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May 2022

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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NHS Scotland Innovation Fellowship Scheme - Applications Open!

Cohort 1 of the Innovation Fellowship Scheme launched on Wednesday, 4th May 2022. The aim of the Innovation Fellowship Scheme is to strengthen the innovation culture to solve real problems in the NHS and social care, improving the quality, efficiency and sustainability of health and care delivery and supporting NHS Scotland’s Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design Framework.

The scheme will support NHS Scotland staff in developing an innovation career within their post. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday, 15th June 2022.


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Digital Health Leadership Programme

NHS Digital Academy Cohort 5

The application process is now open for Cohort 5 of the NHS Digital Leadership Academy which is run by Imperial College London in partnership with The University of Edinburgh and Health Data Research UK (HDR).

The closing date for applications is Friday 29th May 2022 and it is anticipated successful applicants for Cohort 5 will commence their learning in September 2022.  Applications are welcomed from across health, care, housing and the third sector.

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NHS Tayside HaarSain PPE / decontamination SBRI

NHS Tayside Innovation Team is helping to drive forward innovative solutions for the NHS to challenges created by COVID-19 by hosting a year-long research and development initiative with industry partners.

The Scottish Government has invested £400,000 to run this Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) to drive forward vital innovation in reusable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and decontamination technologies. The six companies involved in the SBRI are developing a range of potential solutions to meet the SBRI challenge. Short YouTube video.

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Data-Driven Entrepreneurship (DDE) Innovation Seed Fund

Are you looking to gain early traction for your data-driven business? Apply for the DDE Innovation Seed Fund to connect your ideas to the world and support a recovering society through entrepreneurship.

Delivered by Edinburgh Innovations’ Investment Management team, the DDE Innovation Seed Fund is looking to invest in data-driven companies at the University of Edinburgh to help them take their venture to the next level!

Deadline for applications is Sunday 5th June 2022.

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Life Sciences and Healthcare: Innovation, Collaboration and Growth

The 21st BioDundee International Conference is a one-day event with accompanying exhibition and networking opportunities attracting attendees and exhibitors from the UK, and International, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Digital, and associated sectors.

This free virtual conference will take place on Tuesday 17th May 2022 from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

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Registration Now Open for the NHS Scotland Event 2022

Registration is now open for the NHS Scotland Event 2022, which will take place Tuesday 21st June and Wednesday 22nd June at the P&J Live in Aberdeen. On Monday 20th June delegates are invited to attend our very first Experience Day.

The NHS Scotland Event, in partnership with NHS Grampian, have created several exciting visits for delegates looking to find out more about the incredible and innovative work that is going on across NHS Grampian and beyond.

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Scotland 5G Centre Innovation Challenge

Are you a UK registered organisation looking to help shape the future of digital health and social care? The S5GConnect Dumfries innovation challenge aims to support the development and delivery of 5G product and service innovations in the health and social care sector.

Find out how you can get involved and be in for a chance to win a 15-week technical support and business accelerator programme prize, equating to a value of £65,000. Deadline for applications is 18th May 2022. 

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The University of Edinburgh AI Accelerator

Are you using AI to drive positive change? The University of Edinburgh’s AI Accelerator is now open for applications until 26th of May 2022.

Apply now if your business is using AI in any of the thematic areas and has the potential to scale in the next six months.

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DDE Venture Builder Incubator 3.0 Applications

The Venture Builder Incubator is a 4-month programme which provides a framework of skills and knowledge required to validate the commercial potential of data-driven ideas.

The Venture Builder Incubator is a curated programme of interactive, online workshops and events designed to provide PhD students and academics with the skills and knowledge to exploit the commercial potential of their research. It offers the opportunity to be at the heart of a vibrant community and to develop life-long professional and entrepreneurial skills.

Deadline for applications is Friday 25th June 2022.

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Scottish Government Grant Funding

Scottish Government is inviting proposals for grant funding to deliver the Centre for Workplace Transformation, to test new ideas around post-pandemic ways of working.

Bids are invited by 16th May 2022 – individually or jointly – from organisations with a focus on employment research, advice, and innovation to support workplaces improve productivity and wellbeing. For more information contact


Scotland’s life sciences sector ‘biggest destination’ for tech investment during Covid

Scotland’s Life Sciences sector became the “biggest destination” for tech investment thanks to a boom in healthcare innovation during the pandemic, according to new analysis from British Business Bank.

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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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