SBRI Healthcare – Competition 18 – Delivering a Net Zero NHS

Fund Name: Competition 18 - Delivering a Net Zero NHS
Project Length: 6-12 months
Project Value: £100k to £1m
Deadline: 24/08/2021


This competition seeks to address the NHS Net-Zero target. All proposed innovations must take into account the supply chain, full product life-cycle, as well as the impact that these solutions will have on carbon emissions. Projects under the SBRI Healthcare programme, Delivering a NetZero NHS competition, should aim to develop technology-enabled solutions addressing the challenges outlined in the following categories:

  • Reducing emissions from care miles
  • Reducing emissions from surgical pathways
  • Reducing nitrous oxide emissions
  • Tools to support low-carbon decision making

SBRI Healthcare competitions are open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution. The SBRI Healthcare scheme is particularly suited to small and medium-sized businesses, as the contracts operate on short timescales. Developments are 100% funded and focused on specific identified needs, increasing the chance of exploitation.

Fund Details

The competition will have two phases (subject to availability of budget in 2022/2023):

  • Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts awarded will be for a maximum of 6 months and £100,000 (incl. VAT) per project.
  • Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units from the more promising technologies in Phase 1. Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2. The development contracts awarded in Phase 2 will be for a maximum of 12 months and up to £1,000,000 (incl. VAT) per project.

Applicants should state their goals and outline their plan for Phase 2, as an explicit part of the path to full commercial implementation, in their Phase 1 proposal. Applicants can also develop their methodology and framework to assess their reduction in carbon emissions as part of their Phase 1 projects. Applicants are expected to respond to the specific challenge and provide details as to how their innovations meet the brief and support the NHS net-zero commitment, whilst being mindful of the broader impact of their innovation on sustainability within the chosen care pathway. Applicants are also asked to consider how the innovation will:

  • Provide tangible and direct benefits to the health and care of patients.
  • Improve health outcomes, reduce health inequality and drive efficiency.
  • Impact the health and care system and how the system may need to change to adopt the innovation and deliver system-wide benefits.
  • Be accepted by different stakeholders and whether they can be involved in the design of a solution and its development.
  • Be affordable to the NHS and wider systems such as Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) both immediately and throughout the life of the product and how this will be evidenced.

Applications must include satisfactory details on the following areas:

Supply chain

  • A full lifecycle assessment of the proposed innovation, considering how the supply chain is involved.
  • How materials were sourced, and the transport and logistics involved in the manufacture and delivery of the product.
  • How carbon emissions will be managed at each stage.
  • Assessment of the product lifecycle that would support a Phase 2 application.
  • Address one or more areas of the “5Rs of sustainable procurement”.

Carbon reduction

  • A detailed methodology and/or framework to outline qualitative and quantitative approaches to assess any reduction in carbon emissions resulting from the innovation.
  • Evidence of where benefits of the innovation may impact the potential carbon footprint elsewhere.

There are a number of technologies or types of solution which may already be in development or are already available and will not be funded through this call. These are listed below:

  • Development of innovative reduced carbon inhalers (e.g. dry powder inhaler and metered-dose inhaler)
  • Travel and transport, specifically electrification of the fleet and infrastructure for charging and travel
  • Optimisation of estates and energy/water management
  • Food, catering, and nutrition
  • Development of new wearables devices
  • Any technologies that negatively impact staff workloads will also be excluded
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