Development Fund for Unmet Needs

Development Fund for Unmet Needs

Greater Manchester is seeking submissions from across the city-regions healthcare system for unmet needs in the areas of “living well” and “ageing well”.

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

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

How can innovation help?

Originators will be expected to present their unmet need in further detail at a forum of clinicians/academics/industry representatives between Oct – Nov 2019.  Following this, up to eight innovations will be sought in the areas of ‘living well’ and ‘aging well’ with the potential to solve specific unmet needs.  with funding awarded in March 2020.

Desired impact / outcomes

  • The opportunity to pump prime a solution addressing a problem within 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).