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.

 

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

 

Covid-19 and Stroke Grant

This call from the Stroke Association is focused on supporting any primary or secondary research that advances our understanding of the causal links and potential mechanisms between COVID-19 and stroke. It is anticipated that the findings from this call will lead to larger-scale grants from national funders. The Stroke Association welcomes grant proposals in data analyses, epidemiological analyses, systematic reviews, basic laboratory science or early developmental/proof of concept studies. They are not expecting to fund new cohort or clinical studies through this funding scheme.
The deadline for applications for the COVID-19 and Stroke Grant Award is 5 pm on Monday 19 October. Click here for more information.

Healthy ageing: investor partnership programme, round 2

Investors can apply to partner with Innovate UK to align their investments with up to £12 million grant funding in UK registered SMEs delivering innovation in the healthy ageing market. The aim of this programme is to encourage investment in innovative companies with developed technologies that are working towards providing 5 extra years of healthy active life whilst also addressing social inequalities. Investor partners must provide wider business skills and experience as well as financial investment.

To find out more, click here. Apply by 4th November 2020.

 

SBRI Competition – Next generation home vision testing

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.

Up to £10,000 per contract is available for phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2, where up to £30,000 per contract will be available.

Click here for more details. Registration closes 18th November 2020.

 

NHS Innovation Accelerator Call for Applicants – 2021 cohort

The next call for NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Fellows launches on 1 September 2020, closing at 23:59 on 16 October 2020. The 2021 recruitment Call has aligned with the current NHS priorities of COVID-19 Reset and Recovery. As such, applications for this Call must address at least one of the following themes:

  • NHS response to COVID-19
  • Mental health
  • Supporting the workforce

Webinars will be held on 8/9, 9/9, 22/9 and 8/10. Deadline 16th October. Click here for details.

 

EPSRC Future Manufacturing Feasibility Studies for advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing

The EPSRC Future Manufacturing CMAC Research Hub is offering funding to support four Feasibility Studies at TRLs 1 – 4. The funding is available for novel short-term research studies of advanced manufacturing technologies to complement the current Hub research programme of advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing. This call seeks to support studies primarily aligned with innovative approaches to digital design and application of advanced measurements. Click here to find out more. Expressions of interest must be received by 16th September.

 

Redistributed Manufacturing in Healthcare

This research programme seeks to advance high-value applications of redistributed manufacturing research that will transform future deployed medical care capability. The first deadline is 2pm on Friday 30th October 2020, with the expectation of a January 2021 project start date. Research proposals will advance manufacturing engineering research in one of our four themes:
• Additive Manufacturing
• Cell & Tissue Manufacturing
• Clinical Fluids Manufacturing
• Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing

Each of the four research themes below has a budget of around £300k (Total £1.2m), which will be awarded through 1-3 assessment panels. There is no set project funding limit but we expect to fund 4-6 projects in each research theme. In all cases, funding is only awarded at @80% Full Economic Cost (FEC).

Click here for more details.

 

Measurement for Recovery

NPL and its partner National Measurement Laboratories – NML at LGC, NIBSC, TUV-NEL and NGML – are committed to supporting the UK Government’s plans for economic recovery by providing specialist measurement advice and short-term projects to companies at no charge.

NPL can:
Provide measurement and analysis expertise
Investigate the feasibility of concepts and validate products and processes
Support new products and services which directly help the national response to COVID-19
Help cost reduction or improve productivity
Increase product reliability and mitigate in-service costs
Offer advice on standards and regulatory needs

For more information, click here. Open until end Dec 2020.

 

Deliver safer and better care for people in Scotland with diabetes, phase 1 (SBRI competition)

NHS Scotland is investing up to £300,000 including VAT, in innovative solutions in 3 challenge areas as follows:

  • Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help develop prediction algorithms and risk stratification for diabetes foot ulceration, amputations and mortality.
  • Improving the clinical care of patients with a pre-existing diagnosis of diabetes when admitted to hospital by developing a real-time decision support tool and alert mechanism. The tool must improve triage, prevent medication errors, identify emergencies and streamline the diabetes care pathway.
  • Improving the identification (case finding) of people at risk of osteoporosis and fracture, including those with diabetes.

17 August 2020, 1pm – 3pm: Online briefing event – click here to register. Closing date for applications: 23rd September 2020. For more details of the funding, click here.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2020

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. Apply by 25th November. Find out more here.

 

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary framework)

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £10 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

All projects must be led by a business and include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration. Under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework your organisation could get up to 80% funding for your eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £175,000 per organisation, regardless of size.

Find out more and apply. Closes 30th September 2020.

 

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Registration closes 14th October 2020. More info here.

 

Innovation continuity loans: Strand 2: September 2020 follow-on competition

Innovate UK can provide additional COVID-19 innovation continuity loans for the continuation of planned or existing innovation activity. Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Apply by 30th September 2020. More details here.

 

SBRI Healthcare competition: Using digital technology to support psychological therapies

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £345,000 (inc VAT) to develop new solutions using digital technology to provide psychological support.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. Successful applicants will receive 100% funding and have access to advice from NHS Grampian.

The aim is to increase availability of psychological care at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital for children and young people (CYP) with significant gastrointestinal symptoms but no underlying medical disease. Where there are no biomedical solutions, digital psychological support allows CYP and their families to self-manage symptoms and live a fuller life.

Closing date: 9th September 2020. Click here for more details.

 

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

Competition closes: Wednesday 7 October 2020 11:00am

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.

These can include, for example:

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

This competition combines the early and late stage strands of the Biomedical Catalyst. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

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SBRI: NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges for 2020

Up to £3.5 million funding is available through the 2020 CRACK IT Challenges competition to solve five Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors.

The Challenges:

Challenge 35 In vitro TDAR: A human immune response assay for the assessment of immune modulation
Phase 1: Up to three awards with funding of up to £100k per award for six-month proof-of-concept studies.
Phase 2: One award with funding of up to £1 million and a research contract for up to three years.

Challenge 36 Animal free in vitro: Replacement of animal-derived reagents in an established human cell-based in vitro assay associated with an OECD Test Guideline
Phase 1: Up to three awards with funding of up to £100k per award for six-month proof-of-concept studies.
Phase 2: One award with funding of up to £0.6 million and a research contract for up to three years.

Challenge 37 STRATIS: Soft Tissue Regeneration after Traumatic Injury
Phase 1: Up to three awards with funding of up to £100k per award for six-month proof-of-concept studies.
Phase 2: One award with funding of up to £0.8 million and a research contract for up to three years.

Challenge 38 Mouse Mapp: An application to monitor the welfare of mice
Up to one award with funding of up to £100k and a research contract for up to 1.5 years.

Challenge 39 Tat-Fit: Tasteful tamoxifen for inducible transgenesis
Up to one award with funding of up to £100k and a research contract for up to one year.

The competition opens on 14 September 2020.  The application deadline for the Two-Phase Challenges is 5 November 2020, 12pm (GMT).  The application deadline for the Single-Phase Challenges is 12 November 2020, 12pm (GMT).

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period opened on 16th July, and closes on 7th October 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

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 – 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.

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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 have the same funding deadlines as KTPs – click here for full details.

 

Manufacturing Made Smarter: Research Centres

Competition Closes: 23rd September 2020

On behalf of UKRI, EPSRC are offering funding for up to 4-5 Centres with total funding available of up to £20 million.  Expressions of interest are requested for delivering cross-cutting research in the area of Digital Manufacturing.  Research is expected to cover both technological and societal aspects of the digital manufacturing space, and should be driven by industry-identified needs and challenges.  Research should be focused on at least two of the Innovation Themes described below:

  • Smart Connected Factory
  • Connected versatile supply chain
  • Adaptable, flexible manufacturing operations and skills
  • Societal and cultural change – managing the disruptive impact of digital technologies

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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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Using digital technology to support psychological therapies (SBRI competition)

Competition opens: Monday 20 July 2020
Registration closes: Wednesday 9 September 2020 11:00am

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £345,000 (including VAT) to develop new solutions using digital technology to provide psychological support.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. Successful applicants will receive 100% funding and have access to advice from NHS Grampian.The aim is to increase availability of psychological care at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital for children and young people (CYP) with significant gastrointestinal symptoms but no underlying medical disease. Where there are no biomedical solutions, digital psychological support allows CYP and their families to self-manage symptoms and live a fuller life.

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SETsquared Partnership: Digital, Technology & Innovation Healthcare

Innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, big data, genomics, 3D printing, precision medicine, blockchain and Augmented Reality, are disrupting the healthcare sector and transforming the way services are delivered. They are powering clinical breakthroughs, diagnostics, electronic patient records, remote and preventative care and contributing to global challenges such as an ageing society. Innovation needs public and private investment, academic expertise, specialist business support, mentoring and expert advice in order to be commercialised and adopted and that’s where our the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme comes in.

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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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Bucks HSC Ventures: 2020 Cohort Three

Bucks HSC Ventures has developed a clear programme path that puts the SME and their idea at the heart of all analysis and development. The Bucks HSC Ventures programme is offered by the Bucks Health and Social Care Innovation Hub project which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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Funding for Medical Technology Trials in Leicester and Leicestershire

Funds available until December 2021.

Med-Tech Trial grants of up to £50,000 are available for eligible life science companies in Leicester and Leicestershire, to test and evaluate their products and services in a clinical setting. This ensures that they are working as intended, are effective and are safe for use. The gathering of this evidence is vital for companies wanting to sell their products and services to the healthcare market – including the NHS.

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SIGHT Programme

SIGHT is a business support programme developed by the University of Portsmouth to provide help and guidance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the healthcare technology sector.

The programme aims to enhance the competitiveness of businesses in the healthcare sector in the south east region by working collaboratively with industry partners, patient groups, clinicians and academics to provide quicker access to groundbreaking healthcare technologies. The £1.7m programme is part-funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and will draw on clinical and academic expertise from the University and from our delivery partners, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the Clinical Research Network Wessex.

SIGHT will support businesses to engage through the Portsmouth Technologies Trials Unit (PTTU) – a joint initiative between Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Portsmouth which provides specialist expertise in healthcare technologies.  The programme will also help companies to become more aware of the challenges they could face bringing products to market in this sector – and help them find ways to successfully overcome them.

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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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ICURe

The ICURe Innovation to Commercialisation programme offers university researchers with commercially-promising ideas up to £35k to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace. Up to £35k of funding from InnovateUK is available over the three months for each team, this includes a salary for the Early Career Researcher (ECR) and a travel budget for the ECR. ICURe starts with an intense 3 Day Training Bootcamp where you become familiar with the Business Model Canvas, have time to think about your Value Proposition and propose a budget and action plan for your market validation discovery.

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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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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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Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a document providing an overview of the UK’s relationship with Horizon 2020. This is followed by a Q&A, which clarifies the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020. Current calls of particular relevance to Health include:

  • DT-TDS-05-2020: AI for Health Imaging. Competition opened 9 July 2019 and closes 13 November 2020.

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