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.


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 2019/20

Surgical MIC Funding Competition 2019-20 Summary

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.

  • 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


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.





Modified Seedcorn Funding – 15 April 2019

Bowel Cancer UK Pilot Grant – 2 May 2019

Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 – 2 May 2019

BDRF and Intuitive Surgical – Robotic Assisted Colorectal Research Grants – 6 May 2019

Yorkshire Cancer Research 2019 Funding Round – 8 May 2019

Early Detection Innovation Sandpit and Award – 23 May 2019

NIHR i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) – 5 June 2019

NIHR i4i Challenge Awards 2019 – Real World Implementation – 12 June 2019

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

The Big Beat Challenge – 14 June 2019

Clinical Academic Research Partnerships – 18 June 2019

19/49 Call for ambitious data-enabled trials, health services and public health research studies – 4 September 2019

NIHR i4i Connect – 11 September 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