Competition opens: Monday 1 February 2021
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 2-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.
This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Projects are expected to start by 2 June 2021 and can last up to 3 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.
Feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £15,000 inclusive of VAT will be awarded for each successful project for up to 3 months. We expect to fund up to 3 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.
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 9 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
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.