New funding opportunities October

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

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19. Deadline: Open
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.

National Institute for Health Research: 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.

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.

New Future Fund To Support Innovative UK Businesses.  Deadline: Open
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 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.

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.

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:

NHS Innovation Accelerator. Deadline: 16 October 2020
NIA are now recruiting for individuals representing high impact, evidence-based innovations that address one or more of this year’s themes: NHS response to Covid-19, mental health and supporting the NHS workforce.

SBRI Competition – Next generation home vision testing. Deadline: 18 November 2020.
Organisations can apply for a share of £100,000 inclusive of VAT, to develop remotely deployed vision testing.

The Health Foundation – Adopting Innovation. EOI open 7 October 2020
A new programme to build knowledge, skills and confidence within NHS providers to successfully adopt and adapt innovations.  The Adopting Innovation programme will provide funding for four innovation hubs across the UK with up to £475,000 each for two and a half years.

Other Funding Opportunities:

Innovate UK:

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.

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.

Smart Grant: August 2020. Deadline: 25 November 2020
Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.

For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA): 

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.

More information on all DSTL – DASA funding opportunities

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): 

Click here to find out many 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.

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

Click here for more MRC funding opportunities

TRUSTS AND CHARITIES:

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. 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%, 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 £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.  

International:

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

News:

NIHR i4i Product Development Awards Call 21 will open on 20 October 2020. 
i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) support innovations at any stage of the translational research and development pathway, including the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions.

Healthy ageing: investor partnership programme, round 2. Deadline: 4 November 2020
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is inviting investors to partner with us for this healthy ageing investor partnership programme. Together we will align Innovate UK’s grant funding of relevant R&D projects alongside your investment in UK micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) concerned with developing products, services or business models, which address one or more of the 7 themes of healthy ageing.

Q Exchange, will this year focus on one theme: embedding positive changes emerging through new collaborations or partnerships during Covid-19. They will offer 20 awards, of up to £30k each, to support Q members to develop and embed promising and positive changes. Application open from 1 September 2020.

KTN: Latest Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up

New funding opportunities for members September

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

Global Effort on Covid-19 (GECO) Health Research. Deadline: 28 September 2020
Global Effort on Covid-19 (GECO) Health Research 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.

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.

National Institute for Health Research: 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.

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.

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 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 the government on the details on how the Future Fund will operate and how to apply for the scheme.

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.

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

i4i Connect call. Deadline: 16 September 2020
The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is delighted to launch its fourth round of i4i Connect Call – aimed at small and medium-sized med-tech enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach their next stage in the development pathway and accelerate the development of promising medical technologies.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2020. Deadline: 25 November 2020
Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Other Funding Opportunities

INNOVATE UK:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 on all open IUK funding opportunities

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) 

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.

More information on all DSTL – DASA funding opportunities

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 

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-M

Find 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.

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC):
The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical research sciences. For 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.

Click here for more MRC funding opportunities

Trust and Charities

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

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.  

International 

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

News

Deliver safer and better care for people in Scotland with diabetes, phase 1 (SBRI competition)
NHS Scotland is investing up to £300,000 including VAT, in innovative solutions in 3 challenge areas as follows:

  • Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help develop prediction algorithms and risk stratification for diabetes foot ulceration, amputations and mortality.
  • Improving the clinical care of patients with a pre-existing diagnosis of diabetes when admitted to hospital by developing a real-time decision support tool and alert mechanism. The tool must improve triage, prevent medication errors, identify emergencies and streamline the diabetes care pathway.
  • Improving the identification (case finding) of people at risk of osteoporosis and fracture, including those with diabetes.

Closing date for applications: 23 September 2020. For more details of the funding

Q Exchange, will this year focus on one theme: embedding positive changes emerging through new collaborations or partnerships during Covid-19We will offer 20 awards, of up to £30k each, to support Q members to develop and embed promising and positive changes. Application open from 1 September 2020.
KTN: Latest Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up 

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.

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. 

NIHR:
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. 

International 

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

News

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.  

New funding opportunities for members

News

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.

Covid-19 Specific Funding

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.

National Institute for Health Research: 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. 

Covid-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call. Deadline: 1 April 2021
Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into Covid-19. As this is a rolling call there is currently no fixed end date to the call, we are open to applications and will aim to review complete proposals within four weeks of submission. This is a researcher-led call: for UK-led academic, SME and wider industry research that will address a wide range of Covid-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a benefit in UK, potentially international, public health within 12 months. 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 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 – Other International Funding (and more) read KTN round-up by click here.
Covid-19 – Support for Businesses 
– for the latest information on UK Govt support available click here

Other Featured Funding

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. 

ISCF Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme. Pre-announcement
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be inviting applications to the ISCF Healthy Ageing Social Behavioural and Design Research Programme from May 2020. £9.5m (100% fEC) will be available to support world-leading research that makes a significant contribution to the lives of people as they age. For more information click here.

OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

INNOVATE UK:
Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences, strands 2-3. Deadline:1 July 2020.
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.

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

DEFENCE AND SECURITY ACCELERATOR (DASA):

DASA: Biosensing across wide areas. Deadline: 1 June 2020
DASA is looking for solutions to detect and locate deposited hazardous biological agents rapidly in the field. Proposals will need to deliver a higher level of maturity than achieved in Phase 1. We expect the starting Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the innovation to be TRL 3. By the end of the project, we expect the innovation to be sufficiently developed to achieve approximately TRL 4 – 5. £700k is available to fund Phase 2. 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. 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH (NIHR):

NIHR: I4I Product Development Award Round 20. Deadline: 3 June 2020.
The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme will invite proposals to Call 20 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. They support translational projects developing medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. PDAs also support projects that use and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting. For more information click here. 

NIHR: I4I Challenge Awards on Real World Implementation (RWI). Deadline: 5 June 2020.
The RWI Challenge Award will fund investigations of medtech innovations in healthcare settings. The aim is to shorten the evidence gap between the safety/efficacy typical of a newly or nearly CE marked technology and what is required for decisions by commissioners and regulators. At the same time, this will de-risk the product for follow-on investment. 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.

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.

TRUSTS AND CHARITIES:

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.

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.

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. 

INTERNATIONAL:

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

NEWS:

Find out how to get your study nationally supported or funded as high priority Covid-19 Urgent Public Health Research
Covid-19 Urgent Public Health Research is being prioritised to gather the necessary clinical and epidemiological evidence that will inform national policy and enable new diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines to be developed and tested for Covid-19. Government support is available to prioritise, coordinate and deliver these studies, regardless of sponsorship and funding source. This support includes expedited identification of sites to ensure appropriate geographical distribution of Urgent Public Health Research to maximise recruitment and minimise over-commitment of resource. Find out more by clicking here.

Innovate UK launches new three-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.

New funding opportunities for members April

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.

OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

INNOVATE UK:
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.

DEFENCE AND SECURITY ACCELERATOR (DASA):
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. 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH (NIHR):

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.

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.

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.

TRUSTS AND CHARITIES:

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.

OTHER UK GOVERNMENT, SEED FUNDS AND LOANS:

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.

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.

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. 

INTERNATIONAL:

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

NEWS:

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.

New funding opportunities for members

New funding opportunities for members

We endeavour 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.

The Coast to Capital Growth Grant Programme. Deadline: Open.  
The Coast to Capital Growth Grant Programme is now open for SME businesses who have been operating in the West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, East Surrey, Croydon, and Lewes District for at least one year.
The grant is designed to stimulate capital investment to help businesses introduce innovation and improve productivity. 
A total of £3.5m of funding is available to fund capital grant projects of between £40k and £170k. 

Businesses can apply for up to 40% grant funding towards the cost of equipment/software and other capital items to make them more competitive. Minimum project size is £100,000, meaning the applicant will need to bring 60% (£60,000) in match funding.
For more information click here.

Innovation Scholars secondments: biomedical sciences, strands 1-3. Deadline: 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.  

The Health Foundation: Common Ambition. Deadline: 20 March 2020.
The Health Foundation has launched an exciting new £2.1m programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health care professionals and researchers work together to improve health care. The Common Ambition programme will support up to five ambitious teams across the UK to work towards a shared aim: to build sustainable change across health care through collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them. For more information click here.

Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) Deadline: 25 March 2020
DPFS is an ongoing scheme, with outline deadlines every 4 months. The DPFS scheme is a key part of our Translational Research Strategy and supports the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health. It funds the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” of existing therapies. For more information click here.

Strategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training in Food SystemsDeadline: 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.

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.

OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

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 sustainabilityDeadline: 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.

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

DEFENCE AND SECURITY ACCELERATOR (DASA):
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. 

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)
The BBSRC work with industry and academia (and other sectors and research councils) to develop world leading biotechnology and bioscience. For more funding opportunities 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.

TRUSTS AND CHARITIES:

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.

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.

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. 
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Deadline for current round: 04.03.20
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links an 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.  For more information click here.

INTERNATIONAL:

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

NEWS:

Coming soon:

Healthy Ageing Challenge
IUK have published the Healthy Ageing Challenge. The Trailblazer and Investment Accelerator calls are already on the IUK funding opportunities web page and are set-out in the newsletter above. Starting in 2020, up to £12 million will be available over 4 years to fund the programme Developing a pipeline – Early stage support:

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.Design Programme:
The Design Programme will capitalise on the UK’s strength in design, in particular early-stage human centred design to maximise the commercial potential of ideas and innovations in the Healthy Ageing sector. The programme will tackle issues in both the supply and demand of design capabilities.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.

New funding opportunities for members

New funding opportunities for members

We endeavour 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.

Funder

Funding Opportunity

Eligibility

Website

Deadline

Innovation Loans for SMEs: apply for funding

Following the success of the Innovation Loans pilot programme throughout 2018, the programme is being extended to the end of 2020 with an additional £25 million available for business innovation projects in 2 further competitions. micro, small and medium-sized organisations may apply See Website 11 September 2019

EPSRC


Opportunity for Information and communications technologies researchers to pursue an experience in other disciplines and user environments.
Academic (researchers) See Website No closing date

British Heart Foundation

Research Project Grants Academic (post-doctoral researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

British Heart Foundation

New Horizons Grants Academic (senior researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

Nesta

An Impact investment fund investing in life-changing innovations that help tackle the major challenges faced by older people, communities and children in the UK. Companies/ Entrepreneurs See Website Ongoing

NIHR

Invention for Innovation Academic, NHS and Companies See Website Ongoing

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

Bright Ideas Fund NHS (GSTT Trust) See Website Ongoing

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation. It aims to:

  • ensure that Europe produces world-class science
  • remove barriers to innovation 
  • make it easier for public and private sectors to innovate together.
Companies See Website Ongoing

RYSE + DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

Following last year’s successful partnership with RYSE Asset Management LLP, DigitalHealth.London is collaborating again to support digital health companies to grow their business with investment of £250k – £5m. Early stage companies  See Website 30 August 2019

New funding opportunities for members

New funding opportunities for members

We endeavour 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.

Funder

Funding Opportunity

Eligibility

Website

Deadline

RYSE Asset Management LLP + DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 

Support for digital health companies to grow their business. We are looking for innovative companies that are addressing patient demand through technology, with a view to funding those with significant potential. Early stage companies See Website 5 August, get your application in before Friday 19 July to be in with a chance of a FREE 1:1 Advisory Session with a DigitalHealth.London Senior Team Member. 

EPSRC


Opportunity for Information and communications technologies researchers to pursue an experience in other disciplines and user environments.
Academic (researchers) See Website No closing date

British Heart Foundation

Research Project Grants Academic (post-doctoral researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

British Heart Foundation

New Horizons Grants Academic (senior researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

Nesta

An Impact investment fund investing in life-changing innovations that help tackle the major challenges faced by older people, communities and children in the UK. Companies/ Entrepreneurs See Website Ongoing

NIHR

Invention for Innovation Academic, NHS and Companies See Website Ongoing

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

Bright Ideas Fund NHS (GSTT Trust) See Website Ongoing

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation. It aims to:

  • ensure that Europe produces world-class science
  • remove barriers to innovation 
  • make it easier for public and private sectors to innovate together.
Companies See Website Ongoing

New funding opportunities for members

New funding opportunities for members

We endeavour 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.

Funder

Funding Opportunity

Eligibility

Website

Deadline

EPSRC

Opportunity for Information and communications technologies researchers to pursue an experience in other disciplines and user environments. Academic (researchers) See Website No closing date

EPSRC

Healthcare Technologies discipline hopping call.  Enable researchers to develop new skills and build new collaborations with other disciplines and end users so they can address the key health challenges identified in the Healthcare Technologies strategy. Academic

(researchers)

See Website No closing date

British Heart Foundation

Research Project Grants Academic (post-doctoral researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

British Heart Foundation

New Horizons Grants Academic

(senior researcher)

See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

Nesta

An Impact investment fund investing in life-changing innovations that help tackle the major challenges faced by older people, communities and children in the UK Companies/ Entrepreneurs See Website Ongoing

King’s College London

King’s Health Accelerator 2018 Call Open Academic

NHS

(KHP Research Staff)

See Website No deadline given but should apply as soon as possible.

NIHR

Invention for Innovation Academic

NHS

Companies

See Website Ongoing

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

Bright Ideas Fund NHS

(GSTT Trust)

See Website Ongoing

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation.

It aims to:

·       ensure that Europe produces world-class science

·       remove barriers to innovation

·       make it easier for public and private sectors to innovate together

Companies See Website Ongoing

Funding for projects to improve the identification and management of atrial fibrillation

The BMS-Pfizer Alliance is partnering with the AHSN Network to fund projects that aim to improve the identification and management of atrial fibrillation. Healthcare organisations across the country are invited to apply for a share of the £250,000 funding. Healthcare organisations See Website 17 May 2019

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: Round 4

SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products.   Companies  Seen Website 3 July 2019, 12:00pm

New funding opportunities for members

New funding opportunities for members

We endeavour 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.

Funder

Funding Opportunity

Eligibility

Website

Deadline

EPSRC

Opportunity for Information and communications technologies researchers to pursue an experience in other disciplines and user environments.

 

Academic (researchers) See Website No closing date

EPSRC

Healthcare Technologies discipline hopping call.  Enable researchers to develop new skills and build new collaborations with other disciplines and end users so they can address the key health challenges identified in the Healthcare Technologies strategy.

 

Academic(researchers) See Website No closing date

British Heart Foundation

Research Project Grants Academic (post-doctoral researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

British Heart Foundation

New Horizons Grants Academic(senior researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

Nesta

An Impact investment fund investing in life-changing innovations that help tackle the major challenges faced by older people, communities and children in the UK

 

Companies/ Entrepreneurs See Website Ongoing

King’s College London

King’s Health Accelerator 2018 Call Open AcademicNHS(KHP Research Staff) See Website No deadline given but should apply as soon as possible.

NIHR

Invention for Innovation AcademicNHSCompanies See Website Ongoing

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

Bright Ideas Fund NHS(GSTT Trust) See Website Ongoing

Innovate UK

Multiple funding opportunities. Companies(SME based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) See Website N/A

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: feasibility and primer awards

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge. Companies(SME based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) See Website 3 April 2019, 12.00pm

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: early and late stage awards

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge. Companies(SME based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) See Website 3 April 2019, 12.00pm

New funding opportunities for members

New funding opportunities for members

We endeavour 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.

Funder

Opportunity

Eligibility

Website

Deadline

EPSRC

Opportunity for Information and communications technologies researchers to pursue an experience in other disciplines and user environments.  Academic (researchers) See Website No closing date

EPSRC

Healthcare Technologies discipline hopping call.  Enable researchers to develop new skills and build new collaborations with other disciplines and end users so they can address the key health challenges identified in the Healthcare Technologies strategy. Academic (researchers) See Website No closing date

British Heart Foundation

Research Project Grants Academic (post-doctoral researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

British Heart Foundation

New Horizons Grants Academic (senior researcher) See Website No closing date – applications to be submitted when ready.

Nesta

An Impact investment fund investing in life-changing innovations that help tackle the major challenges faced by older people, communities and children in the UK Companies/ Entrepreneurs See Website Ongoing

King’s College London

King’s Health Accelerator 2018 Call Open Academic NHS (KHP Research Staff) See Website No deadline given but should apply as soon as possible.

NIHR

Invention for Innovation Academic NHSCompanies See Website Ongoing

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

Bright Ideas Fund NHS (GSTT Trust) See Website Ongoing

Innovate UK

SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products. Companies (SME based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) See Website 30 January 2019

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 3

 

SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products.

 

Companies (SME based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) See Website 30 January 2019, 12:00pm

 

Innovate UK

Multiple funding opportunities. Companies (SME based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) See Website N/A