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Supporting people living with persistent pain: apply for funding

4 July 2019


Opportunity to tender for development contracts with projects aiming to help chronic pain sufferers

SBRI Health & Care: Public Health Agency (PHA) competition for development contracts opens on 8 July 2019 to offer funding for projects that can provide a digital platform to support people living with persistent pain.

The projects should also:

  • aid self-management of chronic pain by providing information, tools and interventions
  • connect service users and providers
  • become a data source on the profile of patients living with persistent pain in Northern Ireland
  • provide opportunities for further research and service development to improve services for patients with persistent pain

This competition is funded through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) scheme and is open to all providers that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution.

It is particularly suited to emerging, small and medium-sized business, as the contracts are of relatively small value and operate on short timescales.

Competition phases
Total funding of up to £150,000 for Phase 1 is available to cover all challenges within the SBRI brief. Phase 1 contracts:

  • are intended to design and develop prototypes or demonstration units and to plan and design products for field trials and testing in preparation for Phase 2
  • will be awarded to a potential of three contractors for a maximum period of six months and maximum funding of £50,000 (excluding VAT) per project
  • must be completed six months following the commencement of contracts

Suppliers will be expected to work with practitioners from the Health and Social Care sector in Northern Ireland to ensure their solutions focus upon actual local need and experience.

Suppliers for Phase 2 projects will be selected by a competitive process between existing Phase 1 suppliers and will retain the intellectual property generated from the project, with certain rights of use licensed to the PHA.

This is an excellent opportunity to establish an early customer for new technology and to fund its development.

Tender process
All relevant tender documents, including the project brief and information on how this tender will be evaluated, are available to download free of charge from the eTendersNI procurement portal.

The deadline for tender submissions is Friday 16 August 2019 at 15:00.

In order to access and submit a tender via eTendersNI, all suppliers must complete a company registration process. When accessing eTendersNI for the first time, refer to the section 'Suppliers new to eTendersNI' for information on registration and helpdesk details.

For more information, download SBRI Notice - Call for Tender PAIN Phase 1 (DOC, 154K).