Main Content

The Scottish Government and Scottish Diabetes Group are offering up to £150,000 per project that finds innovative solutions on diabetes education and mobile health.

Ingenza biotechnology

This is the first time we have been involved with a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The competition involves the Scottish Government and Scottish Diabetes Group, in association with Scottish Enterprise, Innovate UK and NHS Scotland.

What funding is available?

The competition has 2 phases. Applications to Phase 1 should show the technical feasibility of their proposed concept. Up to £150k (including VAT) is allocated to Phase 1. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 6 months and successful applicants will receive up to £30,000 (inc. VAT) per project.

Phase 2 contracts will be awarded to businesses chosen from the successful Phase 1 applicants to research and develop technologies. Funding will be in the region of up to £150k (inc. VAT) per contract, to develop a prototype and undertake field-testing in NHS Scotland at five health board sites. A total of up to £300k (inc VAT) is allocated to Phase 2 of the competition.

About the SBRI competition on personalised diabetes education and care

People with Type 1 diabetes need to manage their own health carefully and the Scottish Diabetes Group want to improve their education using mobile health. Educating patients remains a challenge for NHS Scotland because existing education programmes take the form of a course delivered in-person. These courses take several days and are difficult for patients to attend. So far, using mobile health solutions in health care have been deemed slow and problematic. This is why the Scottish Diabetes Group are looking for solutions, which would allow them to use mobile health to deliver better education for people with type 1 diabetes.

Register your interest

There are plans for an open day for potential applicants in November in Scotland. Register your interest by emailing by 17 November 2015.

How to apply

You must register with the SBRI by 12noon GMT on 30 December 2015. Once you register you will be sent an application form and be able to download the guidance documents. The deadline for applications is 12.00pm (noon) GMT on 6 January 2016.

If you have different proposals, you will need to register for each one separately. Email your questions about the SBRI competition to

Apply for this competition