The University’s Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) is offering its last £5,000 Innovation Voucher. The funding scheme was launched in spring 2016 to help launch new ventures which aim to improve people’s lives through technology. 

The first Innovation Voucher was won by Gospelware in January at the Digital Health Design Challenge, which took place at the Digital Media Centre (DMC), Barnsley. They were working with a team from the multiple sclerosis charity along with a consultant neurologist and specialist nurse from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Together they created an app to help people with MS to monitor and manage fatigue issues. Voucher two, three and four will be given to companies working with new technology in mental health, new tech sleep research and novel applications of speech technology.

We now have a last voucher to allocate that will help you to turn an innovative idea into reality with an industrial partner.

Benefits of the Innovation Voucher to an academic:

  • Kick-start a new collaboration with an industry partner;
  • Support from the CATCH team;
  • Develop a long-term strategic, mutually beneficial partnership with industry.


Dr. Heidi Christensen, Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, was awarded an Innovation Voucher earlier this year and she was full of praise for CATCH. She said, “CATCH is a great partner. Their expertise with industry and academia helps bring ideas to reality. In projects where I have worked with CATCH, they managed the legal, business and administrative tasks so I could focus on the actual research.” 

The deadline for applications for the last Innovation Voucher is 21/10/2016.

Please click here for more information about the Innovation Vouchers scheme and how to apply or contact Laura Murray.