Last updated: 07/03/2018

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 & Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK
NHS Test Beds: business expression of interest
Who can apply Closing date 
This Test Bed opportunity is split is two strands:

1. Innovate UK is to invest up to £4.5 million on behalf of the Office for Life Sciences (OLS), a joint unit between the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This is in projects that integrate new product and service innovations. These projects must produce significant health improvements at the same or less cost than existing practice.

2.  £1.5 million is available from NHS England. This is specifically for projects that integrate digital approaches to self-management education and support for people with type 2 diabetes.

This is the first stage of the competition and is calling for expressions of interest (EoI). By entering you state that you have a market-ready digital product and are willing to partner with an NHS organisation or partnership.

Health care companies, must be prepare to collaborate with others  Expression of interest deadline: 27 March 

ERDF, East Midlands AHSN & AHSN partners
 East Midlands Digital Health Accelerator Who can apply  Closing date 
Digital health businesses within the region have the opportunity to compete to join a new East Midlands Digital Health Accelerator programme, which has launched to help develop and deploy digital solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the NHS.
Successful companies will receive:
One-to-one support from a designated “NHS Navigator”
Specialist training
Support with product development
Opportunities to meet experts from business, clinical, and government backgrounds
Regular opportunities to showcase their products with NHS decision-makers and influencers.
Digital health SMEs  13 April

Office of Life Science & Innovate UK
Support for SMEs to evaluate innovative medical technologies Who can apply  Closing date
Support developers of innovative medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting.  SME  21 March

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

Innovate UK
March 2018 Sector Competition: Open Who can apply Closing date
Grant opporunity for highly innovative projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up as soon as possible following completion. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity and/or access to new overseas markets through export. UK based companies 9 May
SBRI: Automated Pre-cleaning of Surgical Intrusments Who can apply Closing date
The aim of this competition is to find an automated solution to the pre-cleaning of surgical instruments as part of the NHS sterile services process.
Looking for a range of solutions that are technically innovative and good value for money.
Any organsiations 9 May
Innovation loans: manufacturing and materials readiness Who can apply Closing date
The aim of this competition is to provide a loan which will help SMEs increase manufacturing readiness. This applies to innovations in manufacturing systems, technologies or processes, and/or materials development, properties, integration or reuse.
Briefing events dates here
UK based SME 25 April
Digital health technology catalyst round 2 Who can apply Closing date
Funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC) is a £35 million fund, being run over 4 years. The aim of this competition is to address major healthcare challenges and grow the UK digital healthcare industry through the innovative use of digital technologies. Solutions can be for either clinical or non-clinical settings. The areas of importance(but limited to): 1. Improving health, and closing the health and wellbeing gap with, 2. Transforming care, and closing the care and quality gap 3. Controlling costs and enabling change, and closing the finance and efficiency gap UK based business 18 April
January 2018 sector competition: strand 1, health and life sciences Who can apply Closing date:
The aim of the health and life sciences strand of this competition is to develop innovations that lead to increased agricultural productivity, enhanced food quality and sustainability or improved healthcare outcomes. Products can range across different technologies, markets and technology maturities. These may include feasibility studies, industrial research or experimental development. UK based SME 28 March
January 2018 sector competition: strand 2, emerging and enabling technologies Who can apply Closing date
The aim of this emerging and enabling strand is to help businesses to innovate in order to find sources of revenue from new products, processes or services. Projects must show significant innovation in one of our 4 priority areas; Emerging technologies (biofilms, energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies), Digital, Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design.  UK based business, academics, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO) 28 March

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Award - Mental Health Who can apply Closing date
Applications are invited for the development of innovative technological solutions which can influence the patient care pathway and improve patient outcomes for mental health conditions. Industry, NHS organisations,
4 April
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 Mar
24 May
19 July

28 Mar
25 April
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME) Who can apply Closing date
EME Commissioned call - various themes

EME Researcher led call
NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
27 Mar

27 Mar
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)
20 Mar
24 July 

27 Mar

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

Nesta & Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Longitude Prize Who can apply  Closing date 
A challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solvethe 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

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
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
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
28 April