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The GM AHSN Innovation Funds have been established to support the introduction and adoption of needs-led, evidence-based innovations into our healthcare system within the GM AHSN footprint.  This will improve the health of our citizens and also promote economic development and wealth creation through the growth of local businesses and jobs.

The Ignite Fund is designed to support early stage development of innovative solutions to identify unmet need within the GM AHSN area. The themes for Ignite fund applications are Patient Safety and Mental Health. Innovations that support the community and primary care are particularly encouraged.

The ignite fund is particularly aimed at collaborations led by HEI members with partners however applications from SMEs and NHS/Social Care are also welcome. Where an SME is part of the collaboration priority will be given to Greater Manchester based SMEs including inward investment companies who have a base in the GM area.

All applications must include involvement from an NHS or Social Care organisation from within GM AHSN’s footprint.

Improving safety is about reducing risk and minimising mistakes; innovations may include both technical and behavioural approaches. Mental health problems represent the single biggest cause of disability in the UK and the cost to the economy is estimated at £105 billion each year so innovations that can tackle these issues are extremely important. More generally there is a general move away from secondary (hospital based) care wherever feasible and the primary care workforce is set to expand including GPs, pharmacist and mental health therapists. Innovations which support their work in the thematic areas are welcomed.

Applicants must apply using the Innovation Nexus portal and SMEs are advised to complete an Innovation Nexus business enquiry (via the same link) prior to applying to the Innovation funds. Applications for the Ignite Fund are will open on June 16th at 12pm and close on 14th July 2017 at 9am. For more information about the Ignite Fund please read our application guidance here and watch the webinar that was held on June 16th and can be viewed here.