D4D offers awards to develop assistive and renal technologies
31 August 2011
Devices For Dignity (D4D) is offering £30,000 in a
proof-of-concept competition designed to accelerate the development of
promising ideas in the healthcare technology sector.
The funding will go towards commercialising technology that
supports D4D’s goal of providing dignity and care to people with
long term conditions.
D4D has uncovered unmet clinical needs in two major healthcare
themes, assistive technologies and renal technologies. The
competition’s aim is to advance the development of an available
product, service or treatment.
One winner per theme will be awarded £15,000 and entrants will be
given the opportunity to work with D4D’s national expert networks,
resources and specialist clinicians, bridging the gap between
initial concepts and securing grant funding and attracting early
The awards are open to UK healthcare businesses, healthcare
professionals, academics and individuals who are innovators and
inventors, as well as users, patients and carers.
Professor Wendy Tindale, D4D’s Clinical Director said, “This is a
fantastic opportunity for medical technology innovators because it
is a huge step towards turning an idea into something concrete.”
For more detail and to enter the Awards online, visit the D4D
Devices for Dignity (D4D) is a National programme, hosted by
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working with
people, clinical and healthcare staff, inventors, charities,
industry and academics, to bringing real solutions to areas of
clinical and patient need in assistive technologies, urinary
continence management and Renal technologies.
Devices for Dignity (D4D) is supported by the National Institute
for Health Research, the Technology Strategy Board, the Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research
Council, with additional support from the Department of Health
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