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

Global Effort on COVID-19 (GECO) Health Research

UKRI

Availability: Ongoing

Closing Date: 28th September

Value: Up to £1m per award

Duration: 18 months – applicants should be ready to start within 4 weeks of being awarded funding.

Eligibility: Applications are particularly encouraged from LMIC PIs, as well as PIs based in the UK working in equitable partnerships with LMIC investigators.

Summary: The call specification is based on the WHO COVID-19 Global Research Roadmap priorities identified through a consultative process that involved experts from across the world. As well as projects addressing direct impacts of COVID-19, projects investigating the indirect consequences of the pandemic through other health issues will be considered.

Location: UK

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Travel and subsistence funding to support low and middle-income countries engagement during the COVID-19

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 31st December 2020

Value: Not specified

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: Applicants must have a substantive position at a UK higher education institution or research organisation.

Summary: 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.

Location: UK

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Innovate UK access coronavirus business innovation support package 

Continuity loans

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Until all the money is allocated or 31 December 2020

Value: Up to £200 million grant and loan available

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: Innovate UK is accelerating up to £200 million of grant and loan payments for its 2,500 existing Innovate UK customers on an opt-in basis. Funding available in continuity loans to SMEs and third sector organisations that have a challenge in continuing a live project for which they have an award from Innovate UK.

Summary: Loans are for organisations that that find themselves facing a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic. This innovation continuity loan may be suitable if you need funding of between £250,000 and £1,600,000.

Location: UK

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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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Space in Response to COVID-19 and Other Pandemics

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

Availability: Open

Closing Date: None set

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

Duration: TBC

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: European

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COVID-19 Research Programme

The Health Foundation

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 30th Sep 2020

Value: Between £100K-£200K

Duration: 12 months

Eligibility: We will fund highly applied research that has direct relevance to policy and practice and we welcome applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines.

Summary: We’re prioritising funding for UK-focused projects that explore:
How health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19
The impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.

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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Other Current Funding Opportunities

Next generation Home Vision Testing SBRI Opening Soon

NHS Scotland

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Availability: Opening Soon

Closing Date: 18th November 2020

Value: Up to £40,000 in phase one and up to £30,000 in phase 2 per project.

Duration: Up to 3 months

Eligibility: Projects are expected to start by end February 2021 and can last up to 3 months. To lead a project, you can be an organisation of any size work alone or with other organisations. Contracts will be awarded only to a single legal entity.

Summary: This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. The aim of the competition is to pioneer remote vision testing. Successful applicants will receive 100% funding and have access to advice from NHS Forth Valley, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Fife and NHS Grampian. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1 and assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.

Location: UK

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Deliver safer and better care for people in Scotland with Diabetes- Phase 1

NHS Scotland

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 23 September 2020

Value: Up to 300K

Duration: 3 months in phase 1 and up to 9 months in phase 2

Eligibility: To lead a project, you can be an organisation of any size, work alone or with others from business, the research base or the third sector as subcontractors.

Summary: This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. Successful applicants receive 100% funding and access to advice from NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.The overall programme will be delivered in up to 2 phases. This is phase 1. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2

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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Versus Arthritis Advanced Pain Discovery Platform - Multidisciplinary Consortia for Data Generation

MRC/ESRC/BBSRC

Availability: Open for expressions of interest

Closing Date: 20 September 2020

Value: £14m funding for 3-5 multidisciplinary consortia

Duration: 4 years

Eligibility: For researchers across the breadth of biomedical, social, and data sciences.

Summary: It is expected that the consortia will embrace complementary access to patients, healthy volunteers and underpinning technology. Areas of focus could include; multi-omic biology, image data generation, cognitive and psychosocial factor identification, exploiting existing biological samples and data and new sample/data collections.

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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Smart Grants: August 2020

Innovate UK

Availability: Opening Friday 28 August 2020

Closing Date: 25 November 2020

Value: Up to £25 million and up to £2 per project

Duration: Up to 36 months

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 May 2021 and end no later than 31 May 2024. Projects with duration between 6 and 18 months must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000. Project between 19 months and 36 months must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million.

Summary: 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.

Location: UK

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Artificial intelligence funding

NIHR

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 29th September 2020

Value: £2.5m available for research collaborations

Duration: Up to 30 months

Eligibility: Looking to engage with AI, data science, and health and care researchers considering applying to this call, as well as public and patient experts.

Summary: Funding will be provided to programmes of research that address the key challenges in our understanding of MLTC-M and generate insights to support the health and social care system in the management, treatment and care for people with multiple long-term conditions.

Location: UK

 

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Biomedical Catalyst 2020: round 1, early and late stage awards

Innovate UK

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 07 October 2020

Value: Up to £30 million

Duration: Between 12 months and 36 months

Eligibility: Be a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise SME or a research and technology organisation (RTO), carry out its project work in the UK, intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Summary: The aim of this early and late stage competition is to enable companies to create a data package that can support the subsequent testing of their products, or to carry out evaluations in a clinical setting or other relevant environment. Your project must focus on the development of a product or process that is an innovative solution to a defined health and/or care challenge. An online briefing will be held at 1pm on 4th August 2020

Location: UK

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EUREKA GlobalStars Singapore CRD – Round 2

EUREKA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 15 October 2020

Value: Grants up to £350,000 for each project

Duration: Up to 24 months

Eligibility: Any UK registered business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. Your project must start between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021. Projects funded by Innovate UK must include at least one partner from the UK and one partner from Singapore.

Summary: This competition has an open scope, the projects we fund are expected to result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative, involve a technological risk, and have high market potential in the participating countries. Projects can include additional partners from other participating EUREKA participating members

Location: UK

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