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The Spark Award

Maximum duration: No maximum
Maximum costs: £50,000
Deadline: 14 December 2015
Contact: Sarah Odoi and Victoria Palazzo at

What does The Spark Award fund?

Funding is intended to support UK-based inventors to develop products that will help people with arthritis to improve their quality of life and remain independent. This exciting new initiative aims to support the development of assistive products that help people living with arthritis to live well and for those products to offer additional therapeutic benefit, to help people be independent and in control as much as possible.

Who can apply for funding?

Any member of the public over 18 years old.

What can you apply for?

Shortlisted projects will receive £15,000 in addition to an accelerator programme of workshops and bespoke mentoring support over a 20 week period. Following this intensive programme, applicants who can demonstrate a clear commercial solution to pitch that will help people living with arthritis, for a further £50,000 with ongoing support. This call does not fund basic research projects or early stage ideas. It is expected that projects will have been developed to a stage where further validation of the technical, market or commercial concept is required. This funding will enable technologies to show proof of concept and reach technology readiness level (TRL) 5 by the end of the project funding.
A maximum of three shortlisted projects will be funded by Arthritis Research UK, with one receiving the final £50,000.

How to apply

This funding call is open to UK-based individuals and small companies.

The application procedure is managed by the Design Council through an online process. Please visit the Design Council website.

These submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel and successful applicants will be notified by email.

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