NHS England has launched a new round of its funding competition for innovation in the early detection and diagnosis of cancer.
Based on the Rapid Cancer Registration Dataset, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at an early stage has started to improve for the first time in a decade. However, there is recognition that this improvement needs to accelerate.
The NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) set ambitions for cancer; that by 2028, 75% of people will be diagnosed earlier, at stage one or two, and an extra 55,000 people will survive cancer for five years or more.
Applications are invited for innovations or new approaches that will detect cancers earlier and increase the proportion diagnosed at stage one or two.
The competition aims to fast-track high quality, proven, late-stage innovations into front-line settings, as well as address implementation evidence gaps.
The competition is open to all types of innovation, including but not limited to, medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, digital health solutions, behavioural interventions, software, artificial intelligence, and new models of care.
The NHS is committed to tackling health inequalities. Applications for projects that tackle health inequalities in the early diagnosis of cancer are welcomed. All applicants are required to consider the impact of their innovation on health inequalities and to develop appropriate mitigations.
Innovations will be 100% funded up to the total value of £4M (excluding VAT) over a maximum of 24 months.
The competition is led by the NHS Cancer Programme with support from SBRI Healthcare and the Accelerated Access Collaborative. The support of Cancer Alliances plays a key role in enabling spread and adoption.
To date over £24.5m has been funded through the NHS Cancer Programme Innovation Open Call across 14 projects, impacting 30,000 patients so far. See case studies.
An online innovation matchmaking event will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2pm- 5pm. Sign up here.
Applications open on Monday 8 April 2024 and close on Wednesday 29 May 2024, 1pm.
How to Apply:
Please read the Challenge brief found on this page, alongside full details. Full competition documents will be uploaded the week commencing 5 February 2024.
If you haven’t used the Research Management System (RMS) before for applications, please register on it in good time before the competition deadline. Your RMS registration needs up to 7 days to be approved before you can submit an application, thank you.