Funding Opportunities

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


NHS Innovation Accelerator. Deadline: 23rd October 2019

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) supports exceptional individuals (‘Fellows’) with a passion for and commitment to scaling their innovations for greater patient and population benefit, and for sharing their learning, insight and expertise widely. Fellows can be clinicians, academics, from industry (SMEs or large corporates), or from charitable and not-for-profit organisations. The support offer includes access to mentorship from a range of experts and high-profile mentors, links with AHSNs, peer-to-peer learning and support, a dedicated learning programme, presentation and networking opportunities, and access to a bursary.

For more information click here.

Healthy Ageing Investor Accelerator: Round 1. Deadline: 6 November 2019

Investors can apply to distribute grant funding from Innovate UK with private equity investment into UK businesses to deliver innovation in the healthy ageing market. Grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. For more information click here.

Demonstrate impact in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals: Phase 1. Deadline: 13 Nov 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3 million to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies. This funding is Official Development Assistance from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). For more information click here. 

Healthy Ageing Trailblazers. Deadline: 27th November 2019

This is stage 1 of a 2-stage competition. A total fund of up to £1.5 million is on offer for stage 1 to conduct research and develop a business plan for a healthy ageing ‘trailblazer’. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. For more information click here.

Innovation Loans: September 2019 Competition. Deadline: 27 November 2019

Loans for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy. For more information click here.


Smart Grants: July 2019. Deadline: 16 October 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. For more information click here.

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge 2019: phase 1. Deadline: 23 October 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million and Malaysian businesses a share of RM 5.5 million to collaborate on innovative solutions to large societal challenges. 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. 


NIHR global health policy and systems research commissioned awards. Deadline: 11 December 2019

The aim of the call is to support equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers to generate new research knowledge and evidence to tackle priorities for health systems strengthening in ODA eligible countries in areas identified as priorities through the NIHR’s engagement and consultation exercise.

Awards of up to £4m for a duration of up to 4 years are available for partnerships/consortia led by two Joint Lead Applicants (one from an LMIC and one from a UK institution) and up to three additional Co-Applicants. For more information click here.

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

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.



UKRI-NSFC Joint Call: Understanding and Addressing Health and Social Challenges for Ageing in the UK and China. Deadline: 17 October 2019

The call invites high quality proposals between researchers in the UK and China which aim to enhance the evidence base on understanding and addressing health and social challenges facing ageing societies through interdisciplinary collaborations. For more information click here.

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HEALTH FOUNDATION (HF):HF have invested more than £120m over the last 15 years to help improve the quality of care for the public. Interested in HF funding opportunities then click here to find out more.

WELLCOME TRUST: Innovator Awards. Deadline: None Up to £500K. These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Click here to find out more.

BREAST CANCER NOW: Breast cancer risk and prevention research grants. Interested in the BCN funding opportunities then click here to find out more.

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION (BHF): Strategic Initiatives. Deadline: Open. BHF will enter into dialogue with major research institutions to identify potential large capital needs for their cardiovascular research strategy. By so doing, BHF hope that they will be able to indicate at an early stage to what extent the BHF may be able to contribute to the overall costs of the strategy, thereby allowing the institution to lever additional funds from other sources. Click here to find out more.

For more information on BHF funding opportunities click here.

DUNHILL MEDICAL TRUST: Project Grants for development of care and support services for older people. Deadline: Open.

Dunhill Medical Trust are seeking time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people which are innovative and/or based on evidence of best practice and which can become self-sustaining within a planned period. Click here to find out more.


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INTERNATIONAL: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 Trade’s Export Opportunities Pipeline click here.