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

DIGI-B-CUBE open call: SMEs against Covid-19

INNOSUP European Cluster Collaboration Platform

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 03 February 2021

Value: Prototyping voucher – up to 20k Euros per SME, and up to 60k Euros per project; Customised innovation voucher – 50k Euros per SME, up to 150k Euros per project

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: SMEs established in EU Member states or Horizon 2020 associated countries

Summary: This supports SMEs in combating Covid-19 through transversal collaborative projects integrating digital innovation and disruptive technologies across the medical diagnostics and related value chains.

Location: Europe

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Innovation Continuity Loans

Innovate UK

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 13 January 2021

Value: Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available.

Duration: Projects can last up to 3 years

Eligibility: To be either an SMEs and third sector organization’s undertakings that find themselves facing a sudden shortage of funding resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless exempt as a micro or small company currently funded project participants in an Innovate UK award.

Summary: Innovate UK is offering up to £210 million in loans to small to medium enterprises and third sector organisations that have a challenge in continuing, completing or following on an innovation project. There are three parallel strands for innovation continuity loans.

Location: UK

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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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Space in Response to COVID-19 and Other Pandemics

ESA (European Space Agency) and UK Space Agency (UKSA)

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Non set

Value: Grant (80% SMEs, 50% large enterprises)

Duration: To be confirmed

Eligibility: The proposed activity shall involve the use of some space technologies, such as satellite communications, satellite navigation, images from Earth Observation satellites, or technologies coming from the human space flight. Also, it shall include a deployment of the solution.

Summary: Supporting projects to develop hi-tech solutions that address logistics within the health delivery system, managing infectious disease outbreaks, population health and wellbeing, recovering health system function and handling backlogs after the crisis, and preparedness for future epidemics.

Location: Europe

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UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19

UKRI

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 01 April 2021

Value: 80% of FEC

Duration: Up to 18 months

Eligibility: Anyone who is normally eligible to apply for UKRI funding. You will need to show that you can start work within 4 weeks of the funding being confirmed. Proposals should be sent through this route for any research or innovation.

Summary: To meet at least one of the following:
Research or innovation that has the potential to contribute to the understanding of, and response to, the Covid-19 pandemic. Supports wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Location: UK

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Other Funding Opportunities

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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NIHR – Health & Social Care Workforce

NIHR

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 04 February 2020

Value: Not specified

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: Research proposals should be co-produced with national organisations and professional bodies, health and social care service professionals, and service users. Links with health and social care planners and professional bodies is required to ensure impact and scaling up of research findings to benefit the wider health and social care system.

Summary: The Health Service and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is interested in receiving applications for research in the following areas; identifying and evaluating interventions to support the health and social care workforce to develop inclusive leadership practices and embed learning and development needed to deliver transformational changes across the health and social care sector; identifying optimal approaches to skill mix and flexible working; supporting well-being of staff.

Location: UK

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Smart Grants: November 2020

Innovate UK

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 20 January 2021

Value: Project costs must be between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 70% of project costs can be covered, depending on organisation size.

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: Your application must include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise. They can be the lead or a collaborative grant claiming partner. Your project must start no later than 1 July 2021 and end no later than 31 July 2024. Projects with a duration of: 6 to 18 months must have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £500,000. Projects with duration of: 19 to 36 months must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million. They must be collaborative projects.

Summary: Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy.

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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