Funding opportunities

MedTech Grant Funding Opportunities

To apply for any of the MedTech grant funding opportunities listed below, please do get in touch for more information.

Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund

Round One closing date: 29 July 2020 11:00am

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from Covid-19.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £55 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund.

The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19. This competition is round 1 of a potential 3.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

Deadline: Rolling call, closing date 1 April 2021

Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19. As this is a rolling call there is currently no fixed end date to the call, we are open to applications and will aim to review complete proposals within 4 weeks of submission.

For UK-led academic, SME and wider industry research that will address a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge gaps/needs, and which will lead to a benefit in UK, potentially international, public health within 12 months. The size of grants will vary according to the needs of each research project but will need to provide a robust case for value for money.

Horizon 2020 funding

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation. It has a budget of 79 billion euros and will run throughout 2020.Horizon 2020 aims to:ensure that Europe produces world-class scienceremove barriers to innovationmake it easier for public and private sectors to innovate togetherUK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in Horizon 2020 programmes and receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual projects, This includes projects finishing after 1 January 2021.

NIHR Public Health Research Programme - injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency themed call

Closing date: 28 July 2020, 1pm

The Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The PHR Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics:

19/164 PHR Injuries, accidents and urgent and emergency care themed call

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme - Competition 42

Closing date: 15 July 2020

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS. As a response mode researcher-led programme, Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) does not specify topics for research, but encourages proposals for projects which address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.


Deadline: 3 Sep. 2020

UK SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries.

SME instrument (grant only and blended finance) [SME-2b] (H2020)

Deadlines: 7 Oct. 2020

Smart Grants (Innovate UK)

Deadline: Currently closed for applications

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focussed.

Innovator Awards (Wellcome trust)

Deadline: Any time

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Awards of up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations are available.

Other Support Available


Rolling call for applications

The MedTech NAVIGATOR programme, delivered by Health Enterprise, provides Innovation Grants to SMEs to engage in new research and innovation activities with eligible knowledge providers. Businesses can apply for funding to access expert advice, product review by stakeholders or to carry out early stage proof of concept activities.

NHS Innovation Accelerator

Next call for applicants: Summer 2020

The NHS Innovation Accelerator, or NIA, supports uptake and spread of proven, impactful innovations across England's NHS. Applications are invited from individuals representing high impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the commitments laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

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