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£1.5 Million for Innovative Improvements to Health Care Delivery

The health foundation - Inspiring improvementThe Health Foundation has launched a £1.5 million Innovating for Improvement fund to help 20 teams test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health care delivery in the UK.

The health Foundation are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.

The programme is looking to support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.

The aims of this programme are to:

  • Encourage health care services to develop innovative approaches and ideas to improve health care quality.
  • Build a portfolio of well-described, real-life examples readily available to other health care organisations.
  • Contribute to the evidence base of what can be done to improve quality.
  • Generate solutions for further testing and demonstration at scale in health care.

Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project. The funding for each project within this programme will run for up to 15 months, including a recommended three month set-up phase beginning in May 2015.

Applications are welcome from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where health care services are delivered free at the point of delivery, and educational bodies are eligible to take part as a partner organisation.

For further information please visit the Health Foundation website.

There is a two stage application process for this programme (see How to apply) and the deadline for the first stage of applications is 12 noon, Tuesday 5 August 2014, with full applications due on 24 November 2014. 

Please note that the Health Foundation reserve the right to close ahead of this deadline date if the programme is oversubscribed.

First Call Now Open for New EU Health for Growth Programme

H2020The general objectives of the European Union’s 2014-2020 Health Programme are to:
- Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the ‘health in all policies’ principle.
- Protect EU citizens from serious cross-border health threats.
- Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems.
- Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens.

The 2014 Call for Project Grants has a budget of €12.3 million and focuses on the following seven topics:
1. PJ-01-2014 Innovation to prevent and manage chronic diseases – budget of €2.5 million
2. PJ-02-2014 Early diagnosis and screening of chronic diseases – budget of €1.5 million
3. PJ-03-2014 Professional reintegration of people with chronic disease – budget of €1 million
4. PJ-04-2014 Adherence, frailty, integrated care and multi-chronic conditions – budget of €3 million
5. PJ-05-2014 Statistical data for medicinal product pricing – budget of €300,000
6. PJ-06-2014 Health monitoring and reporting system – budget of €3.5 million
7. PJ-07-2014 Healthcare associated infection in long-term care – budget of €500,000

The 2014 Call for Operating Grants has a budget of €4.65 million. Grants will be awarded to non-governmental bodies, including networks, working at the EU level in any priority covered by the Third Health Programme. However, special attention will be given to NGOs/networks working at the EU level in the fields of chronic diseases, cancer, HIV/AIDS, rare diseases and smoking prevention.

The deadline for applications for Operating Grants and Project Grants is 25 September 2014.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)

New Deadline iCalendar for Horizon 2020

A new iCalendar has been produced by the European Commission, providing up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 deadlines for the next two years.

The iCalendar, which can be accessed through the Participant Portal will be kept up-to-date centrally by the EC and can also be downloaded to be used with Microsoft Outlook.

To access the iCalendar, you simply need to click on the calendar icons located next to ‘Calls’ and ‘Call Updates’ on the left hand side of the Participant Portal’s ‘Funding Opportunities’ page.

Source: UKRO

Royal Society: Brian Mercer Feasibility Award

This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.

The scheme provides initial support of up to £30,000 to test the feasibility of a project, enabling applicants to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party.

This award and the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation (which is intended for concepts at a more advanced stage) are designed to promote innovation and fill the funding gap between scientific research and the exploitation of an idea through venture capital investment.

The Brian Mercer Awards were established by the Society in 2001 as the result of a generous bequest received from the late Dr Brian Mercer.  Dr Mercer was an enthusiastic inventor and entrepreneur and these awards aim to encourage these qualities in the next generation of scientists.

Eligibility requirements

The scheme covers the built environment, clean technology, energy and nanoscience, nanotechnology and biomedical sciences.

The applicant must:

  • have a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession
  • hold a substantive post in either a university or not-for-profit research organisation in the UK
  • expect to be in post for at least the duration of the project

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes (PDF).

Value and tenure

The scheme provides an award of up to £30,000 (including VAT where applicable). Awards are not expected to exceed 12 months in duration.

Application process

Applications are checked by the selection panel chair for eligibility and then reviewed by the members of the panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise. The application is then reviewed by two independent referees suggested by the panel.

The selection panel then considers the applications before reaching a decision. This process takes around six weeks.

For further information, contact Research & Income Generation Support at Research & Enterprise.

Department of Health / TSB: Enabling technologies for genomics sequence data analysis and interpretation

The Department of Health and Genomics England Limited are collaborating to launch a new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to find enabling technologies for genomics sequence data analysis and interpretation.

The focus of this competition will be on innovative technologies that address the requirements of the 100k Genome Project. These technologies may include developments in the areas of bioinformatics, software pipelines, computer hardware and analysis algorithms.

The Department of Health is investing up to £10m in this competition, which will be managed by Genomics England Limited and which is expected to run in two phases.

Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept and up to £2m has been allocated for this phase. We expect development contracts in Phase 1 to be for a maximum of 6 months and up to a maximum value of £200k. Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2, which is typically intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units from the more promising technologies.

The competition opens on 2 December 2013. The deadline for registration is noon on 26 January 2014 and the deadline for applications is noon on 5 February 2014.

Key dates

  • Competition launch: 2 December 2013 
  • Deadline for registration: Noon, 26 January 2014 
  • Deadline for applications: Noon, 5  February 2014
  • Award decision: End March 2014

If you are planning to apply, please contact Research & Enterprise Services at the earliest opportunity.

For more information, please visit the TSB’s website.