The following funding prerequisites apply to all applications and will be considered by the funding Panel:
A commitment to involve members of the public and patients in the design and management of the research, evaluation or study.
A commitment to actively engage in tackling healthcare inequalities, and in supporting diversity and inclusion, by including communities where the proposed innovation will make the biggest impact.
Steps towards contributing to the overall carbon neutral strategy for the NHS.
Guidance for completing your application on the Portal
These notes should be read alongside your application as they are designed to help you provide the information required.
Please keep the use of acronyms to a minimum. Only use acronyms where a term is mentioned frequently throughout the proposal. If you choose to use an acronym, do not assume that the reader knows what it means, and be sure to define it, bearing in mind that individual sections of the application may be read separately during the selection process.
In order for your application to be accepted, you must submit the minimum required information. This information includes all mandatory fields from the application form (as indicated with a red asterisk next to questions). If you do not complete this information, you will not be able to submit your application.
We ask that all participants in the application (Team Members, Sub-Contractors, and Clinical Partners) have approved accounts on the Research Management System so that they can be added to the application form. Please ensure you leave enough time for this.
If you do not have all the answers you need to fully complete the application, you may save your progress using the ‘Save and Close’ button and return to the application process at a later date.
Guidance on the individual sections of the application form is provided in the following sections.
Section 1: Application Summary
Section 1: Application Summary
Information entered into this section provides a summary of your application.
Please provide the title for the project. This should be descriptive, concise and contain keywords relevant to the project. Any abbreviations should be spelled out in full.
Please select the appropriate sub-challenge addressed by your innovation.
Please name the organisation that will be responsible if the project is funded. Including management of the funding, project deliverables and arising intellectual properties.
Projects can be up to a maximum of 6 months for Phase 1 projects
Total contract cost (NET)
This will be auto-populated based on the information provided in Section 6.
The upper funding limit of SBRI Healthcare Phase 1 competitions is £100,000 excluding VAT.
Type of innovation
Please choose the most appropriate description of the innovation using the dropdown list provided. If “Other” is selected, please provide a short description of the innovation.
Technology readiness level (TRL)
Please choose the most appropriate TRL of the innovation using the dropdown list provided.
Please choose the most appropriate health category related to your application using the dropdown list provided.
AHSN involved in the project
Please select all that apply from the list provided.
Please describe the role of AHSN in the project (max 50 words).
Section 2: Host Organisation Details
Section 2: Host Organisation Details
Complete details relevant to your organisation. Please choose from the dropdown list where provided.
Host organisation website
Company registration number (for those in the UK)
Region (where the host organisation is registered, using the dropdown list provided)
Type of organisation
Host organisation size
Host organisation status
Annual turnover (max 10 words)
Section 3: Plain English Summary
Section 3: Plain English Summary
A plain English summary is a clear explanation of your project. The plain English summary may be used to inform reviewers, including experts who might not have specialist knowledge of your field as well as public members/patients who might review your funding application. If your application for funding is successful, the summary may be used on the SBRI Healthcare website.
Please make sure your summary is free of technical jargon, easy to read, and provides an overview of your proposal.
It is helpful to involve patients / carers / members of the public in developing a plain English summary.
When writing your summary consider including the following information where appropriate:
aim(s) of the project
background to the project
design and methods used
patient and public involvement
The plain English summary is not the same as a scientific abstract, please do not cut and paste this or other sections of your application form to create the plain English summary.
Section 4: Project Plan
Description of proposed technology/device/service and expected outcomes
Please provide a narrative description for what the innovation is and how it addresses the theme AND sub-challenge selected.
The following should be provided:
A brief description of the proposed solution
What is the problem that the solution aims to address and how does this meet the published challenge brief?
What is the current development state of the proposed solution?
What are the expected outcomes of the project?
How will the solution benefit patients, the NHS and/or Social Care sector and the wider market?
Digital interventions must consult the NICE Digital Health Technology Framework and the application should evidence plans to meet the appropriate evidence guidelines. This comprises both clinical effectiveness and economic evaluation. Please consult the NHS England guidelines for “Designing and building products and services” for the latest links to relevant standards, guidelines and consultations.
Evidence that NHS Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) has been considered if relevant.
Project plan and deliverables
Please provide a detailed description of the proposed Phase 1 project, clearly outlining the expected exit point of the project. The applicants are expected to provide the following information:
The proposed Phase 1 work packages, including PPIE, equity of access and net zero elements of the proposal if relevant.
Detail of what will be conducted within each of the work packages, the rationale behind these work packages, key measurable deliverables, and how these will be delivered.
Study design. This may include both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, power calculation, study cohort and implementation research plan in the context of where the innovation will be delivered, and the patient/service users affected.
Key risks to the project and state how these will be mitigated against.
An overview of the Phase 2 preliminary plan and work-packages.
If you are not planning to engage with patients, you MUST explain why.
Please list up to 5 key milestones for the project along with timings for completion. The number of milestones should be appropriate for the project, you do not need to use the maximum number.
The milestones should be comprehensive and the success criteria able to be assessed objectively (e.g. ‘all tests delivered to 99% accuracy’ or ‘for statistical significance, 2000 samples must be processed’) with an emphasis throughout on practicality as this initiative is seeking evidence that the technology is viable in the proposed setting and can be effectively deployed to and adopted by NHS trusts. Appropriate record keeping and reporting are essential, but reports are not in themselves the main goal of the project. Please indicate the roles that would contribute to the milestone under ‘Resource’.
Key competitors and unique selling point
Please provide details of any competitor innovations or market alternatives, which should include the following:
The advantages of the proposed solution compared to the current standard of care.
How is your proposed solution innovative.
Details of any competing innovations or alternatives in the wider market (either on the market or in development) and describe the advantages and innovativeness of your proposed solution over these (i.e., what is your unique selling point).
If there are no competing innovations, please describe how your proposed solution compares to current standard of care.
Define the market you plan to address; including size, barriers to entry, and cost of the problem.
Companies may wish to consider working with other companies to bring forward solutions that can make a real difference.
Intellectual property (IP)
The definition of Intellectual Property (IP) includes patents, trademarks, designs, copyright (such as new software, checklists, scales, protocols, questionnaires, toolkits, guidelines or similar), research tools (such as data analysis techniques, assays, cell lines, biomarkers, materials or equipment and devices) and (clinical) data.
Please provide details on the following:
Any relevant existing background IP that will be utilised during the project and the current ownership arrangements, including patents or patent applications.
Any foreground IP which will be produced or improved during the project and how this IP will be captured and managed. Also provide details regarding expected ownership of foreground IP.
Any Freedom to Operate (FTO) search that has been conducted to date. If no search has been conducted, please explain your rationale.
Commercialisation and NHS/Social Care implementation strategy
Please give an overview of your commercialisation and implementation strategies, and business plan for the product or service you are developing, including market launch and long-term adoption. Please include:
The market size you intend to serve and the expected penetration rate.
Your commercialisation and business plans, including who the users are, how it will be purchased, the likely cost of the solution and plans for long term sustainability of the technology, including internationalisation.
Will additional funding be required to adopt the solution; this may include plans to raise capital (investments rounds, public funding, etc.).
Describe your business model for adoption, including implementation costs/implications and barriers to adoption.
Consideration should be taken towards the scalability of the technology and the necessary adaptations for different service user groups.
Please detail the evidence, both health economics and delivery of true impact, the NHS and the wider system may require before the technology can be adopted.
The health economic benefits that this product could deliver for the NHS and how you will ensure that the innovation is affordable to the NHS and wider system such as Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), both immediately and throughout the life of the product?
Outline existing engagement and partnerships and the additional key stakeholders you will engage to support a sustainable spread of the innovation in care pathways (current or redesigned) and the expected timescales for local/regional/national spread
Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) and equity of access
Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) is an accepted and recommended working practice within healthcare research ensuring that solutions are co-produced with patients, meet patient needs, and to ensure there is an acceptability among end-users. Applicants are expected to develop a thorough PPIE strategy as part of their project. Please consider including the following information in this section:
What are your plans for PPIE? Please provide specific details such as the way you will be involving and engaging with the patients and the public, the frequency at which you will plan activities and the specific outputs.
How will the relevant patient groups be involved in the development of innovation roll out and NHS adoption strategy?
How will you ensure that the innovation will be acceptable to patients, their families, carers, the wider support network, and healthcare professionals?
For further information regarding PPIE, we strongly recommend applicants to refer to the NIHR Guidance.
The SBRI Healthcare Programme is committed to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, and reduce health inequalities through the development of technologies and solutions it is funding. Please provide the following detail in this section:
Whether the innovation might exacerbate health inequalities, which group(s) of the public/patients might be affected and how might you minimize this.
How the proposed innovation will ensure equity of access (e.g., underserved ethnicities, under-represented groups, economic groups, vulnerable groups, geography, digital exclusion, etc) along with the steps to understand and alleviate potential negative impacts. More information on what constitutes a health inequality can be found on The King’s Fund website.
Given the rural nature of many places, an over-reliance on home and community interventions needing to be permanently online should be considered (Wi-Fi and phone signals in rural locations may be weak or unreliable).
The cost of data use, which would negatively impact on accessibility by some low income or marginalised communities.
Please explain your assessment of local healthcare inequalities relative to the selected theme and the challenges facing your population, including which data sources have been used for inform this assessment and articulate the plans and objectives that are in place to deliver improvement against these challenges.
Applicants are required to ensure that proposed technologies/solutions are considering steps towards the carbon neutral strategy and objectives for the NHS as identified in the Delivering a Net Zero NHS report. Please consider the following:
The impact of your innovation on the carbon emissions throughout the lifecycle of their products, and how it will contribute to net-zero emission by 2040.
Consider the carbon impact of the innovation from multiple aspects, e.g., materials and production, carbon impact of digital products and infrastructure, supply chain, travel savings, etc.
How will carbon impact be assessed and what data sources would be used for the assessment.
What steps will be taken to minimize the carbon impact of the innovation and to align with the NHS Net Zero agenda.
Section 5 – Team
Please note, only named individuals included in the team, sub-contractor and advisor, or clinical/HCP partner sections will be allowed to join the Interview Panel (Phase 2, 3 and Cancer only). Those named in Other Posts will not be able to join the Interview Panel.
Please note that members of the project team and project partners will need to be ‘invited’ through the PMO RMS via email to participate as team members, after which they must confirm their participation. The same process applies with the clinical partners and sub-contractors. The application cannot be submitted without doing so.
Firstly, please ensure the team member(s), sub-contractor(s) and clinical partner(s) are registered onto the RMS portal (https://pmo.ccgranttracker.com/). Once their account is registered and approved, the lead applicant will be able to search and ‘invite’ the team member(s), sub-contractor(s) and clinical partner(s) to the application.
Please ensure that those invited to collaborate on this application confirm their involvement in good time, as the application cannot be submitted without this.
The role and time commitment of team members, advisors and sub-contractors should be included.
Please note that for applications to be considered all fields within this section must be completed fully and to a satisfactory level. This includes complete descriptions of team members, sub-contractors, advisors, clinical/HCP partners, their experience, their roles in the project, FTE commitments (if applicable) and costs.
Team member roles and % FTE commitment
Please add details of all team members and their role in the project. A maximum of 10 team members can be added. Do not include sub-contractors in this section.
Team members are those that belong to the host organisation and individuals with responsibility for the day-to-day management and delivery of the project. Team members are considered part of the project team and are expected to share responsibility for its successful delivery. Those outside of the host organisation should be listed as subcontractors or advisors.
Members of the project team will need to be registered and approved on the RMS before they can be added to an application. After being added to the application, they will first be ‘invited’ by the RMS to participate as a team member; if they accept, they will receive a further email to confirm their participation. The same process applies with the clinical partners and sub-contractor.
Please note that the application will not submit unless all team members added have confirmed their participation.
Please provide a job title, detailed description of the role performed in the project, time allocated to the project and relevant experience and skills. Time allocated to the project should ideally be expressed as an FTE percentage (the time allocated during the period of the project indicated as a proportion of the working hours for a Full Time Equivalent position).
Relevant commercial and management expertise of team members should be included.
Sub-contractor and advisor roles and % FTE commitment
Subcontractors and advisors are individuals that do not belong to the lead organisation and will provide a fee for service (or in-kind contribution); clinical partners should be listed in clinical/HCP partners section.
Please provide the details of any sub-contractors or advisors involved in your application. A maximum of 10 sub-contractors/advisors can be added. Please provide a job title, detailed description of the role performed in the project, time allocated to the project and relevant experience and skills of the sub-contractor(s) or advisor(s).
The use of sub-contractors is optional; however, where your proposal involves sub-contracted individuals or companies, or benefits from the input of named expert advisors, details should be provided.
While quotes for activities can be in the form of forecasts in this application, you will be asked to provide formal quotes as part of the due diligence process if you are successful. If an advisor provides services at no cost or at a level of expenses incurred only, this detail should be indicated.
Clinical/healthcare professional (HCP) partner roles and % FTE commitment
Clinical/HCP partners are individuals that do not belong to the host organisation and will provide a fee for service (or in kind contribution) in relation to the clinical elements of the project.
Please provide the organisation name, clinician/HCP’s job title, a detailed description of the role performed in the project, time allocated to the project and relevant experience and skills of the clinical/HCP partner(s).
The use of a clinical/HCP partner is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended. A maximum of 10 clinical/HCP partners can be added.
Other Posts (max 300 words)
Please provide a detailed description of any other posts that are yet to be confirmed or appointed for the project. Please also provide the job title, a detailed description of the role performed in the project, time allocated to the project and relevant experience and skills that are required for the role. Those named in “Other Posts” will not be able to join the Interview Panel.
Section 6: Application Finances
Section 6: Application Finances
Please note that SBRI Healthcare is not a grant and not VAT exempt. If you are successful, you will be awarded a Development Contract which is subject to VAT. All project costs should be indicated as NET cost incurred and a VAT charge at 20% may be applied. Please note the maximum cost a proposed projects can request is detailed in the Competition Brief and the associated Invitation to Tender.
Please provide a line-by-line summary of costs of the project in the table supplemented. The costs quoted must reflect actual costs at a “fair market value” and profit should not be included.
Please note, costs to support basic research, development of research hypotheses, and experimental designs that have no practical commercial application are not eligible.
Please note that when indicating costs, the NET costs should be provided in the respective rows of the table supplemented. Please see some general guidance here.
Labour costs (for all those contributing to the project)
Material costs (including consumables specific to the project)
Capital equipment costs
Travel and subsistence costs
Indirect costs • Other costs
Total NET costs (auto populated)
Please confirm if you will be claiming VAT at 20% (please tick yes if you will apply VAT to the total costs)
*Please note VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing organisation.
Justification (max 500 words)
Please provide a justification of the costs, or staff involved and quotes from sub-contractors where applicable. If there is significant use of sub-contractors, please explain how these will be used and the costs of each. Please note the Assessors are required to judge the application finances in terms of value for money, evaluating whether the proposed cost for effort and deliverables in a proposal reflect a fair market price. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the guidance provided in the Cost breakdown section below and summarise the elements in the application justification section.
Itemisation of costs and methods of calculation may be requested at a later date to support the application.
Please download, complete and finally attach the Finance spreadsheet with the details of all your costs following the different costs categories:
- START – AWARD DETAILS
- Labour costs
- Material costs
- Capital equipment costs
- Sub-contract costs
- Travel and subsistence costs
- Indirect costs
- Other costs
Please use the following guidance and consider the following when completing the spreadsheet. Please note that for the application to be considered, a complete breakdown of requested budget using the template provided is required. Budget provided in other formats will not be accepted. The funding requested in the spreadsheet must be aligned with the application form.
In the Labour costs section, please provide details of posts and salaries of team members. This includes: name, role, grade (put N/A if not relevant), annual salary and on-costs (cost incurred by the organisation to employ someone), %FTE dedicated to the project and the total number of months on the project (1-12). Use only Year 1 for your Phase 1-3 projects. Please also include details about staff that are to be recruited and justify staff positions in the ‘Justification of Costs’ section at the bottom of the sheet and ensure the posts/figures entered are in line with those entered in the application form.
Full economic cost (FEC) calculations are not relevant in this context. SBRI is a competitive procurement mechanism and tenders are submitted by a variety of organisations. Whatever calculations are used to arrive at the tender price, each application is assessed against bids from other organisations. Applicants should bear this in mind when calculating their tender price. Costs should reflect fair market value.
Review salary costs and challenge salaries that seem too high in comparison to what is “market fair rate”.
Excessive time commitment for specific salaried staff.
High number of salaried staff for size of project.
Too few staff contracted for size of project or no salaried staff at host organisation.
Please provide details of the consumables required for the project and justify the costs wherever possible, particularly for larger consumables items.
Please ensure that granularity is provided on material and consumables.
If a license for an app/service is listed, it is expected that it is at costs and no profit is charged.
Capital expenditure should be clearly justified in relation to the project and the cost should take into account the duration of the project.
Leasing equipment from a provider or borrowing from existing facilities is an option to consider.
Any equipment over the value of £250 should be itemised. Anything under can be grouped.
All equipment should be clearly justified at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
Outline the hourly/daily rate for each provider including consultancy, sub-contractors, IP and legal. Here we also expect to see payment for PPIE time (rates should be provided to justify the costs), PPIE travel fees, accommodation and subsistence where applicable, support costs if required and training.
If successful, quotes from individual subcontractors will be requested prior to contracting.
Travel and subsistence
Please include project-related travel costs using the most economic means possible. Please note that meals & accommodation are acceptable.
Remember to add details to justify the costs (number of visits, travel required, subsistence associated to a specific meeting, etc.) and provide details of conferences and the number of Applicant and portal guidance 10 people attending (If applicable).
Indirect costs may include estate costs (e.g., building and premises costs), services/utilities, rent or lease, insurance, etc.
Other indirect costs may include other departmental costs (for example Finance & HR).
Overhead costs should be charged in proportion to the amount of effort deployed on the project and should be calculated using own cost rates. Costs that are considered unreasonable could be rejected.
This may include all other cost items which do not fit elsewhere, such as any dissemination costs related to publication or dissemination of findings. Please note that services outside England are acceptable but should be clearly justified in the justification section.
Please note that a SBRI Healthcare award is not a grant but is considered as a development contract responding to a tender, as such, Full Economic Costing (FEC) is not covered. If the Lead Organisation is a university, please refer to your finance/contracts office for guidance on tender applications.
Section 7: Supporting Information
Section 7: Supporting Information
Please submit the following supporting documents with your application form.
Finance spreadsheet (mandatory)
Gantt chart (1 single side A4, mandatory)
Additional supporting documents (2 single sides A4, optional)
Additional support documents may include a flow diagram illustrating the study design and the flow of participants, diagrams, pictures etc. If submitting a flow diagram, applicants should also describe complex interventions and controls as accurately and fully as possible within their diagram.
NOTE: Uploads MUST be provided as a Word or PDF document or you may not be able to submit your application or it may be difficult for the Panel to view the required information in order to assess your application.
Excessive attachments may lead to your application being excluded from the assessment process.
Section 8: Administrative Contact Details
Please provide the details of an administrative lead as a secondary point of contact for any queries relating to this application.
Section 9: Validation Summary
Section 9: Validation Summary
Please follow the steps on the screen in order to validate and submit your application.
All mandatory fields should be completed and team members invited must validate and approve their participation.
Once submitted, the completed application can be viewed or downloaded from the PMO RMS Portal. However, you will no longer have the ability to edit the application.
Please visit the SBRI Healthcare competition pages for details on the application deadlines. Only those applications received before the competition deadline will be accepted. PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMPLETED APPLICATIONS BY POST OR BY ANY OTHER MEANS OTHER THAN THROUGH THE PORTAL.
For more information please see www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk. Questions on the challenges and scope of this SBRI Healthcare competition should be addressed to the Programme Management Office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortlisting assessment criteria
Please note, the criteria have different weightings.
How well does the application address the challenge brief ad does the proposed solution benefit patients, the NHS and/or Social Care Sector and the wider market? 20%
Are the project plan, deliverables and risk mitigation strategy appropriate? 15%
Is the product innovative, will it have a competitive advantage over existing and alternative solutions and are the arrangements surrounding the use and development of Intellectual Property appropriate? 15%
Does the proposed project have appropriate commercialisation and implementation plans? 15%
Does the proposed innovation have potential to enhance equity of access and does the project include consideration towards patient and public involvement? 10%
Does the proposed technology have potential to contribute to net-zero emission? 5%
Do the host organisation and project team appear to have the right skills and experience to deliver the project? 15%
Are the costs justified and appropriate? 5%
Panel assessment criteria
Please note, the criteria are weighted equally.
How well does the proposed innovation meet the competition brief and to what extent does it offer potential clinical benefit to the NHS and/or social care settings?
How strong is the project plan and have the relevant milestones been identified?
How strong is the team (including partners and sub-contractors) with particular reference to the delivery of milestones relevant to this project?
How strong is the commercial viability and its route to the NHS, and does the solution offer value for money?