Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up
Posted on 17/04/2019
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, 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.
Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships
Application deadline: 17.04.19 at 17:00.
The RSE Enterprise Fellowship is a premier business development and training programme for the Higher Education sector. It nurtures and supports promising science and technology researchers, enabling them to develop into successful and world-class entrepreneurs. Successful applicants secure a fully funded year to concentrate on developing their business idea whilst being hosted at a UK University or Research Institute. Each Fellowship is worth up to £90,000 in funding and training support.
Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge
Application deadline: 23.04.19
Design Council Spark is a leading UK product innovation support programme and investment fund designed to help you turn your bright idea into a commercially successful product. Since its creation in 2014, Design Council Spark programme has helped more than 100 innovators and entrepreneurs to develop their product ideas, 45 of these have been intensively supported with mentoring, funding and specialist input to help them progress to market.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
Competition Closes: 24.04.19 at 12:00pm
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.
Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) – Call 17
Stage 1 submission deadline: 25.04.19 (17:00:00 Brussels time)
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). The total budget of this Call is over EUR 80 million.
Topic 1: Optimising future obesity treatment
Topic 2: Open access chemogenomics library and chemical probes for the druggable genome
Topic 3: Intelligent prediction and identification of environmental risks posed by human medicinal products
Funding of up to £1,000 for pharmaceutical health sector women available
Expressions of Interest: 03.05.19
Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s pharmaceutical health sector. The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program. The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing a powerful and effective development opportunity for pharmaceutical health sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of May.
BactiVac Network – Round 3 of Catalyst Funding for Pump Priming Projects
Applications close: 05.05.19
Funding is available to support academics in bacterial vaccinology to explore new approaches and strategies to advance their vaccines in partnership with LMICs and industry, and acquire the data to support substantive funding applications. Following the award of up to £1 million of additional funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)’s Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF), we are particularly interested in funding projects in this round of funding that advance the ability to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the development of vaccines against bacterial pathogens.
Improving housing management to enhance health outcomes: SBRI competition
Registration closes: 08.05.19
Leeds city council and city of York council are committed to providing housing of the right quality, type, tenure and affordability. The councils want to know if new technological solutions can help effectively monitor environmental conditions within housing stock and provide information to tenants. This could help influence behaviour change and improve their health and wellbeing.
STOP: Industry-led Innovations to Tackle Childhood Obesity
Closing date: 23.05.19
The Science & Technology in Childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) Consortium, in collaboration with EIT Health and EIT Food, has launched a call for industry-led projects aimed at developing innovations that have the potential to curb childhood obesity in Europe, either by making critical improvements in the food environments faced by children and their families, or by increasing children’s fitness and physical activity.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Closing date: 29.05.19 – further calls are open for all of 2019
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.
NIHR i4i Challenge Awards
Competition Opens: 17.04.19; Competition Closes: 12.06.19
The NIHR i4i Challenge Awards Call 9 is inviting applications for the assessment of medtech innovations in healthcare settings. The aim is to shorten the evidence gap between the safety/preliminary efficacy typical of a newly CE marked technology and what is required for decisions by commissioners and regulators. At the same time, this will de-risk the product for follow-on investment.
Big Beat Challenge
Applications close: June 2019
The future of heart and circulatory disease research could be in your hands with a single funding award of £30 million to bring one big, bold, boundless idea to fruition. The Big Beat Challenge represents one of the largest and most ambitious awards of its kind. The window to submit outline applications is now open, and the British Heart Foundation is calling for the brightest and most innovative minds from across science, technology, engineering and maths to come together and apply.
SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: Round 4
Competition opens: 23.04.19; Competition Closes: 03.07.19
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 support developers of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting.
Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards
Closing date: 19.09.19.
EuropaBio invites biotech start-ups and SMEs across Europe to apply for the 10th edition of the Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award – a unique annual initiative recognising biotech innovation and its contribution to society. SMEs can apply in three categories: healthcare, agricultural or industrial biotechnology. Two companies will be shortlisted in each category by a Jury of biotech and SME experts, with the winners celebrated during a landmark event held in Brussels on the 6th November. Each winner will also receive €10,000 prize money and two years free EuropaBio membership (runners-up also receive the latter), in addition to European-level exposure and visibility as well as press coverage.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships
The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles.
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.
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:
• 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.
NIHR i4i Connect
Competition opens: 14.08.19; Competition Closes: 11.09.19
i4i Connect is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway. Its primary aim is to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding, in particular for a full i4i Product Development Award (PDA), or to support projects at any stage of the translational research and development pathway to further de-risk them for follow on investment.
AgeTech Accelerator Wave 5
Applications close: 14.04.19
The AgeTech Accelerator is perfect if you have an idea, product or service which will benefit the older generation or help local authorities and health service tackle the challenge of an ageing population. If you have ambitions in the silver economy, then the AgeTech Accelerator could be for you. AgeTech Accelerator is part of the SEAS2Grow project – it does not give funds directly to your business, but their funding from the EU allows them to provide a wide range of services to businesses in a free programme.