12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Simplifying the UK Grant Funding Landscape


The ERDF R&I Health Accelerator project is delivering a by invitation-only event for SMEs enrolled for support.

This session aims to simplify the current UK grant funding landscape, which can often be confusing and difficult for companies to navigate successfully. Understanding the funding opportunities available and how to access these resources is key for SMEs and entrepreneurs with healthcare innovations. You may be eligible for finance that could progress the development and adoption of your product or service into the NHS and beyond.

By attending this event, you will gain a better understanding of the funding landscape and learn about some of the major funding calls. We’ll discuss what the acronyms associated with these calls mean and the similarities and differences between the various schemes. Crucially, we’ll discuss when the major funding calls will be taking place and what funds are available to SMEs like yourself who are looking to progress your innovations.

To introduce the different funding schemes, we will be welcoming some expert guest speakers from the LGC Group and KTN. They will focus on grant funding offered by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI Healthcare), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Innovate UK (IUK). LGC group manage healthcare research investments and grants for a variety of funders including outsourced public sector research programmes for the UK Government. KTN supports innovative businesses by working in close partnership with Innovate UK, UKRI and other government departments.

We will also be welcoming a company to discuss their experience having been through the process of gaining grant funding, and to illustrate how this helped them and their innovation grow.


  • 12:30-12:40
    • Welcome and an introduction to the UK Grant Funding Landscape
      • Daniel Zamora, Commercial Programme Manager, Health Innovation Manchester
  • 12:40-12:55
    • SBRI – the Small Business Research Initiative: Bringing new technologies to the NHS
      • Dr Fanny Burrows, Senior Programme Manager, SBRI Lead, LGC Group
  • 12:55-13:10
    • NIHR – National Institute for Health Research funding
      • Ian Newington, Head of Special Projects, LGC Group
  • 13:10-13:25
    • IUK – Innovate UK grants
      • Matt Chapman, Knowledge Transfer Manager MedTech and Manufacturing, KTN UK
  • 13:25-13:40
    • SME Case Study – Navigating the UK grant funding landscape to progress innovations
      • Alistair Williamson, Managing Director, Lucid Group Ltd
  • 13:40-14:00
    • Q&A
      • All
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