FUNDING CALLS

Current funding opportunities

Early Career Awards

Wellcome Trust

26 October 2021, 17:00
Salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses
5 years

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.

Clinical Academic Research Partnerships

Medical Research Council (MRC)

29 October 2021, 16:00
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These grants enable research-qualified NHS consultants to increase their research skills by engaging with groups and centres of biomedical research excellence. The total budget is £6 million, to support 20 to 25 projects.

Innovation Grants

MedTech Navigator

29 October 2021, 12:00
£7,500
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The MedTech Navigator Innovation Grants are designed to facilitate such bespoke interactions between SMEs and eligible Knowledge Providers, such as an NHS Trust, or a University, during the product development process. Each Innovation Grant (up to £7,500) is worth 50% of the total project costs up to a maximum of £15,000.  Your business must pay the remaining 50% and any project costs over and above the £15,000 cap.

Discovery Awards

Wellcome Trust

11 November 2021, 17:00
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8 years

This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

Career Development Awards

Wellcome Trust

16 November 2021, 17:00
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8 years

This scheme provides funding for mid-career researchers from any discipline who have the potential to be international research leaders. They will develop their research capabilities, drive innovative programmes of work and deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.

PIER (Paediatric Involvement and Engagement in Research) Award

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) – National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

30 November 2021, Midnight
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The PIER (Paediatric Involvement and Engagement in Research) award recognises excellent patient engagement and significant contributions to the NIHR clinical research network. Your application should demonstrate how your research study has engaged children and families in its development and delivery. The winner(s) will receive a trophy and complimentary attendance to the RCPCH Conference and Exhibition 2022.

Invention for innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards – Competition 23

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

08 December 2021
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36 months

i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) support translational research and development of medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use. The research proposals may address any disease or health area, provided there is a clear unmet clinical need. There is no upper funding limit for Product Development Awards, but costs must be fully justified.

The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)

09 December 2021, 17:00 US Eastern Time
$180,000
24 months

The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders aims to grow the global base of movement disorder specialists — neurologists with additional training in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders — by training movement disorder clinician-researchers who can provide expert care and lead scientific advances. The program grants funding directly to academic centres, which then must identify and train a new movement disorder clinician-researcher over a two-year period. Grant support cannot be used for a fellow already enrolled or selected. The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders is open to academic centres worldwide.

Invention for innovation (i4i) Challenge Awards – Competition 13

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

12 January 2022
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5 years

i4i Challenge Awards support market-ready innovations by addressing the translational gap between the clinical evaluation of technologies and their adoption, by funding the assessment of MedTech innovations in real-world healthcare settings. The expected output is a disruptive medical device or in vitro diagnostic test that can offer improved outcomes for NHS patients. There is no upper funding limit for the Challenge Awards, but costs must be fully justified.

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.

Expression of Interest: Emergency Route for Time-Critical COVID-19 Research

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), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

No closing date
£80,000
6 months

Apply for funding to support short term time-sensitive collection of data or samples or rapid turn-around research or analysis to either inform urgent policy or national decision making or secure data for future research use.

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.

Creative England Investments

Creative England

Open call
£500,000
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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.

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.

COVID-19: Economic Recovery Fund

Sheffield City Council

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
£50,000
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The city’s economy is under huge strain, particularly those sectors hardest hit by Covid-19 trading restrictions. While there may be pent-up demand, many customers will be anxious about returning to retail and hospitality as the economy reopens. As part of the Council’s response to Covid-19, £2 million has been set aside to create an Economic Recovery Fund. This will support the city centre, district centres and local centres to reopen and get back on their feet. This is a core aim of the Council’s Business Recovery Plan.

The council want to work collaboratively with businesses and partners across the city on new, creative projects. The projects should meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • To support local economic recovery.
  • To help businesses open safely and remain viable.
  • To protect jobs and businesses, particularly in hardest hit sectors.
  • To promote consumer confidence and encourage people to spend in local, independent businesses.

Projects can be developed and led by private sector collaborations, through partner organisations or from within the Council. The best projects will demonstrate collaboration, co-investment and consensus across these parties and be focused on what businesses need.

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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