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Funding opportunity for NHS Scotland Health Boards to trial Cancer Innovation Challenge PROMs PREMs innovations


This Invitation to Apply should be read in conjunction with the Funding Call Brief and only NHS Scotland Territorial Health Boards are eligible to apply.



NHS Scotland Territorial Health Boards are invited to apply for funding to trial Cancer Innovation Challenge PROMs PREMs innovations as per the Funding Call Brief


All application should be made using the Application Form on the online submissions platform Submittable.

All applications will be treated in confidence.

Details of opportunity can be found in the Funding Call Brief . Guidance for completing the application form is available on the form itself. 

Awards of up to £30,000 (inc VAT) are available. The amount applied for must be justified in the application. We expect to make a minimum of two awards.

The Application Form can only be accessed via the Cancer Innovation Challenge’s Submittable site. The form should be completed and submitted as directed. We strongly advise that you take note of the guidance provided for each question on the application form.

The call closes at NOON on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

All entries must be submitted in accordance with the directions on the Submittable platform 


If you have any queries about the application process please contact Steph Wright, CIC Programme Manager on steph.wright [at] (subject: CIC%20NHS%20Health%20Board%20Funding%20Opportunity%20query)




Competition Open: NOON Monday 1 April 2019
Applications deadline: NOON Wednesday 1 May 2019
Applicants notified of decision: Estimated by Mid May 2019
Award letters issued: Mid-end May 2019
Expected trial start date: Mid-end June 2019
Trial end date: The trial period must end by 31 December 2019



Applications will be reviewed by the Cancer Innovation Challenge Strategic Management Board.  

The Strategic Management Board will make the final award decisions.

Contract letters will be awarded shortly thereafter.  Feedback to unsuccessful applicants will be given after contracts are awarded.


Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria


Score (out of 5)

1. Patient impact
How much impact will the proposed trial have on patient care? What is the size of the patient cohort? How will it improve on current standards of care?



2. Quality improvement
How well does this proposed trial fit into the Quality Improvement plan of the Board? How will the proposed trial improve the quality of services provided?



3. Route to adoption/Scalability
Does the applicant demonstrate a route to adoption should the trial be successful? Does the proposal evidence potential to scale the innovation (if trial proves successful) throughout the Health Board?



4.  Change Management/Capacity for delivery
To what extent does the proposal show a clear plan for implementation of the solution during the trial period?

How does the proposal demonstrate that there is a clear plan covering change management and project management? How effectively will these be managed? Are the right people involved?

How appropriate are the milestones and evaluation procedures? Has the applicant evidenced capacity in its plan to deliver?



5. Finance
How appropriate is the proposal financially? Is the overall budget realistic and justified in terms of the aims and methods proposed? Are the costs appropriate and justified?



Successful applicants will be advised according to the published key dates and applicants will be expected to mobilise rapidly to start the project. 


The Cancer Innovation Challenge is a Scottish Funding Council funded project led by The Data Lab Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Digital Health and Care Institute Scotland (DHI), Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS), and NHS National Services Scotland. Partners include the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP), Usher Institute, the NMAHP-RU at University of Stirling and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

Award letters will be issued by the University of Edinburgh acting in its capacity as The Data Lab (as the lead organisation).

By applying, applicants are consenting to the terms and conditions contained in the award letter.  

Sample draft award letter 



If you have any queries please contact Steph Wright, CIC Programme Manager on steph.wright [at] (subject: CIC%20Health%20Board%20Funding%20Opportunity%20query)



Application Handling / Submission of Information/ Information Handling

The call is operated by the Cancer Innovation Challenge (@The Data Lab in the University of Edinburgh) and its partners (DHI, SMS, NHS Services Scotland, IHDP, Usher Institute, NMAHP-RU, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland) and your submitted application, together with any other information you provide at the application stage, will be deemed to be submitted to the Cancer Innovation Challenge on an individual basis for its storage, processing and use. 

Also, any relevant information produced during the application process concerning your application may also be shared by the project partners, for its individual storage, processing and use. This means:

  • that any information given to or generated by The Cancer Innovation Challenge in respect of your application may be passed onto to the project partners listed above and vice versa; and
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