Competitive Call - South Africa Workshop

By: Lucinda Dargavel Date: 17/04/2018


Embracing new design technologies: enabling equitable access to health – South Africa Workshop

From patient-specific implants to high-tech rehabilitation aids, digital design technologies are revolutionising healthcare. However, despite both enthusiastic press coverage and high levels of academic interest, there are numerous barriers that prevent healthcare systems from routinely using these methods.

PDR's Surgical & Prosthetic Design team has teamed up with CRPM (Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing) in South Africa to carefully consider these barriers.

Thanks to funding from the Newton Fund*, PDR and CRPM can bring experts and early career researchers from multiple disciplines together in a workshop. The intention of this workshop is to develop a consensus on how digital technologies can be implemented, and to identify effective ways to direct future research in this area.

*On 5 December 2013 the UK Chancellor announced the creation of an Emerging Powers Research and Innovation Fund. The Newton Fund was officially launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 years.

During the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million per year by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund. The Fund is managed by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and its primary focus is to develop partner countries research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. Through the Newton Fund, the UK uses its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries. It provides opportunities to researchers for collaboration with the Newton Fund countries.

The Newton Fund covers activities in three categories:

  • People: increasing capacity for science and innovation in partner countries.

  • Research: research collaborations on development topics.

  • Translation: creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and
    strengthening innovation systems.

This is a competitive call

If you are interested in joining the workshop then please contact [email protected] by May 18th, 2018.