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Last updated:  12/10/2018

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, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) & AHSN Network
Diabetes Hothouse Who can apply Closing date 
This opportunity connects digital health innovators with pharmaceutical companies to explore new innovations that could help people living with diabetes. ‘The Diabetes Hothouse’ is calling for innovators with market-ready, digital or digitally-enabled innovations to take part in the programme. Successful innovations, with evidence of strong impact of improving outcomes for people with diabetes will receive support in either funding or clinical expertise so they can spread their solutions across the country. Companies of all sizes, individuals, NHS teams and charities  5 Nov

HDR UK
Digital Innovation Hub Programme Who can apply Closing date
This four-year programme (September 2018 to July 2022) is funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), receiving £37.5 million. This opportunity is for 'Phase 2: Sprint Exemplar Innovation Project' - The purpose is to establish “confidence in concept” of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme technology solutions, and proof of readiness for industry innovation use cases. Demonstrate participation across the following sectors: Academia, NHS and Industry. Applicants must indicate a lead in the three sectors 7 Dec



Midlands Engine: British Business Bank, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Communities and Local Government and 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Who can apply    Closing date
In line with the Government’s Midlands Engine Strategy the MEIF provides over £250m of investment designed to provide greater support to the region’s smaller businesses, accelerate economic growth and promote job creation. The fund launch has been marked with the publication of a new report on the current state of the regional economy and funding landscape, Spotlight: The Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Businesses in the East Midlands, South East Midlands and West Midlands Ongoing


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.
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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
Contact the EMAHSN for more information
SME based in the D2N2 LEP  Ongoing

Innovate UK
Digital health technology catalyst round 3: feasibility studies Who can apply  Closing date
The Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund, being run over 4 years. It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Projects must be innovative and clearly demonstrate how they will have the potential to improve the health and care system. The grant enables you to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of an early-stage digital health concept Must be led by UK based SME 31 Oct
Digital health technology catalyst round 3: collaborative R&D
Who can apply Closing date
The Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund, being run over 4 years. It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Projects must be innovative and clearly demonstrate how they will have the potential to improve the health and care system. Proposals must improve business growth, improve productivity or create opportunities for at least one UK SME involved in the project. Must be led by UK based SME 31 Oct
SBRI: intelligent data to transform local council service delivery Who can apply  Closing date
Solution must demonstrate intelligent data capture and reporting, and the application of advanced data analysis. This analysis must handle data collected by individuals and data gathered by vehicles Any organisation 7 Nov
Open grant Who can apply Closing date
Grant opporunity for highly innovative projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. This competition provides innovation research and development (R&D) funding from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation.  UK based companies, reseach and technology organisations

14 Nov
Innovation loans Who can apply Closing date
Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity and/or access to new overseas markets through export. UK based SME 21 Nov


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Health Technology Assesment (HTA) Who can apply  Closing date   
Digital Technologies to Improve Health and Care

End of Life care

Precision Medicine

For more HTA competitions click here

NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry (need NHS or academic partner to lead)
6 Nov


6 Nov

6 Nov

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME) Who can apply Closing date
Digtal Technology to improve health and care

Precision Medicinesrecision Medicines

End of life care

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - Researcher Led

Mechanisms of action of health interventions

Functional Imaging

Transplantation 

Urothelial cancers
NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
6 Nov

6 Nov

6 Nov


20 Nov

20 Nov

20 Nov

20 Nov

20 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)
6 Nov

13 Nov
31 Dec

Wellcome Trust
Innovator Awards: Digital Technologies Who can apply Closing date
These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into digital healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Any orgs, including industry 3 Dec
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.  Any orgs, including industry 3 Jan 2019


Nesta & Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Longitude Prize Who can apply  Closing date 
A challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve the greatest issues of our time, such antibiotics resistance, restore movement to those with paralysis, help people with dementia to live independently for longer UK Innovators (can be an individual innovator, small teams or small companies)  Dec 2019


Local Investment and Business Development  Programmes


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

D2N2
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
Businesses in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire 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
Technology Grants Who can apply Closing date
The technology grant scheme aims to provide financial support in exploiting existing technology solutions or, with the introduction of new systems and software, to assist with the implementation of new digital resources to improve business performance and productivity to grow your organisation.  Businesses in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire 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
i4i product development award - call 17

i4i product development award - call 18
NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
31 Oct 2018

24 April 2019

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME) Who can apply Competition opens
Benign Gynecological Disorders

Dental Health - Disorders of the teeth and gums
NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
21 Nov 2018

21 Nov 2018
Health Technology Assesment (HTA) Who can apply Competition opens
HTA competition details NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
29 Nov 2018


People's Health Trust
Health Lottery East Midlands  Who can apply Competition open  
 More information to follow  3rd sector, not for profit organistions   Nov 2018