Latest Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK

Analytical Biotechnologies for Pharmaceuticals
Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects to address the UK’s need for improved analytical technologies that support the development of current and next generation biopharmaceutical products. The aim of this competition is to advance the industry by addressing sector-specific challenges relating to analytical technologies for testing and characterising biopharmaceutical products and monitoring processes, as well as the supporting informatics tools.
Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium- sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
Deadline: 20th October 2015
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Quantified Self
Innovate UK is offering 5 businesses up to £35,000 each to encourage innovation in quantified self for wellbeing, across the themes of nutrition, older people, younger people, mental health and data capture. Looking for proposals from companies with innovative digital ideas relevant to the quantified self movement, including self-tracking, monitoring and sensing to improve wellbeing. The companies will not only benefit from funding, but also the opportunity to collaborate with commercial partners to accelerate development of their technologies.
Deadline: 27th October 2015
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Stratified Medicine Connecting the UK Infrastructure
Innovate UK is to invest up to £10m in a two-phase competition to promote the development of new diagnostic products and services for use in stratified medicine. This SBRI competition aims to accelerate and/or increase the development and adoption of innovative diagnostic tools in order to offer better targeted treatment to patients within the UK healthcare system. It also aims to demonstrate the benefits of companies working within the UK ‘enabling infrastructure’, which is made up of specialist organisations that can help companies understand healthcare needs and design, evaluate and deliver their products and services into the NHS.
Up to £2m is available for phase 1 of the competition and up to a further £8m may be available in a second phase to further develop successful phase 1 projects. The competition is open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution. Successful organisations will attract a 100% funded development contract of up to £150,000 over nine months in phase 1, with the potential to apply for up to £2m over a further three years in phase 2.
Deadline: 4th November 2015
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SME Instrument
The SME instrument has been designed specifically for single or groups of highly innovative SMEs with international ambitions, determined to turn strong, innovative business ideas into winners on the market. The instrument provides full-cycle business innovation support from the stage of business idea conception and planning (phase I) over business plan execution and demonstration (phase II) to commercialisation (phase III). Participants will be able to call on business innovation coaching for the duration of their project.
Deadline: 25th November 2015
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Medical Research Council

Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)
The MRC Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) supports the early stages of development of public health interventions.
Deadline: 19th November 2015
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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Department of Health Policy Research Programme
The Department of Health Policy Research Programme invites applications in the following area:
“Improving Choices for Care: A Strategic Research Initiative on Implementation of the Care Act 2014”
Deadline: 20th October 2015
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Public Health Research Programme
The PHR Programme funds research that evaluates public health interventions, specifically to provide new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. Proposed primary outcome measures should always be health related, unless otherwise specified in a commissioning brief. Examples include examining whether regeneration programmes improve public health and reduce health inequalities; evaluating employer schemes to encourage walking or cycling to work; and assessing interventions that encourage healthy eating among school children.
Deadline: 9th November 2015
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Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
The remit of the EME Programme includes clinical trials and evaluative studies of novel and repurposed interventions. The term intervention is meant in the broadest sense and includes any method used to promote health, prevent and treat disease and improve rehabilitation or long-term care.
Deadline: 10th November 2015

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme is accepting applications to their commissioned workstream for the following topics:
• 15/73 Markers of early treatment response in non-cancerous conditions
• 15/74 Novel diagnostics and treatments for irritable bowel syndrome
• 15/75 Mechanisms of action of health interventions
• 15/76 Severe opportunistic fungal infections
Deadline: 10th November 2015

Health Technology Assessment Programme – Efficient Study Designs
The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting expressions of interest applications to their researcher-led workstream, for research into funding for primary research using efficient study designs to evaluate clinical and public health interventions for the NHS.
Deadline: 18th November 2015
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NHS England

NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes
The NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes encourage, recognise and reward front line innovation and drive spread and adoption of these innovations across the NHS.
Deadline: 7th November 2015
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Foundations & Charities

Health Foundation
Translating improvement skills from training to implementation
Call for original research on translating improvement skills and knowledge into front-line implementation.
Deadline: 26th October 2015
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Local partner sites for Realising the Value
Opportunity for local organisations or partnerships that are passionate about person-centred and community-based approaches in health and care to become a local partner site for ‘Realising the Value’.
Looking for experienced local partner sites, from within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector or that work closely with this sector, that have an appetite to use their existing experience to help others learn what works in practice. Seeking five local partner sites to each lead on one of the five areas of practice prioritised:
• Self-management education
• Peer support
• Health coaching
• Group activities that promote health and well-being
• Asset-based approaches in a health and well-being context
Deadline: 13th October 2015
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Cancer Research UK

Biotherapeutic Drug Discovery Programme Awards
These Awards support research towards the identification / validation of new targets, and the discovery and development of novel biotherapeutic agents.
Deadline: 10th November 2015
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Feasibility Study Project Grants
Feasibility Study Project Grants fund feasibility, pilot or Phase II studies testing aspects of feasibility or tolerability and/or efficacy.
Deadline: 1st December 2015
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New Agents Committee Trial Grants & Endorsements
Funding or endorsement for early phase patient trials of new cancer treatments including combinations of treatments and radiotherapy.
Deadline: 23rd November 2015
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Small Molecule Drug Discovery Project Awards
These Awards support research towards identification/validation of new targets, and the discovery of novel small molecule therapeutic/preventative agents.
Deadline: 17th November 2015
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Wellcome Trust

Translation Fund
The aim of Translation Awards is to develop innovative and ground breaking new technologies in the biomedical area.
Deadline: 16th October 2015 (concept)
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Seeding Drug Discovery
The aim of Seeding Drug Discovery is to develop drug-like, small molecules that will be the springboard for further research and development by the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in areas of unmet medical need.
Deadline: 4th November 2015
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Pathfinder Awards
The Wellcome Trust is seeking to kick-start pilot projects that have significant potential to help develop innovative new products that address an unmet need in healthcare and offer a potential new solution.
Deadline: 23rd November 2015
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Seed Awards in Science
Seed Awards provide responsive, flexible funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they would be able to be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust, or another source.
Deadline: 22nd October 2015
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MND Association

Biomedical Research Project Grants
Our biomedical research programme is delivering significant and measurable advances in understanding and treating the disease. We only fund research of the highest scientific excellence and greatest relevance to MND.
Deadline: 30th October 2015
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Action Medical Research for Children
Within child health supporting a broad spectrum of research with the objective of:
• preventing disease and disability and
• alleviating physical disability
Emphasis on biomedical clinical research or research at the interface between clinical and basic science. Within this criteria, also support research and development of equipment and techniques to improve diagnosis, therapy and assistive technology (including orthoses, prostheses and aids to daily living) and encourage applications in the field of medical engineering.
Deadline: 25th November 2015
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