Health Technology Challenge Wales is SEWAHSP’s Flagship Project.
The Health Technology Challenge first launched in 2013, and is SEWAHSP’s flagship Innovation gateway, which allows healthcare practitioners, members of the public, academics and businesses to work together to source innovative solutions to healthcare challenges. It supports an interactive website where those with ideas to improve healthcare can post their challenges and link with technology developers. The best challenges are then entered into a funding competition with applications invited from interdisciplinary teams to solve these.
We award up to £25,000 per project and have 4-8 projects per year depending on funding. We have had support from the Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Awards, Tenovus Cancer Care, Public Health Wales 1000 Lives Service Improvement, the Life Sciences Hub and Welsh Government. All sponsorship for the Health Technology Challenge is channelled into funding projects.
The projects have been a very diverse mix with the principle of patient benefit being at the forefront and have included projects ranging from translational research to practical tools such as patient communication aids, Apps and surgical jigs. They have proved popular for companies particularly local SMEs with commercial partners being involved in more than half of the projects over the last 2 rounds
If you have an idea which could improve healthcare or would like to get involved, please join our community. You can view all the challenges on the site, comment and vote for ideas you like and add your own challenges. Go to http://www.htc.wales
If you would like to sponsor a challenge please contact either Dr Corinne Squire 02920 744190 or Sue Bevan 02920 743146