Exploiting data to improve cancer care

Posted on: 06/09/2017

Organisations can apply for a share of £425,000 to develop new ways of using existing data to improve cancer care in Scotland.

The Data Lab, working with Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) Scotland and Stratified Medicine Scotland, has up to £425,000 to award in contracts for innovative data science projects.

The aim is to develop ways of using existing NHS Scotland data to improve cancer patient care and outcomes in Scotland.

Proposals should seek to support at least one of the following:

  • analysis of unstructured data (for example, clinical notes or medical imaging)
  • data-driven clinical decisions
  • data-driven service improvement in the NHS
  • data-driven recruitment for clinical trials
  • adoption of precision medicine approaches

Potential approaches include predictive analytics, visualisation, machine learning, natural language processing, and processing of structured and unstructured data.

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It will run in 2 phases. The first phase will be for smaller feasibility studies. The most promising projects can win a larger sum to develop their ideas further.

The competition opens on 8 September 2017, and the registration deadline is midnight 27 October 2017.

  • ¬£175,000 is available for feasibility projects of up to ¬£35,000 and lasting up to 3 months
  • ¬£250,000 is available for phase 2 projects of up to ¬£125,000 and lasting up to 6 months

A briefing event will be held in Edinburgh on 12 October 2017

You can find out more here.

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