Veterans healthcare

DASA is looking for innovations to improve health care for veterans

  • DASA launched a new thematic competition: the Veterans Health Innovation Fund
  • Funded by the Veterans Affairs Office (Cabinet Office)
  • Up to £2.7m in funding available for innovative healthcare technologies and solutions for veterans

The Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to launch a new themed competition called the Veterans Health Innovation Fund. Organized on behalf of the Cabinet Office, this competition seeks cutting-edge technologies and innovations that improve techniques and pathways to meet the physical and mental health needs of veterans.

The results of this competition will improve the UK’s ability to save and improve lives through the advancement of healthcare technologies, interventions and treatments. This will allow for better future commissioning of treatments.

Key dates and funding

Up to £2.7m is available to fund multiple proposals for the Veterans Bureau Health Innovation Fund, with up to £300,000 available per proposal.

The deadline to submit a proposal is August 31, 2022 at noon.

Do you have an idea? Read the full competition document and submit a proposal.

Driving Innovation in Veterans’ Health Care

The Veterans Affairs Bureau (OVA) received £5million from the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the October 2021 Budget to drive innovation in veterans’ healthcare, to ensure treatment is informed by the latest research and development in in clinical care.

As the UK has developed cutting-edge treatments and technologies to support wounded, injured or ill former service members, this competition aims to build on existing successes, fill knowledge gaps and develop new ones. research that will support veterans’ health care.

This will improve the UK’s ability to save lives through the advancement of healthcare technologies, interventions and treatments.

Challenge Zones

Submitted proposals must address 1 or more of the following challenge areas:

Challenge 1: Digital, data and technology

This challenge area aims to harness the latest digital and technological capabilities to improve our understanding of veterans’ health care needs. Examples include:

  • artificial intelligence
  • virtual reality
  • use data to predict long-term health outcomes
  • use non-invasive technologies to treat veterans

Challenge 2: Surgical Technology, Bioengineering and Rehabilitation from Blast Injuries

This challenge area targets proposals that offer improvements in innovative surgical techniques, bioengineering, and rehabilitation interventions to support veterans who have sustained blast injuries. Examples include:

  • regenerative engineering
  • personalized metabolic prostheses
  • intervention technologies for conditions including mild traumatic brain injury

Challenge 3: Public health, pain management, hearing loss and visual impairment

This challenge area examines the impact of pain, hearing loss and visual impairment. DASA and the OVA are particularly interested in apps that offer trial interventions and treatments to improve veterans’ health outcomes. This challenge area is also interested in offerings that address treatments for public health issues faced by veterans.

Challenge 4: Initiatives to help identify and/or provide solutions to disparities in the health and health care of female Veterans

This issue area is interested in projects that could improve our understanding of the health challenges of female Veterans and the care pathways that can be put in place to better support them. For example, proposals that examine addiction (including alcohol abuse) and other mental health issues such as those resulting from exposure to trauma.

Want to know more about these challenges? Read the full contest document here.

Online seminar

July 18, 2022

This webinar will provide more information on Challenge Areas and how to submit a proposal. It will also be possible to ask questions in the Q&A. If you’d like to get involved, please register on the Eventbrite page.

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Submit a proposal

Do you have a solution or a new approach that could help our ability to drive innovation for veteran healthcare? Submit an idea and help DASA and OVA ensure that the treatment of Veterans is informed by the latest research and developments in clinical care.

Learn more and submit a proposal.