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Welcome to February 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. 

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 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

Commercialising quantum technologies: feasibility studies round 3 Deadline: 9 March 2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £6 million for projects to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK.

Wellcome Discovery Awards Deadline: 24 March 2022
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.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 1 Deadline: 6 April 2022 
UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

Open call for innovation in cancer diagnosis Deadline: 24 May 2022
SBRI Healthcare: NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced a £15 million funding competition for innovation to go to the open market in the field of cancer. This competition invites applications for funding to implement solutions in late-stage development into front-line settings to improve early detection and diagnosis of cancer.


Health Technology Regulatory and Innovation Programme Deadline: 31 May

SMEs working in HealthTech can apply for up to £30,000 of funding for use with regulatory affairs providers, to help navigate regulatory pathways. If you're interested in applying, the KSS AHSN team can help connect you with a regulatory expert for this application. Email Alastair Kirby for more information.  

| 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. 

Eureka Eurostars 3: call 2 Deadline: 24 March 2022
UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.

Innovate UK Smart Grants Deadline: 13 April 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. 

UK-Singapore Collaborative R&D Deadline: 20 April 2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with Singapore.

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.

DASA aims to find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.

Open Competition Deadline: Open
The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.

Defence Innovation Loans Deadline: 16 March 2022
These innovation Loans are an opportunity for single small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with solutions to defence themed problems to apply for a Defence Innovation Loan to help develop and convert their mature innovation into a viable business proposition.


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.

Q Exchange 2022 Deadline: TBC
This year our Q Exchange partnership with the NHS draws on their digital health and care expertise for the theme: Bringing together the worlds and methods of improvement and digital, to enable better outcomes and faster, more sustainable change.​

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.
Global Innovation Fund Open
GIF focuses on solutions that have the potential to address an important development problem more effectively than existing approaches, can come from anyone, anywhere. They seek out innovations they believe have the greatest potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty.

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 & News

Health Innovation Programme - June 2022

Register now for the next Health Innovation Programme by SETsquared Partnership and Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network.
This fully-funded, hands-on workshop is for anyone developing a technology, app, product or service related to healthcare, fitness & wellbeing, mental health, social care, learning disabilities or telemedicine. 
This programme takes place online on 20, 21, 23, 24 & 27 June 2022
Apply now: 
Applications close at 9am on Monday 25 April.

Webinar Greener NHS; what suppliers need to know 12:00 – 13:30 Wed 16 March

The NHS is moving to net zero, this mean reducing emissions and waste. If you are a supplier to the NHS then from April 2022 will have to demonstrate that your products and processes also aim towards net zero

Find out about the webinar and register
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