Through a new SBRI competition, organisations can apply for a share of £3 million to develop a digital regulatory navigation platform for health product innovators. This funding is from Innovate UK and will support proof of concept projects.

This is phase 1 of a potential 2 phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase will depend on several factors, including the outcomes from phase 1, availability of funding and assessment of a separate application. If phase 2 goes ahead, it will support extended data collection and beta testing activity with end-users.


Firstly, projects must demonstrate the principle of an intuitive digital regulatory navigation platform that enables users to understand and explore the regulatory pathways for the healthcare product they are developing. They should also provide users with information and access to UK support structures that are relevant to their commercial R&D, for example, standards, UKAS accredited test labs and Notified Bodies.

All proposals should:

  • Demonstrate a credible and practical route to market
  • Include a plan to commercialise your results
  • Utilise externally maintained nomenclatures
  • Focus on healthcare products for the UK and EU, but be scalable to other sectors and global markets in the future

Projects must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • Start by 1st November 2021 and end before 31st March 2022
  • Last up to 5 months
  • Have total eligible costs from £250,000 to £1 million inclusive of VAT
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding and expertise of the regulation of health products within the UK and EU
  • Understand challenges facing innovators or businesses seeking to bring innovative products to market

Organisations of any size can lead a project. They can work alone or with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations or the third sector as subcontractors.

Applications must attribute at least 50% of the contract value directly and exclusively to R&D services. For example, this may include solution exploration and design, prototyping, and field-testing the product or service.

More Information

This competition will open from 23rd August until 20th September. For more information and to apply, please visit the competition page. If you are looking for bid writing support and would like to arrange a free consultation, get in touch today.