New funding opportunities for members

July 28, 2020

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Covid-19 Specific Funding

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1. Deadline: 5 August 2020.
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million, including VAT, to help UK businesses and the public sector recover from Covid-19 in a sustainable manner. For more information click here. 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Local Authority Research System Call. Deadline: 6 August 2020
The NIHR is looking to explore how it can strengthen its support to research in the local government environment. The NIHR recognises that innovation is happening in some local authorities and wants to explore how current, or new, systems could be developed, at a local level, to support sustainable and influential research activity. For more information click here.

Global Effort on Covid-19 (GECO) Health Research. Deadline: 28 September 2020
This is a new cross UK government funding call aiming to support applied health research that will address Covid-19 knowledge gaps. The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control and health system responses. For more information click here.

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19. There is no closing date
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following: a) New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts. b) Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential. c) Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use. For more information click here.

NIHR: Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC engagement during the Covid-19 outbreak. Deadline 31 December 2020
The awards will provide travel and subsistence funding to appropriately qualified public health professionals, clinicians and academics who wish to offer science and technical advice to support the immediate response to Covid-19 in low and middle-income countries. The awards are open to applicants who have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation. For more information click here.

Fast Funding for Covid-19 Science. Deadline: 31 December 2020
A new venture fund is offering grants of $10,000 to $500,000 to coronavirus researchers, and every grant decision will be made in less than 48 hours. For more information click here. 

New Future Fund to Support Innovative UK Businesses 
The Chancellor of the Exchequer today announced he is to establish a new 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 the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit and typically rely on equity investment. The scheme will deliver an initial commitment of £250m of new government funding, which will be unlocked by private investment on a match funded basis. The government scheme, which will be developed in partnership with the British Business Bank with the intention of launching for applications in May, will initially be open until the end of September. Over the coming weeks the Bank will work with government on the details on how the Future Fund will operate and how to apply for the scheme. For more information 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.

Covid-19 – For other International Funding (and more) read Knowledge Transfer Network round-up. For more information click here..
Covid-19 – Support for Businesses 
– for the latest information on UK Government support available click here  

Other Featured Funding

SBRI Healthcare competition: Urgent and Emergency Care. Deadline: 27 August 2020
This competition seeks to address two primary issues, taking into account the systemic complexity and recognising some of the key demographic differences. So the request is for solutions that will either reduce demand on these services or reduce the length of stay in the Emergency Department. For more information click here.

NIHR Artificial Intelligence for Multiple LTC (AIM) (Finalised). Deadline: 29 September 2020
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) invites proposals to undertake programmes of research to spearhead the use of artificial intelligence (AI) methods to develop insights for the identification and subsequent prevention of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) or MLTC-MFor more information click here.

Biomedical Catalyst 2020: round 1, early and late stage awards. Deadline: 7 October 2020
UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge. For more information click here.

Using digital technology to support psychological therapies (SBRI). Deadline: 16 September 2020
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £345,000 (including VAT) to develop new solutions using digital technology to provide psychological support. For more information click here.

Other Funding Opportunities: 

EUREKA: healthy ageing. Deadline: 5 August 2020
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop digital health technologies in partnership with organisations from EUREKA countries. For more information click here. 

Young Innovators Awards 2020/21. Deadline: 2 September 2020
Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, tailored business support and a living allowance. For more information click here.

EUREKA GlobalStars Japan. Deadline: 10 September 2020
Open call (although pharmaceutical projects not in scope): UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative proposals with Japan and other EUREKA participating members. For more information click here.

Designing sustainable plastic solutions. Deadline: 16 September 2020
Competition to win funding for early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce plastics’ harm to the environment, increase productivity and grow the UK economy. For more information click here.

EUREKA GlobalStars Singapore CRD – Round 2. Deadline: 15 October 2020
Open call: UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative proposals with Singapore and other EUREKA participating members. For more information click here.

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

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA): Behavioural Analytics Phase 2. Deadline: 13 August 2020
This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can help UK Defence and Security to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’. For more information click here.

Open Competition: rolling deadline.
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 to find out more.

For more information on all DSTL – DASA funding opportunities 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.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical research sciences. For EPSRC funding opportunities click here.

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.

For MRC funding opportunities click here.

Trust and Charities

Association of Medical Research Charities
Over 30 years ago a small, diverse group of medical research charities formed 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.

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. For more information click here.

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. 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.

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.

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


Smart Grant: 

Innovate UK’s SMART Grant will launch its next round in August 2020.

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.

KTN: Latest Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up – for more information click here.