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.

Scottish Funding Council – Value of Research & Innovation in Scotland Task & Finish Working Group

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Wednesday, 3 July 2024

Value: N/A

Duration: N/A


The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is pleased to invite applications to be part of its new Value of research & innovation in Scotland Task & Finish Working Group. The application will close on Wednesday, 3 July 2024. This cross-sector Group will support the SFC in developing and implementing a programme of work, building on the suite of reports published in 2023, to meaningfully demonstrate the impact of R&I funding, including SFC core R&I funding, to Scotland’s society and economy.

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NHS Scotland Assure Research Service

Edinburgh Napier University

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 31st May 2024.

Value: £1.55m


The fund will ensure that the most up-to-date and robust research and innovation is translated into practice to improve future health outcomes worldwide. The outcomes must benefit NHSScotland and align with the key priorities of NHSScotland Assure.

Over the duration of the fund, the team are looking for applications and impactful research in the following areas:

  • Water systems, including drainage (design, installation, commissioning and maintenance (DICM)).
  • Ventilation systems (DICM).
  • Pathogens, the microbiome, AMR, transmission risks and burden of disease in the hospital environment.
  • Hospital design, including size and single room provision.
  • Lessons learned from COVID-19.
  • Human factors/Ergonomics and Infection Prevention and Control
  • Climate change requirements and the unintended consequences on built environment risks.
  • The role of safety and harms in relation to medical gases, electrical systems and fire safety.
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NIHR Global Advanced Fellowships - Round 1


Availability: 16 April

Closing Date: N/A

Value: £750,000

Duration: N/A

Eligibility: Eligibility varies. You should check the specific criteria of a funding opportunity before applying.


The Global Advanced Fellowship is a mid-career postdoctoral award. The scheme will create a career pathway for Global Health researchers from the UK and low and middle income countries to become research leaders.

The Global Advanced Fellowship is for postdoctoral researchers at all levels. The NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship is aimed at individuals at various points of their career

This £750,000 award will fund research projects, training and development, and institutional capacity strengthening. The programme funds researchers undertaking research that aims to specifically and primarily benefit people in LMICs eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).

We welcome applications from different professional backgrounds, clinical and non-clinical.

To be eligible for an NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship you must:

Hold a relevant PhD or postgraduate medical research degree, or have submitted your thesis for examination at the time of application. You must have been awarded your PhD or postgraduate medical research degree by the time you attend interview.
Not already hold a Professorship/Chair at the point of application.
For clinical applications: have completed relevant pre-registration training.
Be employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute in a LMIC or a HEI the UK
Be conducting research that directly and primarily benefit patients and the public in countries on the OECD DAC list.
Institutional eligibility
LMIC-based researchers
If you are employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or research institute in a LMIC:

The institution must be able to provide appropriate academic support throughout the length of your Fellowship
The institution should have examples of recent research awards and a track record of research funding.
You may wish to include other LMIC partner organisation/s
The research outputs must be of direct and primary relevance to the health and care challenges of LMICs.
UK-based researchers
If you are hosted by a HEI in the UK (England and the Devolved Administrations):
You must have at least one partner organisation in LMIC(s).
The research outputs must be of direct and primary relevance to the health and care challenges of LMICs.
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The Global Advanced Fellowship will open for applications on 16 April 2024.If you are interested in applying for the scheme, please fill out an expression of interest form.

To find out more about the scheme subscribe to our Global Health newsletter and follow us on Twitter @NIHRglobal.

We will be hosting a webinar to support applications. The webinar will run twice on Tuesday 23 April 2024:

The morning session takes place 9:00am-10:00am GMT on 23 April 2024
The afternoon session takes place 3:00pm-4:00pm GMT on 23 April 2024
A recording of the session will be available on YouTube.

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Healthcare Innovation Fund

British Heart Foundation

Availability: Open

Closing Date:

The 2024/2025 application windows are as follows:

1. Monday, 10th June 2024 at 12 noon (April until June)
2. Monday, 10th November 2024 at 12 noon (September until November)

Value: up to £350,000

Duration: N/A


Applications are invited from teams who have been identified and supported by UK’s regional innovation boards such as Health Innovation Networks (HINs) in England, Innovation Hubs in Scotland, the Cardiac Network Board in Wales and the Cardiology Network in Northern Ireland.

The lead applicant/principal investigator must be employed by an NHS Organisation or UK academic institution. Applications can include working with other partners, such as the third sector and industry where you think such partners could drive innovation that would benefit patients with cardiovascular condition.

If you would like an informal discussion on a possible application/proposal prior to submission, please email us at healthcareinnovation@bhf.org.uk to arrange.


Through the Healthcare Innovation Fund BHF is seeking to test and evaluate innovative approaches to the delivery of improved services for patients with cardiovascular disease.

The Healthcare Innovation Fund will be accepting applications in two rounds during 2024.

Round 2 opened on Monday 15th April 2024 and closes Monday 10th June 2024 at midday (no late applications). You can apply to the fund in the ‘How to apply’ section.

Round 3 opens on Monday 9th September 2024 and closes on Monday 4th November 2024 at midday (no late applications).

Previous calls have sought applications on ideas which:

  • Identified an unmet need that required further scoping and consensus building around need and potential solutions.
  • Had been scoped by an appropriate group of stakeholders and were ready to be tested and evaluated in practice.
  • Had been tested locally by an appropriate group of stakeholders and were ready for early stage of scaling.
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Opthalmic innovation call

InnoScot Health

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Not specified

Value: £25,000 of initial funding

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: NHS staff


InnoScot Health is seeking forward-thinking ophthalmic solutions that can help support NHS Scotland to strengthen and make meaningful change in this priority area of its recovery plan. During the pandemic, this was one of the health care areas which suffered most as patients were unable to see ophthalmologists and optometrists for face-to-face appointments so waiting lists and backlogs grew.

This in turn meant that individuals with eye problems saw a worsening of their condition over the course of the pandemic and it is only now that we are beginning to see a return to normal practice. However, there remains a significant accumulation of people still requiring treatment and so encouraging the diverse NHS Scotland workforce to come up with new ways of working and identifying ways to reduce that backlog is vital.

Submitting your idea is a simple process – taking approximately 5-10 minutes – and all are confidential.

Location: Scotland

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Sustainability Innovation Call

InnoScot Health

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Not specified

Value: Up to £25,000 of initial funding

Duration: up to 4 months.

Eligibility: NHS Scotland staff


InnoScot Health is seeking sustainable, forward-thinking ideas from health and social care professionals that can help support NHS Scotland to adapt, develop and strengthen in response to climate change.

Encouraging NHS Scotland’s diverse workforce to come up with new ideas that achieve sustainable outcomes is vital, and is at the heart of the latest InnoScot Health innovation call.

The behaviours of NHS Scotland’s 160,000-strong workforce will influence how the service mitigates and adapts to climate change impacts; and so, encouraging this diverse workforce to come up with new ways of working is vital.

The package of support for health and social care staff with ideas to support NHS Scotland includes £25,000 of initial funding, regulatory support, project management and the innovation expertise of InnoScot Health.

Location: Scotland

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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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NHS Innovator Accelerater

The AHSN Network England

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Not Specified

Value:  Not Specified

Duration: Not Specified

Eligibility: The NIA is open to applicants from any background, including SMEs, clinical entrepreneurs and academia, with innovations of any type that solve a problem for the NHS


To be successful, your innovation should be:

• In use in at least one site, in the NHS or elsewhere
• Supported by an evidence base and able to demonstrate better patient and/or staff outcomes
• Ready to spread across the NHS
• Led by an applicant who is open to learning and sharing insights
• Aligned with one of the 2023 call themes (to be confirmed)

Location: Not Specified

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Standard Innovation Vouchers


Availability: Open

Closing Date: Not Specified

Value: Between £1,000 and £5,000

Duration: Not Specified


Applications from all company sectors are welcome. However, vouchers are only available to SMEs, sole traders, social enterprises and third sector organisations with main business operations in Scotland, working with Scottish Universities or Scottish Further Education Colleges.


There are two types of Standard Innovation Vouchers:

  • Product/Process/Service Innovation Voucher – to support outward innovation to develop a new product, process or service.
  • Workforce Innovation Voucher – to support inward innovation to develop the company’s internal workforce such as new or enhanced workplace processes, innovative workplace practices and innovative business expertise. This does not include staff CPD or to finance any external training courses.

Location: Scotland

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Spin Out Support Programme


Availability: Open

Closing Date: N/A

Value: Up to £20, 000 towards Higher Education Institutes (HEI) costs

Duration: Less than a year

Eligibility: The projects must be led by at least one of Scotland’s talented Higher Education Institutes (HEI).


The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) invites applications for proof-of-concept projects from researchers with an ambition to spin-out a company within 1-2 years of the project ending.

Spin-out projects should focus on innovative applications of biotechnology and address a real market need or commercial opportunity.

This call invites applications from academic researchers addressing challenges that could be addressed with a biotechnology solution with the near-term ambition of forming a spin-out or start-up company.


Location: United Kingdom

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Innovators Awards

Wellcome 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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Further NIHR funding for Scottish Researchers

Availability: From Autumn 2023

Closing Date: Various (depending on programme)

Value: Various (depending on programme)

Duration: Various (depending on programme)

Eligibility: Researchers and in some cases SMEs (depending on programme)


From autumn 2023, health and social care researchers in the devolved administrations will have increased access to health and social care research funding via the National Institute for Health and Care Research. This expands the list of NIHR research programmes that are available to researchers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Researchers and in some cases SMEs will be able to access the following NIHR research programmes from autumn 2023:

Location: Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

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SMART:Scotland Grant

Scottish Enterprise

Availability: Open

Closing Date: All year round

Value: Up to £100,000

Duration: 6 – 18 Months

Eligibility: Small or medium sized business, university spin-out or an individual based in Scotland


The SMART: SCOTLAND grant is one of our research and development (R&D) grants that aims to support high-risk, highly ambitious projects.

It covers conducting feasibility studies. It’s only available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)* based in Scotland and supports activities that have a commercial endpoint.

Location: Scotland


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Invention for Innovation


Availability: OPEN

Closing Date: Not specified.

Value: £50,000 – £150,000

Duration: 6-12 month period

Eligibility: Technologies which have regulatory approval or demonstrated equivalent safety and efficacy


The NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme is a translational research funding scheme aimed at medical devices, in vitro diagnostic devices and digital health technologies addressing an existing or emerging health or social care need.

i4i is now open to the whole UK

We’re excited to announce that the NIHR i4i programme is now accepting applications from researchers and organisations based in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, in addition to applications from England. This change will be effective for our upcoming i4i competitions in autumn 2023, including PDA Call 27, Challenge Call 16, and Connect Call 8. We are looking forward to receiving applications from across the UK.

Location: UK

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