• Northern Ireland
  • Opening date: 5th July 2019
  • Closing date: 30th August 2019

Website Department of Health (DoH) Northern Ireland

The Department's mission is to improve the health and social well-being of the people of Northern Ireland.

Total Fund Available: Up to £90k in Phase 1

Applicants are invited to tender for projects under the SBRI Healthcare program to triangulate prescription (health) data and air quality/ pollution data with location data to supply new information through an innovative and engaging mechanism so that the local citizens, clinicians, Health and Social Care Board, Belfast Local Commissioning Group, Public Health Authority, transport and Belfast City Council teams can be better informed about air quality and be empowered to make decisions. This SBRI should help citizens and the public authorities manage life, care and wellbeing in a more sustainable and healthy way through the following,

  1. Citizen based utility to enable healthier choices
  2. Wider public health planning
  3. Clinical management of patients where poor air quality could lead to an exacerbation
  4. Understand exposure to pollutants and effects at a local level
  5. Promote urban healthy living and cleaner environments
  6. Better city and transport planning

Further details are outlined in the competition brief and support material.

This SBRI Health & Social Care competition (Phase 1) is open to all provider organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution.

The SBRI scheme is particularly suited to small and medium-sized business, as the contracts are of relatively small value and operate on short timescales. Developments are 100% funded and focused on specific identified needs, increasing the chance of exploitation. Suppliers for the phase 2 project will be selected by a competition process between the existing phase 1 suppliers and will retain the intellectual property generated from the project, with certain rights of use licensed to the Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland. This is an excellent opportunity to establish an early customer for a new technology and to fund its development.

There is total funding available of up to £90,000 for SPACE Phase 1 covering all challenges within the SBRI brief. Phase 1 contracts are intended to design and develop prototypes or demonstration units. Phase 1 contracts will awarded to a potential of 3 Contractors for a maximum period of 4-months and a maximum funding of £30,000 (excluding VAT) per project.  Phase 1 projects must be completed 4-months following the commencement of contract. There will be 4 equal value staged payments following the attainment of 4 milestones within the first 4-months of the Phase 1 and will equate to 100% of the total Phase 1 project cost.

In a potential phase 2 project a Trial of technology may be required involving participants.  Clinical Trials/ Field Trials, for the avoidance of doubt, are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. When referring to a Northern Ireland clinical trial site partner, the definition of a named clinical trial site partner will be a Medical Consultant, Senior Pharmacist, Nurse or Allied Health Professional working within a Health & Social Care (HSC) Trust or a General Practitioner, Community Pharmacist, Practice Pharmacist or Practice Nurse working in primary care. Suppliers will be expected to work with practitioners from HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland to ensure their solutions are developed with a focus upon actual local need and experience. Indeed, if a Phase 2 SBRI follows on from the Phase 1 SPACE SBRI, there may be a requirement to test the solution in field trials in a number of trial sites and in the patient’s homes in Northern Ireland. There may be an option for Phase 3 contracts which are intended for Pre-Commercial testing to support continued development of the prototype. Only those projects that have completed Phase 2 successfully will be eligible for any potential Phase 3.

All associated documents can be downloaded from eTendersNI.gov.uk 

(eTendersNI Tender Reference: 2241897)

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