12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Follow-on Innovation Voucher Launch: R & I Health Accelerator


SMEs are invited to attend the launch of the Follow-on Innovation Voucher scheme.

The scheme, one of the Innovation Catalysts available to apply for through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) R&I Health Accelerator, is now open, with vouchers of up to £20,000 available.

The webinar will introduce SMEs to the scheme and provide further information on how they can secure funding as part of the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator programme.

SMEs can apply for Innovation Catalysts once they have completed Level 1 of the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator programme of support and have identified a research collaboration opportunity. There are two types of vouchers: Small Innovation Vouchers and Follow-on Innovation Vouchers. This webinar will provide guidance on the Follow-on Voucher, which is available for SMEs to apply for, once they have successfully defrayed a Small Innovation Voucher.

By attending this event, you will hear from key members of the programme at Health Innovation Manchester who will explain how to apply for the Follow-On Voucher, the assessment process, and how they can be used to support the progress of your innovation towards adoption and commercialisation. They will also provide guidance on how to identify collaborative opportunities within Level 1 of the programme and the support that the team can provide. Colleagues will also be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

The event will take place online on Monday 25th April, 12:00-13:00 via Zoom and is open to all SMEs who are either already enrolled or interested in applying for the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator. It is also open to colleagues at Greater Manchester research institutions.

Find out more about the Innovation Catalysts scheme and ERDF R&I Health Accelerator below.

Innovation Catalysts available through Health Innovation Manchester

  • Small innovation vouchers of £2,499 will be able to support market insights, contract research services, clinical and applied health research advice, expertise in NICE processes, where this would support progress towards adoption and commercialisation – including the design of follow-on collaborative projects.
  • Follow-on vouchers of £20,000 will support more substantial developments, wholly or partially funding collaborative projects to progress towards key adoption and commercialisation milestones.


12:00 Welcome and Introductions

12:05 Overview of the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator

12:10 Collaboration opportunities

12:25 Overview of the HInM Follow-on Voucher Scheme & Application Process

13:45 Q&A & Discussion

13:00 Session Close

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