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Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up

Posted on 19/02/2019

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.


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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EUREKA Eurostars 2: Round 11

Competition Closes: 28.02.19 at 12:00am

This competition is aimed at small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders. These enterprises often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised. Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding. A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service. Funding available: Up to €360,000

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Open date: 07.02.19 – Closing date: 03.04.19

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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UK-Israel Open Collaborative Competition 2018

Registration closes: 27.02.19

This is a UK and Israel joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework, supporting collaborative, business led research and development projects which should result in a new product. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk, and target large global markets. Proposals are welcomed from any technological or market area. UK project total eligible costs are expected to be between £200,000 and £250,000 and last up to 24 months. Up to £1 million funding available.

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Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

Competition opens: 25.02.19. Competition closes: 20.03.19 at 12:00pm

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

KTN is hosting Analysis for Innovators (A4I) roadshow events throughout February 2019.  A competition briefing event will be held in London on 27th February.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

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Keeping prescription continuity whilst moving between care providers: SBRI competition

Competition Closes: 13.03.19

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst for the Department of Health in Northern Ireland . Organisations can apply for a share of £1,250,000 to source new innovative technology solutions to improve the medication pathway for people entering custody.  The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.

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Swindon and Wiltshire Health and Life Science Innovation Hub Match Funding

Applications close: 29.03.19

Apply now for up to £20,000 match funding and a range of business support opportunities through the Swindon and Wiltshire Health and Life Science Innovation Hub. This fund can help pay for new equipment, consultancy services, running an evaluation or renting lab or office space. Funds will be awarded to companies working in the Swindon or Wiltshire region and must be spent on innovation in the health and life sciences field. These funds are available from the European Regional Development Fund. There will be an online webinar to find out more on Wednesday 27 February at 12:00pm.

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UKRI GCRF Health & Context Call 2019 – Outline

Deadline for outline applications: 02.04.19

The UKRI GCRF Health and Context call is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary research addressing wider contextual factors contributing to the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These factors may include social, cultural, historical, and religious beliefs and practices, or wider biological, ecological and environmental factors. Via the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UKRI will support impactful, three-year research projects of value between £1-2 million (at 80% FEC for UK costs, 100% FEC for overseas costs). UKRI has made up to £20 million available for the UKRI GCRF Health and Context call.

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Biomedical Catalyst 2019

Competition Closes: 03.04.19 at 12:00am

The Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) funding programme supports UK businesses to test and develop innovative technologies for health and care. It supports ideas for: disease prevention and management; disease detection and diagnosis; and tailored treatments that change a disease or offer potential cures. The programme, run by Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council, provides funding to help UK SMEs speed up the process of bringing new products to market and secure onward investment. The Biomedical Catalyst 2019 feasibility studies and primer awards open on Monday 21st January, alongside early and late stage awards. The feasibility studies and primer awards offer UK businesses a share of up to £3 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge, while the early and late-stage awards offer a share of up to £7 million.

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Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) – Call 17

Stage 1 submission deadline: 25.04.19 (17:00:00 Brussels time)

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).  The total budget of this Call is over EUR 80 million.

Topic 1: Optimising future obesity treatment
Topic 2: Open access chemogenomics library and chemical probes for the druggable genome
Topic 3: Intelligent prediction and identification of environmental risks posed by human medicinal products

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STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation that funds and operates a number of large science facilities offering research and development access to commercial users. Through these facilities, and their expert staff, they can provide access to advanced experimental and computational tools to address challenges in all aspects of the chemicals supply chain. Their £8 million Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme is specifically designed to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by providing access to advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities through STFC’s large scale science facilities located around the UK.

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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:

• 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.



Propel@YH Six Month Digital Health Accelerator

Applications close: 28.02.19

Propel@YH is a six-month digital health accelerator programme targeted at SMEs with digital health innovations for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Commissioned by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Propel@YH will provide its 2019 cohort business participants with access to a structured course of support and advice aimed at helping to navigate the NHS. The programme is open to all SMEs that can demonstrate innovative digital and patient solutions and have either an existing presence in the Yorkshire and Humber region, or are willing to establish one.

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Ageing Innovation Accelerator

Applications close: 01.03.19

This accelerator is run by Innovation SuperNetwork North East England. Both established businesses and new start-ups can benefit from funding and intensive support to launch new products and services of benefit to older people. Expressions of interest are now open, we will shortlist the strongest applications based on commercial potential, relevance to an ageing society and impact the Accelerator programme could have on the business. If you are shortlisted, you’ll be invited to a development day on Tuesday 19th March at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

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