Current funding opportunities

Innovate UK launch £15M health & life sciences funding competition

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or commercial challenges relevant to the health and life sciences sector that will lead to increased UK SME...

2016 CRACK IT Challenges announced

The  2016 CRACK IT Challenges  competition consists of four Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. This year the competition is funded by the NC3Rs, co-funding...

H2020 Funding call to develop advance and realistic models and assays for nanomaterial hazard development

Deadline : 27 October 2016 2 nd stage deadline: 4 May 2016 Specific Challenge This call focuses on the development of realistic and advanced in vitro tests which have the...

NC3Rs Training Fellowships funding scheme

A new funding scheme from the NC3Rs will open for applications on Tuesday 19 July 2016. The Training Fellowships will support the development of promising early career researchers with less...

Call: Satellite meeting applications, UK QSP network

Funding of up to £2,000 is available from the UK Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Network to run short meetings in areas related to QSP research. Meetings must be held somewhere in the UK. ...

Public engagement awards 2016

The NC3Rs is running a public award scheme this year to celebrate the work of NC3Rs researchers and support events and activities that engage the public with 3Rs research. UK-based...

Registration open: Horizon 2020 Health Open Info Day and Partnering Day

On Friday   8 July 2016 , the European Commission is organising an  Open Info Day  dedicated to “Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing (SC1)” challenge in Horizon 2020 and...

H2020 funding call to support in silico model development

CALL TOPIC: SC1-PM-16-2017 - In silico trials for developing and assessing biomedical products.  BUDGET: €19M OPENING DATE: 8 November 2016 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 14...

Horizon 2020 Health Partnering Day

The European Commission is hosting a partnering day on 7 July 2016    to assist you in finding the right project partners for the upcoming 2017 Health calls. The meeting will...

H2020 SME Innovation Associate scheme launched

A new pilot action has been launched under the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme 'Horizon 2020', which aims to support European SMEs and Start-ups to recruit top research associates...

Horizon 2020 support for SMEs 2016 - 2017

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation. It has a budget of 79 billion euros and will run until 2020. Its aims are to: Ensure...

David Sainsbury Fellowship scheme

The David Sainsbury Fellowships is a scheme run by the NC3Rs to support talented, 3Rs-minded scientists (with two to six years' postdoctoral experience) with the transition to an independent...

Development of a reliable methodology for better risk management of engineered biomaterials in ATMPs and/or Medical Devices

Budget:  EUR 5-8M, but other requests will be considered Deadline:  Stage 1, 27 October 2016; Stage 2, 04 May 2017 Scope: The development of new biotechnology-based...

Innovate UK help you to pitch and promote an SME business

Innovate UK have produced two videos alongisde several helpful tips aimed at helping businesses grow . Building upon your great business idea Convincing someone to fund your...

The Innovation Prize 2016

The Innovation Prize 2016 has been launched by Universal Biotech, a contract service organization in the health care sector. Now in its eighth year, the prize rewards young start-ups...

COST: European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a unique means for European researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all...

H2020 Future & Emerging Technologies – Innovation Launchpad

Budget: Up to EUR 0.1M for 18 months, although other requests for funding and duration would be considered.   Multiple deadlines: 29 September 2016; 27 September 2017 17:00:00 ...

H2020 Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) - open research and innovation actions

Budget: Up to EUR 4M, although other amounts can be requested.   Multiple deadlines:  11 May 2016; 17 January 2017; 27 September 2017   The successful...

Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 - Call 7 - Topic 3

Topic 3: Pathological neuron-glia interactions in neuropathic pain   Indicative budget:  From EFPIA companies: EUR 1.5M;  From the IMI2 Joint Undertaking: EUR 1.5M ...

BBSRC Follow-on Funding call

The BBSRC Follow-on funding programme is designed to support the translation of fundamental research funded by BBSRC into practical application, including commercialisation. The aim of the...

Closed competitions

2014 CRACK IT Challenges competition now closed

CRACK IT Challenges is a milestone-driven funding competition from the NC3Rs which is designed to: Minimise the use of animals in research. Support the development of marketable...

NC3Rs project grants now closed

The NC3Rs 2015 Project Grant scheme is open for applications. Project grants support the development of new non-animal technologies, in addition to approaches which reduce animal use or...

Innovate UK feasibility funding

Innovate UK is launching a brand new competition for feasibility studies with up to £2M funding available. The competition is open only to small and micro companies. Core technology focus...

Translational Proof of Concept Awards to accelerate the fight against musculoskeletal disorders - Closed

Arthritis Research UK, the biggest funder of research into the cause, treatment and cure of all forms of arthritis in the UK, and the Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre, have...

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CRACK IT Solutions

A technology partnering hub and funding scheme to accelerate the translation of technologies with the potential to reduce animal use ('Solutions') by helping to identify new partners and customers to use, develop and validate the technology.

For further information, visit the CRACK IT Solutions webpage.

Innovate UK Smart funding

The Smart scheme tackles the funding gap often experienced by many small and early-stage companies with innovative ideas and high growth ambition and potential.

It offers co-funding to UK-based pre-start-ups, start-ups, micro businesses and SMEs, to carry out science, engineering and technology R&D projects which could lead to successful new products, processes and services. 

Small Business Research Initiative funding

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) is a well established process to connect public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry, supporting companies to generate economic growth and enabling improvement in achieving government objectives. 

Multiple competitions run at any one time covering from future cities to non-animal technologies.