Last updated: 12/12/2017

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:

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

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 12 Jan 

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
SME based in the D2N2 LEP  Ongoing

Innovate UK
Open Competition Who can apply Closing date
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £19 million to deliver game changing or disruptive innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. UK based business 28 Feb
Biomedical Catalyst round 4: Late stage award 
Who can apply Closing date
Apply for a share of up to £8 million to work on solving healthcare challenges in a clinical setting or a relevant late stage environment.
UK based SME

 7 Feb 
Biomedical Catalyst round 4: Primer award Who can apply Closing date:
The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. There are 4 types of funding awards: feasibility, primer, early stage and late stage. UK based SME 7 Feb

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)
25 Jan 
1 Feb
25 March

28 March
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 March

27 March
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 March

27 March

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

Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Award - Mental Health Who can apply Competition opens
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. NHS organisations,
Academia, Industry
1 Feb