Innovation Adoption Fund

Do you have an innovation that could help vulnerable people, the elderly or those self-isolating in their homes?

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) has funding available for ready-to-use products and services that can support vulnerable adults, their carers and families across three key areas:

Mental health & wellbeing

  • Improving access to peer-to-peer communities
  • Supporting self-management and wellbeing
  • Improving the wellbeing of families and carers

Delivering and monitoring care and support in the home

  • Using technology to facilitate the delivery of care in the home and in care settings
  • Projects that address the health and wellbeing needs of vulnerable and socially excluded groups

Coordinating and mobilising social action

  • Support the use of digital platforms to facilitate effective access to local community action and social prescribing interventions

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Voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSEs), health and care teams, and small businesses across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are invited to apply for grants of up to £6,000 to support faster adoption of these targeted innovations, as well as others that are relevant to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Innovators with a solution that is ready for spread as well as adopters who are looking to implement an innovation are eligible to apply.

There will be three application rounds in May, June and July 2020.

Applications for the first round are now closed. The second round (June 2020) is now open.

Visit our Innovation Exchange Pathfinder applications system to apply. The second round of the fund will close at 9am on Monday 15 June, with pitches taking place on Wednesday 24 June.


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clearly articulated and logical innovation with evidence of impact
  • Relevance and importance to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Innovation with demonstrable benefits to vulnerable adults and/or their families or carers and/or healthcare system
  • The necessary clinical and organisational links needed to support adoption, and the potential for sustainability and scalability of the innovation.

Applications that proceed through the initial application form stage will be invited to pitch remotely to our judging panel.

Applicants to the recently cancelled original round of our Innovation Adoption Fund will be invited to reapply, but will not be guaranteed a pitching place.



What does adoption mean?
Adoption means that the device, service, or pathway change that you have chosen is ready to be implemented. The innovation is already been fully developed and may only need minimal changes to adapt it to ensure it’s ready to go.

What does innovation mean?
Innovation means that your chosen intervention is new, or that you’ll be using it in a new way which is relevant in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic.

What can I use the fund for?
The Innovation Adoption Fund is for implementing a fully developed innovative product, service or intervention. Grants of up to £6,000 are available to support implementation projects across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for up to six months.

When will I hear back?
You will hear from the SW AHSN within 48 hours of the closing deadline confirming whether you have been invited to pitch your idea.