2020-03-29

Up to £25k Funding For Tech Innovators Supporting Self-Isolation

Do you have an idea that can help the elderly, vulnerable and those self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic? Apply for up to £25,000 in government funding to develop or trial your solution.

Innovators have until 31 March 2020 to submit their applications for a new TechForce19 competition launched by NHSX to help combat the effects of social isolation.

Following the testing period, NHSX and partners will identify the most appropriate route for further development in order to best help those in need. Innovators will be selected according to the feasibility of their solution, credibility of their company, impact and digital maturity.

Please note: The challenge is aimed at providing support in the community, and not looking at solutions that address clinical issues or need integration with NHS systems.

To qualify, innovators need to be targeting the following areas:

  • Remote Social Care: Identifying carers that can help those vulnerable; managing and providing care in care homes; delivering domiciliary care and technology in the home;
  • Optimising care and volunteering sectors staffing: Recruiting, training, certifying professionals including doctors, nurses and carers; recruiting and triaging volunteers into clinical and non-clinical workers; estimating demand for workers to improve management of resources; tackling gaps in care sector data to assess the financial sustainability and needs of businesses;
  • Mental Health: Finding and delivering mental health services; accessing peer-to-peer communities; supporting self-management in the areas of mental health and wellbeing; improving employee wellbeing.

You can find more information about the challenge, as well as supplier guidance and the link to register your interest here.


This article was authored by Tom Russell, Programme Manager - Health and Social Care Team at TechUK, and originally posted here, on 23rd March 2020.

If you have a question about this opportunity, please contact Health and Social Care Programme Manager Tom Russell: tom.russell@techuk.org

Twitter - @TomPRM