Innovation Adoption Fund

The South West Academic Health Science Network is offering adopters of innovation part of a £45,000 fund to encourage the spread and adoption of innovation that improves health and social care for people in the South West of England.

Up to £1,000 in micro and £5,000 in small enabler funds are available for projects that focus on relevant health and care setting(s) and aim to facilitate faster adoption or remove a barrier that may hinder progression.

We welcome proposals from adopters of innovation, including technologies, services and interventions which aim to develop new insights, processes or feasibility testing. A clear justification will be required on why funds for these activities cannot be sourced through other funding routes.

Priority will be given to proposals with the potential to benefit the health and care of people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset. We also welcome applications from innovators based outside the South West who are working with adopters in the region.

Micro-funds of up to £1,000 can be given to individuals who are clearly linked to activity which can be evidenced through invoicing or receipts.

Enabler funds of up to £5,000 will require a lead applicant from a health or social care organisation or enterprise that is working directly with patients and public or with providers of care. Collaborative agreements with a fund holder will be accepted and due diligence will be carried out immediately after selection before a final decision is taken to release the funds.

The deadline for applications is 4 March 2019. Interviews will take place on 29 March 2019 at The Horizons Centre, Torbay.

Projects can last up to four months and must start no later than May 2019. A final presentation of outcomes and how the funds were used will be expected from all successful applicants.

Complete an expression of interest here.