On Wednesday 17 March NHS England and Improvement national cancer programme is launching its open call for innovation in cancer care.

The fund, in partnership with the SBRI Healthcare (Small Business Research Initiative) cancer programme, will award up to £15 million with the aim of swiftly bringing new and existing cancer care innovations to the NHS frontline.

Applications are welcomed for innovative, creative and future proof ideas across medical devices, digital health and equipment, behaviour intervention and new models of care. They should be able to demonstrate patient benefit by addressing the challenges of early detection and diagnosis along with the diagnostic efficiency of cancer services.

The contracts awarded will be for a maximum of 18 months for up to £5 million (incl. VAT), subject to justification.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their local Cancer Alliance, who are best placed to identify where the innovation could be piloted and rolled out.

Further information and details of the competition, eligibility criteria, and the application and assessment process is available on the competition pages of the SBRI website.

Please contact RMPartners.Research@nhs.net for more information and access to a Q&A session with SBRI on 18 March.