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Opportunity to join the Strategic Management Board


The Cancer Innovation Challenge is a project funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to encourage Innovation Centres in Scotland to work in partnership to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer through two funding competitions encouraging innovative data science solutions to problems in cancer care.

The project brings together three Innovation Centres, led by The Data Lab (based at the University of Edinburgh) in collaboration with the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI, based at the University of Strathclyde) and Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS, based at the University of Glasgow). The Innovation Centres are funded by the SFC to support transformational collaboration between universities and businesses. The Centres aim to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors to create jobs and grow the economy.

The Challenge has two major work streams:

  • An open innovation funding call to identify innovative cancer data science solutions
  • An open innovation funding call to develop new tools for cancer patient reported outcomes and experience measures

There will be a programme of activities surrounding each work stream involving industry, the public and a variety of stakeholders in the wider health sector. Organisations supporting the delivery of the challenge include:

  • NHS National Services Scotland
  • The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh
  • The Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) at the Farr Institute Scotland
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit at the University of Stirling

The first Strategic Management Board took place on 21 March 2017 prior to the public launch of the Cancer Innovation Challenge on 24 March 2017. It was at this meeting that the decision to invite additional members of the Board was taken.

The Strategic Management Board would like to invite two representative members of the public to join the Board, as we think it is important that our stakeholders consider and are informed by public attitudes and views throughout the execution of their projects.

The purpose of the Strategic Management Board is to:

  • Establish and communicate the vision, mission, strategic goals for, and values of, the project
  • Direct the Programme Executive to ensure the programme’s strategic goals are met
  • Establish and monitor delivery of high level policies including risk management 
  • Ensure there is compliance with governance, law and regulation requirements
  • Ensure there is proper financial oversight
  • Report formally on performance, impact and compliance (including reporting to the funders, the Scottish Funding Council) 
  • Review and approve funding outcomes of funding calls

The Strategic Management Board is chaired by Professor Andrew Mount of the University of Edinburgh and membership of the Board currently consists of senior representatives of the Challenge’s partner organisations. Further information can be found here.



Scotland wide although meetings will primarily be in Edinburgh or Glasgow


Experience, perspectives, skills, knowledge required and/or desired

  • First-hand experience of cancer either as a patient or as a primary carer
  • First-hand experience of NHS Scotland services
  • Independence from practising cancer professionals and organisations
  • Experience of committee work is desirable but not essential
  • Links to relevant representative organisations or bodies of members of the public would be desirable
  • Internet connectivity to ensure electronic communication


Type of involvement

  • Attendance at meetings
  • Dates of next meetings:  18 July 2017, 21 September 2017, November 2017, January 2018, June 2018 and September 2018 (usually held in Edinburgh)
  • responses to electronic communications 
  • reviewing of and response to documents.

Although commitment to attendance at meetings is sought in person, facilities to enable virtual participation at individual meetings will be made available should that not be possible.



All out of pocket expenses incurred by your involvement in the project will be covered e.g. travel, subsistence.


Contact details

Your participation in the project will be supported by Steph Wright, Project Manager, Cancer Innovation Challenge steph.wright [at] (subject: SMB%20Application%20query)

Application deadline

Please apply by noon 23 June 2017

Please let us know where you're based e.g. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Borders etc
Please refer to the "Experience, perspectives, skills, knowledge required and/or desired" listed above

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