Last updated: 19/06/2017

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 Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Who can     apply  Closing date
NIA is now recruiting up to 12 Fellows representing high-impact, evidence-based innovations (sourced nationally and internationally) which address one or more of the following challenges; mental health, urgent and emergency care and primary care. Innovators from industry, NHS, 3rd sector and academia 26 July

NHS England & AHSN's
SBRI Healthcare Who can apply Closing date
The next funding round (which will open at the end of July) will focuses on finding innovative solutions with the ability to transform screening, accelerated diagnosis and management of cancer. SMEs  TBC

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 
Innovation Awards 2017 Who can apply Closing date
Competition open to NHS staff within member organisations and innovative SMEs across the East of England, East Midlands and London who have a new product or service which will benefit patients and improve healthcare delivery. Categroies are; medical technology, service improvement, innovation in primary care, SME innovation, Diabetes, clinical entreneur of the year. Individuals or teams within eligible NHS organisations and SMEs 14 July

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

The Health Foundation
Insight 2017 Who can apply Closing date
£1.6 million is available for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK. he programme comprises two funding streams for small and large-scale awards Any organisation who can demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to carry out high quality research 25 July

Innovate UK
Investment Accelerator Pilot Who can apply Closing date
This opportunity provides simultaneous grant funding and venture capital investment for early stage projects related to health and life sciences, smart infrastucture, connected transport. The programme will provide 100% of project costs, project should last between 3 to 12 months UK based business SME, spin-out UK companies Registration deadline:
28 June

Application deadline:
5 July
Open Programme - Round 3 Who can apply Closing date
Competition is open to the best business-led cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation UK business must lead project Application deadline:
9 Aug
Design Foundations 2017: Round 2 Who can apply Closing date
Investment of up to £1 million in early-stage, human-centred design projects. These projects will help businesses identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate ideas for new products, services or business models that align with customer demand UK business must lead project Application deadline:
21 June
Shanghai-UK industrial challenge programme Who can apply Closing date

Up to £5 million is available for UK businesses as Innovate UK and the Science & Technology Commission Dept of Shanghai Municipality get together to stimulate economic growth in China and the UK. There are two areas; open priorities: to transformational or disruptive innovations leading to novel, new products, processes or services, future cities: addressing the challenges brought on by rapid urbanisation, demographic and social change, resource scarcity and climate change
UK businesses Registration deadline: 21 June 

Application deadline: 28 June


AstraZeneca Challenge: Digital Health Solutions for Clinical Trial Acceleration or Improved Clinical Outcomes Who can apply Closing date
AstraZeneca is looking to collaborate with individals with innovations around big data, wearable technologies, improved clinical trial enrollment and more. Ideally, the collaboration would be at the academic stage with some early results available to show its potential. Successful proposals should focus on technologies and approaches that will benefit patients and integrate with the AstraZeneca main therapy areas: Oncology, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases and Respiratory. Any sector  7 July

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

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)
3 Aug
28 Sept

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

EME Researcher led call
NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry (need NHS
or academic partner to lead)
4 July

4 July
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)
1 Aug
14 Nov

25 July
1 Jan 18
Research for Patient Benefit Programme (RfPB)- Competition 33 Who can apply Closing date
RfPB Research led call NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry (need NHS or academic partner to lead)
19 July
Invention for Innovation (i4i) Who can apply Closing date
i4i Product Development Award call NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry (need NHS or academic partner to lead)
7 July

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

Local Investment and Business Development  Programmes

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.