Academics and researchers

Turning your research and expertise into reality is important to keep health and care moving forward

We work with academics and researchers – turning your research and expertise into reality is important to keep healthcare moving forwards. We can help you commercialise your ideas, facilitate partnerships and link you with entrepreneurship schemes.



Connecting and consulting 

To ensure your research programmes benefit from the right insight and expertise, we connect academics with citizens, health and care services and the life sciences industry. We can help you navigate the innovation cycle and support you to understanding where your idea fits into the market and can deliver the most impact.

We have a close working relationship with the East of England NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) to support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. Sarah Robinson, our Director of Delivery, is the ARC East of England Implementation Lead and our CEO Piers Ricketts is a member of the ARC East of England board. Sarah oversees a range of fellows within the ARC programmes including implementation fellows, mental health fellows and post-doctorate dementia fellows.

Get in touch to find out how we can connect you with the right people to take your work forward.

We also offer advisory and consultancy services, including project management, change management, stakeholder and relationship management as well as robust, impartial real-world evaluation services. Find out more here

Identifying, securing and providing opportunities 

We can also help you to apply for funding, help to facilitate partnerships with commercial organisations or investors and link you with appropriate entrepreneurship schemes.

We regularly connect research organisations to collaborate on grant applications. For example, we brought together academics from Cambridge University, the University of East Anglia, the University of Hertfordshire and partner NHS commissioners to discuss research needs for the Eastern region and helped them apply for and win a NHRI grant worth £2.2 million on care homes around complex needs and older people.

Get in touch to find out how we can support you to access funding. 



Empowering the next generation

We offer a range of work experience and placement opportunities to give first-hand experience to budding innovators and healthcare professionals. Previous placement opportunities have included;

2-week work experience prior to beginning a BSc in digital healthcare science
6-month (2 days a week) leadership placements for final year clinical psychology doctorate students
6-month (2 days a week) secondment from industry
Master of Business Administration placements of four months
10-month Undergraduate degree placement as part of an Economics degree.

Find out more about beginning a placement at Heath Innovation East.

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