Current Opportunities in Health Sector

Here are a list of the current opportunities available for #SMEs in the region. For regular updates, subscribe to our weekly mailing list (email

Biomedical Catalyst 2020

The next round of the Biomedical Catalyst will launch on 27th July, which is for early & late stage awards. UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. Support is available for any life science sector or discipline, including medical technologies and devices, advanced therapies, digital health, drug discovery, and diagnostics. 

Deadline 7th October 2020.

Read more here.

Applications for the NHS Innovation Accelerator are now open!

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners – has launched its call for applications representing high impact, evidence-based innovations.

The call is open to local, national and international healthcare innovations supported by passionate individuals from any background, including SMEs, clinicians, charity/third sector and academics.

Deadline 16th October.

Read more here.

Small and Medium-Sized (SME) Enterprise Innovation Fund

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) is working closely with Mercia Asset Management (MAM); a leading investment business, to help build and support healthcare businesses across the West Midlands (WM).

The SME Innovation Fund will provide investment as well as links to the health and care system and academic communities. In doing so the fund will support innovations that have the potential to deliver a high impact for society, grow the reputation of the West Midlands health services and lead the adoption of new innovations across the healthcare infrastructure.

Find out more here.

£6.5m Boost for SME Manufacturers looking to recover from Covid-19 impact

Deadline ongoing.

Small to Medium-sized (SME) manufacturers across England have been given a £6.5m funding boost to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and address key barriers to growth.  The Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is funded by ERDF and delivered by Oxford Innovation Services, has been extended until December 2022 and will give a further 2800 companies access to industry experts and grants to tackle immediate business issues and support improvement plans. 

Learn more here.

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address Covid-19

UK Research and Innovation will support proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following: new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, Covid-19; supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential; gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use. 

No deadline.

Read more here.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth.

KTPs create a dynamic three-way collaboration between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation.

Competition opens: 7th October 2020. Deadline 2nd December 2020.

Read more here.

SMART Grants: August 2020

The next round of the SMART grants is now open. Watch this video to find out more about the SMART grants opportunity.

SMART grants are open to a wide variety of innovations with the potential to be game-changing in their industry. 

Deadline 25th November.

Learn more here.