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Competition 26 - Urgent & Emergency Care

Competition timeline

  1. Launch Webinar
    23 July 2024 1:00 pm
  2. Applications open
    31 July 2024
  3. Q&A Webinar
    13 August 2024 2:00 pm
  4. Applications close
    18 September 2024 1:00 pm
  5. Selection Panel
    December 2024
  6. Project start date
    January 2025

Pressure on urgent and emergency care services is growing.

NHS England’s Delivery Plan for Recovering Urgent and Emergency Care Services, published in January 2023, sets out the ambition to develop a system that provides more and better care in people’s homes, gets ambulances to people more quickly when they need them, sees people faster when they go to hospital, and helps people safely leave hospital having received the care they need.  

Increased pressure also impacts staff and the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan published in June 2023 sets out the strategic direction at local, regional and national level to address current workforce challenges and calls for action in three priority areas (Training staff, Retaining staff, and Reform) to provide (among other priorities) timely urgent and emergency care.

Competition 26 - Urgent & Emergency Care, Phase 3, aims to identify innovations at an advanced stage of development that address three priority areas:

  • Health and Care outside of Hospitals: Accessing the Right Care and Reducing Demand

  • Reducing Length of Stay and Improving Discharge

  • Supporting Workforce.

The aim of the competition is to facilitate the collection of evidence in real-world settings and build on the value proposition required by commissioners and regulators to accelerate the uptake of the innovation into relevant health or social care settings.

The competition is open to any innovation (e.g., medical device, in-vitro diagnostic, digital health solutions and AI solutions, behavioural interventions, and service improvements) that meets the entry criteria and the challenges described in the Challenge brief.

Single organisations (contracts are executed with individual legal entities) based in the UK or EU from the private, public and third sectors, including companies (large corporates and small and medium enterprises), charities, universities, and NHS providers, given a strong commercial strategy is provided, are eligible to apply.

Organisations based outside the UK or EU with innovations in remit for this call can apply as subcontractors of a lead UK/EU based organisation or via a UK or EU subsidiary.

Collaborations are encouraged in the form of subcontracted services as appropriate.

The upper funding limit of SBRI Healthcare Phase 3 competitions is £500,000 excluding VAT.

Register for the launch webinar, Tues 23 July, 1-3pm. Sign up on Eventbrite

Regsiter for the Q&A webinar, Tues 13 August, 2-3.30pm. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Please read the guidance on the How to apply page - Phase 3 Guidance for Applicants, Portal Guidance, and the FAQs page.

Please ensure you are registered on the Research Management System (RMS) in order to begin your application.

We advise that you register on the RMS 7 days in advance of the competition deadline in order to have your account approved on time.

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