients that have long-term health conditions is knowing when to act and to act sooner. Being able to tell the difference between a “bad day” due to the cold weather and the start of life-threatening exacerbation can be a problem for many patients. 

    Acting earlier means that an exacerbation can be controlled with steroids and/or antibiotics in “rescue packs” that patients are issued with to keep at home for emergencies. All too often, patients start using their rescue packs too late and their health deteriorates quickly. Many patients admitted as an emergency this winter, were suffering from respiratory conditions set-off by the winter flu.

    Aseptika and Zenzium will work together to create a system to automatically warn when the patients health is declining. Looking at anonymised information gathered from previous clinical trials showed that many patients do not treat exacerbations and may not even be aware that they are having them. Some perhaps delay treatment hoping that things will get better by themselves. The inflammation of lung tissue during an exacerbation leads to irreversible damage. Over time and after repeated cycles, patients develop shortness of breath and even more opportunities for infections to take hold, in a downward spiral.

    With funding from Innovate UK, the two companies will develop a series of mathematical algorithms, which could be used to prewarn patients of the start of an exacerbation process and to give a risk score for predicted severity to urge earlier action. These patterns are different for each patient but are often repeated. These will be automatically analysed to give a personal detection score that will be continually updated as it learns about each patient and contributes this knowledge to evolve its understanding of these conditions.

    The Companies will introduce this Smart LungHealth system in the form of the Cloud-connecting Activ8rlives4 App and will also embed the AI alerting system into Aseptika’s future wearable medical monitor called the BuddyWOTCH, currently in development.
     
  • 12 March, 2018 - 08:50
    Differentiated Vs. Incremental Innovation – Are you Focusing on your Customers?
    We often talk about incremental innovation or radical innovation, but what about the spectrum that lies between and are you really focussing on your customers?
     
    Join ideasUK and Wazoku on Thursday 22 March 9:00 GMT/13:00 GST for a 30 minute online webinar to:
    • Get familiar with the innovation spectrum and the different types of innovation
    • Find out which part of the spectrum your organisation falls into
    • Define differentiated or customer-centric innovation
    • Learn about the advantages of incremental innovation
    • Find out how moving up the innovation spectrum affects the organisational culture 
    Speakers:
    Zena Cox, Operations Director, ideasUK
    Rosemarie Diegnan, Chief Strategy & product Officer, Wazoku
    Milena Veneva, Partner Marketing Manager, Wazoku
     
    To register, click the following link:
    https://wazoku.clickmeeting.com/differentiated/register
  • 12 March, 2018 - 08:45
    Latest NIHR funding calls and other opportunities
    NIHR Health Technology Assessment – Topics for future commissioned calls
     
    The HTA Programme is considering the below topics for future commissioned research. The likely advert date for these topics, if prioritised, is March 2018. However, please note this is an indicative date, which may change. The commissioning brief, published when the call opens, will provide details of the topic. If you have a comment or question about these potential future research topics, please email htafunding@nihr.ac.uk
     
    The HTA Programme is considering the following topics:
    ·         Repair of digital nerve injury
    ·         Microstructural scaffold insertion following microfracture for chondral knee defect
    ·         Paediatric wrist fractures – operate or not?
    ·         Non-operative vs operative management of unstable ankle fractures
    ·         Anticonvulsant augmentation of antipsychotic medication in the management of psychosis
    ·         Routinely used interventions for improving attachment in infants and young children
    ·         Behavioural intervention to treat anxiety in adults with autism and moderate to severe learning disabilities
    ·         Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor for the treatment of anxiety in adults with autism
    ·         Preventing job loss in people with a long term physical health condition
    ·         Active case finding of coeliac disease in primary care
    ·         Clinical and cost effectiveness of alternative catheter design at preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection
    ·         Nebulised saline in patients with COPD
     
    Find out more here.
     
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    NIHR Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme
     
    Details: The Rapid Funding Scheme (RFS) offers researchers the opportunity to apply for funds to conduct rapid baseline data collection, as well as other feasibility work, prior to intervention implementation, for time-limited opportunities such as a natural experiment or similar evaluations of a new public health intervention.
     
    The RFS has been set up to provide the public health research community with an accelerated route to funding for small-scale, short and time sensitive proposals that demonstrate a need for a rapid commissioning process to be followed. Funding will be offered, subject to appropriate scientific scrutiny, on the understanding that a full application to support completion of the evaluation will be forthcoming at an appropriate time point.
     
    Application deadline: 31st December 2018
     
    Find out more here.
     
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    MRC & NRF UK-Kenya Joint Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases
     
    Details: The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Kenya are pleased to invite research proposals to the Newton Fund’s UK-Kenya Joint Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases. This initiative will provide funding for high quality collaborative research projects focused on addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya.
     
    Deadline for expression of interest: 9th April 2018
    Deadline for proposals: 4pm on 9th May 2018
     
    Find out more here.
     
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    NIHR Funding deadlines calendar
    For an overview of the year’s NIHR calls and ongoing opportunities, please view the online calendar: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/current-funding-opportunities/
     
  • 12 March, 2018 - 08:38
    Information Sessions on Funding & Supports // EIT Health UK-Ireland // Startup & Entrepreneur Days
    Rosemary Gallagher, Business Creation Manager for EIT Health UK-Ireland, will be on the road next week promoting the EIT Health Accelerator Call 2018. Please join us for a series of events offering networking, training, and advice. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about funding and support initiatives in 2018 and find out how to grow your business, whether you’re a postgraduate student with an idea or an SME ready to explore overseas markets. As many of you have participated in the Accelerator before, please consider inviting a friend along.  
     
    The EIT Health Accelerator supports business and innovation across Europe. We support every stage of development, from Bootcamps for budding entrepreneurs and funding programmes to help shorten time to market, scale up, and scale out. Applications are now open for the Headstart Funding Programme, where ten worthy companies will be awarded up to €50,000 in the UK Ireland as well as an opportunity to pitch at the International Business Festival in June 2018.
     
    Come along, say hello, meet successful entrepreneurs and their supporters, and find out what it takes to make your EIT Health Accelerator application stand out from the crowd.
     
    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-ireland-start-up-entrepreneur-days-registration-42119040183
     
    For more information contact Rosemary Gallagher, Business Creation Manager, EIT Health UK-Ireland [rosemary.gallagher@eithealth.eu]
    Regional Events
    ·      5th March, Newcastle - 12:00 - 15:00
    ·      6th March, London - 16:00 - 18:00
    ·      7th March, Oxford - 18:00 - 20:00
    ·      8th March, Galway - 16:00 - 18:00
     
    Please note the UK-Ireland Entrepreneur Days will be held at different dates and locations across the UK and Ireland. You can preferred event via the ticket selection. See below for specific information about each regional event.
     
    5th March, Newcastle - 12:00 - 15:00
    Venue: Newcastle University Research Beehive
    Time: 12-3pm, including lunch
    Speakers:
    • Rosemary Gallagher, Business Creation Manager EIT Health: “The EIT Health Accelerator Programmes 2018: supporting businesses from ideation to market”
    • Graham Armitage, Director of Business and Innovation, Newcastle University: “The Newcastle University Innovation Ecosystem”
    • Jerome DeBarros, Innovate UK
     
    6th March, London - 16:00 - 18:00
    Venue: WeWork Paddington, with refreshments
    Time: 16:00 - 18:00
    Speakers:
    • Rosemary Gallagher, Business Creation Manager, EIT Health UK-Ireland
    • Tracey Marriott, Oxford AHSN
    • ...with more to be announced
     
    7th March, Oxford - 18:00 - 20:00
    Venue: Said Business School, with refreshments
    Time: 18:00 – 20:00
    Speakers:
    • Rosemary Gallagher, Business Creation Manager, EIT Health UK-Ireland
    • James Rose, Oxford AHSN
    • ..with more to be announced

    8th March, Galway - 16:00 - 18:00
    Venue: Portershed, Eyre Square, GAlway
    Time: 16:00 - 18:00 followed by MedTech Brew @ Electric Theatre & Garden (separate registration)
    Speakers:
    • Rosemary Gallagher, Business Creation Manager, EIT Health UK-Ireland
    • Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager, Western Development Commission
    • Majella Maher, Senior Commercialisation Specialist, Lifescience & Food Commercialisation, Enterprise Ireland
    • Tony O'Halloran & John Thompson, AuriGen Medical - Winners of EIT Health Headstart 2017