Available Funding Opportunities

We can support you as you develop your concept or prototype, by connecting you with collaborative partners from across industry, academia and health and care and by identifying funding and further support opportunities.

COVID19 Response Funding Opportunities

Expression of interest: emergency route for time-critical COVID-19 research

UK Research and Innovation

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Open – no closing date

Value: £80,000

Duration: 3 to 6 months

Eligibility: Applicants must be based at UK research organisations eligible for UKRI funding, demonstrate host organisation support for their proposal, meet the standard eligibility requirements for the council submitted to. Business-led proposals are not eligible for this funding. Business collaboration will be considered on a case by case basis. However, projects must be academic led and business collaboration is subject to the eligibility rules of each research council.

Summary: Apply for funding to support short term time-sensitive collection of data or samples or rapid turn-around research or analysis to either: inform urgent policy or national decision making; secure data for future research use.

All activities funded through this route must not overlap with UKRI’s portfolio of funded research.

To apply you must be able to meet strict criteria, including, but not limited to demonstrating how this proposed activity does not overlap with UKRI’s existing portfolio, demonstrating the time-critical nature of the research or data/sample collection, demonstrating a clear and rapid route to impact through existing partnerships, showing how a normal grant timeframe is unsuitable, justifying why you did not apply through any of the previously available UKRI COVID-19 funding schemes, having a clear plan to take this research forward including, if necessary, using normal grant routes.

Location: UK


Barclays Healthtech Response

Barclay’s, The University of Edinburgh, UCL and CodeBase

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Not specified

Value: None- Accelerator

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: For people who have a tech solution or innovative idea on how to address one or more of challenges created by COVID-19.

Summary: The partnership focus on ways that existing tech solutions can address the isolation of the vulnerable, reduce noncritical demand into the NHS and aid diagnostics and treatment. Looking for innovations that can slow the spread of COVID-19, enable home-based care, support the wellbeing and morale of NHS staff, and assist those who are most vulnerable and in self-isolation.

Location: UK

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Other Funding Opportunities

Wellcome Innovator

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 24 May 2021

Value: £500k for 2 years, £750k for 3 years

Duration: Usually up to 24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations

Eligibility: Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health.
Individuals and teams from not-for-profit organisations can apply. You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. Examples of technologies include: therapeutics (small molecules or biologics,  vaccines, devices, diagnostics, digital technologies, regenerative, medicine. The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation.

Summary: These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Location: Anywhere in the world (apart from mainland China)

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Digital Participation Charter Fund

Charter Fund, Scottish Government, BT and Cellnex

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 22nd April

Value: up to £10,000

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: The Charter Fund is open to groups and organisations from the voluntary and public sectors who are working to improve the digital skills of their communities or service users. We are particularly interested in supporting groups that work closely with their local community, and that have been able to develop new service delivery plans in light of the challenges posed by Covid-19 restrictions. Applicants must operate in Scotland, with awarded funds being spent entirely in Scotland

Summary: The Digital Participation Charter Fund invests in community digital inclusion projects across Scotland.  It provides small grants to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality in society through embedding digital skills development work in day-to-day activity with their service users. The support given through the Fund enables groups and organisations to improve the digital skills of their members, digitise content and build networks so that they can continue to thrive in the digital world.

Location: Scotland


Healthcare Technologies Investigator-Led Grant

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC

Availability: Open

Closing Date: No closing date

Value: We will fund 80% of the full economic costs of your project. Not specified

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: Research grants are open to UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies with research capacity.

Summary: You can apply for support for high-quality engineering and physical sciences research in line with our healthcare technologies theme and strategy. Funding will cover research into chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences and physics that underpin healthcare.

Location: UK

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

UK Government

Availability: Ongoing

Closing Date: None -apply at any time

Value: Part-funded grant.

Duration: 12-36 months

Eligibility: Aimed at partnerships between a UK-based business of any size or non-profit organisation, an academic organisation and a suitably-qualified graduate.

Summary: Aimed at improving business’ competitiveness and productivity through funded partnership with academics and researchers.

Location: UK

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Innovators Awards

Welcome Trust

Availability: Ongoing

Closing Date: Shortlisting meetings happen every 3 months

Value: Up to £500K or £750K for collaborations

Duration: Usually 2 years, or 3 years for multidisciplinary collaborations

Eligibility: Researchers, individuals and teams from not-for profit and commercial organisations that can be any size, based anywhere in the world (apart from China).

Summary: For researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health. Proposals should describe global burden of a disease, unmet healthcare need, and the impact of innovation in a patient population.

Location: UK



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Innovation Challenge Fund

Can Do (Scottish Enterprise)

Availability: Due to a potential change in approach, the 5th Call has been suspended. The challenges will be reviewed to better match Scottish Government ambitions.

Closing Date: Currently working to explore and define potential Calls and their timelines.

Value: SBRI: £10k -£40k per supplier (Phase 1), £50k –200k per supplier (Phase 2); CivTech: £3k per supplier (Exploration Stage), £20k per supplier (Acceleration Stage)

Duration: Suspended

Eligibility: Scottish companies of any size and academic and third sector organisations who can demonstrate how they will commercialise solutions which they develop.

Summary: Funding to support the development of innovative solutions for challenges faced by a Scottish public body where there is no clear fix or current market solution.

Location: Scotland


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