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.

Opthalmic innovation call

InnoScot Health

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Not specified

Value: £25,000 of initial funding

Duration: Not specified

Eligibility: NHS staff

Summary:

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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High-Growth Spinout Programme Funding Call

Digital Health and Data

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 12 noon on 31 October, 2022

Value: Up to £75,000

Duration: not specified

Eligibility: the call is open to universities, research institutes and NHS Boards

Summary:

The objective of the Programme is to support the creation of new high-growth companies based in Scotland, with the potential and capability to grow to companies of scale and generate significant economic impact in Scotland.

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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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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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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Funding Call for Research on Long-Term Health Outcomes for Those Accessing Gender Identity Healthcare

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 30th September 2022

Value: £20,000-30,000

Duration: 6-12 months

Eligibility:

Bids are invited from Scottish Universities to host a call for Scottish Government funded research on long-term health outcomes for those accessing gender identity healthcare

Summary:

Following the Bute House Agreement and 21/22 Programme for Government commitments, the Scottish Government published the NHS gender identity services: strategic action framework 2022 – 2024 on 20 December 2021.

This framework sets out a series of commitments which Scottish Government will progress to improve access to, and delivery of, gender identity services.

The framework includes a commitment to make funding available for research on long-term health outcomes for those accessing gender identity healthcare.

The Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government are now inviting bids from Scottish Universities to host a call for research on long-term health outcomes for those accessing gender identity healthcare.

The call will aim to fund a number of Scottish-led research projects, focussing on gender identity healthcare experiences of people accessing primarily NHS Scotland services. The host institution will advertise the call, with any Scottish University able to submit one or more proposals for consideration.

Potential areas of research focus include:

  • the experiences of healthcare provision among trans people who last accessed gender identity services some time ago e.g. after 10 years, or for older trans people
  • older individuals’ experiences of accessing gender reassignment treatments for the first time, including cross-sex hormones and/or referral for surgery; research into healthcare professional’s attitudes to the efficacy of different treatment options at different life stages
  • non-linear use of gender identity healthcare pathways: for example, what range of reasons do people give for stopping accessing treatments through gender identity clinics?
  • young people’s experiences from before and after accessing gender identity services: what are their experiences of wellbeing and development, including emotional, social, physical and intellectual/vocational? Perspectives from parents and carers, and from different relevant professionals, such as healthcare professionals or teachers, could also be included
  • why may some trans people who need to access gender identity healthcare choose not to access NHS gender identity services? This may include exploration of barriers to access and intersections with protected characteristics

The host institution will provide the administration for the call. This will include working with the Chief Scientist Office to advertise the call; setting up a panel to review applications; make funding awards based on the panel recommendations; oversee the progress of the research; provide a report collating the outputs of the individual research projects.

Location: Scotland

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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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Establish an integrated UK Rare Disease Research Platform: nodes

UK Research and Innovation

Availability: Open

Closing Date: 8 November 2022 16:00 UK time

Value: £800,000 – £1,250,000 (Total fund: £12,000,000)

Duration: Funding is available for five years.

Eligibility:

Lead applicants must-

  • be based in the UK
  • be from any UK research organisation
  • meet the standard MRC eligibility criteria as per the MRC guidance for applicants.

Summary:

Apply for funding to coordinate and address tractable challenges in rare diseases and achieve a step change in the mechanistic understanding, diagnosis and therapy of rare diseases.

This is the outline stage.

Nodes must:

  • provide coordination as part of a wider UK Rare Disease Research Platform
  • connect the full spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research to stakeholders
  • enable focused progress on defined topics.
    MRC and NIHR will fund £12 million in total, for around 10 nodes.

Typical funding requests will be in the range of £800,000 to £1 million. The maximum cost that can be requested from the funders is up to £1.25 million, and we typically fund 80% of the full economic cost.

One UK principal investigator must act as the node director. There will normally be two to five UK-based co-investigators, one of whom will act as co-director to assist the node director in the leadership of the node. Costs should be limited to those necessary for the organisation of the node.

You may be the principal investigator or co-investigator on only one application to this funding opportunity. Other node members may be involved in any number of applications provided they have the capacity to meet these commitments.

We encourage inclusion of relevant investigators across:

all career stages
all relevant disciplines, including technology specialists and methodologists
the basic-clinical and translational spectrum, including health practitioners, clinical services and economists.
Applications from new groupings of researchers from multiple disciplines, institutions and research interests are strongly encouraged.

Applications from existing networks are permitted only where there are clear plans to engage new partners across the UK and enable new activities to address tractable opportunities that would otherwise not be possible.

All nodes must remain open to new members, partnerships and collaborations if funded.

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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Seed funding call – researchers can apply for up to £30,000

Precision Medicine Scotland

Availability: Open

Closing Date: Friday 23rd September 2022 at 5pm.

Value: Up to £30,000 is available per application.

Duration: Funds must be spent within 12 months of the date of transfer.

Eligibility:

Essential: Main applicant must be based at a Scottish Research Funded University or College. Main applicant must have match funding or better from a grant or funding from an industry collaborative partner.* An industry partner is not essential, but match or better other funding is essential. All applicants must have at least 12 months remaining on their contract/current funding from the 1st January 2022. If your contract is ending before then, you are still eligible if you can secure a letter from your host institution confirming that your contract will be extended.

*For applications for the commercialisation of research where there is not an industry partner tied in this is not required, however you must show a strong case of support from a business development specialist.

Desirable: Additional co-applicants can be academics, post-graduate students, technologists and technicians, or anyone with a PhD employed as a researcher. Including ECRs, with a defined plan of engagement and CPD, will be looked favourably upon. We would encourage applications to be multidisciplinary and collaborative across multiple national or international universities. Engagement with an Innovation Centre or similar external organisation. Further funding agreed in principle.

Summary: Researchers can apply for up to £30,000, which must be at least match funded by an industrial partner or show a strong case for commercialisation of your research. Applications must focus on the advancement of Precision Medicine in the Health care arena. This fund is aimed at research-led opportunities for Scottish University based researchers.
The project should aim to foster new projects and collaborations across the academic, NHS and industry sector and drive novel and exciting research and innovation in Precision Medicine. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to innovation centres and similar.

The lead applicant’s institution will be required to accept the Award Terms and Conditions prior to any award being made. The funding can be used for Personnel costs, Instruments and equipment, contractual research, knowledge, consultancy and equivalent services. If you are unsure whether your requirements qualify, please reach out to discuss further with us. Up to 10 projects will be awarded, depending on the amount requested for suitable applications. We expect that funds will be awarded in October 2022. Connecting with relevant organisations external to your academic institution will be seen as a strength, these do not have to be Innovation Centres.

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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