To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN have pulled together the latest open relevant funding calls for the health sector into one place.  Find out more details about each below; if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Health team. Last updated 26th April 2021.

See our Covid-19 funding round-up for all Covid-related funding calls.


SBRI: Outpatient Transformation for NHS Wales

The way outpatient services are being delivered in Wales is undergoing a period of transformation to ensure that it delivers care for patients in a prudent and value-based way for a sustainable health-care model for the future. NHS Wales seeks innovations to support one or more of: management of conditions that require multiple tests; patient-clinician digital communication; and review of images/samples.

A virtual Briefing Event will be held on 29th April 2021 at 9:30-11:00. Click here to register for a place.

Projects can range in size up to total costs of £400,000, inclusive of VAT. Up to £400,000 total funding is available in phase 1 (up to 6 projects) and a further £400,000 in phase 2 (up to 3 projects).

Funding applications close 14th May 2021. Click here for full details.


SBRI: Simulation Technology for Healthcare Training

Pre Covid-19 Tracheostomy training was delivered through a combination of online education and face-to-face simulation training; however, the latter has become increasingly difficult due to Covid-19. NHS Wales are looking to identify and demonstrate rapid simulation technology solutions, suitable for rapid deployment and with full accreditation to be in place ready for ‘real world’ deployment by no later than October 2021, with the possibility of expanding to other health sectors such as life support. Up to £30,000 per project in phase 1, with £400,000 total funding across 3 phases of the project. Apply by 28th May; briefing event on 13th May. Click here to find out more.


Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund

Manufacturers can apply for a share of up to £20 million in capital grant funding to manufacture medicines and diagnostic equipment in the UK. The fund is open to private sector manufacturers of:

  • human medicines
  • medical diagnostics
  • medical technologies (MedTech)

The minimum total eligible project cost for applications is £8 million. There is no upper limit on the size of projects.

Closes 30th June 2021. Click here for details.


SBRI Competition – Assays for SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) cellular immune responses

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.5million inclusive of VAT, to develop assay systems to define the magnitude and profile of cellular immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 (known as Covid-19). Closes 26th May. Click here for details.



Innovate UK Smart Grants: Jan 2021

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. Project costs £25k-£2m. Apply by 26th May 2021.

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BactiVac Catalyst Funding for Pump-Priming Projects – Round 5

Submission Deadline: 16 May 2021

Catalyst funding for pump-priming projects is available to support collaborations between Network members in bacterial vaccinology to explore new approaches and strategies to advance their vaccines in partnership with LMICs and industry, and acquire the data to support substantive funding applications.

The catalyst funds are flexible, typically up to £50,000 and expect to provide deliverables within 6 months post-award. The BactiVac Network will be able to provide additional advice as to where to access follow-on funding and how to progress the project. This catalyst funding scheme will be run up to August 2022.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration ‚Äì between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

Applications are open all year round, with the next deadline on 30th June 2021.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

These are now applied for in the same way as KTPs, with the funding for mKTPs being drawn from a dedicated pool.


MedTech Navigator Innovation Grant Application

The MedTech NAVIGATOR Innovation Grants are designed to facilitate such bespoke interactions between SMEs and eligible knowledge providers, such as NHS Trusts or Universities, during the product development process. Each Innovation Grant is worth 50% of the total project costs up to a maximum of £15,000, with businesses paying the remaining 50% and any project costs over and above the £15,000 cap.

Projects the Grants will support could include helping to develop, or test, new or improved products, processes and services; providing expertise and access to information on care pathways and workflows as well as tapping into clinical and scientific expertise. The new scheme is available to UK businesses that meet the European Union definition of a small and medium sized enterprise, partner with an eligible knowledge provider and can match fund 50% of the total project costs. It is an open call whereby applications can be submitted at any time via the website.

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ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter Smart Factory Innovation Hubs

Now extended to End of May 2021

The aim of the HVM Catapult Made Smarter Smart Factory Innovation Hubs pilot will be to allow businesses to test quick-fire projects and early-stage technologies in a safe, industry-like environment with expert support.

The Made Smarter offering, delivered by the HVM (High Value Manufacturing) Catapult, will consist of sixteen physical and virtual hubs, giving businesses from sectors like food and drink, pharmaceuticals or aerospace an opportunity to see how they can address live business problems using industrial digital technologies.. Watch the recording of the Concepts & Collaboration Building workshop webinar here.

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Brunel University London: Business Resilience Fund

This programme provides a way Brunel’s academics can work with organisations to use their know how and academic capabilities and apply their research and innovation expertise to help you develop new business models, invest in new technology and innovate your way towards becoming more resilient for your recovery and future growth. This is not a grant funding mechanism.

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AIM-HI Accelerator Fund – Women’s Venture Competition

Closes: 15th May 2021

The AIM-HI Accelerator Fund’s Women’s Venture Competition is a first-of-its-kind program that provides funding, coaching and networking opportunities to women-led oncology start-ups. Subject to due diligence and negotiation, the winning company of 2021 Women’s Venture Competition will receive a total of $1 million in investment from AIM-HI and co-investors.

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NIHR: Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award

The Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award supports solutions addressing the strategic aims of the NHS Long Term Plan across the whole development pathway, from initial feasibility to clinical implementation. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health and Care Award is run in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative and NHSX.  It is part of the NHS Artificial Intelligence Lab announced by the Health Secretary in 2019, and will deploy £140m over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies that meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. The award will support AI technologies across the spectrum of development, from initial feasibility to evaluation within clinical pathways in the NHS and social care settings, to the point that they could be nationally commissioned. Key areas of focus include screening, diagnosis, decision support and system efficiency.

Funding competitions are run at least twice a year through an open process.

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STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation that funds and operates a number of large science facilities offering research and development access to commercial users. Through these facilities, and their expert staff, they can provide access to advanced experimental and computational tools to address challenges in all aspects of the chemicals supply chain. Their £8 million Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme is specifically designed to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by providing access to advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities through STFC’s large scale science facilities located around the UK. The program runs until April 2021.

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BactiVac Network – Catalyst Training Awards

An open call for BactiVac catalyst funding training awards is now OPEN.  Funding is available to support training opportunities and exchanges, prioritising those involving LMIC members and academic/industrial partners, for the transfer of knowledge and skills in bacterial vaccinology. Up to £6,000 per award is available and each training visit is expected to be up to three months in duration. The aim of this funding scheme is to support members to train in vaccine research & development (R&D), targeting the main preclinical to clinical area of focus for BactiVac. The call for applications is an open call, you can apply at any time.

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Global Health Innovative Technology Fund

The GHIT Fund facilities and invests in global partnerships for the discovery and development of new health technologies, including drugs, vaccines and diagnostics, for infectious diseases prevalent in developing countries.

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The SIGHT programme has three work package areas available for members, covering a wide range of support mechanisms designed to accelerate the uptake of technologies within the healthcare sector as a whole. Running alongside these three work package areas will be the SIGHT grant scheme. This is available to members of the programme and the is able to support a range of business development activities being undertaken by your business. Intervention is at 25% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of £25k per project.

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NIHR Invention for Innovation

The aim of the Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is to de-risk early stage projects that have a strong potential for commercialisation and acceptance for use in the NHS, making them attractive to follow-on funders and investors.

i4i funds collaborative research projects that have demonstrated proof-of-principle and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation.

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Panacea: Open Public Electronic Tender on Medical Devices and Identification Management

PANACEA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement no 826293. As part of the PANACEA project, which is mostly dedicated to cybersecurity in hospitals, one of the partners of PANACEA is developing a two-factor user authentication technology, easily usable by busy hospital staff members, password less, and implementable on any terminal or medical device relying on a processor using windows 10 (any Windows 10 from Enterprise to IoT core). The authentication relies on Hardware owned by the users (smartphone assumed) & face recognition.

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