Test Beds wave 2 launch

Following the announcement by NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens at Expo last September, the second wave of the NHS Test Beds programme launches today, Monday 26th February 2018.

The Test Beds programme provides funding and support to NHS organisations and industry to test combinations of technology and pathway innovation to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the health service. Find out more about the seven Test Beds currently involved in the first wave of the programme here.

Up to £4.5 million will be available from the Office for Life Sciences for the second wave of Test Beds, with individual projects receiving between £500,000 and £1.5 million. There will also be a separate stream offering up to £1.5 million from NHS England for projects that focus on learning and self-managment support for people with Type 2 diabetes.

This competition is open to digital innovators and NHS organisations who can bid for funding to implement and evaluate innovations until March 2020. Projects must tackle health and care challenges (system or clinical) aligned with national and local priorities.

Each Test Bed must be led by an NHS provider organisation and should be a partnership with businesses working together to solve a specific and focussed health and care challenge through a combination of digital products and pathway development, which will be evaluated during the programme.

AHSNs are supporting the second wave of the Test Beds programme, and in early April 2018 will be organising a series of collaboration workshops around the country to match businesses that have applied with NHS organisations.

Register your interest

The competition is being run by Innovate UK and expressions can be made via their online portal:

Competition timescales

  • 26th February – 27th March: Expressions of Interest (EOIs)
  • April: Collaboration workshops
  • Mid-April: Competition opens for Test Bed application submission
  • Mid-June: Shortlisting and final interviews for prospective Test Beds
  • September: Second wave of Test Beds announced.

Find out more

Further information about the second wave of the Test Beds programme can be downloaded here.

For all queries relating to the competition and the expressions of interest phase, please contact Innovate UK. Email support@innovateuk.gov.uk or freefone 0300 321 4357.

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