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.


SBRI – AI supporting early detection and diagnosis in heart failure management

The aim of this competition is to develop a system that can provide accessible, timely and accurate data on heart failure from healthcare information which is routinely collected in primary and secondary care.

We are looking for digital and data-driven partners to work with clinical and informatics experts in Tayside. Together they will develop a solution to automatically evaluate and accurately extract meaningful data from a number of healthcare data sources, such as images, quantitative data and unformatted text.

The output will be a national dashboard to give clinicians, managers and policymakers timely access to data so that they can manage, develop or improve patient care.

The first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £40,000 inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this phase. Feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £10,000 inclusive of VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months. Projects are expected to start on 1 February 2021.

The second phase will involve up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants. Up to £40,000 inclusive of VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 15 months.

For more details, click here. Applications for phase 1 close on 9th December 2020.


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 5pm 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.


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.


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.


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.


The Ageing Society Grand Challenge Mission: Investment Accelerator

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is pleased to be working in partnership with three private investors, Barclays Ventures, Legal & General and Northstar Ventures, to support UK SMEs and Start-Ups looking to develop and take to market innovations that address the ISCF healthy ageing challenges. As part of their partnership with Innovate UK, three ‘Investment Partners’ have been selected to support innovative businesses solving ‘Healthy Ageing’ related core challenges. Certain equity funding provided by these Investment Partners will be matched by grant funding provided by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The final competition dates that SMEs can apply directly to the 3 investors are outlined below:

Opened: 01/10/2020

Closes: 18/11/2020 (currently open)

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Innovation continuity loans: Strand 2: October 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 4th November 2020. More details here.


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 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 28th 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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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