Funding Opportunities

Government announces new £20m funding to tackle loneliness


Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that charities and community groups are to get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness.


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New funding to digitise information flow between adult social care and health settings


Local authorities, residential and domiciliary adult social care providers, researchers, academic organisations working in partnership with health organisations are being invited to apply for new funding to enable better sharing of social care and clinical information and data.


The first funding stream totals £1.1m for ‘demonstrator areas’ to adopt or develop digital products and services to transfer information from clinical into adult social care settings, with the aim of increasing the quality and efficiency of care.


Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 02 July.

For more information and to apply, click here, go to Current Opportunities and select Digital Social Care Demonstrators.

There will be a webinar on Friday 15 June running from 1.30pm to 3.00pm for potential applicants to ask questions.


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Future Assisted Living Technology


HACT alongside Anchor, Curo Group, Hanover and Riverside Group call on the technology sector to submit proposals for the Future of Assisted Living Technology.


The retirement living sector is looking to invest significantly in new technology that better services the needs of its residents, utilising the best of consumer technology while maintaining the level of reliability and safety existing technology offers. Currently no one product or service fits this bill and an opportunity exists for technology or solution provider to help the sector realise this goal.  


HACT is inviting technology providers to submit their proposals for solutions to meet the outcomes and challenges set out in this sector briefing paper.


The best solutions will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas at Housing 2018, the largest conference in Europe for professionals working in social housing.


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Innovation Funding Service

Open programme funding competition round 1


  • Competition opens: Thursday 10 May 2018
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 11 July 2018 12:00pma
  • This competition is open to the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation.

These can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy.

There is also the opportunity to apply for a separate, independent competition, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK-based business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from the UK
  • work alone or in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and third sector)


The lead organisation must claim funding through this competition.

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Self Management Fund: Working Together to Strengthen Integration

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland is now seeking applications to the Self Management Fund: Working Together to Strengthen Integration.

The Fund will distribute £500,000 to projects that can demonstrate how they will help build the capacity for people to be the leading partner in their health and wellbeing.

Successful applicants will be expected to begin the funded projects in October 2018, and that projects should run for between 12 and 18 months.

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Commercialising quantum devices: innovation R&D

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to collaborate on prototype quantum devices that meet end user needs with a clear route to market.


  • Competition opens: Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 13 June 2018 12:00pm

The aim of this competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK.

Innovate UK will invest £20 million in innovation projects to develop prototype quantum technology devices that address one or more of these important industrial challenges which are explained further in the scope of this competition:


  • Situational awareness.
  • Infrastructure productivity.
  • Seeing the invisible.
  • Trusted peer to peer communication


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SBRI Healthcare programme

The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), which supports a programme of competitions inviting companies to come forward with their ideas and new technologies for known NHS challenges.

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