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Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up

Posted on 12/10/2018

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector.

To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN have pulled together the latest open relevant funding calls for the health sector into one place.  Find out more details about each below, or if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Health team.


Innovation Loans: September 2018 Open Competition

Competition Closes: 21.11.18 at 12:00

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

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Digital Innovation Hub Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects

Competition Closes: 07.12.18 at 09:00

Health Data Research UK is leading the delivery of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme – a UK-wide initiative to enable the safe and responsible use of health-related data at scale for research and innovation. Between three to five Digital Innovation Hubs will be created in regions across the UK to connect health-related data for research and innovation, within a single interoperable, trusted and secure governance framework. 6 – 8 successful projects  will receive between £100,000-£400,000 funding and will be approximately six to 10 months in duration. A total of £3m has been made available.

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SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: Round 3

Competition Opens: 26.11.18; Competition Closes: 30.01.19 at 12:00pm

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) will work with Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. These will be to support developers of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting.

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Welcome Data Re-use Prize – AMR Surveillance

Applications Close: 28.02.2019

There is a large amount of surveillance data being generated by the pharmaceutical industry, and if made openly available it would add significant amount of knowledge to our understanding of AMR burden. Entries to the prize should generate a new insight, tool or health application from the data held and published on the AMR Register. Entrants can pursue any research question or innovation that makes best use of the data. The winning team or individual will get a cash prize of £15,000. Two runners-up will receive £5,000 each.
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Open date: 01.11.18. Closing date: 12.12.18

Open date: 13.12.18 – Closing date: 06.02.19

Open date: 07.02.19 – Closing date: 20.03.19

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

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Healthcare Technologies: Call for Investigator-led Research Projects

The EPSRC Healthcare Technologies theme has prioritised funding to support novel investigator-led projects. They would particularly like to encourage research projects which address the priorities of “Transform community health and care” and “Improve prevention and public health”.

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Creative England Investments

Creative England is supporting SMEs by providing competitive loans to digital businesses in order to make their growth plans a reality. The investments on offer are intended to fuel this fast-growing sector by financing business expansion and new products, leading to the creation of new high-quality jobs and Intellectual Property (IP). Loans from £50,000 – £250,000 are available with repayment terms ranging from 3-36 months. Interest rates range from 5% – 10%, depending on the risk profile of the applicant. This includes companies from within the digital healthcare sector.

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Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a document providing an overview of the UK’s relationship with Horizon 2020. This is followed by a Q&A, which clarifies the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020. Calls of particular relevance to Health include:

Fast Track to Innovation – Accelerating the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding in an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas. Various deadlines until 2020.

• Inducement Prize – Tactile Displays for the Visually Impaired – The aim of this prize is to address this significant gap in the ICT market with a tactile graphical display that makes visually impaired people benefit from digital technologies. Deadline: 27.11.18.

• Horizon Prize for Social Innovation in Europe – The aim of the prize is to improve the mobility of older people by providing innovative mobility solutions. Deadline: 28.02.19.

Horizon Prize for Low Carbon Energy Inducement – This inducement prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and within its premises perfectly integrated combined heat and power (CHP) installation. €1m prize. Deadline: 03.04.19

Regenerative Medicine: From New Insights to New Applications – With recent scientific discoveries opening up new approaches to regenerative medicine, the challenge is to use these to extend the regenerative approach to major diseases and conditions. Deadline: 16.04.19

SmartEEs (SMART Emerging Electronics Servicing DIH) – SmartEEs is looking for innovative companies (start-ups, SMEs or a mid-cap businesses) that are interested in integrating flexible electronics technologies to diversify their activity and develop new products or services. Share of up to €165k available. Deadline: 20.09.19.