The new Asthma Technology Fund has been launched by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, working alongside the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The fund, which is worth over £3 million, aims to support the development of innovative technologies which could be life-changing to those suffering with asthma. Around 5.4 million people in the UK suffer from asthma and the condition results in around 70,000 hospital admissions annually, along with around 1,100 deaths.
The fund will support the development and adoption of asthma-related health technologies that are both scalable and effective, working with them from concept through to scaling within the NHS.
The bodies involved in the fund are seeking ambitious applications from multi-disciplinary teams. The fund will focus on developing and testing user-centred technologies to transform the way asthma is managed and help in stopping preventable deaths from the condition.
Dr. Samantha Walker, who is Director of Research and Innovation for the Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation partnership, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be investing in technology for asthma care. People with asthma are generally responsible for much of their day-to-day care, often only seeing their GP once a year for an asthma review or in an emergency.”
“Managing multiple asthma triggers and day-to-day changes in asthma symptoms is extremely challenging, but getting it right has the potential to prevent two thirds of asthma deaths. We believe technology could play a vital role in this and are excited to see the novel solutions to preventing asthma attacks and improving the lives of people with asthma that are created as a result of this funding.”