Deliver safer and better care for people in Scotland with diabetes, phase 1 (SBRI competition)

Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000 including VAT, to address foot problems, hospital care after admission and bone care for diabetes patients in Scotland.

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We expect projects to range in size up to total costs of £15,000, including VAT, in phase 1. 100% of costs will be funded for successful projects.


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This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. Successful applicants receive 100% funding and access to advice from NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The overall programme will be delivered in up to 2 phases. This is phase 1. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

NHS Scotland is investing up to £300,000 including VAT, in innovative solutions in 3 challenge areas as follows:

Challenge A

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help develop prediction algorithms and risk stratification for diabetes foot ulceration, amputations and mortality.

Challenge B

Improving the clinical care of patients with a pre-existing diagnosis of diabetes when admitted to hospital by developing a real-time decision support tool and alert mechanism. The tool must improve triage, prevent medication errors, identify emergencies and streamline the diabetes care pathway.

Challenge C

Improving the identification (case finding) of people at risk of osteoporosis and fracture, including those with diabetes.

For full details of the scope of each challenge, click here.

You need to submit a separate application for each challenge you wish to apply for.

Your project must start by 30 November. We expect to fund up to 3 projects for each challenge. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.

In phase 1, you must:

  • demonstrate the technical feasibility of your proposed innovation
  • establish ongoing collaboration between technical and clinical members of the project team
  • formalise any required ethical approvals, data sharing agreements and contracts
  • begin working with clinical and imaging data

We would welcome bids that bring together sector specialists.

Should phase 2 go ahead, the second phase involves up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded for each challenge to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants.

It is anticipated that contracts will be up to £27,500 including VAT for each project for up to 9 months.

In phase 2 you must:

  • develop and evaluate a prototype of your solution
  • test the prototype on real-world data and systems within the named Scottish NHS Health Boards, to establish clinical utility
  • develop a plan for full commercial exploitation

The contract is completed at the end of phase 2, and the successful business is expected to pursue commercialisation of their solution.

17 August 2020, 1pm – 3pm: Online briefing event – click here to register


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