SBRI: Children and Young People Remote Asthma Management Challenge

The Scottish Health Industry Partnership (SHIP) is funding a children and young persons remote asthma management challenge.

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Phase 1: up to £15,000 per project, for up to 4 projects. Phase 2: up to £75,000 per project, for up to 2 contracts.

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This competition will fund Phase 1 feasibility studies with R&D contracts in the region of £60,000.

The aim of this competition is to provide an opportunity for organisations working in partnership with NHS Scotland, to develop disruptive innovative solutions. These solutions will focus on the pro-active target management and prediction of asthma attacks in young people with asthma.

Applications must address the challenge and must address at least one of the themes below.


A new system that integrates with existing clinical systems to collect and process clinical data from the various sources (e.g., hospital, primary care, out of hours) and then enable a response to change the outcome for the at-risk individual.


A) A way to understand more about individuals outside the conventional face to face or synchronous online consultation. We would like to utilise novel methods of communication that suit children and young people of different ages and developmental stages.

B) A solution that utilises existing technology (e.g., apps, home monitoring devices) in an innovative way where collected data are used to inform the risk category for an at-risk individual.

  • To lead a project, you can:

    • be any type of organisation of any size, registered in the UK, European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) that can demonstrate a credible and practical route to market
    • work alone or with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations or the third sector as subcontractors.
  • Solution must meet the following primary workstream aspects:

    a) Utilisation of machine learning in development of robust algorithms to enable prediction of asthma attack in individuals.

    b) Validation of resultant algorithms through rigorous testing to provide evidence of clinical benefit.

    c) Involvement of patients and families in validating and applying new approaches to asthma care.

    d) Work with clinicians and healthcare systems to improve the patient pathway to effective care and to understand and resolve barriers to integration of data communication.

    Secondary workstream aspects may be included:

    e) Utilisation of home/remote monitoring which fully integrates with other data inputs.

    f) Anticipating how wider patient supports can be involved in improving asthma risk e.g., family, school, workplace, friendship groups, social media communities.

  • This open innovation challenge focuses on several aspects of care of children and young people with asthma (5 to 18 years).

    Aspects of Care:

    This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but all solutions must address the challenge and themes as well as any other mandatory requirement.

    • Fluctuating nature of asthma and impact of attacks on the individual, family, and healthcare systems
    • Limitations of current healthcare system and proposed solutions
    • Young person-centred approach to communication and appointments
    • Evolution of digital health towards integration of high-quality data into clinical system
    • Impact of poverty on health outcome
  • In the long term we wish to see a reduction in the reliance of people with asthma on emergency care services, as signs of deterioration are met with a specific and focussed clinical response. We wish to see clinicians caring for children and young people with asthma spending the right amount of time with them to make a correct diagnosis, understand them and their condition, and to support them towards long-term effective self-management.

    What might this look like?

    This may involve, but is not limited to:

    • A clinician dashboard of individual risk based on a data driven algorithm.
    • A clinic appointment system which is patient focussed
    • Clinician to clinician communication system to better share concerns
    • Remote monitoring of certain patients at considerable risk e.g., wearables, symptom monitoring, lung function
    • A digital personal asthma management plan that responds to increased individual risk.
    • An app that allows communication between patients and clinicians
    • Adherence tools to intervene for those who are at risk.
    • Environmental monitoring to reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.
  • Briefing to provide further background and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions will take place on Wednesday 1 November 2023 at 09:30 am.

    Any Questions relating to the competition should be submitted through the Q&A portal via Public Contracts Scotland.

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