Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25million, including VAT, to develop data and digital technology to deliver better adult social care.
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst for Torfaen County borough council. The aim of the competition is to develop data and digital technology to deliver better adult social care.
The overall programme will be delivered over two phases. This is phase one of a potential two-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase two will depend on the outcomes from phase one. Only successful applicants from phase one will be able to apply to take part in phase two.
Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study
The first phase feasibility study involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £250,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase one of the competition.
It is anticipated the contracts will be in the region of up to £50,000, including VAT. This is for each project for up to three months. Innovate UK expect to fund up to five projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.
Innovate UK would welcome bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists.
Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing
The second phase involves up to two R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase one applicants. Up to £500,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.
The aim of this competition is to make adult social care provision more effective and efficient. This includes solutions that will ultimately help prevent the need for social care services in some cases.
Adult social care plays a major part in keeping some of us well, independent, living in the community and out of hospital for longer. Demand is increasing however, resources are under pressure and we know that we need to become smarter in targeting support to those that need it most.
Innovate UK would be particularly interested in proposals for technology that can track data in real-time and join up how we deploy and sensitively prioritise our resources to the best effect.
Innovate UK recognise that this is a highly complex challenge and they do not expect proposals to fully address the whole scope. Innovate UK expect to fund a portfolio of projects that address significant aspects of this ‘grand challenge’.
In phase 1 you must demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.
In phase 2 you must develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.
Specific themes are:
- How we can use technology to improve the point of entry into adult social care?
- How we can create more dynamic and flexible systems of care that are more responsive to the changing needs of the people we care for?
- How do we make better use of evidence to inform commissioning both now and in the future?
To lead a project, you can:
- Be an organisation of any size
- Work alone or with others from business, the research base or the third sector as subcontractors
Projects must start on October 11, 2019, end by January 20, 2020, and last up to three months. Innovate UK expect to fund up to five projects.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that cover:
- Residential aspects of care
- New IT systems, although new interface will be in scope
- Parts of the system outside of the council’s direct control, such as NHS systems
A total of up to £250,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase one. It is anticipated the feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £50,000, including VAT, for each project for up to three months. Innovate UK expect to fund up to five projects.
Applications must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively for R&D services. R&D can cover solution exploration and design. It can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. R&D 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
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