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.


Call for Proposals – Joint Call with Bowel and Cancer Research

BCR-MIC Funding Call Information

BCR NIHR Technology Call full app form


Surgical MIC Proof-of-Concept/Principle Funding 

Surgical MIC Funding Competition 2019-20 Summary

Deadline – 24 October 2019

Best New Surgical Innovation Award

Apply here

Deadline – 31 January 2020

Incubator Packages for 2019/20

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.




  • 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 for unmet needs and incubator packages

Please return completed applications to



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.


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




British Heart Foundation Translational Awards – 15 October 2019

Innovate UK Smart Grants – 16 October 2019

Affordable Approaches to Cancer – 4 November 2019

DT-TDS-05-2020: AI for Health Imaging – 13 November 2019

NIH – Innovative research in cancer nanotechnology (R01) – 21 November 2019

19/93 Liver disease NIHR funding – 27 November 2019

19/95 Solid organ replacement, transplant and donation NIHR funding – 27 November 2019

SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 5 – 11 December 2019

Novel and Emerging Technologies (NET) Grants – 9 January 2020

SC1-DTH-02-2020: Personalised early risk prediction, prevention and intervention based on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data technologies – 22 April 2020

Accelerating the uptake of computer simulations for testing medicines and medical devices – 22 April 2020

Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund – 18 September 2020

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