Funding opportunities

  • Calls for Expression of Interest for SGA2

Testing pathophysiological models of brain diseases – Medical Informatics Platform

The calls are open from today and close on 15th March 2018.

Please find more information about the calls at this link:

This Call for Expression of Interest (CEoI) is addressed to organisations interested in pathophysiological models of brain disease, in the field of Psychiatry or Neurology.

  • Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards – Call 15

Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) research proposals for translational R&D projects aimed at cultivating new techniques or technologies into innovative interventions which address existing or emerging healthcare needs. i4i supports projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.

Application dates: 01 November 2017 to 13 December 2017

For more information, visit the NIHR website.

  • Innovation in health and life sciences round 3

UK businesses can apply for up to £15 million for projects that support small and medium sized enterprises to develop innovations in health and life sciences.

  • Competition opens: Monday 2 October 2017
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 6 December 2017 12:00pm

The detailed competition brief is available here.

  • SBRI Mental Health & Technology in Surgery – Autumn 2017

NHS England have a new SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition to find innovative new products and services for mental health. There call is split into 3 categories:

  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Depression, self-harm and suicide
  • New Models of Care (leading to improvements in operational productivity)

The competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors, including charities.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 29th November 2017.

More information available on the SBRI Healthcare website.

  • The Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is a £375 million fund (£75 million a year for five years) which, through science and innovation partnerships aims to promote the economic development and welfare of poor people in developing countries. The Fund is overseen by the Department for Businesses Innovation and Skills (BIS) and delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries.

For more information visit:

  • Translational Proof of Concept funding: Regenerative Devices Partnership Call

Academics and researchers working in close collaboration with medical technology industry partners can apply for up to £100,000 FEC* from the Medical Technologies IKC to undertake proof of concept projects in Regenerative Medical Devices & Medical Devices with Enhanced Regenerative Functions.
Academics and researchers can apply for proof-of-concept funding of up to £100K FEC to advance these technologies to better position them for further investment and development by industry.  Projects must show clear commercial objectives and provide evidence of specific industry involvement.

For the full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply visit the Medical Technologies IKC website.

  • Expression of Interest Briefing Workshop on 12th October 2016 at Weetwood Hall- Register your attendance here
  • Expression of Interest deadline for Wave 1 applications is 5pm 30th November, 2016
  • Expression of Interest deadline for Wave 2 applications is 5pm 31st January, 2017
  • Expression of Interest deadline for Wave 3 applications is 5pm 31st March, 2017
  • H2020 Health Demographic Change and Wellbeing

Responding to this challenge, research and innovation (R&I) under Horizon 2020 is an investment in better health for all. It aims to keep older people active and independent for longer and supports the development of new, safer and more effective interventions. R&I under Horizon 2020 also contributes to the sustainability of health and care systems.

H2020 includes a range of collaborative Research and Innovation actions, support actions, Public Procurement of Innovation and Pre Commercial Procurement. The following topics were chosen as potentially relevant to digital health stakeholders:

Active ageing and self-management of health:

SC1-PM-12–2016: PCP – eHealth innovation in empowering the hospitalised patient

SC1-PM-13–2016: PPI for deployment and scaling up of ICT solutions for active and healthy ageing

SC1-PM-14–2016: EU-Japan cooperation on Novel ICT Robotics based solutions for active and healthy ageing at home or in care facilities

SC1-PM-15-2017: Personalised coaching for well-being and care of people as they age

Health care provision and integrated care:

SC1-PM-22-2016: Implementation research for scaling-up of evidence based innovations and good practice (2016)

SME Instrument

SMEInst-06-2016-2017: Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well

Dates: Various calls open through 2016 and 2017

Click here for more information

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.
Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.
A KTP can last between 6 months and 3 years depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.

Closing date: 24 Nov 2020

Visit Innovate UK website for more information

Other funding opportunities

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