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Apply Now! £20 Million Grant Funding for Digital Health Innovations

By Wayan Vota on November 12, 2018

digital health grant funding

Are you an innovator working on digital health innovations that could have a significant and measurable impact on making urgent and emergency care affordable and scalable in low- and middle-income countries?

Does your work focus on leveraging cutting-edge technologies to address an unmet human health need, such as:

Do you think your innovation can improve the lives of at least 1 million people per annum by 2022?

Digital Health Innovator Awards

Please Apply Now for the Welcome Trust Innovator Awards for Digital Health Technologies. The Welcome Trust will be awarding £500,000 to £1 million GBP to 20 innovators to support 2 years of their work on pressing heath needs.

Individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organizations from anywhere in the world can apply, and organizations can be of any size. They particularly encourage multidisciplinary collaborations including data and software scientists, the physical sciences, engineering and the health sciences community.

Please Apply Now! The applications deadline: 3 December 2018, 17:00 GMT

What Grant Funding Will Pay For

Welcome Trust £500,000 to £1 million GBP grant funding can be spent on a wide variety of project costs, much more than the usual donor. In developing your proposal, you can include the following program costs:

Staff Salary

They will cover the salary costs of all staff, full or part time, who will work on your project. Staff members typically include research assistants or technicians employed on your grant. If you’re doing fieldwork or clinical studies in a low- or middle-income country, we’ll consider requests for more research staff.

Project Management

They will cover the costs for an experienced project manager. The Project Manager will be responsible for managing and coordinating the day-to-day project activities and communications within your organisation and between collaborators and sub-contractors.

Visas and Work Permits

If you have project staff on your grant whose salaries will be funded by Wellcome, you can ask for visa or work permit costs if you are applying from a university, a not-for-profit organisation or a small company, to help them take up their posts at the host organisation.

Conference attendance

You can ask for a contribution towards the costs of attending scientific and academic meetings and conferences, including registration fees. Generally, you can ask for up to £2,000 a year, per person for conference travel.

Collaborative travel

You can ask for travel and subsistence costs for collaborative visits for you and any staff employed on your grant. If you’re from a low- or middle- income country and will be working in a high-income country, you can also ask for up to £20 a day to cover extra costs, such as transport and incidentals.

Cloud Computing

Welcome Trust will provide grant funding for organizations to pay for cloud computing and cloud-based data storage costs, which is very important for digital health applications that use mobile data collection to aggregate data for use in machine learning applications.

Apply Now for Grant Funding

Please Apply Now! There isn’t a preliminary application stage for the Welcome Trust grant funding application process. The application form will be the only form assessed to make a funding decision. Applicants are advised to include as much relevant detail as possible.

Applicants can make multiple applications for Innovator Awards. Each of the applications will be considered on its own merit, and applications from spin-outs, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and listed companies can be considered.

Companies can also ask for a convertible loan agreement instead of a revenue share, one of four startup funding sources for African entrepreneurs.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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