The AHSN Network - Funding Opportunities

03 January 2020

December 2019: The latest funding and grants news, plus selected events for start-ups, SMEs and health innovators. The AHSN Network would like to alert you to funding opportunities, international opportunities, events and other relevant AHSN news. For each opportunity The AHSN Network have provided a brief summary and a link to full details.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2020. Deadline: 22 April 2020
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy. 
For more information click here.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund. 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. For more information click here.

HSBC Loan Fund. 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 an HSBC customer to apply. 
For more information click here. 

ORUK Research Fund 2020. Deadline: 7 February 2020
Researchers from universities and research centres in the UK are invited to apply for funding by 7 February 2020. The goal is to identify challenging areas of orthopaedic research, understand the basic underlying mechanisms involved and to develop appropriate treatment and management solutions to address them. The research should be relevant to one or more of the following categories:

– Prevention of the onset of painful musculoskeletal disease
– Management of early-stage developing conditions
– Treatment approaches of already existing conditions
– Investigating mechanistic pathways involved in understanding disease and pain development

For more information click here.


Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2019. Deadline: 8 January 2020
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy. 
For more information click here.

Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation. Deadline: 8 January 2020
Health and food systems. UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £15 million across three competitions to work on agri-tech and food chain innovations in Africa. The for more information click on the appropriate links below:

Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation, early stage
Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation, mid stage
Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation, late stage

Application of whole genome sequencing approaches to cancer. Deadline: 22 January 2020
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5.4 million. This is for innovation projects that use whole genome sequencing to analyse cancers. This competition is funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim is to encourage the development of new approaches to targeted therapy based on the molecular signatures of cancers. Your project can develop new analytical methods or validate new targets using new and existing genomic data from cancers. For more information click here.

UK-China: precision for enhancing agricultural productivity. Deadline: 22 January 2020
Health and food systems. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to work with Chinese partners to develop new integrated precision farming technology and help achieve net-zero emissions. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. 
For more information click here. 

UK-Israel open competition 2019. Deadline 26 February 2020
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets in partnership with Israeli companies,  To find out more click here.

There are two rounds of ISCF Transforming Food Production. Deadline: 26 February 2020
ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: feasibility studies
Apply for between £75,000 and £250,000 to test the feasibility of solutions that can transform food production and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040.
 For more information click here.

For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities click here.

Open Competition: Emerging Innovations
In this category, DSTL are encouraging the submission of proposals across a wide range of technology areas with the aim of finding new and novel opportunities for these to be exploited across Defence and/or Security. Emerging innovations are viewed as those which will deliver a proof of concept at around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 or 4, which in outline means delivering a proof of concept, with component and/or sub-system validation in laboratory-style environment by the end of your proposed work. 
Click here to find out more.

Open Competition: Rapid Impact Innovations
Proposals in this category are encouraged for projects which have a realistic prospect of achieving an impact within a 3 year time frame from the commencement of the project. In this category, there is an expectation that proposals will be funded only if there is a strong customer pull and capability need for the idea. Accordingly, additional effort will be required by suppliers to ensure there is positive user interest in the idea before submitting a proposal.
 Click here to find out more.

For more information on all DSTL - DASA funding opportunities click here. 

There are many funding opportunities with an emphasis on research
. Click here to find our more. 

The BBSRC work with industry and academia (and other sectors and research councils) to develop world leading biotechnology and bioscience. For more funding opportunities 
click here. 

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC): Research Grants. Deadline: Open call.
If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the EPSRC 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.
 Click here to find out more.

The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical research sciences. 
For EPSRC funding opportunities click here.

Confidence in Concept. Deadline: 5 February 2020

The CiC scheme provides annual awards of up to £1 Million to institutions to flexibly support a portfolio of early stage translational research projects. 
For more information click here.


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. 
To access their database click here.

Health Foundation: Shaping Place for Healthier Lives. Deadline: (EOI) 17 January 2020.
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives will fund strong local partnership projects that aim to make changes to local systems that will encourage better physical and mental health and that will be sustained beyond the lifetime of the grant programme. This programme encourages local authorities and their partners to improve a health, or health-related outcome that is considered a key issue in their area. Local Councils are encouraged to think about areas to explore with their local partners prior to full details of the programme being released. 

To find out more click here.

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. 
For more information click here.
The Global Challenges Research Fund. Click here to find out more.
The Newton Fund. Click here to find out more.
European Funding. Click here to find out more.
Grants available to UK through US Defense - medical research program Click here to find out more. 

Export Opportunities - To access the Department of International Trades Export Opportunities Pipeline click here

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Deadline for current round: 04.03.20
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links an organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth.  For more information click here.

In 2019/20, a new category of Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships will also be available. Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices. Applications open 12th Dec 2019 and close 19th Feb 2020. Click here for details.

Healthy Ageing Challenge
IUK have published the Healthy Ageing Challenge. The Trailblazer and Investment Accelerator calls are already on the IUK funding opportunities web page and are set-out in the newsletter above. Starting in 2020, up to £12 million will be available over 4 years to fund the programme Developing a pipeline - Early stage support:

Catalyst Awards:
UKRI is working with the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in the USA as a Global Collaborator in their Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge. They will commission a set of Catalyst Awards to support early stage innovation and stimulate interest in global opportunities. 

Design Programme:
The Design Programme will capitalise on the UK’s strength in design, in particular early-stage human centred design to maximise the commercial potential of ideas and innovations in the Healthy Ageing sector. The programme will tackle issues in both the supply and demand of design capabilities.

Collaborative R&D Competition:
The aim of the Collaborative R&D competition is to focus on the high-potential early stage collaborative projects, which address key opportunities that would not otherwise be eligible for funding under the Trailblazer nor the Investment Accelerator programmes.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo