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.

Funding Opportunities

DHI MSc Funding 2022-23 Application Round 2

DHI

Availability: Open

Closing Date: apply to the DHI by 31st August 2022.

Value:  The scholarships are at £7,387 each and provided on a fee-waiver basis only.

Duration: N/A

Eligibility:

  • The scholarships are only available to British nationals domiciled in Scotland for at least the past three years.
  • Students’ nationality is confirmed by the passport held by the student.
  • Some students may be required to provide proof of residency in Scotland.

Summary: For MRes applications a research proposal (max 2000 words) is required. The funding is not available for MPhil applications. Other taught master’s courses are deemed eligible (e.g. MSc in Nursing), if they contain sufficient taught digital health and care content.

Location: Scottish University

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NHS Scotland Assure Research and Innovation Service Fund

Edinburgh Napier University

Availability: Open – Launch event on Friday 24 June 2022, 10am to 1pm.

Closing Date: Not specified.

Value:  £1.55M research and innovation fund

Duration: Not specified.

Eligibility: not specified.

Summary:

Edinburgh Napier University are administering a £1.55M research and innovation fund on behalf of NHS Scotland Assure. The research service’s remit is to achieve a coordinated portfolio, supporting the development of evidence-based guidance, to deliver safe healthcare environments that are free from avoidable risk.

We are particularly interested in applications from consortia and inter-disciplinary teams.  We are seeking applications 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.

Location: UK

Should you have any questions or queries in regards to the event please do not hesitate to contact the NHS Scotland Assure Team at Edinburgh Napier University by emailing: NHSAResearchService@napier.ac.uk.

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SBRI: Mental Health Innovation Challenge (NHS Scotland)

NHS Scotland

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 17th August

Value: £180,000

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: We would welcome bids that bring together sector specialists.

Summary: The aim of this competition is to develop disruptive innovative solutions that deliver sustainable, accessible and equitable mental health services, addressing any of: young people, hard to reach populations, patient centred care pathways, treatment resistant conditions, or prioritisation of backlog.

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £630,000 across two phases.

The aim of this competition is to develop disruptive innovative solutions that deliver sustainable, accessible and equitable mental health services, addressing one or more of the following areas:

  • Young persons challenge
  • Hard to reach populations (people with existing mental health conditions and/or people with a co-occurring condition e.g. sensory loss, alcohol, or substance issues)
  • Patient centred care pathways
  • Treatment resistant conditions
  • Prioritisation of backlog

The competition is funded and managed by NHS Scotland.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition, which will fund contracts to bring innovative solutions that will deliver person-centred and equitable Mental Health support and services for people in Scotland.

This is a Pre-Commercial Procurement Challenge competition funded by The Scottish Health Industry Partnership (SHIP) and Scottish Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Directorate. The Test Bed environment is provided by one of three Regional Test Beds within NHS Scotland Health Boards.

Phase 1 is allocated 180,000 GBP for a maximum of 6 projects. Phase 1 projects can range in size up to total costs of 30,000 GBP inclusive of VAT.

Location: Scotland

 

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SBRI: Home glaucoma monitoring Phase 1

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 21 September 2022.

Value: Phase 1 is allocated £60,000 for projects with total costs of up to £15,000, inclusive of VAT.

Phase 2 involves up to 2 contracts being awarded to organisations chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants. Up to £75,000 inclusive of VAT will be allocated for each contract, to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.

Duration: up to 4 months.

Eligibility: must provide details of certification and compliance with relevant standards for well-developed prototypes.

  • be an organisation of any size
    work alone or with others from business.
  • research organisations, research and technology organisations or the third sector as subcontractors

Summary:

The aim of the competition is to develop innovative solutions focused on home (or near-patient) glaucoma monitoring to better identify patients at risk of losing vision, and to reduce the individual and societal costs of sight loss. This will include home tonometry, home assessment of visual function and potentially optic disc imaging.

It can also include developing methods of securely storing, transferring, and analysing the large number of home measurements obtained.

SHIP is investing up to £210,000 inclusive of VAT across both phases of this competition. Successful applicants will have access to advice from the NHS Scotland innovation test beds.

Location: UK

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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

Summary:

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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iX Challenge: Healthy Ageing Innovation Accelerator Competition

Innovate UK KTN

Availability: Open – 27 June 2022

Closing Date: 25 August 2022

Value: Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to benefit from a business growth support package delivered by Oxford Innovation and NICA to strengthen their entry into the Chinese Healthy Ageing market.

Duration: 9 weeks of tailored fully funded support from NICA, Oxford Innovation Advice, and Innovate U KTN experts.

Eligibility: This Accelerator programme is open to businesses with any ideas for products or services that may help any person (of any age) to live a complete and mobile life and be confident of being able to go out safely as well as safely return to their own home and again, have the confidence to move around and do tasks in their own home safely and competently. Products and services which help us retain existing mobility levels are also welcomed.

Summary: The Innovation Exchange Program is working alongside Oxford Innovation Advice and the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) to find innovative companies who are ambitious to grow their business. We seek innovators with new product or service ideas that can support us to stay healthy and active to help us to remain mobile and connected as we age. We will be providing free expert assistance to participants particularly focussing on the growing market opportunities in China.

Location: UK

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Knowledge Asset Grant Fund: Explore

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 15 December 2022 at 11am.

Value: up to £25,000.

Duration: Between 2 to 18 months

Eligibility: generate social, financial or economic benefits to the UK.
To lead a project your organisation must be: a UK public sector organisation
headed by an Accounting Officer responsible for upholding Managing Public Money (MPM)
the primary beneficiary of any revenue-generating potential created by the funded activities

Summary: The Knowledge Asset Grant Fund (KAGF) programme is run by the Government Office for Technology Transfer (GOTT) and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The programme has £13 million funding available over 3 years with £2.9 million allocated to this financial year.

Innovate UK are administering this competition using their online competition platform on behalf of GOTT.

The aim of this competition is to support the identification and development of public sector knowledge assets, including their repurposing, commercialisation or expanded use. These assets may include intellectual property, data, innovation, software and knowhow. This competition is split into 3 strands:

Knowledge Assets Grant Fund: Explore – for projects with costs of up to £25,000 (this strand)
Knowledge Assets Grant Fund: Expand – for projects with costs of between £25,001 to £100,000
Knowledge Assets Grant Fund: Extend – for projects with costs of between £100,001 to £250,000
You can submit your application for assessment at any time before 11am UK time on the final submission date stated.

Submitted applications will be sent for assessment at 11am UK time on the following dates:

18 August 2022 – First submission
13 October 2022 – Second submission
15 December 2022 – Final submission date

Applications submitted after 11am on the first two dates will be sent for assessment on the next date.

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Knowledge Asset Grant Fund: Expand

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 15 December 2022 at 11am.

Value: between £25,001 and £100,000.

Duration: Between 2 to 18 months

Eligibility: generate social, financial or economic benefits to the UK.
To seek funding to develop a knowledge asset or assets that are majority owned by the UK government organisation applying for funding.

Summary: The Knowledge Asset Grant Fund (KAGF) programme is run by the Government Office for Technology Transfer (GOTT) and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The programme has £13 million funding available over 3 years with £2.9 million allocated to this financial year.

Innovate UK are administering this competition using their online competition platform on behalf of GOTT.

The aim of this competition is to support the identification and development of public sector knowledge assets, including their repurposing, commercialisation or expanded use. These assets may include intellectual property, data, innovation, software and knowhow. This competition is split into 3 strands:

Knowledge Assets Grant Fund: Explore – for projects with costs of up to £25,000
Knowledge Assets Grant Fund: Expand – for projects with costs of between £25,001 to £100,000 (this strand)
Knowledge Assets Grant Fund: Extend – for projects with costs of between £100,001 to £250,000

You can submit your application for assessment at any time before 11am UK time on the final submission date stated.

Submitted applications will be sent for assessment at 11am UK time on the following dates:

18 August 2022 – First submission
13 October 2022 – Second submission
15 December 2022 – Final submission date

Applications submitted after 11am on the first two dates will be sent for assessment on the next date.

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Knowledge Asset Grant Fund: Extend

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 15 December 2022 at 11am.

Value: between £100,001 and £250,000.

Duration: between 2 and 18 months.

Eligibility: generate social, financial or economic benefits to the UK.
To lead a project your organisation must be: a UK public sector organisation
headed by an Accounting Officer responsible for upholding Managing Public Money (MPM)
the primary beneficiary of any revenue-generating potential created by the funded activities

Summary: The Knowledge Asset Grant Fund (KAGF) programme is run by the Government Office for Technology Transfer (GOTT) and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The programme has £13 million funding available over 3 years with £2.9 million allocated to this financial year.

Innovate UK are administering this competition using their online competition platform on behalf of GOTT.

The aim of this competition is to support the identification and development of public sector knowledge assets, including their repurposing, commercialisation or expanded use. These assets may include intellectual property, data, innovation, software and knowhow. This competition is split into 3 strands:

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The Veterans’ Health Innovation Fund

Defence and Security Accelerator

Availability: Open. Webinar 18 July 2022.

Closing Date: 31 August 2022.

Value: Up to £2.7 million is available to fund multiple proposals for the Office for Veterans’ Affairs Health Innovation Fund, with up to £300,000 available per proposal.

Duration: Not specified.

Eligibility: not specified.

Summary:

The OVA is looking to support innovative research projects to help solve some of the most difficult health challenges that veterans in this country face, under the following themes:

1.       Digital, data and technology

2.       Surgical technology, bioengineering and rehabilitation with blast injuries

3.       Public health, pain management, hearing loss and visual impairment

4.       Initiatives to help identify and/or provide solutions to disparities in female veterans’ health and healthcare

A webinar will take place on the 18th July at 1030 where interested organisations can learn more about the fund and ask questions to help shape potential bids.

The competition will close on 31 August 2022, with an announcement of who has been successful expected in Autumn this year.

Location: UK

 

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Future Leaders Fellowships: round 7

UK Research and Innovation

Availability: Upcoming. 6 September 2022.

Closing Date: 6 December 2022.

Value: £100,000,000. There is no minimum or maximum award value.

Duration: Your project can last for up to four years, with the option to apply to renew for a further three years.

Eligibility: You must be based at, and have the support of, an eligible academic or non-academic institution.

This scheme is for early career researchers and innovators who are transitioning to or establishing independence, or who may be developing their own original and ambitious plans within a commercial setting.

Summary:

  • Develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK.
  • Foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic, business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors.
  • Provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators.
  • Provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

Location: UK

 

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IT4Anxiety Hackathon 2022

NHS Western Isles and Ulster University

Availability: Open. The event will be hosted at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre for Digital Health in Elgin, Scotland from the 22-23rd June.

Closing Date: Not specified.

Value: upto £2,000 plus direct access to valuable ongoing support from the Scottish Government’s national lead in Digital Mental Health.

Duration: not specified.

Eligibility: The Hackathon, while hosted by NHS Western Isles, is open to participants across the UK. We welcome applications from:

  • Start-ups and SMEs from the E-Mental health sector or E-Health sector looking to develop their activities in E-Mental health.
  • PhD Students (or students graduating soon) in e.g., medicine, mental health, engineering, entrepreneurship etc.
  • Mental / health professionals, carers, and people with lived experience of mental health.

Summary: IT4Anxiety aims to support the implementation of innovative solutions through start-ups with the objective developing innovative technological solutions in Mental Health for people living with anxiety.As the population in North-West Europe is aging, the prevalence of people living with a diagnosis such as anxiety, Dementia or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is also growing. The management of anxiety is crucial for these mental health conditions. The COVID-19 healthcare crisis and lockdown measures put in place led to an increase in the digitalisation of health care. IT4Anxiety aims at working together with mental health professionals, carers, and people with lived experience of mental health to co-create and implement innovative solutions meeting the users’ needs.

Location: UK

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Partnership funds diagnosis and treatments for prostate cancer

UK Research and Innovation

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Not specified

Value: Healthy Ageing Challenge -Total funding available under the programme includes £15.5 million of grant funding and £15.5 million of equity investment.
Funding for early-stage companies: £300K

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: companies for whom prostate cancer is a primary target.

Summary: The charity’s mission is to create scientific breakthroughs by directing financial support, advice and collaboration opportunities that could have a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Its investment programme (Proven Connect) is dedicated to supporting companies developing:

innovative diagnostics
therapeutics
drug delivery systems
services that have the potential to transform the patient journey for men with prostate cancer.
It will focus on early-stage investments, including:

companies for whom prostate cancer is a primary target
companies with innovative technologies with potential applications in prostate cancer.

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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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