New Innovation funding opportunities UK Wide

New funding opportunities

December 3, 2020

We try to make this as relevant to you as possible so please let us know if there is anything we have missed that you feel should be included.

Covid-19 Specific Funding:

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19. Deadline: Open
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following: a) New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts. b) Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential. c) Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.

Pre-announcement: Global coronavirus research and innovation networkDeadline: 23 February 2021
Apply for funding to establish an international network for research into coronaviruses. The network may run for up to four years.

New Future Fund To Support Innovative UK Businesses.  Deadline: Open
The Chancellor of the Exchequer today announced he is to establish a new Future Fund to support the UK’s innovative businesses currently affected by Covid-19. These businesses have been unable to access other government business support programmes, such as CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme), because they are either pre-revenue or pre-profit and typically rely on equity investment. The scheme will deliver an initial commitment of £250m of new government funding which will be unlocked by private investment on a match funded basis. The government scheme, which will be developed in partnership with the British Business Bank with the intention of launching for applications in May, will initially be open until the end of September. Over the coming weeks, the Bank will work with government on the details on how the Future Fund will operate and how to apply for the scheme.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome & Mastercard Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator.  
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard have committed up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the Covid-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments. The partners are committed to equitable access, including making products available and affordable in low-resource settings. The Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will play a catalytic role by accelerating and evaluating new and repurposed drugs and biologics to treat patients with Covid-19 in the immediate term, and other viral pathogens in the longer-term. Currently, there are no broad-spectrum antivirals or immunotherapies available for the fight against emerging pathogens, and none approved for use on Covid-19.

Covid-19 – Other International Funding (and more) read KTN round-up
Covid-19 – Support for Businesses 
– for the latest information on UK Govt support available.

Other Featured Funding:

Health Innovation Network – Innovation Grants 2021. Deadline: 1 February 2021
Funding support for innovative projects that either test or pilot an innovation that improves healthcare, with a grant of up to £10,000 to £30,000.

Asthma health technologyDeadline: 11 February 2021
Up to £750,000 is available to support research and development of technologies for diagnosis, monitoring and management tools for asthma.

Pre-announcement: pain research data hub. Deadline: TBC. 
Apply for funding to set up a pain research data hub. You must be a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding. The hub will be part of the UKRI and Versus Arthritis Strategic Priority Fund Advanced Pain Discovery Platform.

Other Funding Opportunities: 

Innovate UK:
Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

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

The National Institute for Health Research: 
The nation’s largest funder of health and care research, providing the people, facilities and technology for research to thrive.

Click here for NIHR funding opportunities.

Medical Research Council (MRC) 
The Medical Research Council (MRC) improves the health of people in the UK – and around the world – by supporting excellent science, and training the very best scientists.

Joint Global Health Trials. Deadline: 4 February 2021
Trial development applications are typically up to £200k and two years duration and should aim to improve health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Pre-announcement: mental health data research hub. Deadline: TBC
Apply for funding to set up a mental health data research hub in partnership with Health Data Research UK.

Click here for  MRC funding opportunities

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 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 for ESRC funding opportunities.

Engineering and Psychical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
The EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical research sciences. For EPSRC funding opportunities.

Click here for EPSRC funding opportunities. 

Trust and Charities:

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. Click here to access their database

Other UK Government, Seed Funds and Loans: 

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. 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 three-36 months. Interest rates range from 5 – 10 per cent, depending on the risk profile of the applicant. This includes companies from within the digital healthcare sector.

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 an HSBC customer to apply.


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


KTN: Latest Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up
UKRI: Funding opportunities

Published on: 04 February 2021
Last Updated On: 04 February 2021