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 





  • 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.



NIHR Joint Industry call with i4i, EME and HTA – The development and evaluation of predictive algorithms using Artificial Intelligence (AI)

EME Application Acceleration Award – International platform studies in precision medicine – 18 July 2022

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

Fast Start: Innovation – 26 July 2022

SBRI Healthcare – Competition 21 – Phase 3 – Respiratory Diseases and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease – 26 July 2022

Innovate UK Smart Grants – 27 July 2022

22/40 HTA Application Development Award: Towards evaluation of digital and technology-enabled healthcare – 27 July 2022

NLC Green Health Challenge – 15 September 2022

Community Engagement Partnerships – 21 September 2022

Programme Development Grants – Developing Innovative, Inclusive and Diverse Public Partnerships – 21 September 2022

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)

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

NIHR i4i FAST (Funding At the Speed of Translation) Awards Pilot Scheme – rolling deadline

Innovator Awards – no time limits

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

Global Innovation Fund – rolling 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