Last updated: 23/05/2017

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:

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

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

Scottish Funding Council
Cancer Innovation Challenge Who can apply  Closing date 
Looking for innovative technology approaches to record and integrate cancer PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures) /
PREMs (Patient Reported Experience Measures) to improve patient care
Any orgs, including industry Phase 1 deadline:
29 May 

Innovate UK
Biomedical Catalyst 2017 : Round 2 Late Stage Award Who can apply Closing date
Biomedical Catalyst awards fund innovative solutions to healthcare challenges. The aim of the late stage award is to test a well-developed concept and show its effectiveness in a relevant environment. Industry, must have SME involvement Registration deadline:
31 May

Application deadline:
7 June
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 Registration deadline:
14 June

Application deadline:
21 June

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)
1 June
3 Aug

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

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    

Mills & Reeve and
 Innovation 50 Who can apply  Closing date
The region’s most forward-thinking companies have the chance to claim their place on a first-of-its-kind index, the ‘Innovation 50’.This list will celebrate the most innovative businesses across a range of categories, recognising the top performing businesses from across the Midlands in a ranked index set to be published in September Companies in the Midlands 16 June

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

Upcoming opportunities 

Eurostars 2017 call Who can apply Start 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.
Deadline: 14 Sept 17

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.