One of 3DP-RDM’s sister networks, the Re-distributed manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN) has today launched its call for feasibility study proposals. From the call document:
This call aims to support studies that will contribute towards the development of the research agenda for RDM in healthcare. Feasibility studies would be expected to address specific interdisciplinary research challenges, which may include a number of those identified from the Sandpit outputs but may build on new proposals of value to the concept of RDM. Suggestions for potential healthcare product themes include, but are not limited to:
- Medical Devices
- Advanced therapeutics (cell and tissue)
- Bespoke implants and prosthetics
- Assistive devices
Although studies are not restricted to these six themes, projects are expected to consider challenges common to all these areas, such as:
- Dispensing and application issues – “the last 100 yards”
- Movement of devices into the home (hospital-to-home)
- Distributed supply chains
- The development and location of micro-factories
The overall budget for the call is £312k at 80% fEC, with 3-6 studies being funded.
The deadline for submissions is 17th July 2015. Details of the call can be found here.