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SBRI : Improving Hip Fracture Outcomes Using Data, phase 1


Organisations can apply for a share of £160,000 inclusive of VAT to develop a solution which will improve quality of care and outcomes for hip fracture patients.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Scottish Government through Health Innovation South East Scotland.

The aim of the competition is to improve outcomes for hip fracture patients by developing a system using routinely collected health data and data-analytics techniques.

The system must optimise complex patient care pathways to deliver hip fracture care according to national care standards.

This is phase 1 of a potential two-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1 and assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.

Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

Successful applicants will receive funding, as well as guidance from NHS Lothian, University of Edinburgh and access to the DataLoch repository of health data for South East Scotland.

In applying to this phase 1 competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject of a separate, possibly competitive, procurement exercise. This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution.

Phase 1 projects can have total costs of up to £15,000, inclusive of VAT.

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The aim of the competition is to improve outcomes for hip fracture patients by developing a system using routinely collected health data and data analytics techniques.

The system must optimise complex patient care pathways to deliver hip fracture care according to national care standards.

Your project can focus on one or more of the following:

  • Data analytics
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Analysis of risk
  • Software development
  • Computerised decision-support/integrate care pathway development

In phase 1 you must:

  • Gather clinical needs and care pathway requirements
  • Develop current and future state maps of hip fracture services
  • Demonstrate the technical feasibility of your proposed innovation
  • Establish ongoing collaboration between technical and clinical members of the project team
  • Formalise any required ethical approvals, data sharing agreements and contracts
  • Begin working with clinical data
  • Develop a technical specification which describes in detail how a proposed phase 2 ‘Technology Development’ will be completed

At this stage contracts will be awarded for phase 1 only. You must define your goals and outline your plans for phase 2. This is part of the full commercial implementation in your phase 1 proposal.

You must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results.

In phase 2, successful applicants from phase 1 will be asked to:

  • Develop and evaluate a prototype of your solution
  • Test the prototype on real-world data and systems within NHS Lothian to establish clinical utility
  • Develop a business plan for full commercial exploitation

Research categories

Phase 1: technical feasibility studies

This means planned research or critical investigation to gain new knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services.

In phase 1, the supplier will work closely with the stakeholders to develop a solution. The outcome of phase 2 will be a prototype of the solution.

Phase 2: prototype development and evaluation

This can include prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, testing and validation of new or improved products, processes or services in environments representative of real-life operating conditions. The primary objective is to make further technical improvements on products, processes or services that are not substantially set.

Projects are expected to start by 2 June 2021 and can last up to three months.

To lead a project, you can:

  • Be an organisation of any size
  • Work alone or with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations or the third sector as subcontractors

Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.

A total of up to £45,000 inclusive of VAT is allocated to phase 1.

Phase 1

Feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £15,000 inclusive of VAT will be awarded for each successful project for up to three months. Innovate UK expect to fund up to three projects.

Total costs must include VAT. VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business, and applications must list total costs inclusive of VAT. You will be asked if you are VAT registered before entering your project costs.

If you are a VAT registered organisation you will not need to enter your costs inclusive of VAT as the application form will calculate the VAT for you.

If you are not VAT registered then you can quote without VAT but you will not be able to increase invoice values to cover VAT later on.

Phase 2

The second phase involves up to 2 contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants. Up to £57,500 inclusive of VAT will be allocated for each contract, to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to nine months.

The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:

  • Adjust the provisional funding allocations between the phases
  • Apply a ‘portfolio’ approach
Research and development
Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design, and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.
Research and development does not include:
  • Commercial development activities such as quantity production
  • Supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
  • Integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes
State aid
SBRI competitions involve procurement of R&D services at a fair market value and are not subject to state aid criteria that typically apply to grant funding.

Innovate UK will not fund projects that cover:

  • Solutions that are incompatible with the current technologies used by the healthcare community and the main patient population in Scotland
  • Basic research or exploratory studies where an idea or solution has not been identified

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.

Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.

We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

Call to find out more

If you’d like to know more about this competition, please give us a call on 01509 261182 and one of our team will be delighted to help you access this funding opportunity for your business.