£10 million to be invested in developing innovative technology and services for independent living

08 Jun 2010

The Technology Strategy Board, together with co-funders the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department of Health's National Institute for Health Research, is to invest up to £10 million in new research that will help to underpin the development of innovative, cost-effective user-centred services for independent living.

Through its Assisted Living Innovation Platform, which supports UK businesses and the health & care sector to develop new technologies and services to support the elderly and those with long-term conditions, the Board is to invite competitive proposals for research projects in the two areas of Economic & Business Modelling and Social & Behavioural Studies.

The Economic and Business Modelling theme of the competition aims to provide improved evidence to underpin industry and social enterprise, to encourage investment in (and implementation of) assisted living services and technology. The Social and Behavioural Studies theme aims to better understand the interactions between Assisted Living technologies and services and individuals, families and communities.

New technologies can play a vital role in enhancing the health and well-being of older people and those with long-term conditions. However, while assisted living technologies are becoming increasingly available, affordable, functional and usable their adoption - by clinicians, health and social care professionals, informal carers and end users is far from extensive or sustained.

Iain Gray, the Technology Strategy Board's Chief Executive, said:

"Understanding the market for such products is a key step towards meeting the needs of users and service providers, so we need models that show the potential impact of such technology, in order to demonstrate their social and economic value."

The competition opens on 21 June 2010 and compulsory expressions of interest must be submitted by 29 July 2010. There will be a briefing and networking event on 10 June 2010, and other events planned, which organisations interested in the competition are recommended to attend. The competition closes on 14 October 2010.

The Assisted Living Innovation Platform has already invested nearly £15 million in technology-focused research and development, complementing funding for pilots and trials of existing technology by the Department of Health and devolved administrations. Ends

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Companies and other organisations seeking further information about this and other Technology Strategy Board research and development funding opportunities should visit the Competitions page of the Technology Strategy Board website - www.innovateuk.org, email competitions@tsb.gov.uk, or phone the Competitions Helpline on 0300 321 4357.

Issued by
Nick Sheppard, Media Relations Consultant, Technology Strategy Board
Mobile: 07824 599644
Email: nick.sheppard@tsb.gov.uk

Additional contact
Claire Cunningham, Media Relations Manager, Technology Strategy Board
Tel: 01793 442901
Mobile: 07554 115745
Email: claire.cunningham@tsb.gov.uk


Last updated on Tuesday 13 July 2010 at 13:23

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