Organisations can apply for a share of £1 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop innovative solutions that increase access for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the self-employed (SE) to Occupational Health Services (OHS).
Award: Share of up to £1 million
Opens: 30th Jan 2023
Closes: 15th Mar 2023
This is a Small Business Research Initiative(SBRI) competition jointly funded by Department of Work and Pension (DWP) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).
There is currently a wide variation across the UK in access to occupational health services (OHS), with Large employers five times more likely to offer services than small employers.
The aim of this competition is to increase access for micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and the self-employed to occupational health services. These groups are underserved by the current OHS provision and this competitions support will allow OHS providers to better utilise the capacity they have to serve this new demand.
Expert support such as occupational health services can be a critical component in helping supporting individuals remain in and return to work. It helps in reducing unnecessary sickness absence, supporting employers to retain valuable staff, increasing productivity, and enabling individuals to live better for longer.
Innovation, particularly in relation to service models that work for SMEs and the self-employed, with greater use of technology have an important role. It can help to ensure the market has the capacity and capability to deliver these services and increase employer demand for OHS.
This is phase 1 of a potential 2 SBRI phase competition. The decision to proceed with the invitation only phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1.
Only the successful applicants from phase 1 will be invited to apply to take part in a potential phase 2.
In applying to phase 1 of this competition you are entering into a competitive process.
Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject to a separate, possibly competitive, procurement exercise. This competition does not cover the purchase of any solution.
The aim of this competition is to increase access for the self-employed, micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to occupational health services (OHS). These groups are underserved by the current OHS provision and this competitions support will allow OHS providers to better utilise the capacity they have to serve this new demand.
Your proposal must show how you will:
In phase 1 your project must:
At this stage contracts will be given for phase 1 only.
You must define your goals in your application and outline your plan for a potential phase 2 project. This is part of the full commercial implementation in your phase 1 application.
You must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results.
Your project can focus on one or more of the following:
Phase 1: technical feasibility studies
This means planned research or critical investigation to gain new knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services.
In phase 1 the supplier will work closely with the stakeholders to develop a solution.
Phase 2: prototype development and evaluation
The outline plan for the potential phase 2 can include prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, testing and validation of new or improved products, processes or services in environments representative of real-life operating conditions.
The primary objective is to make further improvements on products, processes or services.
To lead a project, you can:
This competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can engage specialists or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.
SBRI will not fund projects that:
A total of up to £1 million, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to phase 1 of this competition.
Phase 1 feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £100,000, inclusive of VAT, for each project for up to 8 months.
The potential Phase 2 will be invitation only to selected successful applicants from Phase 1. Up to £1 million, inclusive of VAT is planned to be allocated for Phase 2. Phase 2 projects can have costs up to £250,000 inclusive of VAT and last up to 12 months.
The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:
The contract is completed at the end of phase 1 and the successful organisation is expected to pursue commercialisation of their solution.
Value added Tax (VAT)
You must select whether you are VAT registered before entering your project costs.
VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business. We will not provide any further advice and suggest you seek independent advice from HMRC.
If you select you are VAT registered, you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT. As part of the application process VAT will be automatically calculated and added to your project cost total. Your total project costs inclusive of VAT must not exceed £100,000.
Not VAT registered
If you select you are not VAT registered, you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT and no VAT will be added. You will not be able to increase total project costs to cover VAT later should you become VAT registered. Your total project costs must not exceed £100,000.
Research and development
Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.
R&D does not include:
SBRI competitions involve procurement of R&D services at a fair market value and are not subject to subsidy control criteria that typically apply to grant funding.
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