Health Innovation Challenge Fund

This is a parallel funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health to stimulate the creation of innovative healthcare products, technologies and interventions and to facilitate their development for the benefit of patients in the NHS and beyond.

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund invites applicants to apply for funding in any of the areas of special interest listed below. Please read the eligibility criteria thoroughly before applying.

Each £10m funding round will review and assess proposals from all themes. All applications are judged purely on merit. There are no funding quotas for individual themes (the list of which can be seen below):

  • Surgical technologies
  • Innovative diagnostics
  • Trauma and critical care medicine
  • Informatics to assist clinical decision making
  • Repurposing of technologies and medicines
  • Biological therapeutics

The 2014/15 timeline for Round 10 is:

Preliminary applications due:15 September 2014

Preliminary application shortlisting: 17 October 2014

Full applications due: 12 January 2015

Funding committee meeting: 16-17 April 2015

For further details and to apply please visit the funder’s website

Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today published its Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders, which sets out common principles for the support of all Research Council-funded fellowships and future research leaders. The Research Councils want to ensure that the individuals funded as fellows or future research leaders are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly complex global research environment.

Horizon 2020: First impressions and statistics

Europa Media have published a useful blog on featuring some interesting early Horizon 2020 impressions and statistics – you can read the full post here.

Cancer Research UK – programme foundation awards

Cancer Research UK invites applications for its programme foundation awards. These aim to support exceptional non-clinical and clinical scientists to establish or further develop their independent research group, and offer applicants the opportunity to establish a reputation as a world leader in a cancer-relevant research field.

Research must fall within the following areas of the scientific remit:

•basic biological research;

•preclinical studies;



•radiotherapy research;

•engineering and physical sciences applied to cancer.

Applications will be accepted from scientists, clinicians or health care workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and research institutions. Applicants must, at the time of the funding, be in a full-time post that is fully funded by the relevant national Higher Education Funding Council, the National Health Service or equivalent. Applicants should normally have completed between eight and 14 years of postdoctoral research experience.

The award provides six years of funding which may be used towards the stipends of postdoctoral researchers, technical staff and PhD students with associated running costs. Additionally, equipment can be requested up to a value of £50,000. Requests for funding up to a total value of £1.5 million will be considered.

Closing date: 2 September 2014


Wellcome Trust: Seeding Drug Discovery – call open

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seeding drug discovery scheme. This aims 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. Projects must address an unmet need in healthcare or in applied medical research, offer a potential new solution and have a realistic expectation that the innovation will be developed further by the market.

Early-stage drug discovery projects may request funding for up to two years, while late-stage lead to clinical projects may request up to four years’ funding, to support lead optimisation and preclinical development.

Application process:

A preliminary application form should be completed and returned to Innovations by the published deadline.

Applications will be considered at one of the two Seeding Drug Discovery Committee meetings in each 12-month period.

Successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to complete a full application, which is subject to international peer review by members of the Innovations Advisory Group.

Deadline: 5 November

For further information, guidance and to apply please visit the funder’s website.

Horizon 2020 Public Private Partnerships Info Day

flag_yellow_lowThe European Commission have confirmed the date for this year’s Public Private Partnerships Info day – Tuesday, 21 October 2014 in Brussels.

The event will cover the Public Private Partnership (PPP) topics, including Factories of the Future, Energy Efficient Buildings, Green Vehicles and SPIRE (Process Industries).

The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities, and to support the preparation of (PPP) proposals for the 2015 calls. The info day will also provide opportunities for networking activity to assist in consortia building.

The event is announced on the Commission’s KETs website – see details on this, the PPP topic areas and (for info) what last year’s event contained, including presentations.

There is also the option to subscribe to the Commission’s newsletter and be informed when registrations open.

NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

The National Institute for Health Research’s EME Programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for the following topics:

  • 14/142 – Mechanisms of action of health interventions
  • 14/144 – Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults
  • 14/145 – Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases
  • 14/146 – Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases
  • 14/147 – Wound healing

Deadline: 1pm, 7 October 2014.

  • 14/152 – Major trauma

Deadline: 1pm, 8 September 2014.

For more information and to apply, please visit the EME commissioned call web page.

What to do next

Step 1: Register for one the following webinars to learn more about these calls:

  • Major trauma – 10 July 2014, 15:00 – 15:45
  • Mechanisms of action of health interventions – 21 July 2014, 15:00-15:45
  • Wound healing – 25 July 2014, 10:00-10:45
  • Bowel control and faecal incontinence in adults – 28 July 2014, 15:00-15:45
  • Renal failure resulting from intrinsic renal diseases – 1 August 2014, 10:00-10:45
  • Pituitary and/or adrenal disorders and related diseases – 7 August 2014, 15:00-15:45

Step 2: Read the EME Programme remit and the commissioning brief to check if your innovation fits.

Step 3: Watch the tips for success video for advice on making an application

Step 4: Collaborate and plan – successful EME applications generally involve strong collaborations between an academic unit and/or NHS organisation and/or industry. You are encouraged to build a strong team and start to prepare your bid with them using your combined expertise.

BioMedical Catalyst – Briefing & Workshop Event

The Biomedical Catalyst Event ‘Navigating the Valley of Death’ will take place in Leeds on 24 June.

The Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) is a joint programme from the Technology Strategy Board and the Medical Research Council which offers funding to innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and academics looking to work either individually or in collaboration to develop solutions to healthcare challenge. The programme accepts innovative ideas from any sector or discipline that demonstrate potential to provide significant positive healthcare and economic impact.

This meeting offers a general briefing on the Biomedical Catalyst followed by a workshop aimed at SMEs in the MedTech sector who would like to understand more about the funding opportunities from the Technology Strategy Board and in particular the Biomedical Catalyst.  The workshop includes presentations from two recipients of Technology Strategy Board awards. There will also be a round table sessions where delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about funding opportunities for the sector.

There is no charge for attending this event.


To view the programme and register click here

Webinar Registration:

You can join the meeting via the live webinar – please click on the link below to register:

Jisc OAIC Webinar – HEFCE’s Open Access Requirements for REF

Research funding opportunities closing in June

The following is a selection of funding calls highlighted on the blog that are closing this month. For a more detailed look at all forthcoming deadlines you can use the Research Professional and Horizon 2020 funding calendars.

Small Grants

  • Closing Date: 1 June 2014
  • Summary: Diabetes UK invites applications for its small grants. These enable researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies related to diabetes. Grants are for a one-year period and are worth up to £15,000.

Realising the Graphene Revolution

  • Closing date: 4 June 2014
  • Summary: TSB and EPSRC are investing up to £2.5m in feasibility studies to accelerate commercial applications in the novel material, graphene. It will include related carbon-based, two-dimensional nanotechnologies that have recently emerged from the science base. This competition will invest in projects that explore the realistic potential of graphene to yield new products that could disrupt markets, with the potential to stimulate development of a robust and competitive supply base to support the nascent graphene-using industry. Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. Consortia may be drawn from small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) and/or large companies, but Universities can be partners in these consortia where their high-end academic knowledge and innovation expertise is needed to deliver the project. In these feasibility studies (mainly pre-industrial research projects) a business partner will generally attract up to 65% public funding for their project costs (75% for SMEs). Universities can attract funding of up to 100% of their costs. Projects are expected to last up to 12 months and to range in size up to total costs of £200k.

Henry Moore Foundation Grants

  • Closing date: 6 June 2014 (Applications are considered quarterly, with addition 204 deadlines in September and December)
  • Summary: Henry Moore Foundation invites applications for its conferences, lectures and publications grants. These support conferences, lectures and publications in sculpture, including projects and exhibitions that expand the definition of sculpture, such as film, photography and performance. The foundation does not support projects dedicated to painting. A publication may be a book or a journal, but publication costs for exhibition catalogues or permanent collection catalogues will not be covered. Projects based in the UK may include the work of artists from any country, but overseas projects must contain a British component. Up to £5,000 is available.

Scaling Up Improvement

  • Closing date: 16 June 2014 (outline applications)
  • Summary: The Health Foundation has recently launched a new programme, Scaling Up Improvement  with over £3 million (up to £500k per project team) available for up to seven teams to take successful health care improvement interventions and deliver them at a larger scale. Applications are now open with the deadline for the 1st stage, outline application is 16th June 2014 at 12 noon, the full application deadline will be mid- September, actual date to be confirmed. They are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care. Projects need to show how ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to improve care at a small scale can be delivered at a larger scale. Applications can come from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where services are free at the point of delivery, they are expecting applications from a partnership of organisations working together, education bodies can be involved as a partner. Projects are expected to run for up to 2 years following a recommended 6 month set up phase.

Care for the Future

  • Closing date: 26 June 2014
  • Summary: Ageing demographics and declining health in older adults are predicted to put unaffordable pressures on care systems and society, so change and innovation is required to better cope with these challenges. Old-age support ratios are projected to halve between 2012 and 2050 across OECD countries. There are other factors, such as increased urbanisation and migration that result increasingly in older people living alone and contribute to making current approaches to professional care, informal care and service delivery unsustainable.
The 2014 Call Challenge of the AAL Programme aims at funding the development and testing of ICT-based solutions in real life situations which enable and support sustainable care models for older adults. Applicants should consider:

  1. How ICT-based solutions reconcile increased demand with limited resources;
  2. How ICT-based solutions increase and facilitate the supply of formal and informal care for older adults;
  3. How ICT-based solutions reduce the demand for care through prevention and self-management;
  4. How ICT-based solutions can support the shift towards better care at home and in the community.

CMI Management Articles of the Year 2014

  • Closing date: 30 June 2014
  • Summary: Would you like to get guaranteed reviews for your articles from an audience of managers, wider publicity for your work and the chance to win £1,000? If so, submit a short article to the CMI Management Articles of the Year Award. This is a quick, no-fuss online submission of a 2,500 word article – and can include existing work, as long as you have cleared the copyright. Each article will be reviewed and rated by members of the Chartered Management Institute, with the top five articles going on to be published in a special report. This innovative initiative is sponsored by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, one of the world’s leading business publishers.