Today (20 June) Birmingham Health Partners officially launches its BHP Seed Fund – a new initiative which will kick-start innovation by providing researchers with up to £100,000 initial investment.
Designed to support our culture of research-embedded healthcare practice while simultaneously addressing common challenges across our member organisations, the Seed Fund will bring together healthcare professionals, academics, students and entrepreneurs, to deliver the initial steps towards implementable solutions. The aim of the fund is to provide early-stage support and proof-of-concept for projects which will have swift impact on patients outcomes and experiences, but can also be further developed or rolled out more widely.
Working with NHS partners, BHP has identified a number of broad themes which are both of key importance to the region, and are also primed for innovation and investment. We will therefore strongly support applications for projects which directly relate to these priority areas for our region:
- Health data and AI
- Engineering into health settings
- Health inequalities
- Health systems and evaluation
BHP Chair, Ed Smith, commented: “Birmingham Health Partners is delighted to offer this opportunity for innovation, funded with seed money to stimulate support and growth for health-based solutions for the West Midlands and beyond. We hope and expect this funding will be exciting for applicants and deliver meaningful contributions.”
Colleagues from all healthcare professional backgrounds working across all BHP’s partner organisations are welcome to apply.