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Funding opportunities

External funding and investment can be the key to developing innovation and supporting implementation in the NHS. Here we share funding opportunities for innovators and providers.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIMARY CARE

The NHS England London Digital First Programme has a funding opportunity to pilot automation solutions within primary care. They will be funding automation grants of up to £65k and is encouraging all pilots/projects across London’s Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to apply. Find out more – Call opens 23 May 2022

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATORS

NIHR i4i – Product Development Awards Call 24 Deadline: 10 May 2022
The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme invites proposals to Call 24 of its researcher-led Product Development Awards (PDA). PDAs fund the development of disruptive early-stage medical technologies that address existing or emerging healthcare needs.

Biomedical Catalyst 2022 round one: industry-led R&D Deadline: 25 May 2022
UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprises can apply for a share of up to £15 million to develop innovative solutions to health and healthcare challenges.

Innovation in time resilience, dissemination and application – feasibility Deadline: 1 June 2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4.7 million for business led innovation in resilient time, frequency and synchronisation.

Innovation in time resilience, dissemination and application – demonstrator Deadline: 1 June 2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4.7 million for business led innovation in resilient time, frequency and synchronisation.

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023, round two Deadline: 15 June 2022
UK registered academic institutions, research and technology organisations (RTOs) or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits organisations.

Open call for innovation in cancer diagnosis Deadline: 24 May 2022
SBRI Healthcare: NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced a £15 million funding competition for innovation to go to the open market in the field of cancer. This competition invites applications for funding to implement solutions in late-stage development into front-line settings to improve early detection and diagnosis of cancer.

Health Technology Regulatory and Innovation Programme Deadline: 31 May 2022
The programme will support SMEs that rely on external expertise to commercialise new products, or re-register existing products in-line with new regulatory requirements.

ONGOING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATORS

Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF) – Open call
This fund is to support businesses investing in life sciences manufacturing projects in the UK.

ESRC Research Grant Deadline: Open call
If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the ESRC have their Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

INNOVATE UK

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. 

For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities

BIOTECHNOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, is a non-departmental public body, and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience. It predominantly funds scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.

Find out more BBSRC funding opportunities here.

DEFENCE AND SECURITY ACCELERATOR (DASA):

Open Competition: rolling deadline.
The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity.
Find out more and apply.

More information on all DSTL – DASA funding opportunities

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH (NIHR)

The nation’s largest funder of health and care research, providing the people, facilities and technology for research to thrive.

Find out more funding opportunities with an emphasis on research.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC):

Research Grants. Deadline: Open call.
If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the EPSRC have their Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.
Find out more and apply.

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC):

The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical research sciences. 

Healthcare technologies investigator-led grant. Deadline: Open
Healthcare technologies investigator-led research grants are for researchers at UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies. The funder strongly encourage collaboration with relevant healthcare professionals, other researchers, industry, the public sector and other relevant partners. Your application should be in line with the grand challenges of our healthcare technologies theme, e.g., developing future therapies with technologies that enhance efficacy, minimise costs and reduce risks to patients; frontiers of physical intervention, restoring physical function and optimising surgery and other physical interventions with high precision and minimal invasiveness; optimising treatment through effective diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention; or transforming community health and care by using real-time information to support patients managing their own health and wellbeing and to allow healthcare professionals to make timely interventions. Find out more and apply.

Find out more about EPSRC funding opportunities.

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves the health of people in the UK – and around the world – by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists.

Find out more about MRC funding opportunities

TRUSTS AND CHARITIES

The Health Foundation

They are an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. Find out about Health Foundation funding opportunities.

Association of Medical Research Charities

In 2020, 149 member charities invested £1.7 billion in medical research across the UK. This accounts for 49% of all publicly funded medical research nationally: more than the Medical Research Council or the National Institute of Health Research. Access the database

British Heart Foundation

BHF provide personal support for clinical and non-clinical cardiovascular researchers at all stages of their career. They also provide grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

OTHER UK GOVERNMENT, SEED FUNDS AND LOANS:

The British Business Bank
BBB are a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, they say that they can deliver greater volume and choice of finance. Find out more and apply.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
SBRI brings together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions. Here you can find information about SBRI for businesses and public sector organisations that might want to use the scheme. Find out more and apply.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund.
The UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly known as The Rainbow Seed Fund) is a £27.1m early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base. Find out more and apply.

Creative England Investments.
Creative England is supporting SMEs by providing competitive loans to digital businesses in order to make their growth plans a reality. The investments on offer are intended to fuel this fast-growing sector by financing business expansion and new products, leading to the creation of new high-quality jobs and Intellectual Property (IP). Loans from £50,000 – £250,000 are available with repayment terms ranging from 3-36 months. Interest rates range from 5% – 10%, depending on the risk profile of the applicant. This includes companies from within the digital healthcare sector. Find out more and apply.

International:

The Global Challenges Research Fund.
The Newton Fund.
European Funding.
Grants available to UK through US Defense – medical research program

Export Opportunities

Access the Department of International Trades Export Opportunities Pipeline here.

News

Horizon Europe update: It has been agreed in principle that UK organisations can apply.
KTN: Latest Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up 
UKRI: Funding opportunities
 

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