July Newsletter

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Funded through the Chief Scientist’s Office, Health Innovation South East Scotland (HISES) forms part of national network created to deliver the Scottish Government’s vision to utilise the innovation process to deliver a healthier and wealthier nation for the future.
Formed through a collaboration of three NHS Boards — Borders, Fife and Lothian, with the latter taking on the role of lead host Board, HISES has a pivotal role in delivering innovative solutions to the health and social challenges, both regionally and nationally. Need to contact us?

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Upcoming Igniting Innovation Event

NHS Grampian Innovation Hub is delighted to host the next Innovation Network Event Igniting Innovation taking place 2 – 4.30pm on the 25th August 2021. Exploring the role of innovation test beds, the event will consider what is needed to deliver Innovation into Health and Social care services, showcase success, and encourage collaboration across the health innovation community. The event will include workshops on key innovation topics chosen by you, AI successes and a National update from Dr David Lowe, Clinical Director for Innovation. The full agenda will be released at the end of July, please register your interest to stay up to date and join the conversation via #HSCInnoScot.

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Nominations are now open for the Scottish Health Awards 2021

The Scottish Health Awards are recognised awards for those working across NHS Scotland and its partners to deliver high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland. Please take the time to nominate someone you believe deserves to be recognised across the sixteen award categories for this year. The #ScotHealthAwards Innovation Award is open to an individual, group or team who are developing innovative ways to improve health and social care in Scotland. Submit your nominations online by 5pm on 26th August 2021.


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Innovate UK SMART grants closing soon!

UK-registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable research and development innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. Applications close at 11am on 25th August 2021. Join ex-Innovate UK grant assessor Alan McLeod at 2pm on 27th July as he explains how to stand out from the crowd and secure funding with a first-class pass. In this webinar, Alan will discuss top tips for a stand-out application, explain exactly what he looks for in a grant application and the critical pitfalls to avoid.


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Young Innovators Awards 2021/22 are open for applications!

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £460,000 in young innovators. The aim of this competition is to find a new group of young innovators that, with Innovate UK help, can turn their great ideas into successful businesses. The Young Innovators Award includes £5,000 plus a living allowance in the form of a grant. The competition will close on 28th July 2021 and awards will start on 1st December 2021.


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University of Edinburgh's AI Accelerator are open for applications!

The University of Edinburgh’s AI Accelerator is back! Applications are now open until 8th of August. AI-focused entrepreneurs and businesses scaling up from anywhere in the UK and the world can apply now to take part in this 6-month Accelerator, running from September 2021 to March 2022. To find out more, join the AI Accelerator information session on the 20th July, 4 – 4:30pm or visit the AI Accelerator website.


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Understanding Artificial Intelligence through Algorithmic Information Theory Course

Artificial Intelligence is more than just a collection of brilliant, innovative methods to solve problems. If you are interested in machine learning or are planning to explore it, this free 5-week online course will make you see artificial learning in an entirely new way. The course starts on 15th July so don’t miss out!


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Edinburgh biotech firm to take cataract treatment from operating theatres to the high street

Edinburgh BioScience has signed a multi-million-pound investment deal, looking to take cataract treatment out of the operating theatre. The development is underpinned by years of research, having reached a series of Clinical Trial milestones. The system could also help alleviate hospital waiting lists that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.


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Latest funding opportunities

Check out the latest health and care funding opportunities from across the sector on the funding section of our website.


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