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Funding & business support opportunities for SMEs
& academics in the healthcare sector


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Innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, big data, genomics, 3D printing, precision medicine, blockchain and Augmented Reality, are disrupting the healthcare sector and transforming the way services are delivered. They are powering clinical breakthroughs, diagnostics, electronic patient records, remote and preventative care and contributing to global challenges such as an ageing society.

Innovation needs public and private investment, academic expertise, specialist business support, mentoring and expert advice in order to be commercialised and adopted and that’s where our Scale-Up Programme comes in.

Our mission is to accelerate the growth of SMEs through access to expertise at our six scale-up partner universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) and support to raise public and private investment.

The following funded support, event and workshop opportunities are currently open for applications.


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The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between:

Funding Opportunities

We aim to take the pain and expense out of submitting collaborative R&D bids. Companies and researchers can apply for up to £15k of funded support as well as support to submit the most compelling bid to major funding calls.

The support can be used in a number of ways, including bringing in a professional pre-approved bid writer, in order to help you put together the best bid possible. We can also help link you to the considerable research expertise of our Scale-Up Partner Universities – Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey and provide opportunities to join consortia.

AI in Health and Care Award

This AI Award will make £140m available over three years to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. It will support technologies across the spectrum of development: from initial feasibility to evaluation within the NHS. Initially, it will focus on four key areas: screening, diagnosis, decision support and improving system efficiency.

In recognition of this huge opportunity, we therefore invite companies and researchers innovating in this area, to apply for support to develop collaborative R&D bids for the second call of this award which will open in Summer this year.

To apply, please complete the form below.

Healthy Ageing

As part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, up to £98m will be invested in research and innovation that enables people remain independent, productive, active and socially connected for longer. We are offering funding and support to companies and academics that are innovating in this area to help prepare strong collaborative R&D bids.

To apply, please complete the form below.

Invention 4 Innovation (i4i)

The National Institute for Health Research’s i4i Product Development Awards fund translational development and early stage clinical evaluation of medical technology across all areas of healthcare need:

  • the funding is researcher led and does not specify topics
  • proposals must include applicants from at least two organisation types: SME, higher education institution or NHS Trust
  • there is no upper funding limit but costs must be fully justified
  • projects can last up to three years.

If you have a project that fits the bill, please complete the form below to apply for support.

Events & workshops

Please check back soon for updates on the events and workshops we will be running within this theme.

Application Form

Please complete the form below if you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above.


Unsure which opportunity is for you? Complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss the best fit for your business or research.

Associate membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company who meets the criteria and is free of charge. Full Membership will be offered to companies who access the CR&D proposal development support or investment raising support services. Full membership is subject to payment by the member company of a one-off fee and Membership is valid for one year. For the year 2019/20 the Membership Fee is £1,600 ex VAT. Any eligible company can waive the fee under the De Minimis State aid regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) NO 1470/2013) (DMR) providing they have not received in excess of 200,000EUR of aid within a 3 year period . This requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration