Funding Opportunities

European & International Funding

number of European and International funds are available to UK based healthcare companies and researchers.

Launch of EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019
The European Commission has launched the 2019 edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. The Prize aims to encourage more women to exploit the commercial and business opportunities offered by their research projects and to become entrepreneurs.
Europe needs more innovators to stay competitive and to spur economic growth, but a disproportionately high number of well-educated women researchers do not consider entrepreneurship as an option. The Prize is intended to increase public awareness of the contribution of women researchers to entrepreneurship – and in turn to encourage entrepreneurial women to become innovators.
The Prize is open to women who have founded or co-founded their company, which must have been registered before 1 January 2018. Applicants must, at some point of their careers, have benefitted from EU funding related to research and innovation. Contestants must be residents of an EU Member State (or a country associated to Horizon 2020). An additional ‘Rising Innovator Award’ is available to women aged 35 or under.
Three prizes worth €100,000 are available for the winners, while the Rising Innovator Award is worth €35,000.
Deadline: 16 January 2019
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H2020: Future and Emerging Technologies: Open Challenge Current Thinking
The challenge is to lay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind from visionary interdisciplinary collaborations that dissolve the traditional boundaries between sciences and disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities. This topic also encourages the driving role of new actors in research and innovation, including excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and first-time participants to FET under Horizon 2020 from across Europe.
Deadline: 24 January 2019, 5.00pm (Brussels Time), next deadline is September 2019
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H2020: Calls Open for European Research Infrastructures
The Excellent Science pillar of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme provides support for European research infrastructures. Research infrastructures are facilities, resources and services that are used by the research communities to conduct research and foster innovation in their fields.
Two new Call Topics have been launched to support the ambitions of the European Research Infrastructures strand of the Excellent Science pillar. These two Topics are as follows:
Fast Track to the Implementation of an ESFRI Research Infrastructure
Prototyping new innovative services
Deadline: 29 January 2019
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H2020: Horizon Prize – Improved mobility for older people

This call was launched at the end of 2017 and has just over three months before the deadline closes for submission of applications.

The purpose of the contest is to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for older people (65+)

The prize will be awarded to the entry that demonstrates the best solution (which is at least a prototype solution demonstrated in an operational environment during an implementation period of at least 5 months) to the challenge whilst meeting the award criteria. The solution should be both developed by the contestant and be novel (i.e. developed during the contest period).

Deadline: 1 February 2019

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H2020: ERC Consolidator Grants 2019 Call
ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
ERC grants are open to researchers of any nationality who may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application. However, the host institution must be established in an EU Member State or Associated Country. Consolidator Grants will support projects carried out by individual teams which are headed by a single Principal Investigator.
The constitution of the research teams is flexible. Depending on the nature of a project the research team may involve team members from other research organisations situated in the same or a different country.
An indicative budget of €602 million is available for this Call. Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of €2 million for a period of five years.
Deadline: 7 February 2019
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H2020: SME Instrument

Are you an innovative, high-flying small or medium-sized business with European and global ambitions?

Have you got an idea for an innovation that targets new markets and could boost the growth of your company?

Are you looking for substantial funding to develop and scale up your idea?

And could you make use of business development resources and coaching to take your company forward? Then the SME Instrument is for you.

The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth.

The SME Instrument is for innovators with ground-breaking concepts that could shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide.

Deadline: 13 February 2019, 5.00pm Brussels Time

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H2020: Fast Track to Innovation
•Who should apply to FTI, the Fast Track to Innovation?
•Are you looking for partners that can help you with a fast go-to-market of an industry-driven, innovative concept that has strong potential to make your company grow and scale-up?
•Do you see co-creation or open innovation as ways to advance your innovation cycle and enter the market within three years?
•Are you looking for substantial funding to test, demonstrate and validate your innovation with users before full commercial roll-out, potentially via a spin-off company or a joint venture?
Deadline: 21 February 2019, 5.00pm (Brussels Time)
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H2020: Social Innovation Prize 2019

The aim of the prize is to improve the mobility of older people by providing innovative mobility solutions allowing them to maintain independence and actively participate in social life.

While the main target group is the elderly (aged 65+), the solutions developed in the context of this contest may also be beneficial to other parts of the population, such as people with reduced mobility.

This inducement prize requires applicants to demonstrate that their solution was implemented or underwent major changes, between the opening date and the submission of their application. Major changes may e.g. relate to the features of the solution, to the user population (scaling-up, or replication in other locations), or to the adaptation of a pre-existing scheme to new categories of users.

Deadline 28 February 2019

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H2020: European Social Catalyst Fund to scale up high performing social innovations in the provision of social services
This is a forthcoming call that opens on 6 November 2018
This coordination and support action will establish a consortium composed of a representative set of actors involved in the financing of social services and their provision such as venture philanthropists, foundations, social impact investors, government agencies and/or social service providers. The consortium will set up a European Social Catalyst Fund that will be funded jointly by the European Commission and the members of the consortium, i.e. the consortium will be under the obligation of signing on to the project. The Fund shall be of at least EUR 600.000, with the EU contribution accounting for a maximum of 25%, and it will put forward a call for proposals that will result in at least five social innovation implementation plans.
The proposal must clearly detail a fixed and exhaustive list of the different types of socially impactful activities supporting the priorities of the European Commission, including the European Pillar of Social Rights, for which a third party may receive financial support via the European Social Catalyst Fund. Examples of priority areas include aging, poverty and marginalisation, homelessness, vulnerable populations including people with disabilities, mental health difficulties and dementia, digital inclusiveness, employment and job creation, inequalities, education and training, skills, community development, the role and place of young people in the society, and intergenerational solidarity. Links to the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 could be considered.
Deadline: 13 March 2019, 5.00pm Brussels Time
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H2020: Regenerative Medicine: from new insights to new applications
Regenerative medicine offers hope for untreatable disease and the ageing population, improved quality of life and reduced medical costs. However, so far, regenerative medicine has not yet proved itself in the clinic beyond rare diseases or conditions of limited public health importance. With recent scientific discoveries opening up new approaches to regenerative medicine, the challenge is to use these to extend the regenerative approach to major diseases and conditions.
Deadline: 16 April 2019, 5.00pm Brussels Time
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H2020: Mining big data for early detection of infectious disease threats driven by climate change and other factors
It is expected that proposals develop:
•the technology to allow the pooling, access, analysis and sharing of relevant data, including next generation sequencing;
•the innovative bio-informatics and modelling methodologies that enable risk modelling and mapping; and
•the analytical tools for early warning, risk assessment and monitoring of (re-)emerging infectious disease threats.
Proposals should be able to demonstrate the feasibility of such extended data mining for the purposes outlined above, as well as its European level added value. The ready-to-use analytical tools and services that are developed should be based on an assessment of the needs of potential end-users in the Member States and on European level, should as far as possible build on and be compatible with existing European initiatives.
Deadline: 16 April 2019, 5.00pm Brussels Time
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H2020: Innovation Procurement: Next generation sequencing (NGS) for routine diagnosis
The objective is to implement NGS in routine diagnostics for personalised medicine and scale up demand-driven innovation for healthcare systems. This includes organisational, economical, technical and clinical aspects. It should lead to NGS tests, clinically validated procedures (including sex analysis), quality assurance schemes, tools and methods for data collection, management, analysis and interpretation, with a view to assist clinical decision-making and foster medical research and innovation. Transferability and cloud based NGS data analyses should be considered, as appropriate. Input from initiatives like the EJP Cofund on rare diseases and ERNs[1] should be considered when relevant. Ethical issues should be addressed.
For grants awarded under this topic for Pre-Commercial procurement it is expected that results could contribute to European or international standards. Therefore, the respective option of Article 28.2 of the Model Grant Agreement will be applied.
Deadline: 16 April 2019, 5.00pm Brussels Time
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H2020: Better Health and Care, Economic Growth and Sustainable Health Systems

This call will be implemented through five main priorities:

• Personalised medicine
• Innovative health and care industry
• Infectious diseases and improving global health
• Innovative health and care systems – Integration of care
• Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being

Deadline: 16 April 2019

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H2020: Widening Fellowships

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Widening fellowships, in particular, provide specific support to researchers to undertake their fellowship in a widening country. This will help spread excellence and close the still apparent research and innovation gap within Europe.

Deadline: 11 September 2019

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H2020: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Co-Funding for Fellowships and Doctorates

The COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers’ training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.

Deadline: 26 September 2019

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H2020: Industrial Leadership – Dedicated SME Instrument 2019
The SME Instrument provides full-cycle business innovation support. It has three phases, includes a coaching and mentoring service, and applications will be accepted throughout 2019 for Phase 1 and Phase 2:
•Phase 1: Feasibility study. Funding is a lump sum of €50,000 Projects should last around six months
•Phase 2: From concept to market. Grant funding is provided (funding rate 70%) of between €500,000 and €2.5 million. Projects should normally take 12 to 24 months to complete but could be longer in exceptional and well-justified cases.
•Phase 3: Commercialisation. Additional EU support extended via a range of business support services offered on the EIC Community Platform, open to SMEs benefiting from the different EIC calls for proposals.
Deadlines in 2019 for Phase 1 proposals are: 13 February; 7 May; 5 September; and 6 November 2019.
Deadlines in 2019 for Phase 2 proposals are: 9 January; 3 April; 5 June; and 9 October 2019.
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H2020: EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Early Warning for Epidemics’

The objectives of the prize are:

• to develop and demonstrate a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning system prototype using Earth Observation data to forecast and monitor vector-borne diseases;

• to contribute to the prevention of outbreaks mitigating their impact on local, regional and global scales and providing support to existing elimination efforts

Deadline: 1 September 2020

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INTERNATIONAL

DIT – Tradeshow Access Programme
The Tradeshow Access Programme provides funding in the form of grants for eligible businesses to attend overseas trade shows. The funding helps your business gain: market knowledge; experience in attending and getting the most from overseas trade shows; advice and support from trade experts.
Deadline: open
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