A fund from Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) aims to harness the knowledge and expertise of the life sciences industry, and health and social care professionals across Scotland to develop innovative solutions in response to COVID-19.
The package of support for companies, NHS Scotland and social care staff includes up to £25,000 of initial seed funding, combined with regulatory support, project management and the extensive innovation expertise of SHIL, which has worked in partnership with NHS Scotland since 2002.
The process is designed to be simple, and whilst health and social care professionals are being targeted, students, volunteers, companies and others with innovative ideas that would benefit from collaboration with the NHS can also submit.
Ideas can range from the simple to the complex. A medical device, a piece of technology, software or service offering. It may be an idea to support diagnostics, home care, hygiene or mental health. Anything to improve patient care and the fight against COVID-19 will be welcomed and considered.
All ideas will be rapidly assessed, and SHIL will support selected innovations from concept to final product, working closely with its stakeholders to accelerate innovative solutions.
This dedicated fund from SHIL, sits as part of a broader portfolio of innovation calls in Scotland, all designed to support the NHS Scotland response to COVID-19.
Robert Rea, Head of Innovation at SHIL explained: “Developing new innovations to help the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a priority. Multiple multi-million pound funding source are available now. This funding from SHIL provides the initial impetus, allowing promising innovations to be fast-tracked, with additional funding leveraged as needed to support development, testing and manufacture.”
For more information, see the Scottish Health Innovations website.
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