Funding Competition Seeks Unique Healthcare Ideas
A competition offering potential prize funds of up to £45,000 to help accelerate the development of healthcare devices for unmet clinical needs has been launched.
Devices for Dignity (D4D), the organisation that delivers technology solutions to support people with long term conditions, preserving their dignity and independence, is offering the funding to help commercialise a healthcare solution which addresses a problem that continues to affect millions of people around the UK.
Up to three winners will each be awarded £15,000 and entrants will be given the opportunity to work with D4D's national experts network, resources and specialist clinicians, bridging the gap between initial concepts, securing grant funding and attracting early stage investment.
D4D is accepting competition entries in three different areas:
- Tackling continence for people with dementia
- Helping children and/or young adults with continence problems
- Self-help tools for prevention or management of urinary incontinence
The awards are open to UK healthcare businesses, healthcare professionals, academics and individuals who are innovators and inventors, as well as users, patients and carers.
Solutions must have a product or device as the intended output. The product can be software so long as it is incorporated into a device. Solutions may cross over categories.
The winner(s) will need to demonstrate the potential for significant measurable decrease in NHS costs and/or patient benefit, while judges will also consider the wider social impact of the idea, including its contribution to dignity and independence.
Professor Wendy Tindale, D4D's Clinical Director, said "This prize will provide medical technology innovators with the springboard they need to develop an idea into something tangible and ultimately, the product or device will have the potential to make a huge difference to large sections of the population who have to live with this debilitating problem"
The winners of the award(s) will be announced at Bristol Urological Institute's 19th Annual Scientific Meeting at Watershed Conference Centre on November 28.
Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday October 24.
For more detail and to enter the Awards online, visit the D4D website &ndash http://www.devicesfordignity.org.uk
Last Updated: 25 October 2012