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Welcome to November's AHSN Funding Newsletter. This bulletin alerts you to funding opportunities, international opportunities, events and other relevant AHSN news. For each opportunity we have provided a brief summary and a link to full details. 

You can also access free advice and support from the NIHR Research Design Service South East. Their multi-disciplinary team offer advice on the key ingredients to help turn a research idea into a competitive funding application. They provide help at any stage of the process - whether at the beginning of the research design journey, or one click away from submitting. Contact via their website:

| Contents

 1: Featured Funding Opportunities

>  2: General Funding Opportunities
>  3: Trusts & Charities
>  4: Other UK Government, Seed Funds & Loans
>  5: International Grants
>  6: Events

| Featured Funding Opportunities

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £500,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop high level design concepts for a UK National Robotics Proving Ground.

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £14.4million for service-led innovations to support healthy ageing.

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.

NIHR Product Development Award. Deadline: 8 December 2021
i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) support transational research and development of medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for unltimate NHS use.


| General Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4. Deadline: 1 December 2021
Up to £6 million is available to fund innovation projects, which are a partnership between an academic institution/RTO/Catapult and a business or not-for-profit, employing 1-2 graduate associates.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2021 Deadline: 5 January 2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, is a non-departmental public body, and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience. It predominantly funds scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK.

BBSRC standard research grant. Deadline: open

You can apply for research grants at any time in any area within the remit of BBSRC. BBSRC funds research in plants, microbes, animals (including humans), and the tools and technology underpinning biological research from the level of molecules and cells, to tissues, whole organisms, populations and landscapes.
The nation's largest funder of health and care research, providing the people, facilities and technology for research to thrive.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves the health of people in the UK - and around the world - by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists. 


ESRC Research Grant Deadline: Open call
If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the ESRC have their Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.


The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical research sciences. For EPSRC funding opportunities.

Healthcare technologies investigator-led grant Deadline: 31 March 2022
Your application should be in line with the grand challenges of our healthcare technologies theme, e.g., developing future therapies with technologies that enhance efficacy, minimise costs and reduce risks to patients; frontiers of physical intervention, restoring physical function and optimising surgery and other physical interventions with high precision and minimal invasiveness; optimising treatment through effective diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention; or transforming community health and care by using real-time information to support patients managing their own health and wellbeing and to allow healthcare professionals to make timely interventions.

| Trusts & Charities

The Health Foundation
HF's aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. HF learns what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, they shine a light on how to make successful change happen.

The Wellcome Trust
Wellcome Discovery Awards Deadline: November 2021
This scheme provides funding for established researchers and teams/co-applicants (which can include commercial businesses) 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.

The British Heart Foundation
BHF provide personal support for clinical and non-clinical cardiovascular researchers at all stages of their career. They also provide grants for short and long term research projects, essential infrastructure and strategic initiatives.

Association of Medical Research Charities
Over 30 years ago a small, diverse group of medical research charities form the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) to unite the sector and provide it with a leading voice. Since then their membership has grown to over 140 charities.  In 2018, these charities invested £1.3 billion in medical research.

| Other UK Government, Seed Funds & Loans
MedTech NAVIGATOR Innovation Grants Deadline: Open

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.

The British Business Bank. Deadline: Open

BBB are a government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses. Whether you’re looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, they say that they can deliver greater volume and choice of finance.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding. General 'collection' of news and funds

Information about SBRI for businesses and public sector organisations that might want to use the scheme.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund Deadline: Open

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.

Creative England Investments Deadline: Open

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.

HSBC Loan Fund Deadline: Open

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.

| International Grants

Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society - Cluster 2. Deadline: 6 April 2022

Horizon Europe has a wide variety of open calls for culture, creativity and inclusive society, with closing dates in September 2021 or April 2022. Horizon Europe has a wide variety of open calls for culture, creativity and inclusive society, with closing dates in September 2021 or April 2022. Some of these also include AI, big data, digital tech, materials and health.
Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1. Deadline: 4 November 2021
UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.

EUREKA GlobalStars Taiwan digital industrial collaborations. Deadline: 15 December 2021
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £865,000 to develop collaborative innovation projects in partnership with organisations from participating EUREKA members and GlobalStars countries.

The EIC Accelerator: Open Competition (Grants only)
The EIC Accelerator supports individual Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in particular Startups and spinout companies to develop and scaleup game-changing innovations. 

Other international funds of interest:
The Global Challenges Research Fund
The Newton Fund
Grants available to UK through US Defense - medical research program

| Events

Business Case Workshop
16 November, 2-4pm

KSS AHSN recognises that along with an innovative product which brings value to the NHS, every business, irrespective of size, may have to at some point contribute to or lead on a business case. However, not everyone is confident in doing this, and there can be significant variation in how business cases are undertaken within health and social care organisations.

This bite sized workshop is to support innovators/SMEs with how to approach business cases. The focus will be on helping participants understand the purpose of a business case, HM Treasury frameworks for what public sector business cases need to cover, and the components of a good business case.

Find out more and register

Digital Health, AI & IVDs: Navigating the Changing Regulatory Landscape
20 January 2022, 10-11am GMT

This briefing session has been designed to help you update your knowledge, improve your skillset, and move your medical technologies and companies forward.

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