Funding Alert: SBRI Healthcare Competition 23

Tuesday 8 August 2023

SBRI Healthcare is delighted to announce the launch of a new funding competition, Competition 23: Child Health. 

Improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people (CYP) is a key priority for NHS England. Over the next few years, the NHS Long Term Plan envisions better mental health for CYP, an integrated health and care system that will deliver excellent service, and a skilled workforce to provide the support they need.  Funded by the Accelerated Access Collaborative, in partnership with the AHSN Network, Phase 1 of this competition aims to identify innovative solutions that can be adopted by the NHS to improve healthcare for children and young people in the UK.

The competition seeks to address challenges in child health in two key focus areas:

Long-term conditions

Many long-term conditions develop during childhood and more children and presenting with multiple and complex morbidities requiring tailored management.

    • Asthma is the most common long-term condition among children and young people and is among the top ten reasons for emergency hospital admission of children in the UK.
    • Epilepsy is the most common long-term neurological condition of childhood.
    • Diabetes is becoming increasingly common among young people in the UK, the majority due to Type 1 but there are growing numbers of Type 2.

Prevention of ill-health

Promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing people from becoming ill is key to reducing the existing and future burden of disease and ensuring that everyone can live long and healthy lives.

    • Obesity is a major area of concern, as obese children are highly likely to become obese adults, with an increased chance of developing a range of other health conditions.
    • Oral health – Early intervention in childhood fosters healthy behaviours for life, notably in areas such as oral health. Tooth decay can lead to pain and time off school, resulting in loss of work for families, despite dental decay being almost always preventable.

Health inequality, focused on the NHS Core20PLUSFIVE approach, is a core component of this competition, and equity of access and experience should be a central pillar of any successful innovation. At early stage, the SBRI Healthcare programme offers a two-phased development approach;

  1. Phase 1 contracts for technical and commercial feasibility testing are valued at up to £100,000 (NET) and last for six months.
  2. If successful at Phase 1, and subject to budget availability, projects are eligible to apply for further funding at Phase 2 worth up to £800,000 (NET) over one year to focus on prototype development and evidence.

For further details about the competition, eligibility criteria, and the application and assessment process, please refer to the relevant documents on the competition page via the link below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SBRI on