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Direct weblinks to these are located in the ‘Resources’ section at the end of this article.
This programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations, who already have some technological capacity, to take their digital innovation projects forward within nine months. Projects must address one of four programme areas, of which ‘Improving Health and Wellbeing’ is one.
The theme for applications too this fund is “Prevention”. Nesta are looking for ideas for how collaborative digital platforms can help relieve pressure on existing local public services. These ideas might be focused on preventing social problems from starting, from growing worse, or from creating follow-on needs.
They provide funding to projects which reduce demand by preventing ill health and increasing individual citizens’ ability to better manage their health or increase capacity by improving the quality of care provided within existing or reduced funding baselines.
This fund aims to allow third sector organisations to design and test new solutions that will effect change at a local level, leading to measurable improvements and/or the ability to share learning and good practice.
Focusing on the development of digital health or digitally enabled medical technologies (in clinical or non-clinical settings), projects should have the potential to improve patient outcomes, transform healthcare delivery and enable more efficient healthcare delivery.
Third sector can collaborate on projects which must be led by an SME.
Note that the Lottery and other charitable funds are also potential sources of funding support.
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