Are you a academic working in digital health innovation?

We want to work with you to help develop solutions to health and care challenges in Scotland

Working with you

Scotland provides a rich platform for academic excellence, with nineteen Universities across the country, some of whom lead the way in informatics, life sciences and medicine. At DHI we harness the capabilities to develop smarter solutions that can tackle Scotland's health and care challenges.

Areas of focus

Our work explores digital solutions that address specific areas. These have been selected for the potential impact they could have in improving approaches to how health and care is delivered and received.

Alternative digital wellness

What’s the best way to redirect services away from overstretched primary services and back into the community?

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What are effective methods to support the patient to take ownership of the management of their own health?

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Decision support

How can we provide trustworthy guidance to aid decisions made by staff or carers in the community?

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Care in a homely setting

We are living longer and require treatment for multiple long-term conditions.

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Emerging technologies

When and how can we utilise emerging technologies towards improving health and care services?

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What is digital health?

Worldwide, models of health and care are struggling to meet the challenge of our ageing population. Digital health and care interventions are recognised as key to the solution in tackling the crisis.

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The DHI's iterative project design process, and responsive approach to researcher lead proposals, combined with its legal know how, expertise in working with small businesses make it is a unique resource for academics who want to independently evaluate health innovations.
Dr Donald MacIntyre, NRS Fellow & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Support we can offer you as an academic

From funding academic evaluation through to user led design, we offer a range of services to help academics make digital health ideas a reality.

Find collaborative project partners

At DHI we bring together people and organisations in the health and social care, charity, technology, design and academic sectors to develop new ideas for digital technology and information services, with the aim of improving the delivery of health and care services for the people of Scotland. 

If you want to start a project with us we can help find the right business and health and care partner for you and your project.

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As we are funded by the Scottish Funding Council, we can directly fund Scottish Higher Education Institutes, through grant awards for impact or translational research activities that result in publication, and that accelerate the development of digital products or services.


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Project management

Our highly experienced team in the DHI Project Office provide project management and governance support for projects from application right through to the completion of the project and beyond.

Our Project Office team will assist with coordination throughout the delivery of your project. This may include; coordinating research and design workshops, managing steering groups, ensuring that the project reaches its milestones, and coordinating the project payments. Should your project run into any problems we will be on hand to help you navigate a way through, as we want your project to be as successful as you do.


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Research & knowledge exchange

No matter where you are in the development of your idea we can offer a diverse range of research and knowledge exchange services to ensure your digital health and care innovation is thoroughly considered and developed through solid research intelligence.

Our research and knowledge exchange services include:

  • Exploratories
    Tailor-made workshops
    Background and market research
    Extensive reviews of literature
    Background checks on proposed innovations
    Horizon scanning activities
    Field work
    Academic engagement and mentorship


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Our collaborative and engaged community of like-minded members contribute insight, know-how, funding and research to help turn the spark of an idea into a lasting change in the delivery of health and social care.

We welcome applications for membership from any organisation with an interest in the health and care sector. Our community must also exist and operate beyond national borders and we warmly welcome applications from international members join our community ‘making a difference’.


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How it works 

The journey begins with an idea or solution that can transform how health and care is provided in Scotland.

Explore our 9 step process and learn how it works.

Have a question?

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about how we work with academia. And if you cant find what your looking for then get in touch with our team.

Can I be funded if i'm at a University out of Scotland?

We can only award grant funding to Scottish Universities as our funding comes from the Scottish Funding Council

What type of research DHI looks for?

DHI looks for novel academic work in both Scottish an international contexts that can have impact towards the development and adoption of high quality digital technologies in a health and care context.

What does the funding cover?

It cover academic time, equipment and any other cost fundamental for the academic evaluation of the technology involved.

How can I find business and civic partners for my project?

DHI has an extended network of contacts, so we might help you find the right partners for your project. Out Engagement Managers could introduce you to key people in the private and public sectors that may help to move your project in the right direction. Attending DHI’s ongoing events is another useful tool for networking and meeting potential project partners.  

Learn how people are benefiting from funding

We bring together people and organisations in the health and social care, charity, technology, design and academic sectors to develop new digital health innovations. See the work being achieved by academia's collaborations with industry that's changing the way health and care services are delivered in Scotland.

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