Funding Competitions

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.

For more information on the Surgical MIC funding streams, please download this guide.


Surgical MIC Proof-of-Concept/Principle Funding 




Surgical MIC Incubator Packages 




  • 04 February 2022
  • 29 April 2022
  • 16 June 2022
  • 28 July 2022


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.



Commercialising quantum technologies: feasibility studies round 3 – 09 March 2022

British Heart Foundation Translational Awards – 14 March 2022

UKRI Developmental pathway funding scheme – 23 March 2022

Wellcome Discovery Awards – 24 March 2022

AI in Health and Care Award Competition 4 – expected launch March 2022

NIHR Invention for innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards – call 23 – 08 June 2022 (Forecast)

MRC Biomedical catalyst – developmental pathway funding scheme – 20 July 2022

NIHR i4i Connect Call 6 – expected launch August 2022

NIHR Invention for innovation (i4i) Connect – 14 September 2022 (Forecast)

Heart Research UK Novel and emerging technology grant – 01 October 2022 (Forecast)

Sir Jules Thorn award for biomedical research – 01 November 2022 (Forecast)

HORIZON-CL4-2022-DIGITAL-EMERGING-02 – digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the green deal – 16 November 2022

NIHR Short placement awards for research collaboration – 25 November 2022 (Forecast)

NIHR Invention for innovation (i4i) Challenge Awards – 12 January 2023 (Forecast)

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): BRAIN Initiative: Translation of Groundbreaking Technologies from Early-stage Development through Early Clinical Study via Blueprint MedTech – 21 June 2024

Innovator Awards – no time limits

Efficacy and mechanism evaluation programme – fast-track scheme – no deadline

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

British Heart Foundation New Horizons Grants – no deadline

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

Ad-Venture Grant Funding for SMEs

Macmillan research grants scheme

Cardiovascular Catalyst Awards

Joint funding with the British Israel Research Academic Exchange

Cardiovascular Small Meetings & Events Funds