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An innovation platform sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation
The Call

The Autumn 2022 call for applications is now closed. BETA.HEALTH is in the process of evaluating all submitted applications for the three different health-innovation grants:

  • BETA.02: DKK 250.000
  • BETA.05: DKK 500.000
  • BETA.10: DKK 1.000.000

There are 18 grants in total, which will be divided equally between our 'East' and 'West' locations. Each location has 4 BETA.02 and BETA.05 grants, and one BETA.10 grant available.

Please check back for more information regarding the Spring 2023 call, which opens on 15 November 2022. Once the call opens, you may apply for a BETA.HEALTH grant using our online application and grant management system.

Applicants must download and read this guide before applying. 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 15 June 2022: Autumn 2022 call for applications opens
  • 21 August 2022: Application deadline
  • 27 October 2022: National review committee meeting
  • 3 November 2022 (latest): All applicants receive a response
  • 15 November 2022: Spring 2023 call for applications opens
  • 29 January 2023: Application deadline

AREAS OF SUPPORT

BETA.HEALTH aims to accelerate the development and implementation of new or improved treatments and clinical solutions. 

Grant applicants must showcase how their innovation project leverages or addresses the following key focus areas.  Note that the listed areas are not mutually exclusive. It's the applicant's responsibility to highlight how their project addresses issues that fall into one or more of the focus areas. 

Data- and device-driven solutions that lead to: 

  • Increased speed and precision of diagnostics for early intervention 
  • Increased diagnostic capacity of the healthcare system as a whole 
  • Continuous and actionable decision-support for care providers 
  • Prospectively validated prediction models for early diagnosis and treatment monitoring 
  • Integrated systems for minimally invasive interventions


Development of more efficient and flexible monitoring solutions for both in- and out-patient populations; taking a patient-centric approach to:

  • Providing more personalised and continuous care, regardless of the patient's (physical) location
  • Inclusion of health records and patient-reported outcomes in digital workflows that improve the quality of phenotypic profiling, allowing for more timely and individualised treatment through data-driven approaches. 

Definitions

We define 'innovation projects' as those focused on the latter three stages (2-4) of these: 

  1. Scientific or Clinical Research (Discovery) 
  2. Research & Development (Solution & Validation) 
  3. Implementation (Value Creation) 
  4. Spread & Scale (Impact) 

Innovation projects chosen by BETA.HEALTH will most likely continue development along one or several routes within: 

  • New processes in treatments
  • New products, devices, or services 
  • Industry collaboration to enhance distribution and scale 
  • Forming new companies or ventures 

Please refer to the call guidelines for further details, or contact us at contact@betahealth.dk if you are in doubt about these 'areas of support'.

USE OF FUNDS

Grant funds may be used to fund external project costs, including: 

  • External consultants (e.g., with competencies in business development or a technical or clinical field ) 
  • External laboratory testing 
  • Equipment, including hardware and software 
  • Limited travel and accommodations 

The following limits apply to project costs paid for with grant funds: 

  • Up to 20% of the grant may be used to pay a 'salary' to core project team members 
  • 5% of the grant will be reserved for programme activities (i.e. education & acceleration activities) 

Funding cannot be used for: 

  • Costs related to publication and presentation of research findings 
  • Support of research projects 
  • Direct funding of PhD students 

EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS

The BETA.HEALTH team screens and prioritises applications for the BETA.HEALTH review committee. The initial screening is based on the information provided in the online application. All applications are screened and evaluated by the BETA.HEALTH team and review committee using the same tools and criteria to ensure consistency and equal opportunity. 

Ultimately, the BETA.HEALTH review committee awards grants based on their final evaluation approximately one month after the application deadline. Applicants are notified one week later.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN APPLYING

After you submit your application, the BETA.HEALTH team might contact you or relevant experts from the BETA.HEALTH network to clarify any issues related to your application or the solution domain. The information that you or the experts provide in this conversation is only for clarification purposes. It will not otherwise add to your application. 

If your project is awarded a grant, someone from the BETA.HEALTH team will contact you regarding the development of a joint project agreement and next-phase planning.  

For projects applying with preference for the BETA.HEALTH East location: 

  • Experienced innovation experts assigned to the project team: The BETA.HEALTH team will gear your project with entrepreneurial support and add expertise to the project team to scale your project and accelerate it towards implementation. 
  • Project scope and innovation design: The BETA.HEALTH team will facilitate a project design phase to help you convert your project from research to innovation. This phase addresses issues such as value proposition, market potential, and implementation. Based on this, we will draw up a joint project agreement that includes project planning, aligning accountability agreements, project traction metrics, and milestones.  
  • BETA.HEALTH partner: The BETA.HEALTH team will facilitate workshops and regular check-ins with the team to review progress and give advice. As such, the BETA.HEALTH team will be your innovation partner during select phases of your project (e.g. MVPs, POC, validation, implementation, planning for scale, distribution or diversification, enabling long-term impact for successful solutions).
  • Networking and partner strategy: The BETA.HEALTH team will proactively secure matchmaking with relevant experts and key contributors, such as co-developers, product distributors, and potential partner companies to mature the project for further investment.  

PROJECT COMMENCEMENT DATES:  

  • Kick-off meetings: between 7 and 11 November 2022.
  • Project bootcamp: 23–24 November 2022.
  • Expected commencement and payout of grants: December 2022.

For projects applying with preference for the BETA.HEALTH West location: 

  • Hands-on philosophy: BETA.HEALTH West will provide experienced hands-on project managers and project support resources as an additional investment in each project. 
  • Joint project booster efforts: Together with the core project team, the BETA.HEALTH West team will facilitate a project booster effort of 3 to 5 weeks. The core project team can choose physical or virtual meetings – or a combination. The BETA.HEALTH West team will invest up to 70 hours to assist with things like access to decision-makers at other hospitals, identifying potential partners, access to laboratories and data centres, and legal support. Based on this effort, we will draw up a joint project agreement in which we agree on joint milestones and contributions from the core project and BETA.HEALTH teams. Note that the investment of BETA.HEALTH team hours and grant funds may become dependent on achieving the agreed milestones.
  • Project support during the incubation period: During the incubation period, the BETA.HEALTH West team will provide project management and other project-support services. The number of hours invested in these efforts will vary based on project needs and mutual agreement between parties. The BETA.HEALTH West team typically invests 200–300 hours per project.  During the incubation period you will meet with your associated BETA.HEALTH West team lead for regular status updates, as described in your project agreement. 

Project support for two selected projects that were not awarded a grant: BETA.HEALTH West may contact up to two project teams that were rejected by the BETA.HEALTH review committee and offer a 'joint project boost effort' to strengthen the project. 

PROJECT COMMENCEMENT DATES:

  • 7–11 November 2022: Kick-off workshop (4 hours)
  • 9–15 December 2022: Final workshop (2 hours)
  • 16 December 2022: Incubation period starts

Apply now