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Funding Opportunities

Friday, June 26, 2020
Kara MacKenzie

Wellcome Trust – Innovator Awards

Closing Date:  Ongoing

Value: up to £500k, or £750k for collaborations

Eligibility:  Researchers, individuals and teams from not-for profit and commercial organisations can apply.

Summary: For researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health.

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NIHR – Mobile Data for Public Health

Closing Date: 28th July 2020

Value: not specified


Research areas can include, but are not limited to:

  • The comparative use, validity and accuracy of data from geolocation software in devices and applications such as Google Earth, Strava, Fitbit, social media, smart phones and watches
  • Interventions that track behaviour through the use of mathematical models or those that use mobile digital data without formal modelling (e.g. movement, sleep)
  • The use of mobile digital data from either a nationwide cohort or a geographical location cohort or both
  • The ethics, legality and public acceptability of organisations collecting and using mobile digital data
  • The accessibility and the costs of access of mobile digital data
  • The generalisability of mobile data in research to a range of public health problems

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ISCF Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme

Closing Date:  7th July 2020 for initial outline call proposals

Value: £9.5m (100% FEC) available  - projects up to £2m over 36 months

Eligibility:  Lead - UK Research organisations.

Summary: The SBDRP will fund interdisciplinary academic-led teams, working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, to develop the research base in social, behavioural and design aspects of healthy ageing, enhancing our understanding of the needs of the ageing population, informing innovators and influencing market behaviours. Proposals to the programme should include meaningful engagements with end-users, older people and businesses, as well as reflecting the diversity of ageing populations.

Applicants are encouraged to critically engage with social, behavioural and design aspects of the Healthy Ageing Challenge themes outlined in the Challenge Framework. Proposals may include, but are not limited to, approaches that address creating healthy and active environments (including maintaining health at work), the life course, understanding the behaviour of consumers of healthy ageing products and services, and inclusive design.

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EPSRC - Second Call for Transformative Healthcare Technologies – Pre-announcement and engagement event

Closing Date: 30th July 2020

Eligibility: Research organisations/collaborations

  • Summary: EPSRC, in collaboration with MRC, will shortly be inviting proposals for adventurous (high risk, high gain) projects as part of the second phase of the Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 call, otherwise referred to as the Transformative Healthcare Technologies 2.0 call. This call will target projects that that are guided by a longer-term vision to pursue new, “high risk high reward” ideas and develop thinking and approaches supported by the next generation of underpinning science, engineering and emerging technologies in the healthcare space.
  • Pre-symptomatic diagnosis and continuous health monitoring;
  • Future affordable and inclusive healthcare solutions
  • Technologies to improve healthcare treatment
  • Repurposing technologies originally developed for other fields for potential healthcare impact
  • Applicant’s attention is also drawn to the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges:
  • Developing Future Therapies
  • Frontiers of Physical Intervention
  • Optimizing Treatment
  • Transforming Community Health and Care

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NIHR - 19/135 Interactive electronic devices and children and young people's wellbeing

Closing Date:  28th July 2020

Value: TBC

Summary: Research Questions;

  • What is the impact of interactive electronic devices on health and health inequalities experienced by children and young people (CYP)?
  • What are the effective interventions that aim to maximise benefit or minimise harm of health outcomes as a result of the use interactive electronic devices activities for CYP?

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EUREKA - Multilateral call for projects on healthy ageing

Closing Date:

Summary - EUREKA invites proposals for its multilateral call for projects on healthy ageing. This supports applied research and innovation projects on the development of digital health tools and smart devices to promote healthy ageing. Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • connecting robotics and medical imaging systems to simplify surgical procedures;
  • software as a medical device or diagnostic incorporating artificial intelligence;
  • software for better diagnostics or therapy;
  • digital health and smart drug delivery services;
  • linking big data capabilities with new knowledge from precision medicine to create precision health offerings that promotes preventive interventions before symptoms of disease manifest.
  • Consortia must include at least two for-profit independent companies from two of the countries participating in the call. Participation of research institutes and universities is welcome according to national funding regulations. Partners from other countries may participate, but funding must be secured within the deadline for the call.

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NIHR – AI Health and Care Awards Future round anticipated

Summary:  The AI Health and Care Award supports AI technologies across the spectrum of development, from initial feasibility to evaluation within clinical pathways in the NHS and social care settings, to the point that they could be nationally commissioned. Key areas of focus include screening, diagnosis, decision support and system efficiency. Applications may be submitted by an SME, an NHS Trust or service provider or a Higher Education Institution.

Phases 1-3 of the award support feasibility, development and clinical evaluation, and real world testing of AI technologies. The Phase 4 award supports initial systems adoption of AI technologies with market authorisation into the NHS, evaluating the AI technology within clinical or operational pathways to determine efficacy or accuracy and clinical and economic impact.

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UKRI – Strength in places Fund 

Closing Date:  Anticipated Wave 2 in Summer 2020

Value: TBC


To support innovation-led relative regional growth by identifying and supporting areas of R&D strengths that are:

  • driving clusters of businesses across a range of sizes that have potential to innovate, or to adopt new technologies;
  • in order that those clusters will become nationally and internationally competitive.
  • To enhance local collaborations involving research and innovation. Building on the underpinning regional economic impact role of universities, research institutes, Catapults and other R&D facilities (such as Innovation and Knowledge Centres - IKCs); and engaging those businesses at the forefront of delivering economic growth through innovation within the identified economic geography.

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