Funding Opportunities

Please see below the latest funding opportunities available from the AHSN NENC and our partners.



North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC): North East SME Innovation Programme

Deadline: Open

The SME Innovation Programme is designed to help SME’s realise their innovation potential. It offers project funding and advice for eligible SMEs with an innovative project that will help their business to adapt and/or grow. Today, we need innovation more than ever. Every business is feeling the pressures of globalisation, technological changes and of course the impact of Covid19.


The NHS Innovation Accelerator

Deadline: 10 October 2021

This year, the NIA is recruiting for innovations that address at least one of the following themes:·

  • Theme 1: Supporting equity of access, experience or outcomes for those at greatest risk of poor health outcomes·
  • Theme 2: Early detection or diagnosis·
  • Theme 3: Delivery of proactive personalised care


SBRI Healthcare – Competition 19

Deadline:  13 October 2021

The aim is to accelerate these innovations into relevant health or social settings and to facilitate the generation of evidence in Real World settings required by commissioners and regulators to make purchasing or other recommendations/decisions. Key themes:


i4i Product Development Award (competition 23)

Opens: 20 October 2021

Deadline: 8 December 2021

i4iProduct Development Awards (PDA) support translational research and development of medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics and high-impact patient-focused digital health technologies for ultimate NHS use. The research proposals may address any disease or health area, provided there is a clear unmet clinical need. There is no upper funding limit for Product Development Awards, but costs must be fully justified.


Healthy Ageing Challenge – Designed for Ageing

Deadline: 17 November 2021

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £14.4million for service-led innovations to support healthy ageing.





Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3

Deadline: 29 September 2021

Up to £6 million is available to fund innovation projects, which are a partnership between an academic institution/RTO/Catapult and a business or not-for-profit, employing 1-2 graduate associates.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2021

Deadline: 6 October 2021

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.


Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Deadline: 13 October 2021

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.



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.



Open Competition 

Rolling deadline

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.

Click here for more information on DASA funding opportunities 



MRC neurosciences and mental health research grant

Deadline:29 September 2021

An MRC research grant is the main way for UK-based medical researchers to apply for researcher-led project funding. You should apply if your research is on neurosciences and mental health.

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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.

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Healthcare technologies investigator-led grant

Deadline: Open

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

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The Wellcome Trust: Wellcome Discovery Awards

Deadline: November 2021

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.


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.




Merck 2021 Research Grants 

Deadline: 31 August 2021

The Merck research grants programme is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists. All applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee at the beginning of October.


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.



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. Read more


HSBC Loan Fund

Deadline: Open

HSBC UK has announced a £12 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 HSBC customers to apply.



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.


Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1

Deadline: 4 November 2021

UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.


EUREKA GlobalStars Taiwan digital industrial collaborations

Deadline: 15 December 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £865,000 to develop collaborative innovation projects in partnership with organisations from participating EUREKA members and GlobalStars countries.


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 scale-up game-changing innovations.


The Global Challenges Research Fund.

The Newton Fund.

European Funding.

Grants available to UK through US Defense – medical research program.


Export Opportunities

To access the Department of International Trades Export Opportunities Pipeline.