Organisations can apply for a share of £100,000 inclusive of VAT, to develop remotely deployed vision testing.
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. The aim of the competition is to pioneer remote vision testing.
Successful applicants will receive 100% funding and have access to advice from NHS Forth Valley, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Fife and NHS Grampian.
This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1 and assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.
Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.
Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study
The first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £40,000, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this phase.
Feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £10,000, inclusive of VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months.
We expect to fund up to 4 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.
We would welcome bids from a single entity that bring together sector specialists
Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing
The second phase will involve up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants. Up to £30,000, inclusive of VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 9 months.
The contract is completed at the end of phase 2, and the successful business is expected to pursue commercialisation of their solution.
Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject of a separate, possible competitive, procurement exercise. This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution.This competition closes at 11am UK time on the date of the deadline.
Phase 1 projects can range in size but must have maximum total costs of £10,000 inclusive of VAT.