New funding opportunities April

April 7, 2021

We try to make this as relevant to you as possible so please let us know if there is anything we have missed that you feel should be included.

Covid-19 Specific Funding:

New Future Fund To Support Innovative UK Businesses.  Deadline: Open
This is a Future Fund to support the UK’s innovative businesses currently affected by Covid-19. These businesses have been unable to access other government business support programmes, such as CBILS, because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit and typically rely on equity investment.

Expression of interest: emergency route for time-critical Covid-19 research. Deadline: Open
Apply for funding to support short-term time-sensitive collection of data or samples or rapid turn-around research or analysis to either: a) inform urgent policy or national decision making, b) secure data for future research use. This is a rarely awarded emergency route for exceptional circumstances.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome & Mastercard Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Deadline: Open
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard have committed up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the Covid-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments. The partners are committed to equitable access, including making products available and affordable in low-resource settings. The Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will play a catalytic role by accelerating and evaluating new and repurposed drugs and biologics to treat patients with Covid-19 in the immediate term, and other viral pathogens in the longer-term. Currently there are no broad-spectrum antivirals or immunotherapies available for the fight against emerging pathogens, and none approved for use on Covid-19.

Covid-19 – Other International Funding (and more) read KTN round-up 
Covid-19 – Support for Businesses – for the latest information on UK Govt support available.

Other featured funding: 

SBRI Healthcare Cancer Programme: Competition 1. Deadline: 21 April 2021
Working together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, SBRI Healthcare Cancer Programme is delighted to announce a £15 million funding competition for innovation to go to the open market in the field of cancer. The competition invites applications for funding to implement solutions in late-stage development into the following front-line clinical cancer care settings: 1) Early detection and diagnosis of cancer or 2) Diagnostic efficiency of cancer services.

NIHR i4i Product Development Award – Competition 22. Deadline Stage 1 – 9 June 2021
i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) support translational research and development of medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use. The research proposals may address any disease or health area, provided there is a clear unmet clinical need. There is no upper funding limit for Product Development Awards, but costs must be fully justified.

NIHR i4i Challenge Award – Competition 12. Deadline Stage 1 – 10 June 2021
i4i Challenge Awards support market-ready innovations by addressing the translational gap between the clinical evaluation of technologies and their adoption, by funding the assessment of MedTech innovations in real-world healthcare settings. The expected output is a disruptive medical device or in vitro diagnostic test that can offer improved outcomes for NHS patients. There is no upper funding limit for the Challenge Awards, but costs must be fully justified.

Other funding opportunities: 

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.

Expression of interest: transforming UK food systems for health and environment. Deadline: 22 April 2021
Apply for funding to support interdisciplinary research aiming to transform the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment. Your project can be led by an eligible UK-based researcher in any discipline and must collaborate with at least one stakeholder organisation.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: Jan 2021 Deadline: 26 May 2021
Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.
For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities

Biotechnological and Biological Science 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.

Click here for BBSRC funding opportunities

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

DASA aims to find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.

Open Competition: Deadline: Open
The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.
Click here for more information on DASA funding opportunities

The National Institute for Health Research

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

Artificial Intelligence and Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health and Care. Deadline: 21 April 2021
This call, funded by the Health Foundation and NHSX, supports research to advance AI and data-driven technologies in health in ways that better meet the needs of minority ethnic populations. The call, which is part of the NHSX’s NHS AI Lab AI Ethics Initiative, will fund two categories of research: Understanding and enabling the opportunities to use AI to address inequalities.

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. Deadline: 5 May 2021
This call is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Proposals should normally evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology. For diagnostic technologies, researchers may suggest equivalent evaluations.

Click here for NIHR 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.

Applied global health research: improve health in LMICs. Deadline: 14 April 2021
Apply for funding for applied global health research that will benefit the health of people living in low and middle income countries (LMICs). There is no limit to the amount of funding you can apply for. You can apply if you are: an LMIC-based principal investigator or a UK-based principal investigator working in partnership with LMIC investigators.

Pre-announcement: experimental medicine grants.  Deadline 9 Sep 2021
Apply for funding to investigate the causes, progression and treatment of human disease. Your project must include an experimental intervention or challenge in humans, focus on addressing mechanistic questions and be academically led.
Click here for  MRC funding opportunities

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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.

Click here for ESRC funding opportunities.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC):

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

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.

Click here for EPSRC funding opportunities. 


The Health Foundation

Click here for more Health Foundation funding opportunities.

Association of Medical Research Charities
Over 30 years ago a small, diverse group of medical research charities form the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) to unite the sector and provide it with a leading voice. Since then their membership has grown to over 140 charities. In 2018, these charities invested £1.3 billion in medical research. Click here to access their database

Other UK Government, Seed Funds and Loans: 

The British Business Bank: Deadline: Open

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.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding. General ‘collection’ of news and funds.

Information about SBRI for businesses and public sector organisations that might want to use the scheme. 

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund. Deadline: Open

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.

Creative England Investments. Deadline: Open

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 per cent, depending on the risk profile of the applicant. This includes companies from within the digital healthcare sector.

HSBC Loan Fund. Deadline: Open

HSBC UK has announced a £14 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Fund includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support. The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.  


The Global Challenges Research Fund
The Newton Fund
European Funding
Grants available to UK through US Defense – medical research programExport Opportunities – To access the Department of International Trades Export Opportunities Pipeline

Funding opportunities news: 

KTN: Latest Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up 
UKRI: Funding opportunities