Last updated: 21/08/2017

Below are current and upcoming funding opportunities, more information about each funding source can be found by clicking through the links below.  If you have any questions one of our commercial team may also be able to help you:

NHS England
Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) Who can apply    Closing date
The ITP aims to support the NHS in adopting innovation by removing financial or procurement barriers to uptake innovative products or technologies. Innovations accepted on to the ITP will inform an innovation or technology theme, which will then be incentivised via financial or procurement support, meaning that any payment, tariff or purchase of products will be available to the NHS from April 2018 for a period of one year, at which point the programme and themes will be reviewed. Companies with innovative medical devices, digital platforms and technologies 8 Sept

NHS England & AHSN's
SBRI Healthcare Who can apply Closing date
This call will focus on finding innovative solutions with the ability to transform screening, accelerated diagnosis and management of cancer. Innovators from any sector  6 Sept

Horizon 2020
Eurostar Who can apply  Closing date
Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development performing small and medium sized enterprises. With its bottom-up approach, the programme supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world.  SME's 14 Sept

Nightingale H2020


 Who can apply Closing date
Funding available to work with five major European hospitals to develop, test, and validate the next generation of acute care monitoring systems that can be used in hospitals or in the home. The goal is to develop systems that are wireless, intelligent and allow interactions by patients. Large and small companies  Dec 2017

Medilink East Midlands
Innovation Support Grants Who can apply Closing date
Up to £10,000 of grant funding is available to help SMEs overcome barriers to innovation by resourcing things that cannot be done in house (due to lack of skills, expertise and equipment), to help you to develop new services, processes or products that could serve the healthcare/life science industry.
For more info contact: 0115 822 3154; email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
East Midlands SMEs Ongoing

ERDF, EMAHSN & Medilink
Medtech Trial Programme Who can apply Closing date 
A major new ERDF funded programme for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire based medical technology companies is offering funding and support to set up clinical trials, helping them to build the evidence needed to win new business from NHS organisations.

The MedTech Trial Programme includes:
- Up to 50% match funding to SME’s to support trials which will provide clinical evidence of efficacy for products
- Introduction to research and innovation groups within NHS Trusts who are interested in hosting clinical trials
- Assistance in defining the most appropriate type of trial in order to support NHS market adoption
- Signposting to funding and support that may be available from other agencies
SME based in the D2N2 LEP  Ongoing

Health Enterprise East
Medtech Accelerator Who can apply Closing date
The Medtech Accelerator has been set up to facilitate the early stage development of innovations in the broad area of medical technology (devices, diagnostics, software and eHealth) that meet unmet clinical needs within the NHS. Individuals or teams within eligible NHS organisations Round3:
1 Sept 

Round4: 1 Dec 

Eurostars 2017 call Who can apply  Closing date
Eurostars is a European funded programme to be specifically dedicated to support R&D-performing SMEs in their innovative R&D projects. It supports international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised. A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
Webinar for applicants: 13 June 17
 SMEs 14 Sept

Innovate UK
Digital Health Technology Catalyst round 1 Who can apply Closing date
Round 1 of the Digital Health Technology Catalyst will equate to up to £8m investment for the development of digital health or digitally-enabled medical technologies that are able to achieve one or more of the competition objectives, which are; improving patient outcomes, transforming healthcare delivery, enable more efficient delivery of healthcare. The competition is split into two areas, feasibility studies and Industrial Research and Experimental Development Application must be led by SMEs 11 Oct
Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 3: Feasibility Studies Who can apply Closing date
The competition is to support the development of innovative healthcare technologies and processes. This is a feasibility competition which is looking to fund projects that explore and evaluate the commercial potential of innovative scientific ideas. Application must be led by SMEs 11 Oct
Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 3: Early Stage Who can apply Closing date
This is an early-stage competition which is looking to fund projects that enable SMEs to complete a data package sufficient to support the subsequent testing of their product or process in a clinical setting (or other relevant environment) Application must be led by SMEs 11 Oct

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

i4i Connect Who can apply Closing date
Offering between £50,000-£150,000 over a 6-12 month period, its primary aim is to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding, in particular for a full i4i Product Development Award (PDA), or to support projects at any stage of the translational research and development pathway to further de-risk them for follow on investment. This will enable accelerated development of promising medical technologies, in line with recommendations from the Government’s Accelerated Access Review. SMEs 13 Sept
Health Technology Assesment (HTA) Who can apply  Closing date   

HTA Commisioned call
 - various themes

HTA Researcher led call
 - various themes

NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry (need NHS or academic partner to lead)
28 Sept
30 Nov
25 Jan 18

5 Dec
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME) Who can apply Closing date
EME Commissioned call - various themes

EME Researcher led call
NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
28 Nov

28 Nov
Public Health Research Programme (PHR) Who can apply Closing date
PHR commissioned call - various themes

PHR Researcher led call - various themes
NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry (need NHS or academic partner to lead)
14 Nov

21 Nov

Wellcome Trust
Innovator Awards Who can apply     Closing date
These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Current focus areas are mental health, neurological disorders and neglected tropical diseases Any orgs, including industry  Ongoing

Beanstalks Startup Competition 2017  Who can apply Closing date
Competition for healthcare start up's in 3 categories; POLLEN – This is for entrepreneurs who have an idea or concept but have not had the resources or knowhow to progress with it, SEEDLING – This is for teams who have a developed idea and are in the process of prototyping or market testing their product, SPROUT – This final category is for teams who are in the marketplace and have just started trading.  Start up companies  30 Sept

Nesta & Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Innovator Prize Who can apply  Closing date 
The £50,000 prize aims to help smaller inventors overcome the barriers they face such as access to resources and support and open to products that relate to any issue as long as that product helps to make people’s lives better, thereby helping to tackle a social issue affecting the UK. The prize will help to develop the innovation, build capacity and raise profile of lone or small scale inventors. UK Innovators (can be an individual innovator, small teams or small companies)   22 Oct

The King's Fund & GSK
GSK Impact Award Who can apply Closing date
Provide funding and training and development for charities doing work to improve people's health. Charities  22 Sept

Local Investment and Business Development  Programmes

HiSTAR 2017 Who can apply Closing date 
The HiSTAR Competition aims to identify promising start-up companies from the UK and introduce them to investors in China UK based entrepreneurs 31 Aug

Department for International Trade & Eurpoean Union ERDF
International Trade Grants Who can apply    Closing date   
Grants to encourage SMEs to overcome the barriers to trading internationally by providing match funding for ‘internationalisation tools'   SME's 31 Mar 2018    

East Midlands Chamber’s
Digital Growth Programme Grant Scheme Who can apply Closing date
This grant funding scheme aims to support businesses in exploiting their existing technology solutions or with the introduction of new systems and software to assist with the implementation of new digital resources, in order to improve business performance and productivity. SMEs from Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire  Ongoing

University of Derby
Invest to Grow Who can apply Closing date
Companies wanting to develop or improve their products and related services.  Collaborative research between businesses and universities and development projects for enterprises.

Innovation in products, processes and systems that will result  in business and supply chain efficiency, resilience, growth and profitability.

Projects that are collaborative between SMEs and/or that  lever other funding streams will be particularly attractive.
SME's, social enterprises, sole traders and partnerships Ongoing 
Knowledge Exchange for Innovation Who can apply Closing date
The KEI fund is designed to encourage collaboration between SMEs and the University of Derby. The University is looking to support SMEs to become more innovative and realise their growth ambitions SME in the D2N2 area  Ongoing

Growing Places Fund  Who can apply Closing date
Loans to individual companies or organisations are now being offered to finance capital investment, resulting in business growth and job creation.

Funded projects must be located within D2N2 LEP’s area. Preference will be given to projects which deliver on the LEP’s strategic priorities and key areas of economic focus
No restriction on type of company, however project must be located in D2N2 area  Ongoing 
Business Growth Fund Who can apply Closing date 
The N2 Business Growth Fund provides grants to support businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that are planning to grow through innovation. The fund contributes to investment in capital projects, research & development and new technologies, leading to business growth and the creation of new jobs. Businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area Ongoing

Leicester City Council
Leicester City Investment fund Who can apply  Closing date 
Types of investment could include:
Infrastructure provision at key development sites
Acquisition of land or commercial / industrial property
Construction or development of commercial / industrial / housing property, including extensions to premises
Other proposals related to inward investment
Industry looking to invest in Leicester  Ongoing

Other funding

For Venture Capital (VC) investment funds – please contact EMAHSN commerical team or Medilink East Midlands to learn of VC operating in the healthcare sector.

Upcoming funding

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Invention for Innovation (i4i) product development award Who can apply Competition opens
Product development awards support research and development of medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices in any area of existing or emerging clinical need. These awards comprise early and late stages of research and development, including the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or intervention NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
1 Nov

Innovate UK 
Emerging and Enabling Technologies Competition:
Round 3 
 Who can apply Competition opens
Briefing Event dates:
Tue, 12 Sept, London
Wed, 13 Sept, Cardiff
Thu, 14 Sept, Manchester
Tue, 19 Sept, Belfast
Thu, 21 Sept, Glasgow
 SMEs  4 Sept