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Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up

Posted on 04/06/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector. Last updated 15th November.

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: 11.12.19

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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CARB-X Funding

Funding Round 4: Direct Acting Small Molecules – 12.11.19 through 19.11.19

CARB-X welcomes applications from around the world for funding and support for the early development of antibiotics, diagnostics, vaccines and other products to combat the most serious drug-resistant bacteria. The scope of CARB-X funding is restricted to projects that target drug-resistant bacteria highlighted on the ‘Antibiotic Resistant Threats in the United States’ report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013 or the Priority Bacterial Pathogens list published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants

Competition Closes: 08.01.20 (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.

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The next round of Smart Grants will open on 17th October 2019 and close on 8th January 2020. Read more here.

 

Innovation loans: September-November 2019 open competition

Closing date: 27.11.19

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.

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ISCF Healthy Ageing Trailblazers: Stage 1

Opens: 23.09.19; Closes: 27.11.19

This is stage 1 of a 2-stage competition. A total fund of up to £1.5 million is on offer for stage 1 to conduct research and develop a business plan for a healthy ageing ‘trailblazer’. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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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.

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SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 5

Closes: 11.12.19

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. These will support developers of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting. Closing date 11.12.2019.

All projects must be led by a UK based SME. You can choose from 2 options:

Planning and preparation for a study, for which total eligible project costs can be up to £100,000.
A study to collect clinical performance and cost-effectiveness data, for which total project costs can be up to £500,000.

You must:

  • be a UK registered SME
  • carry out your project within the NHS
  • have a product that is aligned with at least one of the NHS’s priority healthcare areas, such as those reviewed in the NHS Long Term Plan
  • have a product that is already available for the NHS to purchase, but that has been marketed in the UK for less than 5 years
  • outline relevant discussions you have had with the main stakeholders, such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), to demonstrate the feasibility of your proposal
  • have gained a CE marking for your product

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Psychiatry Consortium First Challenge Call

Closing date: 22.11.19

In its first ‘challenge’ call, the Psychiatry Consortium encourages applicants from academic and other research organisations worldwide to apply for funding. Researchers will have seven weeks to submit their proposals.

The Psychiatry Consortium is seeking innovative research projects that:

Focus on novel molecular targets for mental health conditions including psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders, PTSD, OCD, autism spectrum disorders, as well as psychiatric symptoms associated with dementia and other cognitive disorders.
Generate evidence that links molecular targets to human disease and evidence of target modulation having a therapeutic effect.
Enable tools for target validation e.g. tool compounds, biomarkers, assays, and models.

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NIHR Cardiovascular MedTech Cooperative Pump-Priming Call

Competition closes: 18.11.19

The NIHR  Cardiovascular MedTech Co-operative is delighted to announce the first pump prime funding call. We take this opportunity to support the translation of innovative research ideas to product development.

Cardiovascular MedTech Co-operative is a £1.4m NIHR-funded research infrastructure to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with King’s College London to bring clinicians, academics, industry partners and service users & public together to develop medical devices and technologies that address the unmet need in the care of heart disease, please see our website for more information.

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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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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP)

Competition opens: 12.12.19; 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.

 

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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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.

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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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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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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 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.

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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-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.

 

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