Cross-cutting research capabilities

These six areas of research are essential for delivering the grand challenges highlighted in the healthcare technologies strategy.

Advanced materials

Research focussed on the development, characterisation and processing of advanced materials with novel chemical, physical or mechanical properties, for health-related applications. 

This may include but is not limited to:

  • Development of biomaterials with innovative properties;
  • Design of bio-responsive materials;
  • Materials with enhanced biocompatibility;
  • Mechanical properties of tissues and biomaterials;
  • Applications of nano- and 2D-materials.

Disruptive technologies for sensing and analysis

Research focussed on innovative sensing systems or analytical technologies that could have a transformative impact on prediction, diagnosis and monitoring in healthcare.

This may include but is not limited to:

  • High resolution sensors for real-time, point of care diagnosis;
  • Integration of sensors in a system;
  • Data capture and processing in real time;
  • Robust, long-term sensing;
  • Methods for rapid, detailed analysis of chemical or biological systems; 
  • Ultra low power sensing systems.

Future manufacturing technologies

Research focused on technologies that will enable health-related manufacturing processes, products and systems to function with high precision, efficiency, reliability and repeatability. 

This may include but is not limited to:

  • Design of novel, affordable manufacturing processes;
  • Scale up technologies;
  • Sustainable manufacturing;
  • Cost effective patient-specific manufacturing;
  • Integrated nano-micro-macro manufacturing;
  • Additive manufacturing;
  • Sensors, measurement and data analytics for process understanding and control.

Medical device design and innovation

Research focussed on the design, development, evaluation and production of cost-effective, reliable and effective medical devices. 

This may include but is not limited to:

  • Robotics for surgical applications;
  • Wearable devices, prosthetics and orthotics;
  • Human-centred design for enhanced usability and validation;
  • Digital technologies for device design, prototyping and evaluation;
  • Sustainable design of medical devices;
  • Minimally invasive devices for monitoring, intervention and compliance.

Novel computational and mathematical sciences

Research focussed on the development of innovative computational and mathematical methods for prediction, analysis and modelling in healthcare.

This may include but is not limited to:

  • New methodologies for making sense of complex healthcare data;
  • Integration, analysis and interpretation of data for decision making;
  • Data visualisation tools;
  • In silico modelling and simulation;
  • Mathematical and statistical modelling for healthcare applications;
  • Optimising process, system and resource management.

Novel imaging technologies

Research focussed on the development of next generation imaging technologies for diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic applications; with improved accuracy, affordability and incorporating new modalities. 

This may include but is not limited to:

  • Higher performance, novel or lower cost image acquisition technologies;
  • Automated image interpretation to aid clinical decision making;
  • Multi-scale and multi-modal imaging systems;
  • Techniques for image reconstruction;
  • High throughput, real-time imaging at the point of care;
  • Qualification and technical validation of imaging biomarkers.