Focussed Call 2018

The HSE faces many pressures including an ageing population, rising incidence of long-term conditions, increased costs and budget limitations. As a HIHI partner, the HSE has highlighted a strategic need for the health service in 2018’s focussed call - ‘Enabling positive ageing’.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland is seeking project proposals from companies or entities whose innovative products or services are, at a minimum, at pre-commercial, demonstration or late development phase and have the potential to significantly impact healthcare in Ireland and internationally.

Applications may be submitted to the Focussed Call for innovations that address an HSE identified priority theme.

Closing date is 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018

The theme of the 2018 Focussed Call is Enabling Positive Ageing.

The HSE National Service Plan 2018 states that ‘According to the 2016 Census, there are just over 4.7m people living in Ireland, an increase of approximately 4% (nearly 170,000 people) since 2011. Our population is growing older, with the number of people aged 65 years and over increasing from 11% in 2011 to 13% in 2016. And this trend will continue; forecasts tell us that the number of people aged over 65 will increase by a further 18% to 753,000 in the next five years. The increase in the older person’s population is welcome; it is an acknowledgement of improved health, supported by health services which are continuingly developing and other societal changes. Increased longevity offers opportunities and also requires a response to ensure that health and social care services are delivered at adequate levels, in an integrated way, to meet the needs of older people’.

Areas for consideration under the Focussed theme include but are not limited to:

  • Dementia Care
  • Integrated Care
  • Limiting acute hospital admissions
  • Promoting healthy living for longer
  • Minimising polypharmacy
  • Promoting increased independence at home
  • Providing care closer to home.

Applicants are advised to consider the reference documents included below* when completing their application:

Assessment Criteria:

As a guideline, all projects will be assessed against a number of criteria including:

  • Potential impact of the proposed innovation in addressing a validated healthcare need
  • Alignment of the innovation with the agenda of the Irish healthcare system
  • Potential impact of the proposed innovation on the healthcare system
  • Potential relevance/impact of the proposed project on company growth in Ireland.
  • Commercialisation readiness
  • Market potential
  • Export potential of the proposed innovation

In addition to the above, assessment criteria for applications to the Focussed Call – ‘Enabling Positive Ageing’ will include:

  • Demonstrable improvements to quality of life
  • Demonstrable improvements to quality of care
  • Demonstrable reduction to cost of care

What the Hub will offer to participating companies

  • Facilitated access to the health system for execution of the pilot project.
  • Access, within data protection guidelines etc., to all (Health Innovation Hub Ireland) approved outputs/data for sales/marketing purposes.
  • Companies may use the HIHI project as a “reference site”.
  • Support of HIHI project management team to manage the execution of the project.
  • Access to research expertise from all partner institutions.
  • Advice on the availability of various funding streams.
  • Linking entrepreneurs (when appropriate), to eHealth Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Offices.
  • Potential funding for certain identified projects if approved for financial support under Enterprise Ireland SBIR support.

What companies MUST provide to support the projects:

  • Dedicated contact personnel and when relevant, the availability of personnel at the project pilot site.
  • Dedicated resources to deliver project objectives- equipment, hardware, software etc.
  • Proactive engagement with Health Innovation Hub Ireland  and healthcare personnel, to deliver the project objectives
  • Acknowledgement of HIHI support in public presentations, publications and social media presentations.

Notes for applicants:

  • HIHI does not have a procurement role. As such, regardless of the outcome of HIHI projects, the HSE is under no obligation to purchase the product/service.
  • The Health Innovation Hub does not provide financial support for projects.
  • HIHI does not conduct clinical trials- these are referred to our associated Clinical Research Facilities where appropriate.
  • Projects must be implemented and run at no cost to the Healthcare location.
  • If a project is accepted by HIHI, a Project Approval Letter containing HIHI terms and conditions must be completed before the start of the project.
  • A Final Project Report will be available to applicants on completion of the project.
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