Date: 11 October 2018
Today Health Data Research UK, which is co-funded by the NIHR, has announced a £3M funding competition for projects that will inform and shape the design and specification of the Digital Innovation Programme: a UK-wide infrastructure for health data research and innovation.
Between six to eight ‘Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects’ made up of academic, NHS and industry consortia will be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to demonstrate real world examples of using health data in a responsible way to improve health and drive innovation across the UK. They will establish “confidence in concept” of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme technology solutions and proof of readiness for research that will make game-changing improvements in the health of patients and populations and accelerate innovation in UK life sciences.
This competition is an early step towards delivery of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme, which aims to create a UK-wide infrastructure to securely and safely connect regional health and care data with biomedical data. It will lead to the creation of between three to five Digital Innovation Hubs across the UK within a single interoperable, trusted and secure governance framework. This ambitious initiative is funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and will pave the way for NHS, academic researchers and industry innovators to harness scientific knowledge and emerging technologies to develop new drugs and devices and improve health services.
Applications for the ‘Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects’ are sought from partnerships that include industry, NHS health and care systems, and academia from across the UK. Each Sprint Exemplar Innovation Project must have close working partnerships with regional NHS organisations, as well as advanced health data science capabilities and clinical knowhow needed to deliver novel and scalable sprint projects. The successful projects will receive funding amounts of between £100,000 and £400,000 and will be approximately six to 10 months in duration, although this will be dictated by the needs of each project.
To find out more about the Digital Innovation Hub Programme, please visit the Health Data Research UK website here.
For further information about the competition for Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects and to apply please visit the Medical Research Council’s website. The closing date for applications is 9am on 7 December 2018.
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