SBRI Healthcare is working with the 15 Academic Health Sciences Networks (AHSNs) to develop the scope for phase 1 of the spring 2015 SBRI Healthcare calls. The overarching competition will be titled ‘Older people with Multi-morbidities’.
Health Innovation Network (South London AHSN) is leading a theme based around Falls and Care Planning; Eastern is leading on Functional Ability; and West of England, UCL Partners and North West Coast are working together on a Urinary and Faecal Incontinence theme.
The leading AHSN is required to develop the vision and to define three key challenges for the call. These challenges focus on areas of need, not on potential solutions. They are asked to consider ‘what would we like to do that we aren’t able to at the moment’? and generate ‘What If?’ scenarios as trialled in the autumn 2014 Diabetic Foot Ulcer call. The intent is to encourage a broad spectrum of applications. The SBRI initiative is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors that will ultimately be capable of supplying the NHS with the resulting product or service on a commercial basis.
The competition will run in two phases:
Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2. Developments will be 100% funded and suppliers for each project will be selected by an open competition process and retain the intellectual property rights generated from the project, with certain rights of use retained by the NHS.
The key challenges have been defined and the briefs are being finalised. The briefs will be published on 15 June and more information will be made available shortly.
For more information, please attend the briefing seminar in Birmingham on 18 June.