Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. This is an opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy
Funding & Opportunities
Our business development team provides support to innovators, start-ups and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) working in the health and life science sector across the West of England region and beyond.
We work closely with our member organisation to identify local needs and priorities in the healthcare industry. This information, combined with our large network enables us to reach out to companies through open innovation challenge pathways to provide solutions.
Alongside partners, we have received funding from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to create bespoke business support programmes. These programmes are designed to help innovators and SMEs to develop and commercialise innovative products and services that have the potential to improve and transform healthcare.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
Support offered: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused.
Stage of innovation: Ideas significantly ahead of others in the field, set for rapid commercialisation.
Open to: Applications can come from any area of technology, science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy. Applications must include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).
Application deadline: 16/10/2019Read more about 'Innovate UK Smart Grants'
We've partnered with Wessex AHSN and Wiltshire Council to bring an Innovation Accelerator Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Health and Life Sciences sector. The programme aims to support businesses through research, development and innovation activities with fully funded resources.
Swindon & Wiltshire Health and Life Science Innovation Hub
Support offered: 1:1 support from a suite of healthcare business experts available through a range of health sector specific professional services.
Stage of innovation: Applicants must have a business or be an individual entrepreneur with a registered business.
Open to: Companies either situated in, operating in or planning to relocate to the Swindon or Wiltshire area.
Application deadline: OngoingRead more about 'Swindon & Wiltshire Health and Life Science Innovation Hub'
Together with the University of the West of England, we run the Health Tech Accelerator Programme to provide up to 12 hours of free business support to small and medium-sized enterprises in the health and life science sector.
Health Tech Accelerator Programme
Support offered: Mentoring and business support (including planning and strategy, financial advice, market research, IP advice and bid writing); sector specific expertise; networking & academic/ industry collaboration opportunities
Stage of innovation: Any
Open to: Start-ups and SMEs based in the West of England who are looking to further develop novel products or services for the health and life science sector
Application deadline: OngoingRead more about 'Health Tech Accelerator Programme'
The Bristol Industrial PhD Placement Fund is supported by the EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund. It encourages innovative, creative and collaborative ways for PhD students to experience working within industry and gaining new skills.
Bristol Industrial PhD Placement Fund
Support offered: PhD students who take on a placement will be able to apply their technical, research and professional skills across different contexts outside of academia.
Open to: Any external organisation aligning with the EPSRC Industrial Strategy challenge in one of the 9 selected areas.
Application deadline: OngoingRead more about 'Bristol Industrial PhD Placement Fund'