UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to work with partners on projects to provide affordable and accessible healthcare in India
Innovate UK has up to £1 million for UK businesses to collaborate with partners in India and Europe on healthcare projects targeted at the Indian market. The investment comes through the Newton Fund. This aims to harness the best of UK research and innovation to create positive development in middle income countries and forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.
It is part of the GlobalStars programme run by the EUREKA network. The programme allows EUREKA countries and non-partner countries to collaborate on research, development and innovation activities across various technology areas and markets.
UK and Indian partnerships
India is a rising global power with a rapidly growing economy. Its large, diverse market offers many opportunities for UK businesses and research organisations. By working together, there are clear benefits for both countries – strengthening innovation, creating new investment opportunities and boosting trade links. Joint investment in science and innovation is set to grow between the countries to around £400 million by 2021. This will enable organisations to take on the challenges India faces including agriculture, the environment, climate change and health.
Supporting more affordable healthcare provision
The aim of this competition is to bring forward innovative solutions that tackle the challenges of healthcare provision in India and make this more affordable projects that are economical, sustainable and user focused.
Specifically a ‘One Health’ approach, which seeks to provide a holistic and integrated healthcare system that improves the patient experience. Projects should focus on:
• disease prevention and control
• point-of-care diagnostics
• the treatment of infectious and chronic diseases
• improved treatment outcomes
• efficient use of health resources
As a UK business you must submit 2 proposals for your project:
• an individual application via the Innovation Funding Service – see here
• a joint proposal with your project partners via the EUREKA site – see here
To find out more, see links above, you can contact the Knowledge Transfer Network to get help to find a project partner – click here to find out more.
Applications are invited from 13 August 2018 and companies must register by midday on 27 September 2018 in order to apply