Greater Manchester

Research and Innovation Health Accelerator

ERDF part-funded project for SMEs

The Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator is an ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) part-funded project delivered by Health Innovation Manchester, The University of Manchester, The University of Manchester Innovation Factory, Manchester City Council and Bionow.

The project invited Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions to accelerate development and improve commercialisation of innovative healthcare products and services within life sciences.

SMEs were able to access expertise and support including information about navigating the health and care system, developing value propositions, ethics & regulatory advice, and access to university-wide expertise.

The programme engaged with SMEs across a range of health and care products and services, but with a particular focus on AI & digital technologies, medical devices, biosensors, genomics & precision medicine, diagnostics, biopharmaceuticals, and applications of advanced materials.

Throughout the delivery of this programme, there was opportunity to build lasting research collaborations between SMEs, researchers, Greater Manchester universities, NHS organisations and the broader health innovation community. These collaborations will continue to share knowledge, address the barriers to adoption and co-develop proposals for research and development projects.

Celebrating the successes of ERDF R&I Health Accelerator

The following are a celebration of collaboration and success between Greater Manchester research, innovation, and academic partners.

ERDF R&I Health Accelerator video | Accelerating research and innovation in Greater Manchester

Those involved in the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator share their experiences of the programme, reflecting on the successes of the partnership, and how through developing strong collaborations across sectors we are continuing to improve the care of citizens across Greater Manchester:

ERDF R&I Health Accelerator | Case studies

SMEs and innovators who received support through the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator share their experiences of working with partners, the types of support received and how it has helped develop their business, and what they look forward to moving forwards. Click on each image below to see more information about each case study.




Clinical Neuropsychology Services (CNS)




Balance App

Wilbos Blends

Wilbo's Blends



Further Support

All applications for the R&I Health Accelerator are now closed.

For further support in bringing innovative products and services to the NHS, please visit The Innovation Nexus.

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