SIGHT is a business support project led by the University of Portsmouth, in partnership with the Wessex Clinical Research Network and the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, which is designed to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs in the healthcare sector.

It will provide SMEs with the insight and specific evidence required to ensure their products meet real, identified market needs along with the necessary guidance and support to enter and expand in new healthcare markets.

Is the programme for SMEs only?
Are there specific SIGHT activities which could assist my business?
What does the grant scheme support?
Does SIGHT count towards de minimis support?
Who would own IP generated by a SIGHT supported project?
How do I make an application for grant support?
Where can I find more information?
Is the programme for SMEs only?

We welcome engagement with any business, regardless of size, though the terms of the ERDF award mean that we are only able to directly support SME partners. We do, however, welcome large organisations as part of the SIGHT network.

Are there specific SIGHT activities which could assist my business?

The list of business support and development activities which SIGHT can support includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Accessing grant and other company/project funding
  • Developing Intellectual Property
  • Understanding the CE Marking process
  • Exploring international business opportunities
  • Meet the buyer workshops
  • GDPR and cyber security for medtech SMEs
  • Sponsoring clinical and patient trials

Regular workshop, briefing and seminar sessions will be conducted through the SIGHT programme concerning these areas, but please do not hesitate to contact the team if you would like to explore our range of services.

What does the grant scheme support?

The SIGHT programme is able to support a range of business development activities being undertaken by your business through a 25% grant. Access to this funding is through a competitive application process managed by the University of Portsmouth in conjunction with the Portsmouth Technology Trials Unit (PTTU).

The assessment panel will meet monthly in order to appraise and award applications. Detailed feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Does SIGHT count towards de minimis support?

Yes, both the business development consultancy and direct grant funding support count towards an SMEs de minimis levels.

Who would own IP generated by a SIGHT supported project?

Prior to commencement of the joint project, a collaboration agreement would be put in place defining IP ownership. The University of Portsmouth and the PTTU have a flexible approach to IP and we would welcome a discussion which would enable a mutually beneficial outcome for the project.

How do I make an application for grant support?

Please ask a member of the team for our grant funding application form.

Where can I find more information?

Please email us at sight@port.ac.uk and follow us on twitter at @SIGHT_programme.

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