NHS England have announced a new Small Business Research Initiative) competition to find innovative new products and services for mental health.

NHS England have just announced a new SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition to find innovative new products and services for mental health. Their call is split into 3 categories:

  • Children and Young People‚Äôs Mental Health
  • Depression, self-harm and suicide
  • New Models of Care (leading to improvements in operational productivity)

The competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities. The deadline for applications is 1200hrs on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Suggested solutions in the competition brief include (among others) improved early diagnosis, gamification and virtual reality to support mental health, real time monitoring and interventions through technology, using big data and artificial intelligence to understand patterns that will allow for earlier intervention in mental health, creative and design-based solutions, and also using big data and AI to automate procedures and free up staff time.

The competition will run in two phases. Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept with funding of up to £100K available for projects up to 6 months. Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units from the more promising technologies in Phase 1. Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2.

For more details, see the competition page.

SBRI Healthcare will be running briefing events (click to book a place through Eventbrite):
Bristol, Tuesday 24th October
Nottingham, Tuesday 31st October
Liverpool, Friday 3rd November

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