SBRI competition: Improve care for people with diabetes

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Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000 including VAT, to address foot problems, hospital care after admission and bone care for people with diabetes.

NHS Scotland is funding a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to support projects that could lead to safer and better care for diabetes patients in Scotland.

The funding will support innovative solutions in three challenge areas:

  • Challenge A: Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help develop prediction algorithms and risk stratification for diabetes foot ulceration, amputations and mortality.
  • Challenge B: Improving the clinical care of patients with a pre-existing diagnosis of diabetes when admitted to hospital by developing a real-time decision support tool and alert mechanism. The tool must improve triage, prevent medication errors, identify emergencies and streamline the diabetes care pathway.
  • Challenge C: Improving the identification of people at risk of osteoporosis and fracture, including those with diabetes.

You need to submit a separate application for each challenge you wish to apply for.

The overall programme will be delivered in up to two phases:

  • Phase 1: The first phase involves research and development contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £45,000 including VAT, is allocated to phase 1 of the competition for each challenge. The funders expect to fund up to 3 projects for each challenge.
  • Phase 2: A decision to proceed with phase 2 of the competition will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2. Should phase 2 go ahead, you will be expected to develop and evaluate a prototype of your solution, test the prototype on real-world data and systems within the Scottish health boards, to establish clinical utility and develop a plan for full commercial exploitation.

The competition will open on 10 August 2020. Final day for registering will be 23 September.

An online briefing event will take place on 17 August 2020 from 13:00 to 15:00 to provide potential applicants with more information.

Read the guidance for applicants for this competition before you register and apply.


First published 4 August 2020