By Kate McCavana – Specialist Digital Business Consultant
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As you’ll know the grant funding landscape is constantly changing: as one scheme closes another opens so its always worth checking regularly with the EPIC team for relevant EU, UK and local programmes. A small selection of current grant opportunities is set out below:
Currently have four live competitions that may be of interest. For more information take a look here: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search
Make sure that you read the guidance for each competition very carefully: with IUK the detail and you should make sure your eHealth project is firmly ‘in scope’ and eligible before diving in.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
IUK will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. To be eligible you must be a UK based business and carry out your R&D project activity in the UK. Deadline: 24/07/2019
Artificial intelligence-supported early fracture diagnosis: SBRI competition
The challenge is to develop an AI or machine-based learning programme that can help healthcare organisations accurately identify whether a patient has a fracture. Deadline: 24/07/2019
SME support to evaluate innovation medical technologies: Round 4
This £1.5m competition is aimed at SMEs that have developed and manufactured innovative medical devices, diagnostics or regulated digital healthcare products. Deadline: 03/07/2019
Immersive Technology Investment Accelerator: phase 2, SME projects
Innovate UK will award up to £2 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s Audience of the Future programme. This is for immersive technology research and development (R&D) projects lasting up to one year. Deadline: 03/07/2019
National Institute for Health Research
NIHR fund collaborative R&D projects in medtech SMEs, universities and the NHS that have demonstrated proof-of-principle and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation. The aim is to de-risk projects, making them attractive to follow-on funders and investors. For more information about NIHR funding opportunities see here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/funding-opportunities/
The Invention for Innovation (i4i)scheme is designed to advance healthcare technologies, devices and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need, and there are currently a couple of open competitions that may be of interest.
Product Development Awards – Call 18
Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards. These awards comprise both early and late stages of R&D including the clinical development of laboratory-validated technologies or interventions. Deadline: 05/06/2019.
NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme Challenge Awards Call 9 – Real World Implementation
The NIHR is inviting applications for the assessment of medtech innovations in healthcare settings. The aim is to shorten the evidence gap between the safety/preliminary efficacy typical of a newly CE marked technology and what is required for decisions by commissioners and regulators. At the same time, this will de-risk the product for follow-on investment. Deadline 12/06/2019.
ATI Innovation Fund
More locally, ATI can assist eligible SMEs with grants of £2.5k to £10k for both capital and revenue costs in five areas including: proof of market, proof of concept, prototyping, IP protection, and next product/service generation. For more information see here: https://aticornwallinnovation.co.uk/acceleration-through-innovation-ati/innovation-fund/
Magic Little Grants
Magic Little Grants support the work of small charities and organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in physical activity to help improve their physical health. Grants of £500 are available to small charities and community groups for projects that encourage people to take part in physical activities to help improve their physical and mental health and well-being. For more information on this easy onlone application process see here: http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/magic-little-grants
Finally, still on the subject of not-for-profits the REACH Fund is a grant programme that helps charities and social enterprises raise investment. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and is open to organisations in England. Grants of £5k to £15k are available. See here for more information: https://www.reachfund.org.uk/