Digital Innovation Hub Prospectus

The call for Digital Innovation Hubs is now live and you can find the details in the Prospectus on the Medical Research Council website.

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We will be holding to Q&A webinars on 16 May and 18 June, and a Networking Meeting on 21 May in London. Visit the webinar and Networking Meeting pages for more information.

Introduction

The Digital Innovation Hub Programme aims to enable a UK-wide life sciences ecosystem that provides responsible and safe access to health data, technology and science, research and innovation services to ask and answer important health and care questions.

This four-year Programme is funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). It is an element of the ISCF’s Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine challenge, placing early diagnosis and best treatments for particular patients at the heart of a national approach to better health.  It builds on many recent healthcare technological advances, including in digital health and genomics, and on broader developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The Programme integrates with and reinforces Health Data Research UK’s investment in health data science and talent development, to stimulate the use of health data to make lives longer and healthier.  It encompasses three essential functions:

  1. UK Health Data Research Alliance – an Alliance of data suppliers committed to making an unprecedented breadth and depth of data available for research and innovation purposes.  Find out more 
  2. Digital Innovation Hubs – making data available, curating data, and providing expert research services.  The Hubs will be centres of expertise to get from data to insight and the location to collaborate and co-create. Find out more
  3. Health Data Research Innovation Gateway – providing discovery, accessibility, security and interoperability to surface data, support linkage, and enable health data science safely and efficiently.  Find out more

Digital Innovation Hub Model

These functions form the model of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme, as outlined below.

A diagram showing the elements of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme
Digital Innovation Hub Model

There are three broad phases of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme:

Phase 1: Design and dialogue

1 September 2018 – 30 April 2019

We have worked in partnership with a wide range of organisations across healthcare, academia, industry, charities and with patients and the public to develop the design of the different components of the programme.

Phase 2: Sprint exemplar innovation projects

1 September 2018 – 31 December 2019

Ten projects are being funded as Sprint Exemplars.  These have been selected to provide “confidence in concept” of potential technology solutions, and proof of readiness for industry innovation use cases.  The exemplars are being delivered by academic, NHS and industry consortia with funding in the order of £300,000 each.  You can find out more about the successful projects, how they were selected, and the timescales for completion here.

Phase 3: Delivery and implementation

7 May 2019 – 30 June 2022

The Digital Innovation Hub Prospectus (to be published on 7 May 2019) will outline the approach to creating the Hubs. Further details of the approach to implementation, including calls and invitations to tender will be published as they are agreed.

Supporting information

Digital Innovation Hubs Discussion Paper published in March 2019.  This paper aims to stimulate discussion and feedback in advance of the publication of the final Digital Innovation Hub prospectus in May 2019.