Transformational projects


Transformational projects

We can help to support projects or proposals in any sector that has the potential to address big problems, proposes a radical solution or enables the use of breakthrough or disruptive technology.

Transformational projects that make a real difference

We are developing ambitious, transformational projects which will focus on specific problems including cancer and improving outcomes for children. We bring government, businesses and organisations together to collaborate on projects that have the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives. We will create the right conditions which will enable successful businesses to emerge and grow.

Co-ordination of Strategic Bids

We can help secure funding for transformational projects from different external sources, helping to write and coordinate strategic bids to enable our partners to access larger sources of external funding (for example, Digital Innovation Hubs, Strength in Places Fund), facilitating the expansion of R&D activities.


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Data for Children Collaborative - with UNICEF

The Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF is a joint partnership between UNICEF, The Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh’s Data Driven Innovation Programme which seeks to use data responsibly to improve outcomes for every child. It draws on the strength of its partners and their network to bring insight and solve problems using data and responsible innovative data practices.

The purpose of the Collaborative is to enable and support the collaborations between academics, private sector and public sector that will deliver improvement in outcomes for every child. In its first year, the Collaborative has successfully launched a number of projects of varying size and complexity across a range priority themes, including: nutrition, population, poverty, COVID-19, mental health and climate change.

Cancer Innovation Challenge

Launched by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Catherine Calderwood, on 24 March 2017, the Cancer Innovation Challenge is a £1M project funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to encourage Innovation Centres in Scotland to work in partnership to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer through open innovation in data.

The project brings together three Innovation Centres, led by The Data Labin collaboration with the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) and Stratified Medicine Scotland (SMS).

The Cancer Innovation Challenge has two key workstreams around open innovation in the use of patient reported data into routine cancer and innovative data science solutions applied to cancer data. In addition, the Challenge has a programme of activities involving industry, the public and a variety of stakeholders in the wider health sector, all contributing to the wider discussion about the use of data in healthcare.