Here you will find current external funding opportunities available for innovation and research projects.

If you are aware of funding oportunities that are not listed please email the detail to stees.ideas@nhs.net and they will be added to the website.

 

 

Artificial Intelligence and Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health and Care call

The Artificial Intelligence and Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health and Care call will support research to advance artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven technologies in health in ways that better meet the needs of minority ethnic populations.

The call, which is part of the NHSX's NHS AI Lab AI Ethics Initiativewill fund two categories of research:

1) Understanding and enabling the opportunities to use AI to address inequalities

2) Optimising datasets, and improving AI development, testing and deployment

Both categories will fund projects of 12 to 24 months duration.

This one stage funding call is open to UK-based higher education institutions, third sector organisations, charities, and NHS organisations or providers of NHS or social care services.

Deadline: Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 1300hrs.

Further information can be found here.

 

HTA researcher-led open call specification document

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The secretariat function of the Programme is managed by the NIHR Evaluation Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) based at the University of Southampton under a contract with the Department of Health and Social Care. 

The HTA Programme is funded by the NIHR, with contributions from the CSO in Scotland, NISCHR in Wales, and the HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

The NIHR HTA Programme funds research to assess the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS. In this researcher-led workstream, grants are available for primary research and evidence synthesis on topics proposed by the researchers. 

Proposals should normally evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology. For diagnostic technologies, researchers may suggest equivalent evaluations.

We are interested in receiving proposals addressing any health problem in areas not otherwise well covered in our portfolio. Please note that proposals should be within the scope of the HTA Programme. Proposals to investigate the organisation of health services, or services entirely outside the NHS will not be eligible.

Deadline: Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 1300hrs

Further information can be found here.

 

Wellcome Trust - Innovator Award

Up to £500,000 available for up to 24 months to support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. The current focus areas are mental health, neurological disorders and neglected tropical diseases (although applications from other areas may be considered).

Deadline: Monday 24th May 2021 at 1700 hrs

Further information can be found here.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2021

Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as, but not exclusively:

  • the arts, design and media
  • creative industries
  • science or engineering

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas this is not a requirement, as we are also keen to support projects in other areas.

To monitor the impact of our work to promote equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) we need to collect relevant data and evidence. For this competition this means:

  • all applicants are required to complete the EDI survey
  • applicants are prompted to consider EDI as part of the application process

 EDI considerations are highly encouraged where appropriate in the proposal. Applications will continue to be assessed on their innovation merit, where innovation is defined as the potential for commercially successful exploitation of ideas.

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.

Deadline: Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 1100hrs

Further information can be found here.

 

Invention for Innovation i4i Product Development Award - Challenge Call 12

The Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is a translational research funding scheme aimed at de-risking early-to-late stage medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use

We fund projects that have demonstrated proof-of-concept and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation.

i4i has three funding streams: Product Development Awards (PDA), Challenge Awards and Connect. PDA and Challenge run two funding competitions a year, launching in autumn and spring, whereas Connect runs one funding competition each summer. See the full dates for i4i funding competitions. All i4i funding streams have a two stage application process.

Deadline: Thursday 10th June 2021 at 1300hrs

Further information can be found here.

 

Medicines and diagnostics manufacturing transformation fund

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is launching the Medicines and Diagnostics Manufacturing Transformation Fund (MDMTF) to support businesses in bringing their prospective manufacturing investments to the UK. The fund will provide capital grant funding for investments related to the manufacture of human medicines, medical diagnostics and MedTech products. The aim of the fund is to increase the manufacture of medicines, medical diagnostics and MedTech products in the UK, creating high value jobs and economic growth. We are particularly interested in providing support to projects which create economic opportunities and will manufacture products which contribute to the building of the UK’s health resilience as well as projects which use innovative technologies and approaches to drive up productivity and/or lessen the impact of production on the environment. The fund will open for applications on the 7 April 2021 and the deadline for receipt of applications is 11:59pm on 30 June 2021. This is a 1-year fund and to be eligible, applicants must be able to defray at least the equivalent of the total amount of grant funding requested under this fund before March 2022.

Deadline: Wednesday 30th June 2021 at 1159hrs

Further information can be found here.

 

Invention for Innovation i4i Product Development Award - Connect Call 5

The Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme is a translational research funding scheme aimed at de-risking early-to-late stage medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use

We fund projects that have demonstrated proof-of-concept and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation.

i4i has three funding streams: Product Development Awards (PDA), Challenge Awards and Connect. PDA and Challenge run two funding competitions a year, launching in autumn and spring, whereas Connect runs one funding competition each summer. See the full dates for i4i funding competitions. All i4i funding streams have a two stage application process.

Deadline: Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 1300hrs

Further information can be found here.

 

NESTA - Impact Investment Fund

The Fund invests between £150k and £1m in social ventures developing innovations that tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children and communities in the UK. An experienced team of sector experts, venture capitalists, impact investors and evaluators backed by Nesta, provide expertise and guidance, helping companies to grow their reach, demonstrate their impact and become financially sustainable.

Deadline: Ongoing

Further information can be found here.

 

UKRI Research Grants

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100% 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.

There is considerable flexibility when it comes to subject area, too. As long as you always make sure that your suggested topic falls within ESRC's remit, you are free to concentrate on any research area. Proposals can draw from the wider sciences, but the social sciences must represent more than 50 per cent of the research focus and effort. Please see the Call Specification and scheme specific Je-S Guidance below for more details of what can be applied for under this call.

You can submit proposals to this call at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. We aim to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal although we cannot guarantee this, since it is dependent on receiving sufficient good quality peer review comments within the necessary timescale. Please see the FAQs for further details. You must apply using the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S).

The content and quality of the application you submit will determine whether or not you are successful. Therefore it is vital that you have a full understanding of what is required, as well as knowing the various stages of the application process, so that you maximise your chances of gaining an award. We offer guidance on how to write a good application.

Deadline: Open Call

Further information can be found here.

 

Healthcare technologies investigator-led grant

Healthcare technologies investigator-led research grants are for researchers at UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies.

We strongly encourage collaboration with relevant healthcare professionals, other researchers, industry, the public sector and other relevant partners.

We are looking for researchers in engineering, physical sciences, information and communications technologies (ICT) and mathematical sciences who want to apply their expertise to healthcare challenges.

Projects can range in size from small short-term grants to multi-million-pound research programmes lasting several years. There is no limit on the size of the grant or length of the project.

We will award 80% of the full economic costs of the project, and your organisation must agree to find the balance.

Deadline: Open Call

Further information can be found here.