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Multiple funding & business support opportunities for SMEs
& academics in the healthcare sector


We provide support to companies and researchers to help you submit compelling collaborative R&D bids to major funding calls which have the best chance of success. So far, through our Scale-Up Programme we’ve supported over 80 bids, over a third of which have been successfully awarded.

Worth up to £15k, the funded support can include commissioning a professional bid writer, project management, conference attendance and travel – as needed to prepare the most compelling bid possible.  For companies, we can also help link you to the considerable research expertise of the our Scale-Up Partner Universities – Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey and provide opportunities to join consortia.

We’ve identified some key health-related Government funding calls, listed below, for which we can provide support. So if you are considering a bid to any of these funding calls now is the time to apply for this support to boost your chances of success.

Our Scale-Up Programme provides a broad range of support to innovative, growing SMEs, if you’re not looking for support to bid for R&D funding, check out our main Scale-Up landing page to find out more.

Supported funding calls:

COVID-19: Recovery and Learning

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is inviting applications to understand and manage the health and social care consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic beyond the acute phase. This call aims to support system recovery and learning across the UK and to mitigate the impact of subsequent phases and aftermath and may include:

  •  Innovative digital health, MedTech and Artificial Intelligence technologies to help the prevention, diagnosis, monitoring and management of the virus and related conditions.
  •  The redesign and clinical testing of technology already rapidly repurposed for COVID-19 based on feedback from patients and clinicians and real world data.
  •  Must be directly linked to COVID-19 pandemic.
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UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) is inviting proposals or short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. UKRI will support excellent 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 (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential.
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use.
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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.

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5G Create Funding Competition

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched a £30m open competition to develop new uses for 5G in a variety of industries. This includes creative industries such as film, TV and video games, but also our rich variety of technology businesses in diverse sectors such as energy, water, health and social care and logistics.  It is an open competition within the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. This funding will be available, aiming to explore and develop new use-cases and 5G technical capabilities.

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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

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between: