Reducing spread of airborne pathogens in healthcare

Can you develop solutions that aid in the prevention or reduce the spread of droplets and airborne biological hazards?

What is the open innovation challenge?

Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000 inclusive of VAT in this competition to bring innovative solutions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and environmental decontamination. The competition will help build an evidence base for their effective and safe use in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) single-phase competition hosted by NHS Tayside and funded by the Scottish Government, the Chief Scientific Office and Transport Scotland.

Your project must focus on one of three challenge areas:

  • Re-usable PPE, in particular, Face Masks equivalent to FFP3 standard, or equipment which would provide the same level of protection.
  • Decontamination/cleaning of existing PPE for re-use, in particular face masks visors and shields, excluding respiratory PPE specifically manufactured as single use.
  • Air and/or surface decontamination which will reduce the infection risk in an occupied area.

The preference is for projects in an advanced stage of development, near ready to be deployed in a real world situation for use evaluation.

How much is the award? 

It is anticipated that contracts are in the range of £45,000 to £60,000 (inc. VAT).


This competition will close at 12pm (noon), 24 March 2021.

An online briefing event for businesses interested in finding out more about this competition will be held on the 1st March, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Next steps

Read full details and apply through Public Contracts Scotland