£80,000 development fund for unmet needs launched in Greater Manchester

A collaboration between Health Innovation Manchester, MIMIT (Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology) and Oxford Road Corridor (ORC) has established an £80,000 development fund to pump-prime up to eight projects that aim to provide solutions to unmet healthcare needs.

The fund is seeking submissions from practicing clinicians, community healthcare, GPs, nurses and healthcare workers across all fields in the Greater Manchester health and social care system to identify potential unmet healthcare needs in the areas of ‘living well’ and ‘ageing well’.

Following submission, these unmet needs will be validated and shortlisted by MIMIT for scale, scope and suitability. Those shortlisted  promoted to the larger MIMIT/Greater Manchester healthcare ecosystem to seek potential collaborative solutions from academics, researchers, clinicians and industry partners.

Up to eight solution providers will be awarded a minimum of £10,000 to pump prime the development of the solution with the aim of preparing the project for further funding.

Submission originators will be expected to become part of the final project team and will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to pump prime a solution addressing a problem within your daily practice
  • Increased opportunity for research and collaborative working
  • The support of a multi-disciplinary project team and MIMIT
  • A prize fund of £250 awarded to the most original unmet need (selected by a panel).

Submission process:

Submit your unmet need at www.colab-mimit.fluidreview.com

You will be required to create an account and submit information relating to the clinical priority area of the unmet need, the description and magnitude of the problem and recommend any known clinical experts for reference. You will not be expected to present a solution but will be asked for details on the functional requirements and benefits of any possible solution.

Originators will be expected to present their unmet need in further detail at a forum of clinicians/academics/industry representatives between Oct – Nov 2019.