Veterans healthcare

New £5million innovation fund for cutting-edge veterans’ healthcare

  • Bids are open for £5million in funding for innovative projects and cutting-edge technology to improve veterans’ healthcare

  • The Veterans Health Innovation Fund will support the development of new treatments, techniques and interventions, including through the use of AI, virtual reality and regenerative engineering

  • Tenders sought for initiatives to improve health care for female Veterans in particular

A new £5million fund has been opened today for projects that will deliver innovative health treatments to veterans.

The funding will support organizations looking to research and test cutting-edge technologies that could help veterans with complex healthcare needs.

Veterans sometimes face unique health issues as a result of their military service, and the Veterans Health Innovation Fund will spur innovation in techniques that will ultimately help treat former service members who were injured while they served the country.

The fund is now open for a number of areas, including:

  • Digital, data and technology, including through artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the use of data to predict long-term health outcomes
  • Improvements in Innovative Surgical Techniques, Rehabilitation for Blast Injuries, and Interventional Technologies for Medium Head Injuries
  • Trial interventions and treatments for the impact of pain, hearing loss and visual impairment
  • Initiatives to help identify and provide solutions to disparities in the health and health care of female Veterans

Veterans Affairs Minister Johnny Mercer said:

Our military veterans deserve the best physical and mental health care available. That’s why it’s only right that we invest money in exploring how the latest innovations and technologies can be used to achieve this.

I want to make the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran. This means ensuring that we are doing all we can to help ensure better health and employment outcomes for those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.

The £5million Veterans Health Innovation Fund, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Autumn Budget, is designed to fund a range of projects aimed at improving understanding of how innovative medical treatments or new clinical pathways can be used to better meet the health needs of veterans. .

Organizations will receive grants or contracts to research or test cutting-edge treatments, techniques and interventions for physical and mental health issues to help veterans fully enjoy civilian life.

The bidding process was supported by the Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA). The bidding process is open until August 31, 2022.

The funding will also help the government meet its commitment in the Strategy for our Veterans to ensure that all veterans enjoy positive physical and mental health and well-being,

Interested candidates can attend an engagement session to learn more about the bidding process. Details on how to apply for part of the fund can be found here.