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Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up

Posted on 04/06/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector. Last updated 17th July.

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; if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Health team.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Closing date for current round: 24.07.19 – further calls are open for all of 2019

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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SBRI Healthcare Open Competition 16: Cardiovascular Disease & Integrated Care and Social Care 

Competition Opens: 24.06.19; Deadline: 14.08.19

It will cover Cardiovascular Disease, including the sub-themes of detection and prevention, intervention and invasive interventions, as well as efficacy of the CVD Pathway. The competition will also cover Integrated Care and Social Care, including the following sub-themes: improving effective data sharing across the care network; and reducing social care workforce pressure.

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CARB-X Funding

Funding Round 2: Vaccines and Biotherapeutics – 03.06.19 through 15.07.19

Funding Round 3: Diagnostics – 12.08.19 through 19.08.19

Funding Round 4: Direct Acting Small Molecules – 12.11.19 through 19.11.19

CARB-X welcomes applications from around the world for funding and support for the early development of antibiotics, diagnostics, vaccines and other products to combat the most serious drug-resistant bacteria. The scope of CARB-X funding is restricted to projects that target drug-resistant bacteria highlighted on the ‘Antibiotic Resistant Threats in the United States’ report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013 or the Priority Bacterial Pathogens list published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017.

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Using data and digital technology to deliver better adult social care: SBRI competition

Registration closes: 17.07.19 at 12:00pm

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst for Torfaen County borough council. The aim of the competition is to develop data and digital technology to deliver better adult social care.

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Greater Manchester Future of Health Challenge in partnership with Novartis

Competition Closes: 18.07.19

The challenge is designed for health-tech entrepreneurs of all stages who want to create real impact by improving people’s lives through purpose-driven innovation. A 12-week programme where startups are required to attend one day per week. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to gain unrivalled access to the HealthTech ecosystem in the GM area through their close partnerships with industry, the NHS and engaged investors.

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Artificial intelligence-supported early fracture diagnosis: SBRI competition

Competition opens: 20.05.19. Registration closes: 24.07.19 at 12:00pm.

Organisations can apply for a share of £240,000, including VAT, to develop an innovative AI solution for radiological diagnosis of fractures of upper and/or lower limbs. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Opportunity North East and NHS Scotland. The aim is to improve front-line clinical decision making and patient management in unscheduled care facilities. The solution will improve clinical workflow and safety by optimising clinical decision making and management pathways. It must use artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning algorithms to interpret data from upper limb (wrist or hand) and lower limb (ankle or foot) radiographs and linked text-based reports. Accurate determination of the presence or absence of a fracture in these areas has the potential to significantly improve patient care. There is a briefing event for potential applicants to find out more information, on 27 June 2019.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants

Competition Closes: 24.07.19

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy. The next round following the current one opens on 25th July and closes on 16th October 2019.

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Women Startup Challenge Europe HealthTech

Competition Closes: 1st August 2019

On October 7, 2019, the Women Startup Challenge Europe HealthTech will showcase 10 of the best early-stage, women-led healthtech startups from across Europe, and those in the US with a presence in Europe (i.e. your product or app being available, an office, partnership, etc). The program is supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS and cohosted by the Office of the Mayor of Paris. The Women Startup Challenge Program will be held at City Hall in Paris, France. Prizes include $50,000 as an equity-free cash grant, one-on-one mentoring with investors, among other critical startup services.

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Innovate UK Innovation Loans

Competition closes: 11th September 2019

Innovate UK is offering 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.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.

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SEHTA & Hill Dickinson £20k MedTech Business Support Grant

Competition closes: 31.07.19

Apply for a share in the NEW £20K Business Support Grant Project exclusively aimed at SME’s in MedTech & Digital Health Technologies. SEHTA in combination with the prestigious health law firm, Hill Dickinson, are offering companies an opportunity to work with experts specialised in selling medtech to the NHS and overseas, and legal expertise in health technology.

To apply please contact for the application form


Analysis for Innovators Round 5 (A4I)

A4I Round 5 (Phase 1) will open on 29th July.

UK businesses of any size can get access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities. After four successful rounds, which between them have supported over 400 companies, Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 (Phase 1) will open on 29th July.

KTN is running a competition briefing event in London on 31 July and a webcast for those unable to make it in person.

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Bucks HSC Ventures: Accelerator Programme

Applications Close: 09.08.19

Bucks HSC Ventures has developed a clear programme path that puts the SME and their idea at the heart of all analysis and development. The Bucks HSC Ventures programme is offered by the Bucks Health and Social Care Innovation Hub project which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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SBRI: Project ‘PAIN’ – Supporting people living with persistent pain

Deadline for tender submission: 16.08.19

This Phase 1 SBRI programme is run by the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland. Organisations can apply for a share of up to £150,000 to provide a digital platform to support people living with persistent pain and aid self- management by providing information, tools and interventions, to connect service users and providers, to become a data source on the profile of patients living with persistent pain in Northern Ireland and to provide opportunities for further research and service development to improve services for patients with persistent pain.

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Cancer Research UK looking for innovative high-risk ideas from any discipline

Deadline: 03.09.19

Do you have a high-risk idea with the potential to be revolutionary to cancer patients? Cancer Research UK’s Pioneer Award offers up to £200,000 over two years to answer a novel, early-stage question. Open to individuals and teams from any career stage or background, it welcomes applications all year round and entails a very quick process starting with just a two-page proposal.

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Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Closing date: 12.09.19 at 16.00

The three Canadian federal research agencies and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are pleased to announce their intention to launch the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative. This is a unique collaboration which will require each project to include a principal investigator (PI) based in Canada and a PI based in the UK who will share equally leadership and project management responsibilities. In addition to promoting interdisciplinary AI, this call will support the development of responsible AI while establishing new partnerships and enhancing infrastructure and training between researchers in Canada and the UK.

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Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

Applications close: 13.09.19.

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide renowned science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies. The 14 categories include: Aeronautics; Advanced Computing & AI; Cybersecurity& Communication; Digital Health & Medical Devices; Drug Discovery; Energy; Environment; Food & Agriculture; Industrial Biotech; Industry 4.0; Medical Biotech;  Mobility; New Space; and Smart City.

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Most Innovative European Biotech SME Awards

Closing date: 19.09.19.

EuropaBio invites biotech start-ups and SMEs across Europe to apply for the 10th edition of the Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award – a unique annual initiative recognising biotech innovation and its contribution to society. SMEs can apply in three categories: healthcare, agricultural or industrial biotechnology. Two companies will be shortlisted in each category by a Jury of biotech and SME experts, with the winners celebrated during a landmark event held in Brussels on the 6th November. Each winner will also receive €10,000 prize money and two years free EuropaBio membership (runners-up also receive the latter), in addition to European-level exposure and visibility as well as press coverage.

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MRC/AstraZeneca Centre for Lead Discovery

Opens: 01.08.19. Closing date: 02.10.19 at 16:00 GMT+1.

Aiming to support academic researchers in discovering potential starting points for small molecule therapeutic approaches with a clear line-of-sight to therapeutic use. Academic researchers will benefit from unprecedented access to over two million molecules in AstraZeneca’s compound library, as well as its state-of-the-art high throughput screening (HTS) facilities. Following completion of the HTS campaign, sufficient ‘hit’ data should be available to enable applicants to seek follow-on funding internally through confidence in concept or through the MRC’s Development Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS).

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Funding for Medical Technology Trials in Leicester and Leicestershire

Funds available until December 2021.

Med-Tech Trial grants of up to £50,000 are available for eligible life science companies in Leicester and Leicestershire, to test and evaluate their products and services in a clinical setting. This ensures that they are working as intended, are effective and are safe for use. The gathering of this evidence is vital for companies wanting to sell their products and services to the healthcare market – including the NHS.

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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. The program runs until April 2021.

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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”. This funding is currently paused (as of May 2019), but you can sign up to their newsletter to be informed when it reopens.

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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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BactiVac Network – Catalyst Training Awards

An open call for BactiVac catalyst funding training awards is now OPEN.  Funding is available to support training opportunities and exchanges, prioritising those involving LMIC members and academic/industrial partners, for the transfer of knowledge and skills in bacterial vaccinology. Up to £6,000 per award is available and each training visit is expected to be up to three months in duration. The aim of this funding scheme is to support members to train in vaccine research & development (R&D), targeting the main preclinical to clinical area of focus for BactiVac. The call for applications is an open call, you can apply at any time.

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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. Current calls of particular relevance to Health include:

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.


NIHR i4i Connect

Competition opens: 14.08.19; Competition Closes: 11.09.19

i4i Connect is aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway. Its primary aim is to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding, in particular for a full i4i Product Development Award (PDA), or to support projects at any stage of the translational research and development pathway to further de-risk them for follow on investment.

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