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 and they will be added to the website.


Local Growth Funding North East LEP Early Stage Innovation Funding

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is inviting bids from early stage Innovation projects to come forward for development stage funding that will help to prepare Business Cases that can help deliver the ambition set out in our Strategic Economic Plan.

This call will be open until 28 June 2019, with a review point on the 26 April 2019 for early submissions. The call will be competitive with a maximum of £200,000 available in total and £50,000 per project.

Deadline: Friday 28th June 2019 

Further information can be found here.


SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 4

SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products.

Deadline: Wednesday 3rd July 2019 at 1200hrs

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.

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: Ongoing

Further information can be found here.