Funding Opportunities

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


FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES: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.


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.


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

NEWS:Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Deadline for current round: 4 March 2020

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.