Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem: Funding Support & Collaboration Opportunities

The first Greater Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem of the year was hosted by Health Innovation Manchester and the University of Manchester’s Digital Futures yesterday on Thursday 21st January 2021.

The online session focussed on two opportunities for funded support and collaboration for companies involved in health innovation, and particularly in digital health. The Research & Innovation Health Accelerator, piloted by Health Innovation Manchester, and a ‘sandpit’ event hosted by the University of Manchester’s Institute for Data Science and AI in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute.

Daniel Zamora, Commercial Programme Manager at Health Innovation Manchester, presented on the Research & Innovation Health Accelerator, which will be delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, Bionow and The University of Manchester Innovation Factory (UMIF). Open to SMEs in Greater Manchester looking to accelerate their products or services into the healthcare field, opportunities range from targeted support in navigating markets to collaboration with University of Manchester academics to develop new products and services.

Professor Chris Taylor, Professor of Medical Biophysics, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, then spoke about the four ‘sandpit’ events being hosted by the University of Manchester’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute in March 2021.

One of the sandpits will focus on Health and Care Innovation based on Data Science and AI, with others on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Clean Growth, and Digital Transformation.

Funding is available to support collaborative feasibility studies (£10k-£15k) co-developed at the sandpit events.

Details of our next Greater Manchester Connect Health Ecosystem meeting will be announced soon.

Back to top