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  • 19 February, 2018 - 09:02
    Research Grant & Fellowship Application Training Conference
    The NIHR Clinical Research Network are hosting a West Midlands Training Conference on 27th March in Birmingham focused on success with research grants and fellowships (showcasing NIHR funding schemes, fellowship schemes and how to access support from Patient and Public Involvement, the Research Design Service and registered Clinical Trials Units in the region).

    The programme is available by clicking here, please confirm your place by emailing Debbie Peplow on debbie.peplow@nihr.ac.uk (places are filling quickly).
  • 14 February, 2018 - 09:54
    Meet the Gulf Region Life Science Buyers
    Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry CV7 9JU
    21 March 2018, 09:30 – 15:30


    This Meet the Buyer event is a fantastic opportunity for Midlands Engine Life Sciences businesses to meet face-to-face with a range of leading buyers and distributor partners from the UAE, Oman and Kuwait to promote their goods and services.

    The Midlands Engine is at the cutting-edge of the UK life sciences sector and home to over 1000 life science companies. Over the past five years, working in close partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) in the UAE, UK delegations have visited Arab Health making strong connections and reinforcing our trade commitments.

    For more information click here.
  • 12 February, 2018 - 15:25
    Companies invited to take part in Innovation Scorecard Technical Consultation
    The Office for Life Science’s Innovation Scorecard Technical Consultation, aimed at improving the data they publish on the uptake of medical technologies and diagnostic products, is now live and can be accessed via the online Consultation Platform.  It is aimed at companies that provide these products to the NHS in England only, but pharmaceutical companies may respond if they wish. 

    Please direct any enquires about the consultation to:officeforlifesciences@beis.gov.uk.
  • 9 February, 2018 - 15:31
    Flow Design Practical Skills One-Day Workshop
    A Flow Design Practical Skills One-Day Workshop designed by Simon Dodds and Kate Silvester, will take place on 14 March 2018 at Moor Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. 

    The workshop will aim to demonstrate the principles of Improvement Science and how to ‘Diagnose and Treat’ the root causes of chronic queues, delays and chaos. By attending the workshop, attendees will also be able to learn about the following:   
    1. Map processes and systems
    2. Measure process and system behaviour
    3. Model the current state and diagnose the root causes of the chronic queues
    4. Create the charts that make the diagnosis and treatment visible and explainable
    5. Treat the commonest causes of queues: the process design
    Within six weeks of completing the workshop, a delegate can reasonably expect to have used their new skills and to have demonstrated statistically significant and sustained improvements. Typically, these will be in the efficiency, quality and productivity of a step in a scheduled service stream such as primary care, community care, outpatients, diagnostics, pharmacy, elective wards, elective theatres and therapies. 

    The course is designed for service managers, practice managers, service development managers, programme management teams, transformation teams, clinicians, clinical scientists, AHPs, team leaders and trainees.

    Click here for more information about the course. To book your place on the workshop, please email: helen.hunt@wmahsn.org
  • 2 February, 2018 - 11:33
    NIHR Funding Opportunities
    NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme – new commissioned calls
     
    The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research that evaluates non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public, and reduce inequalities in health.  The scope of the programme is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a range of public health interventions.
     
    The following commissioned calls are now open:

    18/07 – Rural health
    Which interventions are effective* in improving health and reducing health inequalities for rural** populations?
     
    18/06 – Enabling people to live well with dementia through interventions in a community setting
    Which interventions within a community environment (physical and social) make it easier for people with dementia to maintain quality of life and remain living in their community for longer?
     
    18/05 – Interventions for looked-after children and young people that aim to enhance quality of life
    What are the effective* interventions for looked-after children and young people that aim to improve the health of, and reduce health inequalities experienced by this group?
     
    18/04 – Interventions to prevent or reduce gambling related harm
    Which interventions are effective* and cost-effective in preventing or reducing gambling related harm?
     
    Deadline for proposals: 13:00 on Tuesday 24 July 2018, Find out more here
     
    ESRC-NIHR dementia research initiative 2018
     
    The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) are pleased to invite outline proposals to undertake social science research to support innovation in dementia prevention, interventions and care delivery.
     
    Research should advance methodology and social science theory in dementia research and support active career development, particularly for postdoctoral researchers.  Proposals should inform health and social care practice and policy relating to dementia, supporting people in their communities and making a difference to the lives of people with dementia, their carers and families.
     
    Proposals are expected to be between £2 million and £5 million (at 100% full economic cost) with a duration of between 36 and 60 months.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 16:00 on Thursday 15 March 2018.Find out more here
     
    Cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call

    The research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC) are pleased to announce the cross-disciplinary mental health network plus call.
     
    The aim of the call is to encourage the creation of multi-disciplinary networks that cross the remit boundaries of the research councils.  These networks will address important mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field; and to strengthen the UK mental health research base.
     
    Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to £1.25 million (at 100% full economic cost (fEC)) for up to 48 months' duration.  The research councils will contribute 80% fEC on successful proposals.
     
    Deadline for proposals: 16:00 on Thursday 22 March 2018. Find out more here
     
    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/
     
  • 31 January, 2018 - 17:33
    ​Nominations for the annual Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards are now open.
    DEADLINE EXTENDED - 18th May 2018. 

    Last year more than 100 teams from both healthcare, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector vied to take one of the coveted healthcare innovator awards organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).

    The awards will be presented at a glitzy ceremony at the WMAHSN's annual stakeholder event in July, and reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth. To be eligible to enter you will have had some contact or support with the WMAHSN and/or the Meridian Innovation Health Exchange. 

    This year the categories are:
    A panel of experts will assess the entries, with shortlisted entries invited to attend the ceremony in July. As well as a trophy, winners will receive promotion of their win through print and digital channels, support from WMAHSN communications team to raise their profile, mentoring and support to adopt the innovation across the region and a winner’s logo for email signatures and websites.  Please click on the links above to access the application forms or click here to read the full criteria.

    Simply complete the approprite application form and return it to Tammy Holmes (tammy.holmes@wmahsn.org) by 12 noon on Friday 18 May to apply 
     
  • 31 January, 2018 - 16:44
    New funding and opportunities in 2018
    Stay one step ahead with the Health Foundation forward look at some of the key opportunities to get involved in our grant programmes and fellowships.  For more information click here.
  • 31 January, 2018 - 13:09
    ISCF Medicines Manufacturing Round 2 Challenge Fund Competition - Engagement Workshop,
  • 30 January, 2018 - 08:15
    Support Scheme for SMEs to Evaluate Innovative Medical Technologies.
    Innovate UK and the Office for Life Sciences have launched a support scheme for SMEs to evaluate innovative medical technologies.

    Medtech SMEs are a growing and highly innovative segment of the UK life sciences industry. There are over 3,000 UK medtech companies, 98% of which are SMEs. However, SMEs face barriers when selling to the NHS. 

    Data from early development is often enough to acquire a CE mark. But, it will often not be enough to convince commissioners. Additional evidence from piloting the innovation in a clinical setting is needed. This disadvantages SMEs with limited resources. 

    This scheme will provide financial and advisory support for UK SMEs with recently CE-marked medical devices, diagnostics and digital health products that have potential to address NHS clinical and service needs. They will be supported to collect and analyse evidence on the clinical performance and cost effectiveness of their products in an NHS setting with a view to spreading their innovative product across the NHS.

    Two funding options are available. Phase 1 support of £40-50 thousand to engage clinical partners, identify evidence and plan a study. Phase 2 support will be around £250 thousand for data collection and analysis. 

    Check the Innovate UK webpage for more information and to apply.
  • 26 January, 2018 - 11:03
    124,2M euro of EU funding for innovation procurement in 2018-19
    Horizon 2020 supports two complementary types of innovation procurement: Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) addresses the development and testing of innovative solutions, Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) focuses on the deployment of innovative solutions. Examples of ongoing PCP and PPI projects.

    Check out the calls with submission deadlines in 2018-19:

    PCP actions (co-finance at 90% the actual purchase of R&D to get new innovative solutions developed and tested, plus at 90+25% related coordination and networking costs)
    • Open call: 6 M€ (ICT-34), call deadline 17 April 2018
    • Innovative solutions to enhance security: 8,2 M€ (SU-GM03), call deadline 23 August 2018
    • Digital Health and care: 22 M€ (DTH-10), call deadline 14 November 2018
    • Open call: 6 M€ (ICT-34), call deadline 28 March 2019
    • Next generation sequencing for routine diagnosis: 40 M€ (BCH-10), call deadline 16 April 2019
    • Wave energy: 20 M€ (LC-SC3-JA-3-2019), call deadline 27 August 2019
    PPI actions (co-finance at 35% the actual purchase of innovative solutions, plus at 35+25% related coordination and networking costs)
    • Digital health and care solutions for an ageing society: 10 M€ (DTH-05), call deadline 24 March 2019
    CSA actions (co-finance at 100+25% coordination and networking costs)
    • Integrated healthcare / diagnosis: 3 M€ (HCO-12), call deadline 18 April 2018
    • Digital health and care: 3 M€ (HCC-04), call deadline 24 April 2018
    Note that in PCP actions, procurers implement one joint PCP procurement. For PPI actions proposers can choose between implementing one joint PPI procurement or several separate but coordinated PPI procurements.

    More info on EU funding for innovation procurement: different types of funding available, how to prepare a proposal, possible synergies with ESIF funding, answers to FAQs etc. Check out also the page on innovation procurement in the H2020 online manual: is my organisation considered a public procurer, where can I find support to prepare a proposal etc