Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up
Posted on 04/06/2019
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.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Closing date for current round: 04.03.20
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.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
Competition Closes: 22.04.20 (next round opens immediately after)
Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.
Application of whole genome sequencing approaches to cancer
Competition closes: 22.01.20
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5.4 million. This is for innovation projects that use whole genome sequencing to analyse cancers. This competition is funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim is to encourage the development of new approaches to targeted therapy based on the molecular signatures of cancers. Your project can develop new analytical methods or validate new targets using new and existing genomic data from cancers.
SBRI-Creating digitally connected communities focusing on avoiding delayed discharges from hospital
Competition closes: 31.01.2020
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The overall aim is to increase levels of volunteering within communities, whilst at the same time improving the way that the public sector connects electronically with citizens.
This competition is supported by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund which is intended to launch on Friday 10th January when the full competition documentation will be made available through Public Contracts Scotland.
Organisations can apply for a share of 150,000 GBP (inc. VAT) to develop in phase one ideas that support people to get home earlier following a stay in hospital.
ORUK Research Fund 2020
Expression of Interest Academic Applications close: 07.02.20
Researchers from universities and research centres in the UK are invited to apply for funding by 7 February 2020.
Orthopaedic Research UK’s reach is wide. Some research projects can broaden general scientific knowledge whilst other projects target specific disorders. Where appropriate, we support work into some of the most challenging areas within the musculoskeletal field.
Your research must have patients at its heart and should be aimed at enhancing the quality of life for those affected by debilitating bone and joint conditions. The goal is to identify challenging areas of orthopaedic research, understand the basic underlying mechanisms involved and to develop appropriate treatment and management solutions to address them.
Your research should be relevant to one or more of the following categories:
– Prevention of the onset of painful musculoskeletal disease
– Management of early-stage developing conditions
– Treatment approaches of already existing conditions
– Investigating mechanistic pathways involved in understanding disease and pain development
This call is not restricted. Any research application that satisfies these requirements will be considered.
NBIC Proof of Concept Call
Competition closes: 06.03.20
NBIC is launching its third call for proposals for Proof of Concept (POC) projects from interested parties who have the experience and knowledge necessary to investigate and exploit areas in which biofilms play a central part. All projects proposed will be considered and ranked on their merits based on a number of criteria, with the intention that the selected projects will form a high quality portfolio of POC projects.
Eureka Eurostars 2: round 13
Registration closes: 06 Feb 2020, 12:00
Final date for applications: 13 Feb 2020, 12:00
Eurostars will award up to 360,000 euros funding for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is the least.
This competition is aimed at micro, small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders.
These enterprises often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.
Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding.
A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
Projects must be led by a research-performing SME.
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.
Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP)
Competition closes: 19.02.20
Effective management can be the difference between thriving companies and failing companies. That is why Innovate UK has introduced a new programme designed to inject significant management expertise that expands business capability, increases efficiency and enables lasting change and growth.
The initiative is called a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP), and it runs alongside our highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme which has been helping companies innovate for growth for over 40 years. The difference with a MKTP is that companies are linked with one of the UK’s world class Business Schools in a partnership focused on a management-based project. Talk to one of our specialist Knowledge Transfer Advisers if you think a MTKP could help drive your company’s growth.
A webinar explaining more about MKTP and how to apply will run on Tuesday 29th October, 10-11am. You can register for your free place here.
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.
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.
Healthcare Technologies: Call for Investigator-led Research Projects
The EPSRC Healthcare Technologies theme has prioritised funding to support novel investigator-led projects. They would particularly like to encourage research projects which address the priorities of “Transform community health and care” and “Improve prevention and public health”. This funding is currently paused (as of May 2019), but you can sign up to their newsletter to be informed when it reopens.
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.
Creative England Investments
Creative England is supporting SMEs by providing competitive loans to digital businesses in order to make their growth plans a reality. The investments on offer are intended to fuel this fast-growing sector by financing business expansion and new products, leading to the creation of new high-quality jobs and Intellectual Property (IP). Loans from £50,000 – £250,000 are available with repayment terms ranging from 3-36 months. Interest rates range from 5% – 10%, depending on the risk profile of the applicant. This includes companies from within the digital healthcare sector.
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.
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.
NIHR Research for Social Care
Call closes: January 2020
The RfSC call is an annual competition for social care research proposals, which will be assessed by a national committee of social care research experts. The budget for this call will be £3m, and individual projects will be funded up to £350k.
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.
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-ICT-12-2020: AI for the smart hospital of the future. Competition opens 19 November 2019 and closes 22 April 2020.
- SC1-DTH-02-2020: Personalised early risk prediction, prevention and intervention based on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technologies. Competition opens 19 November 2019 and closes 22 April 2020.
- SC1-DTH-04-2020: International cooperation in smart living environments for ageing people. Competition opens 19 November 2019 and closes 22 April 2020.
- DT-TDS-04-2020: AI for Genomics and Personalised Medicine. Competition opens 19 November 2019 and closes 22 April 2020.
- DT-TDS-05-2020: AI for Health Imaging. Competition opened 9 July 2019 and closes 13 November 2020.