Funding Opportunities

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


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.

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 5. Deadline: 11 December 2019.

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products. For more information click here.

i4i Product Development Awards: round 19. Deadline: 11 December 2019

i4i PDA supports innovations at any stage of the translational research and development pathway, including the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions. This funding stream is researcher-led and does not specify topics for research. Research proposals must include applicants from two organisation types: an NHS Trust, higher education institution or small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME). 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

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.

For more information on all open IUK funding opportunities click here

DEFENCE AND SECURITY ACCELERATOR (DASA):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.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH (NIHR):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. 

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICALSCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC):Transforming UK food system healthy people & healthy environment call. Deadline: 26 November 2019

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in partnership with government are pleased to announce a highly ambitious £25 million call for research to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre. Proposals are invited for interdisciplinary research consortia to take a systems approach, linking healthy and accessible diets with sustainable food production and supply to help drive food system transformation. This programme aims to address health, environmental and social challenges simultaneously, bringing together researchers, policymakers, business and civil society to develop evidence for multi-pronged and simultaneous action across the food system. For more information click here.

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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.


MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC):Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme. Deadline: 27 November 2019

The DPFS scheme is a key part of our Translational Research Strategy and supports the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health. It funds the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” of existing therapies. For more information click here.

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TRUSTS & CHARITIES 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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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.



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.



The Health Innovation Surgery (HIS)

Venue: The Southampton Science Park, 2 Venture Road, Chilworth, SO16 7NP

Price: Free (Monthly).

Wessex AHSN host monthly Health Innovation Surgeries (HIS) for innovators to come and talk about their products and ideas with a group of professionals across the healthcare system. Hosted on the first working Monday of every month, the HIS have already been pivotal in some innovators journeys, helping people make connections across the healthcare system and starting successful professional relationships.This month we met two companies who have been aiming to share their innovations into the NHS. We will be seeing two more companies in November. To find out more click here or call Andy on  02382 020 840. For more information on all events from the Wessex AHSN click here.

Funding Masterclass for Healthcare SMEs. Venue: Southampton Science Park. Time: 17:30

Price: Free (refundable £5 deposit required)These are unprecedented times for grant funding opportunities with up to £4.7bn available to apply for through R&D funding competitions. Wessex AHSN has helped companies win £Ms in funding opportunities. In collaboration with Southampton Science Park, Kevin Brooks, of Wessex AHSN’s Funding Support Service, will be running a grant writing masterclass. This masterclass will include:

  • The 4 Golden Rules of Grant Writing
  • Funding Opportunity Hacks
  • Tools and Services that can help improve your chances of winning grant funding
  • Q&A session
  • Networking opportunities and refreshments

Spaces will be limited so to reserve your free spot register now! A modest refundable £5 deposit is required to register for the event which is refunded as you attend.  To register click here.