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Health needs of older people: apply for business funding

Businesses can apply for funding from NHS England to address challenges facing older people with multiple health problems.

Close-up of older person's hands on walking frame

SBRI competition recognises a need for innovation in the problem area of falls.

Businesses and other organisations can apply for a share of £1 million funding from NHS England to develop ideas that can address challenges facing older people with multiple long-term conditions.

The need for innovation is in the problem areas of:

  • falls

  • incontinence

  • decline in functional ability

Each contract could benefit from £100,000 phase 1 product development funding through SBRI Healthcare. This competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities.

Companies successful in the six month feasibility stage (phase 1) will be eligible to move on to more detailed product development and NHS validation. Up to £2 million in further funding support can be secured in two additional phases.

Businesses can learn about the competition at briefing events on 18 June in Birmingham and 25 June, London.

The deadline for applications is at noon on 11 August 2015.

The SBRI programme is run by Innovate UK.

Published 18 June 2015