New funding opportunities September

August 31, 2021

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Covid-19 Specific Funding:

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:

New Future Fund – Breakthrough. Deadline: Open
This UK-wide programme will deliver £375m of government funding via British Patient Capital, a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank. Due to high research and development costs, breakthrough technology companies typically require more capital than other companies, to fuel the later stages of their growth. Because of their ability to grow rapidly and have a significant economic impact, the growth of these innovative companies is critical to the UK’s future prosperity and economic recovery.

SBRI: Digital Regulatory Navigation Platform (Health Products). Deadline: 20 September 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop a digital regulatory navigation platform for health product innovators.

Audience of the Future – Design Foundations 2. Deadline: 29 September 2021
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £800,000 for early-stage, human-centred design projects in creative or immersive experiences. 

SBRI Healthcare – Competition 19 :Deadlines: 13 October 2021
Funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement in collaboration with the AHSN Network, SBRI Healthcare is delighted to announce a Phase 3 funding competition open to innovations in an advanced stage of development. The aim is to accelerate these innovations into relevant health or social settings, and to facilitate the generation of evidence in Real World settings required by commissioners and regulators to make purchasing or other recommendations/decisions. Key themes:

Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society – Cluster 2. Deadline: 6 April 2022

Horizon Europe has a wide variety of open calls for culture, creativity and inclusive society, with closing dates in September 2021 or April 2022. Some of these also include AI, big data, digital tech, materials and health.

Other Funding Opportunities:

MedCity and investment firm Spex Capital

Applications are invited from early-stage health tech ventures with solutions to problems faced by healthcare systems globally. Several will be chosen for investment with up to £5 million for each company. The average ticket is expected to be between £500k and £2 million but smaller tickets will be welcome. The call closes at midnight on 27th October 2021.  The call is not restricted to UK companies; non-UK companies are welcome to apply.

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. 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3. Deadline: 29 September 2021
Up to £6 million is available to fund innovation projects, which are a partnership between an academic institution/RTO/Catapult and a business or not-for-profit, employing 1-2 graduate associates.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2021 Deadline: 6 October 2021
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. 

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22. Deadline: 13 October 2021 
Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.
For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities

Biotechnological and Bological 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.

BBSRC standard research grant. Deadline: open

You can apply for research grants at any time in any area within the remit of BBSRC. BBSRC funds research in plants, microbes, animals (including humans), and the tools and technology underpinning biological research from the level of molecules and cells, to tissues, whole organisms, populations and landscapes.

Click here for BBSRC funding opportunities
You can apply for research grants at any time in any area within the remit of BBSRC. BBSRC funds research in plants, microbes, animals (including humans), and the tools and technology underpinning biological research from the level of molecules and cells, to tissues, whole organisms, populations and landscapes.

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.

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.

MRC population and systems medicine programme grant Deadline: 22 September 2021
Funding is available from MRC’s Population and Systems Medicine Board to provide large, long-term and renewable programme funding for researchers working in the area of population and systems medicine.

MRC population and systems medicine research grant. Deadline: 22 September 2021
An MRC research grant is the main way for UK-based medical researchers to apply for researcher-led project funding. You should apply if your research is on population and systems medicine.

MRC neurosciences and mental health research grant Deadline: 29 September 2021
An MRC research grant is the main way for UK-based medical researchers to apply for researcher-led project funding. You should apply if your research is on neurosciences and mental health.

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. 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
 
Trusts/Foundations/Charities:

The Health Foundation
Click here for more Health Foundation funding opportunities

The Wellcome Trust
Wellcome Discovery Awards Deadline: November 2021
This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams/co-applicants (which can include commercial businesses) from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.
Click here for more Wellcome Trust funding opportunities

The 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.

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, Industry, Seed Funds and Loans: 

MedTech NAVIGATOR Innovation Grants Deadline: Open
The MedTech NAVIGATOR Innovation Grants are designed to facilitate such bespoke interactions between SMEs and eligible Knowledge Providers, such as an NHS Trust, or a University, during the product development process. Each Innovation Grant (up to £7,500) is worth 50% of the total project costs up to a maximum of £15,000.  Your business must pay the remaining 50% and any project costs over and above the £15,000 cap.

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.

International:

The EIC Accelerator: Open Competition (Grants only)
The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular Startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations. 

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

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