New funding opportunities for members April

April 3, 2020

New funding opportunities for members

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.

RISPRO International Collaboration Call. Deadline: 30th May 2020
The Managing Agency of the Endowment Fund for Education (recently known as LPDP) has recently launched the RISPRO International Collaboration (RISPRO-KI). The objective of the scheme is mainly to accelerate the national invention through international research collaboration. The transformation of collaboration outcome from “Co-authorship to Co-invention” becomes a target of this scheme. The call aims to provide grants for health and other key areas. For more information click here.

GCRF demonstrate impact in developing countries: round 2, phase 1. Deadline: 6 May 2020
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3 million to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies. For more information click here.

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%, depending on the risk profile of the applicant. This includes companies from within the digital healthcare sector. For more information click here.


Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences, strands 1-3. Deadline: April/Various.
UKRI invites applications for individuals from any discipline wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part time) on secondment in the biomedical sciences sector. £5 million fund. For more information click here.

SBRI: monitor and visualise domestic pollution to safeguard health. Deadline: 15 April 2020.
Organisations can apply for a share of £100,000 including VAT, to develop an air quality monitor to provide information and advice on pollutants in the home. For more information click here.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2020. Deadline: 22 April 2020
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy. For more information click here.

UK-Canada: enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability. Deadline: 20 May 2020.
UK businesses with Canadian business partners can apply for a share of up to £2 million, from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, for innovative projects that enhance productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems. For more information click here.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Deadline: 6 May 2020.
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. For more information click here.

For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities click here.

Open Competition: Emerging Innovations
In this category, DSTL are encouraging the submission of proposals across a wide range of technology areas with the aim of finding new and novel opportunities for these to be exploited across Defence and/or Security. Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or 4, which in outline means delivering a proof of concept, with component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment by the end of your proposed work. Click here to find out more.

Open Competition: Rapid Impact Innovations
Proposals in this category are encouraged for projects which have a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time frame from the commencement of the project. In this category, there is an expectation that proposals will be funded only if there is a strong customer pull and capability need for the idea. Accordingly, additional effort will be required by suppliers to ensure there is positive user interest in the idea before submitting a proposal. Click here to find out more.

For more information on all DSTL – DASA funding opportunities click here. 


HTA stage 1 applications – researcher-led workstream (open call) Deadline: 6 May 2020.
The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS and social care services. For more information click here.

There are many funding opportunities with an emphasis on research. Click here to find our more click here. 

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. Click here to find out more.

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

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.

Health Systems Research Initiative Call 7: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries. Deadline: 28 May 2020.
Innovative proposals are sought from across the public health, social and biomedical sciences to the seventh annual call for the Health Systems Research Initiative. Up to £4.7 million is available for funding foundation and full proposals under this call. For more information click here.

For MRC funding opportunities click here.


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. To access their database click here.


Strategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training in Food Systems. Deadline: 13 May 2020
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with government are pleased to announce a £5 million call to support one Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) focused on developing the next generation of interdisciplinary food systems thinkers. For more information click here.

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. For more information click here.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund. 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. For more information click here.

HSBC Loan Fund. Open.
HSBC UK has announced a £12 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. For more information click here. 


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

Export Opportunities – To access the Department of International Trades Export Opportunities Pipeline click here


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome & Mastercard COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator.
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. For more information click here.

Pre-Announcement of ISCF Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are inviting applications to the ISCF Healthy Ageing Social Behavioural and Design Research Programme (SBDRP) to support world-leading research that makes a significant contribution to the lives of people as they age.Proposals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches that address creating healthy and active environments (including maintaining health at work)
  • The life course
  • Understanding the behaviour of consumers of healthy ageing products and services
  • Inclusive design.

A total budget of £9.5 million is available for the call and UKRI are inviting projects of up to £2 million and of no more than 36 months duration. These figures are presented at 100% fEC and ESRC will contribute 80% of fEC. The call for proposals will open in May 2020 with a deadline scheduled in June 2020

Innovate UK launches new 3-year programme for Young Innovators 

New findings from Innovate UK show that half of young people in the UK think their age is a barrier to business success. The programme will support up to 100 young people, with £5K funding, one-to-one coaching and an allowance to cover living costs. The national Young Innovators Awards will go to 18-30 year olds with a creative and ground-breaking business idea. For more information click here.

Also coming soon:
Healthy Ageing Challenge
Catalyst Awards:
UKRI is working with the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in the USA as a Global Collaborator in their Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge. They will commission a set of Catalyst Awards to support early stage innovation and stimulate interest in global opportunities.

Collaborative R&D Competition:
The aim of the Collaborative R&D competition is to focus on the high-potential early stage collaborative projects, which address key opportunities that would not otherwise be eligible for funding under the Trailblazer nor the Investment Accelerator programmes.