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Competition 20 – Autism and Learning Disabilities

Competition has now closed

View the Winners here

Competition timeline

  1. Phase 1- Launch
    23 May 2022
  2. Phase 1- Briefing
    24 May 2022 11:00 am
  3. Phase 1 - Deadline to Apply
    06 July 2022
  4. Phase 1 - Panel
    September 2022
  5. Phase 2 - Competition launch
    10 July 2023 9:00 am
  6. Phase 2 - Webinar
    18 July 2023
  7. Phase 2 - Deadline to Apply
    11 August 2023
  8. Phase 2 - Panel
    September 2023

Living with autism and a learning disability can be difficult for people and their families due to significant health inequalities these communities face, including lack of access to sufficient support and care.

Despite attempts to tackle these challenges across a range of settings and services, the pressures on healthcare systems have continued to grow. Innovative solutions were sought that would tackle challenges around the early detection of autism and/or learning disabilities, and around the provision of appropriate and relevant support and care equally to people, their families and carers.

Funded by NHS England through the Accelerated Access Collaborative, and in collaboration with Autistica and the AHSN Network, SBRI Healthcare was pleased to announce the opening of Competition 20 in May 2022 for funding innovations to support care in Autism and Learning Disabilities.

Applicants were invited to submit innovative solutions to tackle three specific challenges:

  • Early identification and diagnosis
  • Health inequalities and access to care
  • Access to effective support and services

See the list of Phase 1 Panel members

Phase 2

Guidance for Applicants - Phase 2

Portal Guidance on using the RMS Application system


See the list of Phase 2 Panel members

Supporting documents


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