Urgent and emergency care

What can be done to release pressure on emergency departments and improve quality of health and care? SBRI Healthcare are seeking innovative solutions to this challenge.

What's the open innovation challenge?

This SBRI Healthcare Competition is seeking technological innovations that address two primary issues to alleviate pressure on hospital emergency departments worldwide and NHS England in particular:

  • Reduce demand
  • Reduce the length of stay

Technologies already available such us bed capacity monitoring systems, new social networking, messaging or imaging apps, new telehealth systems, patient tracking systems, task lists or development of new wearables, are not in scope. Any technologies that negatively affect staff workloads will also be excluded.

This competition is open to supporting the further development and evaluation of technologies already used experimentally to help in the COVID-19 crisis.

This is a 2-phase competition offering 100% funded R&D contracts to successful applicants. It is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities. Applicants retain the IP rights generated through project, with NHS England getting certain rights of use.

Phase 1 is intended to sow the technical feasibility of proposed solutions. Phase 1 contracts will be for a maximum of 6 months and up to £100,000 (inc. VAT). Phase 2 contracts will be for development and evaluation of prototypes or demonstration units. Phase 2 contracts will be for a maximum of 12 months and £1,000,000 (inc. VAT) per project. Only projects that have successfully completed phase 1 will be eligible for phase 2 contracts.

Project date milestones

Competition opens: 15 July 2020

Watch the briefing event recording on YouTube 

Deadline for applications: 27 August 2020, 1pm

Interviews: 21 October 2020

Contracts awarded: November/December 2020

How to apply

View full notice on the SBRI Healthcare website.