Be part of the Cancer Innovation Challenge!

Published on: 4th May 2017

The Cancer Innovation Challenge is a Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funded initiative for innovative data science solutions to improve cancer care in Scotland. It aims to inspire novel data and tech proposals to help Scotland become a world leading health system for people with cancer through open innovation funding calls and a programme of surrounding activities. The Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) is a supporting partner on the project.

The challenge is open to anyone interested in making a positive impact in cancer care in Scotland. There are currently 4 different ways you can get involved in the Cancer Innovation Challenge:

1. Apply for Funding

The funding competition for New Approaches to record and integrate cancer Patient Recorded Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Recorded Experience Measures (PREMs) is now open for applications. The deadline for registering your interest in the competition is 15 May 2017 and the application submission deadline is 29 May 2017. Up to £325,000 is available for the two-phase competition. Register to apply now.

2. Take Part in the Cancer Data Dive

Entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers, and software engineers are invited to spend 3 days and 3 nights side by side developing data focused projects to improve cancer care in the NHS in Scotland. Synthetic cancer data sets have been specifically created for this event. It is open to all and is being run by Product Forge and will take place 15-18 June 2017 at CodeBase in Edinburgh. Sign up now.

3. Respond to the Cancer Data Consultation

A consultation period has been launched to invite people to help us shape the Cancer Data funding call which will launch later in the summer. Anyone with experience and skills in working with large complex data sets in secure environments are invited to respond as are clinicians with experience of cancer patient care. The consultation will end on 5 June 2017 so if you would like to help us put together a funding competition that will make an impact on cancer care in Scotland, please do respond.

4. Become a Reviewer

We have an open call for funding application reviewers to complement an internal pool we will be building. So if you have relevant data science or digital technology or clinical expertise, please do get in touch.

Remember, the Cancer Innovation Challenge is an open innovation opportunity. Anyone can apply, not just those who have experience of working in the healthcare sector. Please do pass the information on to any relevant contacts within your networks.

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