FUNDING CALLS

Current funding opportunities

Digital Technologies for Health and Care

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

21 July 2021, 16:00
£1.5 million
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Develop research ideas for novel digital technologies to monitor, diagnose and treat the population remotely. You can be from any research area and must be eligible for EPSRC research grant funding. The first stage of the process is a ‘sandpit’ event. In this three-day online event you will work with other researchers to develop ideas for proposals. Looking for projects that reduce the time that the public spends engaged with the traditional healthcare delivery system, improve health outcomes and enable better community-based or home-based healthcare delivery.

Royal College of Physicians and Clinical Research Network Awards

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) & National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

27 July 2021, 23:59
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These recognise NHS trainees and consultants who are active in research and who contribute to the conduct of NIHR clinical research network portfolio research studies. Ten awards are available, of which five are trainee awards and five are consultant awards.

Young Innovators Awards 

Innovate UK

28 July 2021, 11:00
£5,000
No limit

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £460,000 in young innovators with this competition. The aim of this competition is to find a new group of young innovators that, with our help, can turn their great ideas into successful businesses. Looking for young people who would benefit most from the Young Innovators Awards, including the financial support and tailored package of expert advice, with access to the innovation tools and connections on offer. Financial support, tailored coaching and mentoring will be provided directly to the successful applicants.

Collaborative Catalyst Fellowship

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) & Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

30 July 2021, 17:00
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12 months

BRC Collaborative Catalyst Fellowships are aimed at attracting aspiring group leaders from external organisations in the UK. The fellowship provides one year’s salary funding to support clinical and non-clinical trainees hosted at an external organisation and we anticipate supporting at least one Fellowship this round. This will allow them time to develop their research ideas, obtain preliminary data, and, with the support of a co-supervisor from GOSH or UCL GOS ICH, prepare and submit an external funding application for a fellowship with the aim to provide GOSH and UCL GOS ICH with new potential child health research leaders for the future.

Digital Health Partnership Award

NHSX

31 July 2021
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The Digital Health Partnership Award has been created to help NHS organisations in England to bid for funding to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support patients with long term conditions. The award will focus on how digital products and services can support people to remotely monitor their health at home or in the community. NHS organisations will be able to bid for funding to accelerate ready to scale digital health technologies.

Programme Development Grants: Mental Health Call

National Institute for Health Research

04 August 2021
£150,000
12 months

This supports researchers to undertake preparatory work to develop a future programme of research on the topic of mental health. NIHR is particularly interested in applications that include populations and communities with high mental health burden, have been historically underserved by research activity, and address equality, diversity and inclusion.

Inspire Fund: Public Engagement Grant

Alzheimer’s Research UK 

05 August 2021
£25,000
12 months

This grant supports innovative projects that engage the public with dementia and the research going on into the condition. Inspire Fund projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Engage with under-served audiences on the topic of dementia, including minority ethnic communities, marginalised or socioeconomically disadvantaged people.
  2. Build knowledge and engage the public with the topic of brain health
  3. Engage and create dialogue with people about the progress being made in dementia research.

Research Training Fellowships

Action Medical Research

10 August 2021
£250,000
36 months

These fellowships focus on child health including problems affecting pregnancy, childbirth, babies, children and young people. Fellowships are to further the training in research techniques and methodology of medical graduates, clinicians, bioengineers, research nurses, physiotherapists and allied health professionals in the UK. The aim is to train the research leaders of the future.

Small Grants

Guts UK & British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN)

16 August 2021, 17:00
£10,000
24 months

This supports research studies on paediatric pancreatitis and pancreatic diseases in children. This award is envisaged as a development grant for the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data that will enable a high-quality competitive application to be made subsequently to a research council or other large funder, such as the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Applications can include, but are not limited to, research projects focused on establishing or expanding clinical registries that will allow collection of relevant epidemiology data are welcome.

SMART Grants

Innovate UK

25 August 2021
£2 million
36 months

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Biomedical Catalyst 2021: Early and Late Stage Awards

Innovate UK

26 August 2021
£4 million
36 months

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £18 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Your project can address: 1) disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions, 2) earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes and 3) tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures.

Research Grants Program

Merck

31 August 2021
40,000 – 450,000 € per year
36 months

The Merck research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists. All applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee at the beginning of October.

Molecular and Cellular Medicine Research Grant

Medical Research Council (MRC)

01 September 2021
£1 million
5 years

The MRC’s Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board funds research into basic biological mechanisms or technologies relevant to human health and disease. We award research grants to UK-based research organisations. Research grants may involve more than one research group or institution.

Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award

National Institute for Health Research

07 September 2021
No limit
36 months

This aims to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS long term plan. Phase 2, 3 and 4 awards are uncapped and last between one and three years.

Early Detection and Diagnosis Primer Award

Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

08 September 2021
£100,000
12 months

This enables researchers at all stages to develop early, novel and outside-the-box ideas and collaborations to build and make progress in the early detection field.

Professorship Scheme

Academy of Medical Sciences 

08 September 2021, 16:00
£500,000
5 years

This offers flexible support to biomedical and healthcare researchers, who have moved to the UK, during the initial years of their first full professorship.

Infections and Immunity Programme Grant

Medical Research Council (MRC)

08 September 2021, 16:00
£1 million
5 years

Funding is available from MRC’s Infections and Immunity Board to provide large, long-term and renewable programme funding for researchers working in the area of infections and immunity.

Experimental Medicine Grants

Medical Research Council (MRC)

09 September 2021, 16:00
No limit
No limit

Funding is available to investigate the causes, progression and treatment of human disease. Project must include an experimental intervention or challenge in humans, focus on addressing mechanistic questions and be academically led. Applicants must be based at an eligible UK research organisation.

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Connect

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

14 September 2021
£150,000
12 months

i4i Connect is aimed at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) developing medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and Tier 3a digital health technologies with direct patient benefits, looking to ultimately integrate into the NHS. The funding stream aims to help SMEs reach the next stage in the development pathway to apply for further funding, in particular for an i4i Product Development Award. i4i Connect is researcher-led and does not specify topics for research.

Population and Systems Medicine Programme Grant

Medical Research Council (MRC)

22 September 2021, 16:00
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5 years

An MRC research grant is the main way for UK-based medical researchers to apply for researcher-led project funding. You should apply if your research is on population and systems medicine. The Population and Systems Medicine Board funds research to unlock the complexity of human health and disease across the life course. Our remit includes population health and the impact of environmental factors including the social environment on health outcomes. The research we support includes the physiology and pathophysiology of all the major organs and systems, with the exception of the brain and the immune system which are normally supported through our other research boards.

PhD Scholarships

Versus Arthritis (VA)

22 September 2021
£37,500
4-5 years

These encourage basic scientists and non-medical healthcare professionals to embark on a research career in any discipline relevant to arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases. Studentships include a tax-free incremental stipend, a travel grant for conference attendance, and cover UK tuition fees and running costs up to a maximum of £10,000 per year for the first three years and £7,500 for the fourth year.

Research Enrichment Funding: Public Engagement

Wellcome Trust

28 September 2021
£250,000
Funding will end at the same time as applicant’s main Wellcome grant

This supports Wellcome Trust grant holders who want to use public insights to develop their research. We offer enrichment funding in the following areas:

  1. Public engagement.
  2. Diversity and inclusion.

Grants are worth between £10,000 and £250,000.

Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Grant

Medical Research Council (MRC)

29 September 2021
£1 million
5 years

Funding is available from MRC’s Neurosciences and Mental Health Board to support focused research projects on neurosciences and mental health. We award research grants to UK-based research organisations, and research grants may involve more than one research group or institution.

Derek Butler Fellowship (Upper GI)

Guts UK

04 October 2021
£210,000
36 months

This is a 3-year full-time fellowship for research into diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract including cancer.  Research should be on the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum.  Studies on the liver and pancreas are excluded as funded elsewhere.  Preference will be given to candidates who intend to pursue research in the future. In making the award, emphasis will be placed not only on the project itself, but also on the candidate’s potential and the quality of the training proposed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Innovator Awards

Wellcome Trust

Apply online at any time, shortlisting occurs every 3 months
Up to £500k (or £750k for multidisciplinary collaborations)
Up to 24 months (or 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations)

Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health. You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. Examples of technologies include: therapeutics (small molecules or biologics); vaccines; devices; diagnostics; digital technologies; and regenerative medicine. The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation.

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.

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.

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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