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NHS Cancer Programme - Innovation Open Call 3 Accelerating Early Cancer Detection

Health & Life Sciences
Project Size:
100% funded up

Application Details:

· Innovations should focus on early cancer detection and diagnosis.

· Applicants must consider the impact on health inequalities.

· Briefing webinar on 06 February 2024, 3 PM - 5 PM.

· Online innovation matchmaking event on 12 March 2024, 2 PM - 5 PM.

Significance: The programme has already funded over £24.5 million across 14 projects, impacting 30,000 patients. This competition offers a significant opportunity for innovators to contribute to the advancement of early cancer detection and care, aligning with national health priorities and addressing critical health inequalities.

Call to Action: Interested applicants should prepare to attend the briefing webinar and matchmaking event for detailed insights. With applications opening on 8 April 2024, it's crucial to start planning and developing proposals focused on impactful, innovative solutions for early cancer detection and diagnosis. Get in touch with Inventya for grant writing support, our experts can help maximise your application chances.

Competition Timeline:

· Announcement: 26 January 2024

· Launch Event (Online): 06 February 2024, 3:00 PM

· Matchmaking Event: 12 March 2024, 2:00 PM

· Workshop: 04 April 2024, 10:00 AM

· Applications Open: 08 April 2024

· Q&A Session: 18 April 2024, 11:00 AM

· Applications Close: 29 May 2024, 1:00 PM

· Assessment: June 2024

· Peer Review (if shortlisted): July 2024

· Interview Panels: 02 & 03 October 2024

· Contracts Awarded: November 2024

Overview: NHS England invites applications for innovations that facilitate the early detection and diagnosis of cancer. This initiative aligns with the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) to increase the proportion of early-stage cancer diagnoses and improve patient survival rates.


· 75% of cancer diagnoses at stage one or two by 2028.

· An additional 55,000 people surviving cancer for at least five years.

Innovation Scope:

· Open to various types of innovations, including medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, AI, and new care models.

· Emphasis on innovations that address health inequalities in early cancer diagnosis.


· Innovations will be 100% funded, up to £4 million (excluding VAT) over a maximum of 24 months.

Support and Collaboration:

· Led by the NHS Cancer Programme with support from SBRI Healthcare and the Accelerated Access Collaborative.

· Cancer Alliances play a crucial role in facilitating the adoption of innovations.

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