Information for Solution Providers

Potential solution providers can bid to work with the challenge owner to co- develop and test innovative solutions. Solution requirements can vary with each challenge, however the one common requirement amongst all challenge solutions is that they must be novel, and meet a market need for future commercialisation. All eligible innovator organisations must be based in the UK.

"What was amazing was our ability to work with clinicians to really ensure that the training and content was accurate and ultra-realistic. The Challenge model puts a good quality budget into a project and brings together stakeholders that are facing the challenge, and innovative companies like ourselves who can solve that challenge, both working towards a common goal.”

Find out more about the experience of innovative companies who were solution providers in the Tracheostomy Challenge, the first challenge we’ve supported:

Typically, competitions are split into several phases, with funding awarded to successful applicants:
Step 1

Open competition advertised to potential solution providers

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Applicants submit proposals for assessment

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Most promising proposals selected, and contracts awarded

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Phase 1 –demonstration of feasibility – typically lasting 3-6 months

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Assessment of projects for Phase 2 funding (not all projects will progress to the next phase)

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Phase 2 – prototype co-development – typically lasting 6-12 months

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Assessment of projects for Phase 3 funding* (*if required. Not all projects will progress to the next phase)

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Phase 3 – prototype testing or trials

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Applicants commercialise successful solutions and further develop and exploit intellectual property.

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FAQs for Solution Providers/Innovators

An open challenge system is simply a process by which an organisation sets out a challenge and asks for solutions. It is up to anyone who thinks that they have a solution, to come forward and propose it. This way, any individual, team or business can pitch their idea in an open and fair competition. It’s a great way to tap into the entire sum of innovation, creativity and ingenuity that is out there waiting to be harnessed. For you, it’s simply a great opportunity to develop a new product or service to solve a problem whilst working closely with the Challenge Holder to fully understand their requirements.

Anyone. Individuals, formal and informal teams, academic teams, pre-start businesses, start-ups, established businesses of all sizes, charities, and community groups are all welcome to apply.

Once Challenges are ready to call upon Solution Providers, they will be found on this website. You can also follow @CCRChallenge on Twitter, where we announce new Challenges as soon as they’re published.

No, because it’s up to organisations to identify their own problems. If you think that there is real benefit to be gained from solving the problem you’ve identified, reach out to the organisation, as they may want to submit a Challenge Fund application.

For an SME, the Challenge Fund delivery programme offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage with Challenge Holders in a meaningful, effective, and productive way by co-producing an innovative solution, and developing a relationship with a major public/third sector organisation. It’s a chance to build your business whilst doing positive work to improve your region, and also has the potential to open doors to new opportunities and markets.

If you think your solution/idea can cover off more than one challenge, that’s great. However, the application should be tailored for each Challenge Competition, rather than a blanket ‘copy and paste’ application. Bear in mind that the applications may not be selected for further consideration for both challenges.

Intellectual property is generally retained by the Solution Provider company, with user rights exercised by the Challenge Owners under a separate contract, under fair and reasonable terms. Challenge Owners are encouraged to seek their own legal advice on the treatment of IP when contracting with suppliers in-line with the challenge methodology used, as different models may be employed by agreement between both parties.