NHS England is set to open a new round of funding for innovation in the early detection and diagnosis of cancer. The ‘Innovation Open Call 3’ is designed to facilitate the integration of innovative solutions into frontline healthcare settings, alongside addressing key implementation evidence gaps. 

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Innovations will be 100% funded up to the total value of £4 million (excluding VAT) over a maximum of 24 months. 

The NHS Cancer Programme is leading the competition, with support from SBRI Healthcare and the Accelerated Access Collaborative

Who can apply?  

The competition is open to all types of innovation that will detect cancer earlier and increase the proportion diagnosed at stage one or two. This includes medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, digital health solutions, behavioural interventions, software, artificial intelligence, and new models of care. 

Applications for projects that tackle health inequalities in the early diagnosis of cancer are welcomed. All applicants should consider the impact of their innovation on health inequalities and to develop appropriate mitigations. 

Key dates 

6 February: Briefing webinar held between 3-5pm. Register on Eventbrite

12 March: Online innovation matchmaking event held between 2-5pm. Register on Eventbrite

8 April: Applications open. 

29 May: Applications close. 

To learn more and read the challenge brief in full, please visit the SBRI website