Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition

Technology to improve Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care and management

Led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the NHS Innovation Partnership Board, the SBRI project focusses on the rapid prototyping and adoption of solutions for people living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Launched in March 2017, businesses were invited to apply for a share of up to £360,000 for innovative technology to improve inflammatory bowel disease care and management. The competition closed to applications on 17 May 2017. The assessment process has been completed and the awards will be announced in August 2017.

The competition 

As part of Scotland's Innovation Action Plan, the SBRI competition has been awarded £360,000 innovation funding from the Scottish Government. The fund will support the development of technology that will improve the ongoing management of IBD for people living with the disease.

The competition is assessing proposals that:

  • help patients manage their health from home
  • promote independence and help people to be more involved in decisions about their care
  • facilitate easier and quicker communication with clinicians

This competition has 3 phases with an allocation of up to £75,000 for phase 1, £135,000 for phase 2 and £150,000 for phase 3:

  • Phase 1: technical feasibility. Projects should last up to 8 weeks. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £15,000 each
  • Phase 2: prototype development and testing. Projects should last up to 6 months. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £45,000 each
  • Phase 3: pre-commercial testing to support continued development of the solution. Projects should last up to 1 year. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £75,000 each.

The competition has now closed to applications 

Watch the presentations and short films from the competition briefing event on 4 April 2017 (each film is a separate link below)

The Open Innovation Programme Andrew Fowlie
Innovation Team and Health Innovation Partnership, Scottish Government

The Patient Viewpoint, Claire Lang

The Clinical Challenge, Prof Angus Watson, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, NHS Highland

How to apply for the SBRI competition, Jon Hazell, Innovation Lead, Innovate UK

Introduction to the KTN, Felicity Carlysle-Davies, Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTN

If you would like more information about the competition, please call 0300 013 4725.