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.


SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 5

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of £1.2 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products.

Deadline: Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 1200hrs

Further information can be found here.


Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards - Call 19

Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Award (PDA) that funds the development of disruptive early stage medical technologies which address existing or emerging healthcare needs. i4i PDA supports translational projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting.

Deadline: Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 1300hrs

Further information can be found here.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2019

Smart is the new name for 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. All SMEs involved in funded projects will also be offered business growth support from the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

We may share application details with other public sector co-funders if this is appropriate.

We may consider eligible project costs over £2 million (but not exceeding £3 million), subject to the process set out under ‘Eligibility’.

Deadline: Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 1200hrs

Further information can be found at


Revolutionising cancer treatment with genomics

The competition aims to encourage new targeted cancer treatments based on the molecular signatures of cancer.

Projects must use whole genome sequencing to analyse cancer and can adopt various approaches including development of reporting tools, identification of molecular signatures, identification of therapeutic targets, and new genetic signatures.

They can focus on one or more of:

  • improving diagnosis and prognosis of cancer and selection of therapies
  • analysis of complex molecular signatures
  • identification of tumours of unknown primary origin
  • further analysis of existing whole genome sequence data held by Genomics England
  • the system of sample collection provided by the genomic medicine centres

The competition will support a range of work from short feasibility studies to partners working on larger research and development projects.

Deadline: Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 1200 hrs 

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.

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.