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September 2020

NRS Career Research Fellowships

Open for Applications

This year’s round is now open for applications with a deadline of Wednesday 11th November 2020. The award provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. The aim is to strengthen the research culture and capacity in the NHS. CSO allocates £12.7m per annum to Boards through its NRS Researcher Support budget to meet the time of staff conducting research. If you are currently doing research but you don’t have support for these sessions you should be applying directly to your R&D office for funding under the Researcher Support strand. These Fellowships are available to all NHS clinical professions including GPs.

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Diabetes National SBRI Challenge – Closing Soon

NHS Scotland and Innovate UK are funding a national SBRI competition where successful applicants will receive 100% funding and access to advice from NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. NHS Scotland is investing up to £300,000 in innovative solutions in 3 challenge areas which will be delivered in 2 phases. The deadline for registration of Phase 1 applications is the 23rd of September 2020. If you missed the launch event, the full video recording and speaker presentations are available online where you can hear from Clinical Leads from the challenge areas, the Chief Scientists Office and Innovate UK on the innovation landscape in Scotland and industry partner STORM ID on their SBRI experience.

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3D Printing Supporting Video Consultations

The renal cancer service at the Western General Hospital, is a regional service for the South East of Scotland. Dr Steve Leung, Consultant Urological Surgeon, has been exploring the use of 3D printed kidney models to aid surgical planning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, face to face outpatient clinic appointments were reduced. Using the NHS Near Me video conferencing platform enabled the sharing of 3D printed models of the patient’s kidney tumour to support new patient consultations. Feedback from patients was very positive. Being able to visualise their disease allowed patients to understand their diagnosis and enabled shared decision making.

Digital Dermatology Assessments Webinar – Storm ID

Join the live webinar taking place on Thursday 1st October 2020 from 3pm to 4.30 pm to highlight the benefits of Digital Dermatology Assessments and discuss the potential for rollout. The Digital Dermatology Assessment Service is a platform supporting e-consultations between patients and clinical staff. The system is currently used in NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Scottish Government have agreed a contract with the provider Storm ID for 12 months from 1st of October 2020, including the opportunity to rollout to further Health Boards. To register and receive joining instructions, please Holly Abercrombie at your earliest convenience.

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Next Generation Home Vision Testing SBRI

Opening Soon

NHS Scotland and Innovate UK are funding a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition where successful applicants will receive 100% funding and access to advice from NHS Forth Valley, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Grampian. NHS Scotland is investing up to £100,000 in innovative solutions in the challenge which will be delivered in up to 2 phases. The deadline for Phase 1 applications is 18th November 2020 and there will be a launch event on 30th September 2020 where the eye health clinicians will discuss their challenge and we will hear presentations from the Chief Scientist Office and Innovate UK about the SBRI process and their experiences with it.

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COVID-19 Funding Calls and Opportunities

In the funding section of our website you will find the latest information on potential funding opportunities for organisations during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have also listed all non COVID1-19 related opportunities in the link below.

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Innovation in Digitally Enabled Clinical Trials Webinar

Join Edinburgh Innovations and Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh on Monday 28th of September 2020 to hear a range of speakers from academia, industry and the charity sector to discuss their experience of clinical trials, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. John Norrie, Director of the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit, will chair the event. The joining link for the event will be shared directly with registrants at a date closer to the event.

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