Scottish Universities play a crucial role in Research and Development in collaborations within the National Health Service and Industry.
Scottish Universities play a crucial role in the many of the initiatives involved in Research and Development (R&D) activities in collaboration with the National Health Service, Health Industry etc.
Scottish Universities play a crucial role in delivery of research and innovation in Scotland and have contributed hugely to projects and programmes aimed at technology and service innovation for a healthy Aging population in Scotland.
Examples of Academic involvement include:
Innovation Centres – The Scottish Funding Council (who fund academic bodies in Scotland) funded 10 Innovation Centres including;
• The Digital Health and Care Institute – focusing on Digital Health and Care
• The Datalab – To generate significant economic, social and scientific value from Big Data
• CENSIS – A centre of excellence for sensing and imaging systems and Internet of Things Technologies.
Each innovation centre has been tasked with bring together research expertise in their field to work with industry to work on challenges and develop opportunities, including healthy aging, through funding academic research.
In addition to the Scottish Innovation Centres industry can access academic expertise via various routes:
• Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) – The programme enables Industry to access the knowledge, technology and skills that reside within Scottish Universities.
• Interface – Interface matches industry with Scotland’s world leading academic expertise.
The universities in Scotland are core-funded through the Scottish Funding Council, with specific additional funding provided for research and innovation activities.
Evidence of success
• Strathclyde University: Digital Health & Wellness Group – the group is a multi-diciplinary research group.
• University of Stirling – Healthy Aging in Scotland (HAGIS) Project – researching health, economics and social circumstances of people aged 50+
• Napier University – via a KTP, Napier University have been working with a Scottish SME CM2000 on the eFRAIL project, which aims to help keep people in their own homes and reduce some of the healthcare needs associated with aging.
There is a lot of expertise in Scotland, it can be challenging to pull this expertise together, and this is now being mitigated by bring together the experts in clusters, for example the Healthy Aging Innovation Cluster.
Potential for learning or transfer
Scotland's Universities are world leading in research, and has created a landscape of services to support innovative collaborations between industry, academia the third sector and citizens.