Cancer Programme: Competition 1

Can you develop solutions to improve cancer services across NHS England?

What is the open innovation challenge?

Organisations can apply for a share of £15 million funding to develop innovative solutions within the following two categories:

Category 1

Early detection and diagnosis of cancer to support the ambition of diagnosing 75% of people at an early stage (stage 1 or 2).

For example, by testing asymptomatic population, identifying high risk patients for surveillance, lowering the symptom threshold for referral, providing point of care tests in primary care to support referral of patients who might otherwise not qualify for referral, or improving the sensitivity of existing tests.

Category 2

Improved diagnostic efficiency for cancer services.

For example by triaging and risk-stratifying referrals, streamlining services, increasing productivity and supporting safety netting of patients.

Further information 

Your solution will be at late stage of development. Its clinical effectiveness will already be proven and it will be ready to be rolled out locally or nationally for real world testing. Your solution must be CE marked or have obtained equivalent regulatory approval and/or be in use in at least one Trust.

The expectation is that at the end of the project, your innovation should be embedded into practice in a number of NHS locations.

If you are successful, the implementation will be 100% funded. Projects will be for a maximum of 18 months and up to £5m (inc. VAT).

The competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities, based in UK and/or Europe.

However, only clinical partners based in England are eligible.

Engagement with Cancer Alliances is strongly encouraged.


This competition will close at 1pm, 21 April 2021.

Next steps

Read full details and apply through the SBRI healthcare website