Funding Competitions

NIHR Surgery MedTech Co-operative is working in collaboration with Grow MedTech a new Research England funded programme to support medical technology innovation and development.

 Our funding competitions are split into two categories: a strategic call focussing on future unmet needs and a more reactive call focussing on the immediate needs in surgery.

Joint Call for Technology Proposals – Bowel & Cancer Research and NIHR Surgical Med Tech Co-operative (Surgical MIC) is seeking high quality proposals for technology solutions addressing faecal incontinence.

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Grow MedTech is inviting applications for Proof of Market, Proof of Feasibility and Proof of Concept projects from academic led teams at Grow MedTech partner institutions.

Funding details available here


Future Unmet Needs Call for 2018/19

Surgical MIC Funding Competition 2018-19 Summary

This call is now closed.

Incubator Packages for 2018/19

The NIHR Surgery MedTech Co-operative is pleased to announce seed funding call (up to £5K) for the early development of novel technology-based solutions applicable to colorectal, HPB and/or vascular surgery (including wound care).  Applications are invited from academic institutions, NHS Trusts, third sector organisations and SME’s.

Areas of interest can be found here, however we are open to other ideas.  Applications for Incubator Packages will be reviewed on the following dates – applicants are advised to submit their form at least one week before the meeting.

  • 01 March 2019
  • 09 April 2019
  • 23 May 2019
  • 04 July 2019
  • 10 September 2019
  • 24 October 2019
  • 05 December 2019

Applications are expected to be translational or have clearly planned translational aspects in the near or long term.

How to apply

Please return completed applications to

Surgical MIC Funding Application Form

Other funding opportunities

The following are links to other funding streams that are suitable for joint applications with the NIHR Surgical MIC.  We advise all potential applicants to discuss their potential applications well in advance of the application deadline.



Funding to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services – 26 February 2019

One-Year Surgical Research Fellowship – 28 February 2019

Clinical Academic Research Partnerships – 12 March 2019

Digital technologies to improve health and care – 19 March 2019

NIHR: Precision Medicine – 19 March 2019

NIHR: Research for Patient Benefit Programme- Competition 38 – 20 March 2019

The Jean Shanks/Pathological Society (JSPS) Clinical Lecturer Support Grant – 1 April 2019

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: feasibility and primer awards – 3 April 2019

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: early and late stage awards – 3 April 2019

Bowel Cancer UK Pilot Grant – 2 May 2019

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Small Research Pump Priming Grants – 12 June 2019

Innovator Awards – no time limits

Healthcare Technologies: Call for Investigator-led Research Projects – no deadline

Pancreatic Cancer Scotland – Pump-priming research grants
no time limits

Ad-Venture Grant Funding for SMEs