FUNDING CALLS

Current funding opportunities

UK-South Korea Collaborative Research and Development

Innovate UK

06 July 2022, 11:00
£350,000
36 months

This funding is for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project your organisation must: be a UK registered business, be or involve at least one grant claiming UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise, collaborate with a South Korea registered business, which must be a separate non-linked entity to the UK project partners.

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 48

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

13 July 2022, 13:00
£350,000
3 years

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and that have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS.

Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships: Round Two

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK Research and Innovation

14 July 2022, 16:00
£5,000,000
5 years

Apply for funding to undertake world-leading research to advance the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in the UK. This opportunity is aimed at established researchers. International applicants are welcome. However, you must be based in the UK at an organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding to hold the fellowship.

NIHR NICE Rolling Call (HSDR Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

19 July 2022, 13:00
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The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme is interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance that has been published or updated since 2015. Proposals must be within the remit of the HSDR Programme and the primary outcome measure must be health related. (This call is also open in the Public Health Research (PHR), Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME), and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programmes for proposals which fall within the remit of those programmes – applicants should apply directly to the relevant programme). The programme aims to commission high quality, well designed research which will be carried out by effective and efficient research teams, providing findings which meet the needs of NHS and Social Care managers and leaders.

Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme

Medical Research Council (MRC)

20 July 2022, 16:00
No limit (up to 80% economic cost)
No limit

Apply for funding to develop and test novel therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics and other interventions. You must be based at a research organisation eligible for MRC funding. Your project should focus on at least one of the following stages of development:

  • early development and design
  • pre-clinical testing
  • early-phase clinical studies and trials (up to phase 2a)

NIHR Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships Round 8 April 2022

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

21 July 2022
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The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is launching the 8th round of Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships as part of the NIHR Fellowship Programme. The Advanced Fellowship is for those at a post-doctoral level and can be utilised at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. Whilst the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship is a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.

Technology-Enabled Monitoring – Rapid Evaluation of Innovations Team

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

22 July 2022
£2 million
36 months

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme wishes to commission an agile research team or consortium to conduct independent, rapid evaluations alongside promising technology-enabled innovations in health and care services that support people to use technology-enabled, remote monitoring at home. The evidence generated should be of regional, multi-regional and national relevance and of immediate use to decision-makers.

NIHR HTA Application Development Award: Towards evaluation of digital and technology-enabled healthcare

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

27 July 2022
£100,000
18 months 

The HTA Programme invites proposals for work which will accelerate the development of applications to the programme in the area of digital interventions and technology-enabled care. Applications should build on development work and aim to address challenges which must be resolved before a full research-based evaluation can be carried out.

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research – Competition 39

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

27 July 2022: 13.00
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Applications are invited for Stage 1 proposals to develop programmes of applied health research. Competition 39 features a highlight notice calling specifically for varied research approaches to address National Institute for Clinical Excellence and NIHR priorities in multiple long-term conditions. Linked to this PGfAR highlight notice, Competition 39 also features the NIHR PGfAR/Stroke Association Themed Call on ‘Stroke Rehabilitation and Long Term Care’.

Smart Grants

Innovate UK

27 July 2022
70% of project costs up to £2,000,000
36 months 

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing, and world leading ideas, designed for swift, successful commercialisation. Ideas need to be genuinely new and novel, not just disruptive within their sector.

Research in Cognitive Computational Neuroscience

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

27 July 2022
£200,000
24 months 

Apply for funding to support interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate neuroscience with AI. You must be eligible for UKRI funding. Leadership must comprise expertise in both biological and computational disciplines.

Applied Global Health Research

Medical Research Council (MRC)

28 July 2022, 16:00
£1 million
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Apply for funding to support research that will benefit the health of vulnerable global populations. We particularly welcome cross-sector research that combines expertise to meet a global health challenge with a health-focused aim. We encourage applications from principal investigators based in the: Global South, UK and working in partnership with Global South investigators.

Expression of Interest: Digital Health Hub Pilot Scheme

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

11 August 2022, 16:00
£4 million
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Apply for funding to create a digital health hub. Hubs should promote knowledge and skills sharing across healthcare, academia and business, and drive innovation in digital health.

NIHR Mechanisms of action of health interventions in patients with multiple long-term conditions (MLTC)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 August 2022
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The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme invites applications for research into the mechanisms of action of health interventions in studies recruiting patients with multiple long-term conditions (MLTC). The NIHR has published a strategic framework for research into multiple long-term conditions (MLTC), which sets out what we mean when we talk about MLTC research. The proposed research may involve the analysis or reanalysis of previously stored specimens or data. For eligible studies (see below), the project may involve the collection of new specimens or new data for analysis, provided it is obtained from the original study participants. Proposals will be accepted across a wide range of interventions including behavioural, pharmaceutical, psychological, surgical and public health interventions.

NIHR interventions to support the health of unpaid carers

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 August 2022
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The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call (PHR Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 August 2022, 13:00
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The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream. The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them.

NIHR NICE Rolling Call (PHR Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 August 2022, 13:00
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The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme is interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance that has been published or updated since 2015. Proposals must be within the remit of the PHR Programme and the primary outcome measure must be health related. (This call is also open in the the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME), and Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programmes for proposals which fall within the remit of those programmes – applicants should apply directly to the relevant programme).

James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call (EME Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 August 2022, 13:00
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The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity. The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them.

NIHR NICE Rolling Call (EME Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 August 2022, 13:00
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The NIHR research programmes (Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME), Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR), Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Public Health Research (PHR)) are interested in receiving applications to meet recommendations in research identified in NICE guidance, that has been published or updated since 2015.

Innovative Ventilation Technologies for Treatment of Patients in ICU

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 August 2022, 13:00
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We are commissioning research into the use of innovative ventilation technologies for the treatment of patients in intensive care units (ICU). This call is not limited to COVID-19 patients, and studies should be relevant to all critically-ill patients who require ventilation.

NIHR Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System – HTA

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

31 August 2022
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The Health Technology Assessment Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to this NIHR Themed Call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services to support the delivery of a more sustainable UK health and care system, including mitigating the effects of climate change on health and care delivery.

NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships Rolling Call (HTA Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

31 August 2022
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The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme recognises the importance of the research priorities identified by the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSP) and are interested in receiving high-quality applications which address them.

NIHR NICE Rolling Call (HTA Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

31 August 2022, 13:00
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For the purposes of this call, NICE guidance includes the following: clinical, social care, public health, technology appraisals, interventional procedures, diagnostics. Proposals must be within the remit of one of the participating NIHR research programmes and the primary outcome measure must be health-related.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-Led (Evidence Synthesis)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

31 August 2022, 13:00
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No limit

Proposals should normally evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology. For diagnostic technologies, researchers may suggest equivalent evaluations.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme Researcher-Led (Primary Research)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

31 August 2022, 13:00
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No limit

Proposals should normally evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology. For diagnostic technologies, researchers may suggest equivalent evaluations.

Work Programme 2021-2022: Health Cluster 1

Horizon Europe

06 September 2022
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Horizon Europe has a wide variety of open calls for healthcare, with closing dates in September 2021, April 2022 and September 2022. These include tackling diseases and reducing disease burden, staying healthy, health industry, health care, new technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society, and health-promoting environment.

UKRI Equality, diversity and inclusion caucus

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

08 September 2022
80% of project costs up to £4,562,500
36 months

Apply for funding to lead on providing high quality research evidence on equality, diversity, and inclusion that informs policy and practice in the research and innovation system.

MRC Infections and immunity partnership

Medical Research Council (MRC)

13 September 2022
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Apply for funding to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in infections and immunity. You must: be a researcher employed by a research organisation eligible to apply for MRC funding have at least a postgraduate degree.

NIHR Research Partnerships – liver disease

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

14 September 2022
£100,000
18 months

The NIHR is keen to support the building of capacity and capability in liver disease research through the building of research partnerships. The NIHR is accepting stage 2 applications to this funding opportunity.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

Horizon Europe

14 September 2022
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Project results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes for supported postdoctoral fellows: Increased set of research and transferable skills and competences, leading to improved employability and career prospects of MSCA postdoctoral fellows within academia and beyond; New mind-sets and approaches to R&I work forged through interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and international experience; Enhanced networking and communication capacities with scientific peers, as well as with the general public that will increase and broaden the research and innovation impact.

NIHR Programme Development Grants – Competition 34

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

21 September 2022
£150,000
24 months

Applications will soon be invited for Programme Development Grant (PDG) funding. Competition 34 will feature a highlight notice specifically to encourage inclusive and/or new ways of partnership working between researchers, people and communities and other key stakeholders.

International networks for disability-inclusive global development

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

22 September 2022
£100,000
24 months

Apply for funding to explore the impact of arts and humanities research on disability-inclusive sustainable global development. This is a highlight notice for the AHRC Research Networking scheme (Arts and Humanities Perspectives and Shared Learning: Disability Inclusive Sustainable Global Development).The principal investigator must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding.

EIC Transition Open 2022

Horizon Europe

28 September 2022
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EIC Transition aims at maturing both your technology and business idea thus increasing its technology and market readiness. The expected outcomes of an EIC Transition project are a) a technology that is demonstrated to be effective for its intended application and b) a business model, its initial validation and a business plan for its development to market. It is also expected that the intellectual property generated by your EIC Transition project is formally protected in an adequate way.

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Horizon Europe

29 September 2022
EUR 150,000
18 months

The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work (i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects. Proof of Concept Grants are therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.

EIC Accelerator Open 2022

Horizon Europe

05 October 2022
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The EIC Accelerator supports companies (principally SMEs, including start-ups) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones. The EIC Accelerator provides a unique combination of funding from EUR 0.5 to EUR 17.5 million and Business Acceleration Services (see Section V). The EIC Accelerator focuses in particular on innovations, building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).

MSCA Doctoral Networks 2022 

Horizon Europe

15 November 2022
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Project results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes for supported doctoral candidates: New research and transferable skills and competences, leading to improved employability and career prospects within and outside academia; New knowledge allowing the conversion of ideas into products and services, where relevant; Enhanced networking and communication capacities with scientific peers, as well as with the general public that will increase and broaden the research and innovation impact.

Clinical Academic Research Partnerships 

Medical Research Council (MRC)

17 November 2022, 16:00
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3 years

Apply for funding to develop your research interests through a collaborative partnership. Your research can focus on any area of MRC’s or NIHR’s remit. You must: be a registered healthcare professional, have a PhD, MD or equivalent, be working at a senior level with specialised knowledge and demonstrable capacity for professional independence and leadership, have a research partner based at an eligible research organisation.

PHR Health Communication and Public Health Messaging

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 November 2022, 13:00
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The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

Academic Clinical Fellowships in Medicine 2022

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

31 March 2023, 13:00
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4 years

The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a clinical specialty training post in medicine that incorporates academic training. The NIHR has allocated funding for 250 ACFs for recruitment in 2022/23, through the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme.

Kickstart Innovation Fund

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

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£24,999
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Kickstart Innovation Fund helps SMEs to get going with their innovation idea by providing finance to access third-party expertise needed to progress their idea to the next stage.

Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office for Life Sciences

Open
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The LSIMF will provide £60 million in capital grants for investment in the manufacture of: human medicines (drug substance and drug product), medical diagnostics, MedTech products. We particularly encourage applications from companies ready to deploy their emerging technologies at scale in commercial manufacturing.

International Travel Award Scheme

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

No closing date
£3,000
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International travel awards are for BBSRC-supported researchers making visits to initiate or prepare proposals with international partners, visiting overseas facilities for up to one month or attending European consortia-building events. Funding of up to £3,000 is limited to travel and subsistence costs.

Fellowship

Daphne Jackson

No closing date
No limit
2 years

These fellowships are for those looking to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for family, health or caring reasons. The aim is to give participants the confidence and skills they need to make a successful return to research. They provide an opportunity to balance a personalised retraining programme with a challenging research project, in a supportive UK university or research establishment.

Lead Agency Opportunity

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – SBE

No closing date
£1,000,000
No limit

This opportunity allows UK and US-based researchers to submit a collaborative proposal that will go through a single review process. The goal is to reduce some of the barriers that researchers and funding agencies encounter when trying to work internationally.

Creative England Investments

Creative England

No closing date
£250,000
36 months

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.

Standard Research Grant

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

No closing date
£2 million
5 years

Funding can support a range of activities from research projects to technology development, new infrastructure and equipment, use of equipment and facilities, networks, and summer schools.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Innovate UK, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

No closing date
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36 months

Available for businesses or not-for-profit organisations, research organisations and graduates to work on an innovation project. Funding is provided to support the total cost of the project. Businesses should provide around one-third to half of the project costs depending on their size.

Nesta Impact Investments

Nesta

Open call
£1 million
No limit

Nesta want to see the power of innovation and technology used to address big social issues. Their mission is to invest in high impact innovations run by outstanding entrepreneurs. They invest primarily to create real and lasting social impact in the UK, as well as generating a financial return for our investors. They invest between £150k and £1m in social ventures developing innovations that tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children, and communities in the UK.

Economic and Social Research Council: Research Grants

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

No fixed closing date
£350,000 – £1 million
Up to 5 years

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Grants (open call) invites proposals from eligible individuals and research teams for standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects and for methodological developments. The call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within ESRC’s remit. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

Ambitious and novel research proposals addressing new concepts and techniques and those with the potential for significant scientific or societal and economic impact are particularly encouraged. They are keen to encourage fresh ideas from new researchers and appropriate proposals are welcomed from those with limited research experience.

Funding decisions are based on a number of criteria including quality, timeliness, potential impact and value for money.

Loan Fund

HSBC

No closing date
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HSBC UK has announced a £14 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Fund includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support. The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.

LifeArc Philanthropic Fund

LifeArc

Open call
A share of £5 million 
No limit

LifeArc invites applications for its philanthropic fund. This supports medical research projects focused on translation of rare diseases research. The aim is to accelerate scientific breakthroughs to deliver new medicines for patients with these conditions and projects must focus on developing an intervention, therapeutic, device or diagnostic, that will address a significant, unaddressed need for rare disease patients and on research which has a credible translational and development path to reaching those patients.

Grants will either be awarded directly to academics or will be partnered with similar funds being awarded by our rare disease charity partners.

Supporting Innovation and Growth in Healthcare Technologies (SIGHT)

University of Portsmouth

No fixed date; assessment panel meet monthly
£25,000
No limit

The SIGHT programme has three work package areas available for members, covering a wide range of support mechanisms designed to accelerate the uptake of technologies within the healthcare sector as a whole. Running alongside these three work package areas will be the SIGHT grant scheme. This is available to members of the programme and can support a range of business development activities being undertaken by your business.

Business Support

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Ongoing
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The Business Support Service provides a single point of access to a wide range of local and national support and funding. From start-ups to established businesses, it is easy for small and medium-sized business owners to access the help needed to boost productivity, profitability and resilience. Business owners can connect with a local Growth Manager to discuss where their business is now and what they would like to achieve in the future. Working with partner councils, Growth Managers find tailored solutions and identify suitable local or national support available from the LEP and our partners on your behalf.

Business Productivity Grant

Sheffield City Council

Ongoing
£12,499
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The business support scheme supports SMEs and charitable organisations to improve productivity through capital and revenue grants across the Sheffield City Region. The programme provides 50% funding for projects up to £24,999. Once the plan and application has been agreed, grants of up to £12,499 will be offered to those businesses that best demonstrate how the investments will have a positive impact on their productivity.

The EIC Accelerator: Open Competition

European Innovation Council (EIC)

Ongoing
€2.5 million
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The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations.

UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund

Midven

Open call
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The UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly known as The Rainbow Seed Fund) is a £27.1m early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base.

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