SBRI: Next generation home vision testing

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Organisations can apply for a share of £100,000 inclusive of VAT, to develop remotely deployed vision testing

NHS Scotland is funding a new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to support pioneering projects that can revolutionise eyesight testing.

The aim of this competition is to improve eyesight testing so that it can be done at home, in school and in under-served communities. Better access to eyesight testing will make eye problems more easily detected, monitored and managed to prevent sight loss.

Successful applicants will receive 100 per cent funding and have access to advice from NHS Forth Valley, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Fife and NHS Grampian.

To be eligible, your project must bring together low-cost digital solutions and sources of relevant information to solve the challenges of:

  • access to eye testing
  • quicker diagnostics
  • enabling self-checks

The proposals should:

  • focus on the needs of the person whose vision is being tested
  • have a high degree of accuracy
  • be easy to engage with

Live remote supervision would be provided by healthcare professionals. The results would link to and integrate with, Scottish NHS health board patient systems

This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A total of up to £40,000 research and development (R&D) contracts is allocated to the first phase.

Find out more about the scope of the competition and how to apply.

The competition closes at 11:00 on 18 November 2020.

Briefing event
An online briefing event will take place on 30 September for potential applicants to find out more information. Register now to attend the event.


First published 23 September 2020