SBRI: Digital Regulatory Navigation Platform (Health Products) Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop a digital regulatory navigation platform for health product innovators. Eligibility To lead a project, you can: be an organisation of any size work alone or with other organisations as subcontractors Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only. Closing soon Opened: 23 August 2021 Closes: 20 September 2021

Programme: Innovate Uk


Opens: 23 August 2021

Closes: 20 September 2021


This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK.

The aim of the competition is to support proof of concept projects to develop an intuitive medical device digital regulatory navigation tool.

Projects must:

  • demonstrate the principle of an intuitive digital platform that enables users to understand and explore the regulatory pathways for the healthcare product they are developing
  • provide users with information and access to UK support structures that are relevant to their commercial R&D, for example, standards, UKAS accredited test labs and Notified Bodies

This is phase 1 of a potential 2 phase competition.

A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1, availability of further funding and assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.

The potential phase 2 will support extended data collection and beta testing activity with end users.

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.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

This competition closes at 11am UK time on the date of the deadline.

Funding type


Project size

Projects can have total costs from £250,000 to £1 million inclusive of VAT.

Who can apply

Your project

Projects must:

  • start by 1 November 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last up to 5 months
  • have total eligible project costs from £250,000 to £1 million inclusive of VAT
  • demonstrate a deep understanding and expertise of the regulation of health products within the UK and EU
  • understand challenges facing innovators or businesses seeking to bring innovative products to market


To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations or the third sector as subcontractors

Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity.

However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.


A total of up to £3 million inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this competition.

In this competition, phase 1 feasibility study R&D contracts will be awarded from £250,000 to £1 million inclusive of VAT, for each project for up to 5 months. We expect to fund up to 5 projects.

The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to:

  • adjust the provisional funding allocations between the phases
  • apply a ‘portfolio’ approach

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:

  • commercial development activities such as quantity production
  • supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
  • integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes

Subsidy control

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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