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  • 26 January, 2018 - 10:44
    Funding Opportunities
    £50,000 grants for digital solutions to vocational adult learning (VocTech)
    Ufi is launching its latest seed funding call, offering up to £50,000 for projects which aim to provide innovative digital solutions to vocational adult learning (VocTech).
    Technology can transform how vocational learning happens and ‘scale up’ this impact to provide better, quicker, digital learning.  Ufi’s VocTech Seed fund aims to raise skill levels across the UK by funding development and testing of innovative, creative projects with new ideas for vocational learning delivery. The fund is open to any sector, industry or technology.

    This call is open from 13 February 2018 to 14 March 2018.

    Workshops where you will be able to learn more about funding and discuss your application with Ufi staff are being held in Birmingham (7 Feb), Newcastle (22 Feb) and London (6 March).  You can sign up for these here: https://www.ufi.co.uk/upcoming-events
    If you cannot attend a workshop, there will also be webinars on 14th Feb, 21st Feb, and 7th March, and you can sign up for these using the same link. There is more about Ufi at www.ufi.co.uk, and on Twitter @UfiTrust.

    Call for proposals for the 2019 EIT Health business plan open now!
    The Calls for Proposals for 2019 Business Plan seeks projects for inclusion in EIT Health's 2019 business plan. The call document covers the original three pillars:
    • Education
    • Innovation and acceleration
    • Societal challenges.
    There is a useful summary of the different parts of the programme on page 5 of the call document or take a look at the EIT Health calls for proposals for 2019 Business Plan Summary.  There are four strategic themes:
    • Prevention and management of chronic diseases
    • Empowering citizens to manage their health
    • Improving healthcare systems
    • Leveraging new technology and data. 
    There are two new focus areas, identified by a call for expressions of interest:
    • Bringing care home (page 8)
    • Value from data in clinical and sub-clinical settings (page 9)   
    Projects will be required to demonstrate that they address one or more themes and/or focus areas. The deadline for proposals is 9 April 2018.  Read more here.
     
    Innovative life sciences SMEs in the West Midlands offered support worth up to £50k
    Apply via the Meridian online health innovation exchange by 2 February 2018.
    Are you a start-up or a small to medium-sized enterprise working in the West Midlands to deliver improved healthcare? Do you have the potential to change how healthcare is delivered? 
     
    The SME Innovation Fund can provide the support you need to help your business grow.   Mercia Fund Management, a leading investment business, is collaborating with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) to help build and support healthcare businesses across the West Midlands.
     
    Successful applicants will receive:
    • Convertible loans of up to £50,000
    • Unparalleled access to future investment capital
    • Regular mentor workshops from industry experts, including experienced life sciences entrepreneurs
    • Key contacts in the NHS and healthcare sectors.
    The fund has already supported 10 companies to grow and funds are now available to invest in a new venture.  To apply, please go to the Meridian online health innovation exchange by 2 February 2018 and click 'Submit innovation'. Alternatively, contact Lucy Chatwin, Business Manager at WMAHSN for help with your application and to discuss your requirements.  Read more here.
     
    Innovate UK January 2018 sector competition for Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies 
    Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million to support innovation that offers significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovation. The competition has 2 strands, strand 1 is for health and life sciences projects and strand 2 is for emerging and enabling technologies projects. A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
     
    All projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects with costs over £100,000 must be collaborative and include a funded partner.  The competition will open on the 22nd January and you must apply before 28th March.  Further details about the scope of the competition will be available shortly.
     
    KTN will be hosting a series of briefing events for the competition throughout January and February.  More information regarding the strands and the briefing events is available here.

    Deadline 7th February 2018: Tackling disease with healthcare innovations: apply for funding
    Businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop or test innovative ways of diagnosing, preventing and treating disease.  Read more here.
     
    NHS Sustainability Awards 2018
    The NHS Sustainability Awards are now in their sixth year and will see over 150 NHS professionals work on improving environmental outcomes within their trust and within communities come together to celebrate success.  It is free to enter the Awards, entries close on March 1st and the shortlist will be announced on NHS Sustainability Day itself, May 17 2018 at the Marriot Regents Park, London.  To see the categories and to apply for the award click here.
     
    Horizon 2020 Calls
    Horizon 2020 is the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. BEIS has further clarified Horizon 2020 underwrite for UK participants.
    • Better Health and Care, Economic Growth and Sustainable Health Systems - Implemented through five main priorities: Personalised medicine; Innovative health and care industry; Infectious diseases and improving global health; Innovative health and care systems - Integration of care; and Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being. Application deadline: 18.04.18.
    • Digital Transformation in Health and Care – Supporting the management of health and wellbeing while empowering the participation of citizens and facilitating the transformation of health and care services to more digitised, person-centred and community-based care models. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
    • Trusted Digital Solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care - Aimed at multidisciplinary technologies and solutions in health and care, with a focus on cybersecurity to assure data privacy, security and protection of health and care infrastructures. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
    • Eurostars - Open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose. Application deadline: 01.03.18.
     
    Eureka Eurostars 2, round 9
    Innovative SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries. Registration closes: Thursday 1 March 2018  Find out more here.
     
    SBRI funding competitions
    SBRI supports a range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments. Find out more about SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative here.
     
     
  • 25 January, 2018 - 09:21
    ideasUK - Webinar 12th February
  • 23 January, 2018 - 10:06
    The return of the NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards
    Last year we launched the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Mental Health Challenge Awards. In November 2017, our panel selected one innovative application that could transform the lives of people living with mental health conditions as the winner of the 2017 Challenge Awards.  
     
    On 1 February the 2018, the NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards will be launched at the MQ Mental Health Science Meeting 2018. Following this event we will be accepting applications for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards. 

     
    Proposals for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards must offer innovative technological solutions to influence the patient care pathway and improve outcomes, supporting aspirations set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom.

     
    Proposals are invited from teams comprised of clinicians, academics and small to medium sized enterprises. They may address one or more of the following:
    • Integration of physical and mental health services across the NHS
    • Accurate, cost-effective, faster screening and diagnosis of mental health conditions
    • Effective management of mental health conditions, including prevention, early intervention, tailored treatments and active disease monitoring.
    Funding will be awarded on a ‘winner takes all’ basis to a project of three to five years’ duration, with no limit on the level of funds requested. 

     
    Stage one applications will open 1 February 2018, closing 4 April 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 application, with a funding decision expected in January 2018. More details can be found on the i4i page on the NIHR website. Alternatively please email the i4i programme team.
  • 19 January, 2018 - 10:14
    ABHI Trade Mission to Texas
    Dates: 4- 9 March 2018 
    Cities: Austin & San Antonio 


    ABHI is leading a mission to Texas in partnership with leading Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and supported by UK Government. The mission will commence in the State capital, Austin, before heading to the healthcare hub that is San Antonio. The mission provides companies with unprecedented access to key opinion leaders (KOLs) and world-class hospital systems.
    ABHI have established strong relationships in the State, with this trade mission marking the fifth visit in recent years. Delegates in the past have met with company presidents, chief operating officers, procurement and research teams 

    'Attending the mission was a real eye opener, the connections and network ABHI has built in Texas is nothing short of astounding and surpassed all our expectations. The quality, seniority and willingness to engage from those we met was incredible, we will certainly be going back to Texas with ABHI'
    James WhitticaseCEO, OBS Medical

    For more informaiton or to book click here
  • 15 January, 2018 - 14:32
    Funding Opportunities
    Call for proposals for the 2019 EIT Health business plan open now!
    The Calls for Proposals for 2019 Business Plan seeks projects for inclusion in EIT Health's 2019 business plan. The call document covers the original three pillars:
    • Education
    • Innovation and acceleration
    • Societal challenges.
    There is a useful summary of the different parts of the programme on page 5 of the call document or take a look at the EIT Health calls for proposals for 2019 Business Plan Summary.  There are four strategic themes:
    • Prevention and management of chronic diseases
    • Empowering citizens to manage their health
    • Improving healthcare systems
    • Leveraging new technology and data. 
    There are two new focus areas, identified by a call for expressions of interest:
    • Bringing care home (page 8)
    • Value from data in clinical and sub-clinical settings (page 9)  
    Projects will be required to demonstrate that they address one or more themes and/or focus areas. The deadline for proposals is 9 April 2018.  Read more here.
     
    Innovative life sciences SMEs in the West Midlands offered support worth up to £50k
    Apply via the Meridian online health innovation exchange by 2 February 2018.
    Are you a start-up or a small to medium-sized enterprise working in the West Midlands to deliver improved healthcare? Do you have the potential to change how healthcare is delivered?
     
    The SME Innovation Fund can provide the support you need to help your business grow.   Mercia Fund Management, a leading investment business, is collaborating with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) to help build and support healthcare businesses across the West Midlands.
     
    Successful applicants will receive:
    • Convertible loans of up to £50,000
    • Unparalleled access to future investment capital
    • Regular mentor workshops from industry experts, including experienced life sciences entrepreneurs
    • Key contacts in the NHS and healthcare sectors.
    The fund has already supported 10 companies to grow and funds are now available to invest in a new venture.  To apply, please go to the Meridian online health innovation exchange by 2 February 2018 and click 'Submit innovation'. Alternatively, contact Lucy Chatwin, Business Manager at WMAHSN for help with your application and to discuss your requirements.  Read more here.
     
    Innovate UK January 2018 sector competition for Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies
    Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million to support innovation that offers significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovation. The competition has 2 strands, strand 1 is for health and life sciences projects and strand 2 is for emerging and enabling technologies projects. A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
     
    All projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects with costs over £100,000 must be collaborative and include a funded partner.  The competition will open on the 22nd January and you must apply before 28th March.  Further details about the scope of the competition will be available shortly.
     
    KTN will be hosting a series of briefing events for the competition throughout January and February.  More information regarding the strands and the briefing events is available here.
     
    Nominate your mental health star now!
    There is still time for people to submit their nominations for the inaugural WMCA Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards which close on Monday 8 January 2018.  Submissions from across the West Midlands are invited, from both constituent and non-constituent local authorities. Members of the public can nominate anyone who they feel has made a difference to someone’s mental wellbeing - be they friend, family, work colleague, carer or health professional.  For more information about the awards or the Thrive Mental Health Action Plan, contact Mary.  .
     
    Funding – cutting edge innovations
    Innovate UK has up to £19 million to invest in the best ideas for new innovations in a wide range of technology and business areas. Projects could fit into one of Innovate UK’s four priority areas of emerging and enabling technologies, health and life sciences, infrastructure systems and manufacturing and materials, or be outside them. Applications should be for game-changing innovative ideas that will lead to new products, processes or services ahead of the field in any sector of the economy. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018 and must be led by a business working individually or in partnership.
     
    Innovation loans: first loan opportunity launches to demonstrate infrastructure systems
    The first opportunity under Innovate UK’s innovation loans pilot is now open. This is a patient, flexible, alternative financial support scheme for small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working on late-stage infrastructure systems projects. You can apply for a loan of up to £1 million for up to 10 years.  Read more here.
     
    £30 million for business and graduate partnerships
    Innovate UK has announced an extra £30 million of funding for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which connect UK businesses with an academic or research organisation and qualified graduate to work on innovation projects.  Read more here.
     
    Improving mental health and surgery: apply for contracts
    Organisations can apply for contracts of £100,000 to develop innovative new products and services that improve mental health provision or surgery in the NHS.  Read more here.
     
    Tackling disease with healthcare innovations: apply for funding
    Businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop or test innovative ways of diagnosing, preventing and treating disease.  Read more here.
     
    NHS Sustainability Awards 2018
    The NHS Sustainability Awards are now in their sixth year and will see over 150 NHS professionals work on improving environmental outcomes within their trust and within communities come together to celebrate success.  It is free to enter the Awards, entries close on March 1st and the shortlist will be announced on NHS Sustainability Day itself, May 17 2018 at the Marriot Regents Park, London.  To see the categories and to apply for the award click here.
     
    Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 4: primer award & later stage award.
    Application deadline: 07.02.18
    Tackling disease with healthcare innovations: up to £12m available.  The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.In Biomedical Catalyst round 4 there are 2 competitions, one focusing on the late stage award and one focused on the primer stage award.  Read more here.
     
    Horizon 2020 Calls
    Horizon 2020 is the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. BEIS has further clarified Horizon 2020 underwrite for UK participants.
    • Better Health and Care, Economic Growth and Sustainable Health Systems - Implemented through five main priorities: Personalised medicine; Innovative health and care industry; Infectious diseases and improving global health; Innovative health and care systems - Integration of care; and Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being. Application deadline: 18.04.18.
    • Digital Transformation in Health and Care – Supporting the management of health and wellbeing while empowering the participation of citizens and facilitating the transformation of health and care services to more digitised, person-centred and community-based care models. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
    • Trusted Digital Solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care - Aimed at multidisciplinary technologies and solutions in health and care, with a focus on cybersecurity to assure data privacy, security and protection of health and care infrastructures. Various application deadlines from: 24.04.18.
    • Eurostars - Open to all projects in all technology areas and market fields, but projects must have a civilian purpose. Application deadline: 01.03.18.
     
    Eureka Eurostars 2, round 9
    Innovative SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries.  Find out more here.
     
    SBRI funding competitions
    SBRI supports a range of competitions with public sector organisations and departments. Find out more about SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative here.
     
    WMAHSN seek regional Digital Health and Data Ambassador
    12-month secondment ∙ Pay band 8a ∙ Closing date: 14 January 2018
    The WMAHSN is seeking a Digital Health and Data Ambassador to deliver its West Midlands Digital Health service.   The Ambassador will have the operational responsibility for delivery of West Midlands Digital Health across the whole of the West Midlands, working closely with the three Global Digital Exemplar trusts in the region, as well as businesses and universities. This role demands the individual to have considerable experience, standing and authority, with particularly adroit and adept people skills as well as strong motivational and leadership qualities.  Read more here.
  • 12 January, 2018 - 12:10
    Celebrate Procurement Excellence in 2018
    The UK’s premier procurement awards are now receiving entries! This year we welcome entrants across 12 unique categories and encourage individuals and teams across the UK to showcase their achievements.

    The UK National GO Awards represent those individuals, teams and organisations that have gone above and beyond normal standards to make real differences to the quality of public services in the UK.

    Celebrate excellence across public sector procurement by signing up today! The registration process only takes a few moments, and once you are signed up you'll receive help and updates from the GO Awards Team in the run up to the submission deadline (Friday 2 March). 

    Register today 

    On the 24th April 2018, following Procurex North 2018 as part of the UK Festival of Procurement, the UK National GO Awards return to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, for what we anticipate will be a night to remember.
     
  • 10 January, 2018 - 12:32
    Technology Support Programme
    Are you a start-up, small business or established company developing medical technologies to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs to the NHS? You may have identified a real day-to-day problem, and developed a great product to address it, but without clinical evidence obtained within our health system, it’s impossible to demonstrate the value of your proposition. And without evidence, NHS buyers and NICE have nothing to evaluate, so progress is stalled.  Sound familiar?
    In response to this need, Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and Wessex Clinical Research Network (CRN) have joined forces to create a new Technology Support Programme (TSP) which will help commercial innovators gather NHS evidence on their products, and help get effective innovations to patients faster.

    The TSP is a package of strategic and clinical support for companies wanting to gather evidence on the clinical and economic efficacy of their product within the NHS and medical technology companies are now invited to apply for places on the programme.

    A targeted theme will be chosen for each of the TSP rounds.

    For more informaiton please click here.
  • 4 January, 2018 - 16:41
    Innovate UK January 2018 sector competition for Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies
    Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million to support innovation that offers significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovation. The competition has 2 strands, strand 1 is for health and life sciences projects and strand 2 is for emerging and enabling technologies projects. A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

     
    All projects must involve at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects with costs over £100,000 must be collaborative and include a funded partner.  The competition will open on the 22nd January and you must apply before 28th March.  Further details about the scope of the competition will be available shortly.
     

    KTN will be hosting a series of briefing events for the competition throughout January and February.  More information is available below regarding the strands and the briefing events.


  • 27 December, 2017 - 14:12
    Innovative life sciences SMEs in the West Midlands offered support worth up to £50k
    Are you a start-up or a small to medium-sized enterprise working in the West Midlands to deliver improved healthcare? Do you have the potential to change how healthcare is delivered? The SME Innovation Fund can provide the support you need to help your business grow.

    Mercia Fund Management, a leading investment business, is collaborating with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) to help build and support healthcare businesses across the West Midlands.

    The SME Innovation Fund will provide investment and provide excellent links to the NHS, investment community and academic networks. In doing so, the fund will support innovations that have the potential to deliver a high impact for society, grow the reputation of the West Midlands’ health services and lead the adoption of new innovations in the NHS.

    Successful applicants will  receive:
    • Convertible loans of up to £50,000
    • Unparalleled access to future investment capital
    • Regular mentor workshops from industry experts, including experienced life sciences entrepreneurs
    • Key contacts in the NHS and healthcare sectors.
    The fund has already supported 10 companies to grow and funds are now available to invest in a new venture.

    Mercia has a strong track record of financially supporting and building life science businesses across the UK, all of which provide a scalable and innovative way of streamlining services, improving patient safety and releasing the burden of cost on the NHS.

    The fund will be led by Peter Dines, Investment Director and Head of Life Sciences at Mercia. Peter said: “The NHS is constantly looking to improve patient care and deliver more for less. Given the current cost constraints, it is more important than ever that we build and fund businesses that can improve patient care in a cost-effective and sustainable way.

    “Mercia has already lent its support to start-ups and spin-outs across the spectrum of medical technologies, and we look forward to discovering further investment opportunities within the diverse healthcare sector.”

    Tony Davis, Commercial Director of WMAHSN, said: “The fund is a sign of our continued commitment to SMEs in the West Midlands’ life sciences sector, helping to create wealth in the local economy through industry collaboration and attracting inward investment, as well as delivering improvements in healthcare across the region.

    “The SME Innovation Fund is available to support the West Midlands’ healthcare challenges and aid the spread of innovative diagnostics, devices and services at scale and pace.”

    To apply, please go to the Meridian online health innovation exchange by 2 February 2018 and click 'Submit innovation'. Alternatively, contact Lucy Chatwin, Business Manager at WMAHSN, on lucy.chatwin@wmahsn.org for help with your application and to discuss your requirements. 
  • 21 December, 2017 - 08:59
    NHS OPPORTUNITY - Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT)
    The WMAHSN is supporting the adoption and spread of the Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT), and we are hosting a series of events to introduce NHS staff to the innovations along with some tools for implementation.  The event will provide the opportunity to hear from other NHS Trusts who have successfully adopted the tariffs and meet with your peers to practically think about how they can be implemented within your own organisation.

    As you may be aware, NHS England’s ITT incentivises the adoption and spread of transformational innovation in the NHS. The ITT uses a number of mechanisms to fund innovations which meet the required theme specifications. The majority of the themes are funded under a simple zero cost model. NHS providers order the innovations directly from the supplier at no cost and NHS England reimburses the supplier directly. 

    We currently have two events scheduled:

    31 January 2018 at the Postgraduate Conference Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  For more information or to book please click here.
    • Non-injectable arterial connector (NIC) - Arterial connecting systems to reduce bacterial contamination and the accidental administration of medication, available to providers under the zero cost model
    • PneuX - Pneumonia prevention systems which are designed to stop ventilator-associated pneumonia, which can be ordered direct from the manufacturer under the zero cost model.

    7 February 2018 at the North Staffs Conference Centre, Stoke-on-Trent.  For more information or to book please click here.    ​
    • Episcissors-60 - Guided mediolateral episiotomy to minimise the risk of obstetric anal sphincter injury

    For more details on who each of these events are aimed at or to book a place this can be done by visiting the eventbrite links above.  Please note these events are for NHS employees only.  If you would like to know more about the tariff and how to apply then please contact Tammy Homes (tammy.holmes@wmahsn.org).

    I look forward to seeing you there!