This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst for Torfaen County borough council. The aim of the competition is to develop data and digital technology to deliver better adult social care.


The aim of this competition is to make adult social care provision more effective and efficient. This includes solutions that will ultimately help prevent the need for social care services in some cases.

Adult social care plays a major part in keeping some of us well, independent, living in the community and out of hospital for longer. Demand is increasing however, resources are under pressure and it is known that we need to become smarter in targeting support to those that need it most.

Innovate UK would be particularly interested in proposals for technology that can track data in real-time and join up how we deploy and sensitively prioritise our resources to the best effect.

Innovate UK recognise that this is a highly complex challenge and they do not expect proposals to fully address the whole scope. This competition is expected to fund a portfolio of projects that address significant aspects of this ‘grand challenge’.

In phase 1 you must demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. The supplier will work closely with the stakeholders to develop a solution.


  1. How we can use technology to improve the point of entry into adult social care?
  2. How we can create more dynamic and flexible systems of care that are more responsive to the changing needs of the people we care for?
  3. How do we make better use of evidence to inform commissioning both now and in the future?


To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others from business, the research base or the third sector as subcontractors

Bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists are welcome.

Funding Costs

Phase 1:

Projects should last up to 3 months and be completed by 20 January 2020. They can range in size up to a total cost of £50,000, including VAT. The total funding available is up to £250,000, including VAT; 5 projects are expected to be funded.

Phase 2*:

In phase 2 you must develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.

They can range in size up to a total cost of £500,000, including VAT. The total funding available is up to £1 million, including VAT. 2 projects are expected to be funded.

*A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.


Innovate UK will not fund projects that cover:

  • residential aspects of care
  • new IT systems, although new interface will be in scope
  • parts of the system outside of the council’s direct control, such as NHS systems