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Call for Participants in a three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care

UKRI are pleased to invite participants to apply to attend a sandpit on Digital technologies for Health and Care.

The Research Councils within UKRI (MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, STFC, AHRC, Innovate UK and NERC) have been working together to strengthen co-ordination around digital technologies for health and care and to identify opportunities in this area. In 2019, UKRI with input from the community, mapped the digital health portfolio, produced a definition for digital health and highlighted opportunities for the Research Councils to take forward. One of the areas which has been highlighted for strengthening is building coordinated and well-informed research and innovation communities, with the appropriate multidisciplinary and cross-sector skills and expertise in digital health. As a result, UKRI would like to run a sandpit to bring the different communities in this area together. This is the first sandpit in a series of three which will be advertised over the next three years.

The theme for this sandpit is novel digital technologies for improved self-monitoring and health management. Successful projects from the sandpit should either have a new approach to self-monitoring of conditions(especially conditions which are harder to manage and where there are fewer tools available for interventions) or that seek to identify novel digital technologies that will ultimately enable the public to better manage their health in their own homes and in the community. These smarter interventions should reduce the time that the public spends engaged with the traditional healthcare delivery system and enable a faster recovery or better management of their health.

It is expected that up to £1.2 million of UKRI funding will be made available to fund research projects arising from this sandpit. Each project funded is expected to be in the region of £400,000.

The concept of the sandpit is an interactive workshop on a topic, involving 25-30 participants. The focus for this sandpit is ‘Novel digital technologies for improved self-monitoring and health management’. Anyone eligible to apply for funding from UK Research and Innovation can apply. Please note that businesses are not eligible to apply for funding through this scheme, so please refer to Research Council eligibility criteria.

The sandpit will run over three days starting mid-morning on Tuesday 30 June 2020 and finishing mid-afternoon on Thursday 02 July 2020.

As the sandpit progresses, participants will build up thoughts on how the identified ‘challenges’ may be addressed and develop their innovative ideas and activities into research projects. Projects will contain genuinely novel and speculative research. The sandpit will include inputs from a variety of sources.

For further information, please visit the Digital Health and Care Sandpit call page at the EPSRC website.

Key dates

Call launched February 2020
Call close (expressions of interest) 04 May 2020
Participant Selection panel: May 2020
Sandpit: 30 June-02 July 2020
Funding Application Deadline: w/c 14 September 2020
Funding Announcement: Before 30 September 2020