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.

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


Surgical MIC Proof-of-Concept/Principle Funding 




Surgical MIC Incubator Packages 




  • 14 October 2021
  • 25 November 2021


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


Horizon Europe Pump Priming Collaboration between UK and EU Partners – 13 October 2021

Artificial intelligence for better biomedical and health research – 20 October 2021

Better methods, better research: Nov 2021 – 11  November 2021

UKRI Developmental pathway funding scheme – 24 November 2021

Building responsible neurotechnology research capability – 25 November 2021

Biomedical Catalyst 2021 Round 2: Feasibility & Primer Awards – 01 December 2021

NIHR EME 21/562 Early Detection of Disease – 07 December 2021

NIHR i4i Product Development Awards (PDA) Competition 23 – 08 December 2021

NIHR i4i Challenge Awards Competition 13 – 12 January 2022

British Heart Foundation Translational Awards – 14 March 2022

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

NIHR i4i Connect Call 6 – expected launch August 2022

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