The NHS Cancer Programme is launching a funding competition of up to £15 million, as part of its open call for innovation in cancer care, on 17 March 2021.
The aim is to deliver new and already existing cancer care innovations to the NHS frontline as quickly as possible. There’s a focus on patient benefits and addressing the areas of early detection, diagnosis and diagnostic efficiency.
NHS England and NHS improvement will work in partnership with SBRI Healthcare Cancer Programme on the competition. It’s hoped that this will ‘accelerate future innovation’ in the cancer sector and healthcare as a whole.
Successfully awarded contracts will last up to 18 months and receive up to £5 million each, ‘subject to justification’.
According to Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN), applications are welcomed for ‘innovative, creative and future proof ideas’ in areas such as:
- Medical devices
- Digital health and equipment
- Behaviour intervention
- New models of care.
The call for innovation and competition are, as per HYAHSN, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) to improve cancer outcomes and services. These goals include 75% of people with cancer being diagnosed early, at stages one or two of the disease.