Funding

NIHR Funding Calls

The invention for innovation (i4i) programme is a dedicated MedTech translational funding scheme for academics, clinicians and small- medium-sized enterprises(SME), which will advance innovative medical technologies and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of existing or emerging clinical need. Projects must have already demonstrated proof of concept as a minimum. Applicants are expected to have generated experimental data to support the case for further development and illustrate technical feasibility, have sufficient research and activities planned (e.g. regulatory or health economics), and have a clear pathway towards adoption and commercialisation. Contact details for queries: i4i@nihr.ac.uk

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme primarily funds clinical trials and other robustly designed studies that test the efficacy of interventions. It covers both new and repurposed interventions, including diagnostic tests and decision-making tools, therapeutics, psychological treatments, medical devices, and public health initiatives delivered by the NHS. EME also supports hypothesis-driven research within clinical trials into the mechanism of action of interventions. Applications are required to demonstrate some initial evidence that the technology may be efficacious in patients (i.e. a signal of efficacy in a relevant human population has already been achieved) but a large-scale study is needed to determine definitive proof of clinical efficacy. Contact details for queries: eme@nihr.ac.uk

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme supports research that is immediately useful to patients, clinical practice, and policy or decision makers. It supports research into a wide range of technologies with the potential to improve health outcomes, including procedures, drugs, devices, diagnostic tests, settings of care and screening programmes. Studies funded by HTA aim to establish the clinical effectiveness or accuracy and cost-effectiveness of technologies in comparison with the current alternative(s) or within existing pathways. Applications to HTA are required to demonstrate that efficacy has already been established. Contact details for queries: htafunding@nihr.ac.uk

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2022

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATIONClinical Study Grants

For clinical trials and observational studies of specific patient groups, usually costing more than £350,000 or lasting more than 3 years.

  • Interventional clinical trials: trials of specific interventions or pathways of care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Interventions include drugs, surgery, devices, psychological, physical and educational interventions.
  • Observational studies of specific patient groups that are hypothesis led and address a defined clinical question(s) over a fixed timescale (up to 5 years). The population of interest should be a patient population, who will usually be recruited within the NHS. The study should have a predefined outcome(s) that will lead to changes in clinical management directly or will inform the development of a clinical trial to test an intervention.
  • Clinical studies can include a mechanistic evaluation, either as a substudy within a clinical trial or as part of an observational study.
  • The Clinical Study Grant can also support pilot/feasibility studies that cost less than £350,000 and are of shorter duration than 3 years. Please email amoilss@bhf.org.uk to discuss applications for these types of study.
  • https://www.bhf.org.uk/for-professionals/information-for-researchers/what-we-fund/clinical-study

NIHR – Health Technology Assessment Programme researcher-led (primary research)

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is accepting stage 1 applications to their researcher-led workstream.

  • Applications received by the deadline which are deemed to be both in remit and competitive will be considered by an HTA Funding Committee in July 2022, with first stage decisions communicated to applicants in July 2022.
  • All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate. 
  • Closing date for application Stage 1 13:00 04 May 2022

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/221-hta-researcher-led-call-primary-research/29579

Innovate UK Smart Grants: 2022

Competition closes: Wednesday 13 April 2022 11:00am.

22/19 HSDR Researcher-led call

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity. The programme aims to commission high quality, well designed research which will be carried out by effective and efficient research teams, providing findings which meet the needs of NHS and Social Care managers and leaders.

The submission deadline for applications is: 13:00 on 17 May 2022.

22/30 Post-operative pain in patients undergoing spinal surgery

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

Applications received by the advertised closing date will be considered at a first-stage funding committee meeting, and successful applicants will then be invited to submit a stage 2 application. Applicants will have eight weeks to complete and submit their stage 2 application form, which will then be considered at the following HTA funding committee meeting. For more information, please read the commissioning brief.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.

The submission deadline for applications is: 13:00 on 27 July 2022.

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/2230-post-operative-pain-in-patients-undergoing-spinal-surgery/30195

22/36 Microsuction compared with irrigation to remove earwax

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this primary research topic.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

Applications received by the advertised closing date will be considered at a first-stage funding committee meeting, and successful applicants will then be invited to submit a stage 2 application. Applicants will have eight weeks to complete and submit their stage 2 application form, which will then be considered at the following HTA funding committee meeting. For more information, please read the commissioning brief.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.

The submission deadline for applications is: 13:00 on 14 September 2022.

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/2236-microsuction-compared-with-irrigation-to-remove-earwax/30201

22/37 Non-pharmacological interventions for fatigue management in adults with long-
term health conditions

The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this evidence synthesis topic.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

Applications received by the advertised closing date will be considered at a first-stage funding committee meeting, and successful applicants will then be invited to submit a stage 2 application. Applicants will have eight weeks to complete and submit their stage 2 application form, which will then be considered at the following HTA funding committee meeting. For more information, please read the commissioning brief.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC
Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.

The submission deadline for applications is: 13:00 on 21 September 2022.

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/2237-non-pharmacological-interventions-for-fatigue-management-in-adults-with-long-term-health-conditions/30202

Fight for Sight Project Grant Awards

Fight for Sight’s mission is to stop sight loss by funding the highest quality clinical and non-clinical early research. We support original and ground breaking ophthalmic and vision
research which aims to:

  • prevent eye diseases and conditions occurring
  • enable eye diseases and conditions to be detected earlier
  • develop new and improved treatments for eye diseases and conditions

Up to £250,000 is available over three years to applicants proposing research projects which are hypothesis driven, innovative, involve high quality scientific methodologies and are
supported by robust preliminary data.

The deadline for abstract applications is 9 June 2022.

https://www.fightforsight.org.uk/apply-for-funding/researcher-information/project-grants/

Glaucoma UK

£50,000 UKEGS award

Open now – apply for funding

This ophthalmology-focused open call grant is open to all UKEGS members. If you’re not already a UKEGS member, you can join by completing a membership form on our UKEGS page.

Closing Date: 13 August 2022

£100,000 Ophthalmology Award

Open now – apply for funding

This research award is to facilitate research into the improvement of the management of glaucoma. Applicants may be trainees seeking support for a fellowship or senior researchers seeking a grant for a project. Applications are invited from departments and individuals based in the UK and Ireland, but the research studies may be carried out elsewhere. To find out more, please see our Research funding FAQs document.

Closing date: 30 April 2022

£50,000 open call Glaucoma Care Grant

Open now – apply for funding

This grant is open to medical and non-medical professionals, and we are particularly keen to hear from optometrists, orthoptists, nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

Closing date: 22 May 2022