Transformational projects that make a real difference
We are developing ambitious, transformational projects which will focus on specific problems including cancer and improving outcomes for children. We bring government, businesses and organisations together to collaborate on projects that have the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives. We will create the right conditions which will enable successful businesses to emerge and grow.
Co-ordination of Strategic Bids
We can help secure funding for transformational projects from different external sources, helping to write and coordinate strategic bids to enable our partners to access larger sources of external funding (for example, Digital Innovation Hubs, Strength in Places Fund), facilitating the expansion of R&D activities.
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Unicef - Data for Children Hub
The Data for Children Hub is a joint collaboration between UNICEF, The Scottish Government and Edinburgh University’s Data Driven Innovation Programme which seeks to improve outcomes for children in locally, nationally and globally. It draws on the strengths of all partners to bring insight and solve problems using data and data science techniques.
The purpose of the Hub is to enable and deliver collaborations between academics, private sector and public sector that use data science to improve outcomes for children. The Hub aims to deliver a small number of projects, of varying size and complexity that will reveal actionable insights for children’s outcomes within its first year.
Cancer Innovation Challenge
Launched by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Catherine Calderwood, on 24 March 2017, the Cancer Innovation Challenge is a £1M project funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to encourage Innovation Centres in Scotland to work in partnership to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer through open innovation in data.
The project brings together three Innovation Centres, led by The Data Labin collaboration with the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) and Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS).
The Cancer Innovation Challenge has two key workstreams around open innovation in the use of patient reported data into routine cancer and innovative data science solutions applied to cancer data. In addition, the Challenge has a programme of activities involving industry, the public and a variety of stakeholders in the wider health sector, all contributing to the wider discussion about the use of data in healthcare.