FUNDING CALLS

Current funding opportunities

NIHR CypMedTech are delighted to launch a proof of concept funding call for innovations to support children with long term conditions within the mental health context.

Children, young people and their families face significant physical and mental health challenges following a new diagnosis of a long-term condition. Whilst there is significant focus on treating and supporting the physical manifestations of the long-term conditions, for many the mental health challenges associated with a long-term condition are not addressed. The mental health issues experienced in long-term conditions can also affect siblings and parents, particularly when children are diagnosed at an early age.

Applications are invited for funding of up to £20,000 (3 separate allocations of £20k available) to support early development of novel technology-based solutions applicable to NIHR CYP MedTech’s aim of supporting children with long term conditions within the mental health context. NIHR CYP MedTech will also commit to providing additional in-kind support.

Applicants should align with the two chosen themes of this call which are:

  • Interventions to support the mental health of parents and caregivers after birth, in the context of preterm birth and sick neonates
  • Interventions to support children and young people with long term conditions and rare diseases with mental health problems

Competition timelines:

  • Competition Opens: Monday 21st November
  • Deadline for Applications: Friday 9th December
  • Notification of Decision: Friday 23rd December
  • Project Kick-off: Between January 4th and 31st 2023

Any questions, please email Nathaniel.mills@nihr.ac.uk

Download the brief and an application form below.

Crohn’s & Colitis UK Early Benefit for Crohn’s Disease – Research Awards

Crohn’s & Colitis UK

25 October 2022
£100,000
24 months

Applications are invited for grants to be awarded in April 2023 by Crohn’s & Colitis UK.  Grants up to a maximum of £100,000 for up to two years are available to fund research that will bring early benefit for people living with Crohn’s Disease.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2022

Innovate UK

26 October 2022
£500,000
36 months

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

MRC Develop and evaluate innovative methods to study adolescent health

Medical Research Council (MRC)

27 October 2022
£150,000
24 months

Apply for funding to develop and evaluate innovative tools and methods for health and wellbeing research in older children and adolescents between eight and 18 years old. You must be based at a research organisation eligible for MRC funding. Projects can have general health relevance or can be tailored to specific health research areas and may span relevant interests of more than one UK Research and Innovation research council.

MRC Establish an integrated UK Rare Disease Research Platform: nodes

Medical Research Council (MRC)

08 November 2022
£1,250,000
5 years

Apply for funding to coordinate and address tractable challenges in rare diseases and achieve a step change in the mechanistic understanding, diagnosis and therapy of rare diseases.

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit – Competition 48

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

09 November 2022
£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.

NIHR 22/126 HSDR Rapid Service Evaluation Team 2023

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

10 November 2022
£3,000,000 (over 5 years)
5 years

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one Expression of Interest applications to this funding opportunity. The HSDR Programme wishes to commission up to two teams to produce, in partnership with colleagues working in health and care services, proportionate alongside, real time evaluations of innovations and development in health and care services, which will generate evidence of national relevance. This evidence should be of immediate use to decision-makers in order to improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the NHS including delivery of services.

MRC Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration: pathfinder five

Medical Research Council (MRC)

14 November 2022
£575,000
24 months

Apply for funding to deliver new and unconventional approaches and creative solutions to the challenges of neurodegeneration research.

MSCA Doctoral Networks 2022 

Horizon Europe

15 November 2022
Not stated
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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.

HSDR Health Communication and public health messaging

National Institute for Health and Care Research, Public Health Research Programme, Health Technology Assessment Programme 

16 November 2022
Not stated
Not stated

The Health Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.

Innovate UK Knowledge transfer partnerships: 2022 to 2023 round four

Innovate UK

16 November 2022
£75,000 per year
Not stated

UK registered academic institutions, research and technology organisations (RTOs) or catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.

NIHR 22/103 Delivering a Sustainable Health and Care System (HSDR Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 November 2022
Not stated
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The NIHR have issued a cross-programme 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. For the purposes of this call, the term ‘sustainability’ is defined as climate sustainability as opposed to financial, political, cultural or environmental sustainability.

NIHR 22/117 Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme researcher-led

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

16 November 2022
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The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. 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.

BBSRC Bioinformatics and biological resources: 2022 (22BBR)

UK Research Institute (UKRI), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

16 November 2022
£2,000,000
5 years

Apply for funding to establish, maintain and enhance bioinformatics and biological resources to support the UK bioscience research community. You must hold a research staff appointment at lecturer level, or equivalent, at a research organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding. Your project must involve a new or existing community resource that: has significant demand or an established user base, is primarily within the remit of BBSRC.

NIHR/MRC New collaborations to support eating disorders research

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC)

16 November 2022
£1,000,000
36 months

Apply for funding to work with other researchers to support eating disorders research and increase capacity in the field. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for MRC funding. We welcome proposals from a wide range of disciplines, including: medical, biological, social sciences, behavioural sciences, arts and humanities.

Clinical Academic Research Partnerships 

Medical Research Council (MRC)

17 November 2022, 16:00
Not stated
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.

NIHR Interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing among young women

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 November 2022, 13:00
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The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme wishes to commission research on the effectiveness of interventions to promote good mental health and wellbeing, and prevent or reduce mental ill-health, amongst young women. The PHR Programme recognises that interventions might focus on young women’s experience of trauma, violence and abuse and use a trauma-informed approach. However, this call is not for evaluations of interventions that tackle or treat issues resulting from specific pathologies, for example eating disorders. Evaluations of such interventions might be more appropriate for the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme.

PHR Health Communication and Public Health Messaging

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 November 2022, 13:00
Not stated
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The Public Health Research Programme (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic.

NIHR Self-care of children and young people with neurodisability

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 November 2022
Not stated
Not stated

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

HTA Health Communication and public health messaging

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 November 2022
Not stated
Not stated

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

NIHR 22/120 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (PHR Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 November 2022
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The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage one 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 22/118 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 November 2022
Not stated
Not stated

NIHR 22/118 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led.

NIHR 22/86 Surgical management of successfully reduced incarcerated inguinal hernia in children

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

30 November 2022, 13.00
Not stated
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The aim of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is to ensure that high quality research information on the clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests are produced in the most efficient way for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS and social care services. The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS, patients and social care. What is the comparative effectiveness of different timings for surgery to repair a successfully reduced incarcerated inguinal hernia in children?

NIHR 22/89 Janus kinase inhibitors for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

30 November 2022
Not stated
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Research question: What is the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Janus kinase inhibitors versus anti-tumour necrosis factors drugs for the treatment of children and young people with active juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

NIHR 22/88 Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression in adolescents

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

30 November 2022
Not stated
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Is it feasible to conduct a study to examine the effectiveness of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for adolescents with depression, which has not responded to at least one antidepressant and psychological therapy? If feasibility is established, what is the clinical and cost-effectiveness of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the treatment of adolescents with depression which has not responded to at least one antidepressant and psychological therapy?

AHRC/UKRI Engage the public with the future of health and care in the UK

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and UK Research Institute (UKRI)

13 December 2022
£40,000
Up to March 2024

Apply for funding to bring the public into dialogue about the future of health and social care. We are looking for researchers that will work with the public to contribute in imaginative ways to activities and conversations that will help shape future debate and decision-making about the future of health, ageing and wellbeing over the next 25 years.

NIHR Pain management for children and young people

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

04 January 2023
Not stated
Not stated

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research or evidence synthesis topic.

NIHR 22/129 Motor neurone disease highlight notice (HTA Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

04 January 2023
Not stated
Not stated

This NIHR highlight notice invites proposals for Motor Neurone Disease research to address important health and social care questions.

NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call (HTA Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

04 January 2023
Not stated
Not stated

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 22/114 NIHR NICE rolling call (HTA Programme)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

04 January 2023
Not stated
Not stated

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) 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.

NIHR 22/113 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led (evidence synthesis)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

04 January 2023
Not stated
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The NIHR HTA Programme funds research to assess the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS. In this researcher-led workstream, grants are available for primary research and evidence synthesis on topics proposed by the researchers.

NIHR 22/112 Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led (primary research)

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

04 January 2023
Not stated
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The NIHR HTA Programme funds research to assess the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS. In this researcher-led workstream, grants are available for primary research and evidence synthesis on topics proposed by the researchers.

NIHR Chronic kidney disease education for patients, families and carers

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

25 January 2023
Not stated
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The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

NIHR Urine sampling in children

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

25 January 2023
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The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

NIHR Clinical prediction models for early-onset neonatal infection

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

25 January 2023
Not stated
Not stated

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

Academic Clinical Fellowships in Medicine 2022

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

31 March 2023, 13:00
Not stated
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.

NIHR Public Health Research Programme Rapid Funding Scheme

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

29 December 2023
£50,000
6 months

The RFS has been set up to provide the public health research community with an accelerated route to funding for small-scale, short and time sensitive proposals that demonstrate a need for a rapid commissioning process to be followed. Funding will be offered, subject to appropriate scientific scrutiny, on the understanding that a full application to support completion of the evaluation will be forthcoming at an appropriate time point.

NIHR Children and young people’s mental health

National Institution for Health and Care Research

To be confirmed
Not stated
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The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is considering this topic for future commissioned research. The likely advert date for this topic, if prioritised, is 1 December 2022. However, please note this is an indicative date, which may change.

International Travel Award Scheme

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

No closing date
£3,000
Not stated

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
Not stated
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
Not stated

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
Not stated

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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