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Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up

Posted on 12/10/2018

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector.

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, or if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Health team.


SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: Round 3

Competition Opens: 26.11.18; Competition Closes: 30.01.19 at 12:00pm

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) will work with Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. These will be to support developers of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting.

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Space for Biotechnology

Competition Closes: 21.01.19

Firms can apply for up to €200k from ESA to develop biotechnology services that can benefit from using space-based data or capabilities. This opportunity enables companies to carry out feasibility studies and assess economic viability of applications across a range of themes, including biopharma and digital health.

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Engagement Fellowships

Application Deadline: 07.02.19

Engagement Fellowships develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research. You can apply for an Engagement Fellowship if you have at least three years’ experience in engaging the public with health research. The cost of your salary will be funded during the fellowship and you can ask for costs of up to the equivalent of £30,000 a year pro rata, eg for activities, evaluation and contingency.

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Welcome Data Re-use Prize – AMR Surveillance

Applications Close: 28.02.2019

There is a large amount of surveillance data being generated by the pharmaceutical industry, and if made openly available it would add significant amount of knowledge to our understanding of AMR burden. Entries to the prize should generate a new insight, tool or health application from the data held and published on the AMR Register. Entrants can pursue any research question or innovation that makes best use of the data. The winning team or individual will get a cash prize of £15,000. Two runners-up will receive £5,000 each.
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Open date: 01.11.18. Closing date: 12.12.18

Open date: 13.12.18 – Closing date: 06.02.19

Open date: 07.02.19 – Closing date: 20.03.19

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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UK-Israel Open Collaborative Competition 2018

Registration closes: 27.02.19

This is a UK and Israel joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework, supporting collaborative, business led research and development projects which should result in a new product. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk, and target large global markets. Proposals are welcomed from any technological or market area. UK project total eligible costs are expected to be between £200,000 and £250,000 and last up to 24 months. Up to £1 million funding available.

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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”.

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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.

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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. Calls of particular relevance to Health include:


• Horizon Prize for Social Innovation in Europe – The aim of the prize is to improve the mobility of older people by providing innovative mobility solutions. Deadline: 28.02.19.

Horizon Prize for Low Carbon Energy Inducement – This inducement prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and within its premises perfectly integrated combined heat and power (CHP) installation. €1m prize. Deadline: 03.04.19

Regenerative Medicine: From New Insights to New Applications – With recent scientific discoveries opening up new approaches to regenerative medicine, the challenge is to use these to extend the regenerative approach to major diseases and conditions. Deadline: 16.04.19

SmartEEs (SMART Emerging Electronics Servicing DIH) – SmartEEs is looking for innovative companies (start-ups, SMEs or a mid-cap businesses) that are interested in integrating flexible electronics technologies to diversify their activity and develop new products or services. Share of up to €165k available. Deadline: 20.09.19.