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SBRI: Enhancing medical supply chain resilience with drones

General & Misc
Project Size:

Opening & Closing Dates:

  • Opens: Wednesday 1 November 2023
  • Closes: Wednesday 20 December 2023 at 11:00 am

Description: This Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition, funded by Innovate UK as part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), aims to explore how drones can improve the resilience of healthcare logistics and medical supply chains. The focus extends to various use cases, including organ transport and medical device supply.

Funding Type: Procurement

Project Size: Projects can have total costs up to £100,000, inclusive of VAT.

Project Goals:

  • Enhance understanding of how drone technology can augment healthcare logistics and medical supply chains.
  • Explore various related use cases such as organ transport and medical device supply.
  • Projects should include cost-benefit analyses, standard operating procedures, and policy aims like improving prevention, enabling community care, and reducing health inequalities.
  • Must comply with medical distribution regulations and engage with potential end users in healthcare settings.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Evaluate approaches and contribute to the existing evidence base.
  • Improve the provision and implementation of drone services.
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders and demonstrate a clear route to market.
  • Ensure technical, development, and market feasibility, along with necessary permits and licenses.

Portfolio Approach:

  • Aims to fund a diverse range of projects across themes, technological maturities, and geographical locations.

Specific Themes:

  • Augmenting healthcare logistics and improving supply chain resilience.
  • Compliance with medical distribution regulations.
  • Maintaining medical product integrity during drone flight.
  • Other use cases such as organ transport, medical device supply, and regulatory considerations.

Research Categories:

  • Technical Feasibility Studies or Prototype development and evaluation.
  • Includes prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, testing, and validation in real-life conditions.


  • Projects not engaging directly with at least one NHS organisation or medical distribution company.
  • Projects duplicating other UK government or EU funded initiatives.
  • Proposals not complying with the eligibility requirements or covered by existing commercial agreements.

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