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Could your design help people with arthritis?

Published on 12 November 2015
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Do you have a great design that could help solve everyday problems caused by arthritis? We’ve teamed up with the Design Council to support the second round of their Spark product innovation fund, with the aim of developing products that will improve the quality of life of people with arthritis.

Whether it's a gadget for the kitchen, a driving aid or something to help you sleep better, we think that people with arthritis are best placed to help develop products that can help with everyday challenges.

Your idea must be a physical product that can be sold to businesses or consumers. It can't be a service or software such as an app, although it can integrate digital technology. 

What's the Spark fund?

The Design Council’s Spark innovation fund supports the discovery and development of UK talent in the field of new product innovation.

We’re contributing up to £95,000 to this fund to support up to three innovations which address the needs of people with arthritis.

If your design gets through to the final, you'll be:

  • invited to join a 20-week programme of workshops, mentoring and specialist advice
  • given £15,000 to boost your product development.
After completing the programme, you'll be able to pitch for an extra £50,000 to take your product to market. In return, you'll be asked to donate 5% of future sales revenue of your product back into the Spark fund.

Who can apply?

You don't need any previous design or invention experience to apply to Spark but you must be:

  • a UK resident
  • over eighteen and no previous design experience is required.
The deadline for applications is midnight on 14 December 2015.

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The Spark Award

We’ve teamed up with the Design Council to support the second round of their Spark innovation fund, with the aim of developing products that will improve the quality of life of people with arthritis.

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Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.