EPIC Challenge Fund
eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) is a collaborative project led by the University of Plymouth and delivered in partnership with the South West AHSN, Kernow Health CIC and Software Cornwall with the goal to develop and sustain a thriving eHealth ecosystem in the county. Initially funded in 2017 by a grant of £2.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it has now received a further £4m to extend the project until 2023.
A key part of this work is the EPIC2 Challenge Fund, a £375,000 grant scheme which is offering the opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registered in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to apply for grants of up to £27,000 to support them bring new eHealth innovations to market.
Grants of various sizes are available on a sliding scale, with smaller grants of around £4,000 which can be used for small feasibility testing, and larger ones of up to £27,000 for more substantial development projects. The smaller grants can be up to 100% funded, with larger grants requiring an increasing proportion of match funding.
In particular, we welcome applications that address issues of rurality, social isolation and make technology more accessible to all. These solutions could integrate with existing systems to improve user experience, address difficulties of providing care in remote locations or even develop new robotics and devices, to be used in peoples own homes and health environments.
Alongside the Challenge Fund, EPIC also provides a range of support to SMEs, including part funded university-student placements, sector specific academic support including evaluation, usability or impact assessment, alongside assistance to identify and apply for alternative funding opportunities.
If you have an innovative eHealth product or service that you would like to bring to market, then we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Grant Manager Sam Strickland for more information.