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Health and Life Sciences Funding Round-Up
  • Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Health and Life Sciences sector
  • Read more here
CLOSING SOON! Police Custody Welfare, Remote Screening and Monitoring System: SBRI Competition
  • This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim is to source a technological solution for managing the care and welfare of persons in police custody.
  • Police Scotland is seeking an integrated technological solution that can remotely monitor individuals and provide an early warning and intervention alert system. This should improve custody health and welfare outcomes.
  • Deadline: 27th March
  • Read more here
CLOSING SOON! Bridging for Innovators (B4I)
  • From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities. Working closely with Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) research and innovation experts, companies can develop projects that address specific innovation challenges to accelerate business productivity.
  • Deadline: 1st April
  • Read more here
VocTech Specialist 2019 
  • This is a ‘challenge led’ funding call which aims to support innovation in adult vocational skills provision to directly tackle the issues which result from the changing nature of work. It is focused on how digital tech can help bridge the gap between the skills that employers want and the skills that employees possess.
  • Deadline: 5th April
  • Read more here
'Lift Your Biz' with Gymshark 
  • Leading sports fitness clothing brand Gymshark has partnered with Innovation Birmingham to deliver a pioneering business support centre driving growth and opportunity for promising digital technology companies innovating within the West Midlands. 
  • Deadline: 11th April
  • Read more here
Royal Society Industry Fellowship Scheme
  • This scheme is for academic scientists who want to collaborate with industry, or industry scientists who want to collaborate with an academic body
  • The Royal Society‘s Industry Fellowship Scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK
  • The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. (Current award holders work in pharmaceuticals, electrolytic plasma processing, and preclinical research for schizophrenia).
  • Deadline: 18th April
  • Read more here
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Spring/Summer 2019
  • Opens: 4th April
  • Deadline: 29th May
  • The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.
  • Who can take part?
    • Each KTP is a 3-way partnership between:
    • a UK-based business of any size or a not-for-profit organisation
    • an academic or research organisation. This could be a university, college or research and technology organisation in the UK
    • a suitably-qualified graduate, with the capability to lead a strategic business project
  • Read more here
CELTIC - NEXT Spring 2019: Innovative 5G Infrastructure and Applications
  • UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million for 5G collaborative R&D projects in the EUREKA CELTIC programme
  • Opens: 1st April
  • Deadline: 29th May
  • Read more here
Pitchfest 2019
  • Pitchfest West Midlands is open for business for the fifth consecutive year and we encourage businesses in our network to take part to boost profile and increase your chances of winning investment.
  • Over the last four years, Pitchfest – which is run by the Centre for Growth at Aston University, BizzInn at the University of Birmingham and Minerva at the University of Warwick Science Park – has put over 100 entrepreneurs directly in front of investors and helped bring over £2,750 000 of investment to the region's small businesses
  • Read more here
WMAHSN Industry Innovation Gateway  
  • The WMAHSN Industry Innovation Gateway, delivered by Medilink WM, acts as a single point of entry for all medical/health technology and life science businesses who wish to engage with the WMAHSN
  • With comprehensive networks across the health and life science sector, the Industry Innovation Gateway provides essential connectivity to the business, clinical, academic, regulatory and finance communities, helping businesses to form new collaborative partnerships and to navigate the increasing complex health innovation landscape
  • Meridian is WMAHSN’s interactive online innovation health exchange designed to support the West Midlands innovation ecosystem, assisting NHS, academic, commercial and industrial stakeholders, and supporting collaborative approach to resolving clinical and service challenges to build a region-wide innovation culture
  • If you have an innovative product or service available that has significant potential to benefit both patients and the health service, Medilink WM will look to facilitate your need by assisting with your Meridian Innovation Submission and developing key relationship management with appropriate clinical groups and stakeholders with you, to assist the right innovations to evolve and move forward with the NHS 
  • Read more here

EVENTS 

STFC B4I Life Sciences Event
  • When: 26th March
  • Where: Visitor’s Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories (RAL), Harwell Campus, Didcot, OX11 0QX
  • Through this event you will discover how the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme can help you to overcome research challenges relating to product, manufacturing, or process performance. You will also get the opportunity to find out how companies have used these facilities to advance their own R&D challenges
  • Read more here
NIHR Ultrasound: Delivering the Diagnostics Strategy of the Future
  • When: 28th March
  • Where: Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RS 
  • The NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and IVD Co-operative (MIC Oxford) workshop on 'Ultrasound - delivering the diagnostics strategy of the future' will take place in the heart of England, at the Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre, University of Birmingham. The workshop will be led by Professor Dan Lasserson, Professor of Ambulatory Care at the University of Birmingham and clinical lead of the MIC Acute Ambulatory Care theme
  • Read more here
IAWM Innovation Policy & Practice Breakfast
  • When: 4th April 7:45-9:30
  • Where: Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, Technology HUB, Unit 6, Noble Way, Birmingham, B6 7EU
  • As part of DIDFEST our next Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast event will be a panel discussion on ‘Women in STEM-based business – barriers and enablers to progression’
  • Read more here
  • You can find a full breakdown of DIDFEST events here
Meridian LIVE 2019
  • When: 5th April
  • Where: The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW
  • Supporting the spread of good practice to deliver improved health and wealth across the West Midlands, Meridian has grown from strength to strength since it was launched in 2016 and building on the success of our 2018 Meridian LIVE event the year we are offering you the chance to network with potential partners and to explore the latest innovations and advances within the region.  This FREE to attend event is a must for medical and healthcare professionals within the West Midlands - and beyond!
  • Read more here
UK SPINE Knowledge Exchange Conference in Healthy Ageing and Affordable Medicines
  • The first annual UK SPINE conference in Knowledge Exchange will be taking place on 16th and 17th April 2019 at the British Library in London. The theme of the event will be focussed on Healthy Ageing and Affordable Medicines. This is a Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) programme initiative.
  • Read more here
Industrial Maths AI and Health Study Groups - developing machine learning to better understand tumour pathology specimens
  • This is the fourth of several problems that will be discussed at two three-day study groups, firstly in Cardiff from 22-24 May and secondly in Manchester from 26-28 June
  • If you are a researcher working in a UK university who would like to work on this problem read more here
Future IHWG Dates
  • The next meeting will be held on 11th April, 2pm – 4pm at The Hive, West Midlands Combined Authority, Summer Lane, Birmingham
  • Future dates include 27th June, Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Birminghamand 5th September, venue TBC
  • Read more here
22 March, 2019 - 12:57
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Secure a Share of up to £20 Million for your Medicines R&D Innovation
  • Call deadline: 24th April
  • Innovate UK, as part of their newly named Smart program – previously ‘Open grant funding’, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation
  • Read more here
Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme
  • The DPFS scheme supports the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health. It funds the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” of existing therapies.
  • Read more here
Apply for a Share of up to £7 Million for Innovative Healthcare Products, Technologies and Processes
  • Call deadline: 3rd April
  • UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge.
  • Read more here

EVENTS 

Addressing Global Challenges in Health and Development
  • When: 16th March
  • Where: The Hive, Worcester, WR1 3PD
  • The focus of this year's Beacons conference is Sustainable development Goal (SDG) 3, this seeks to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’. The conference will explore the current and most pressing issues and challenges in health and well-being, and how these interact with and influence sustainable development from local to global level
  • Read more here
Childhood Obesity- LGA Trailblazer Programme – Discovery Phase – Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Event
  • When: 21st March 9:30 – 12:30
  • Where: The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre, Quaker House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF 
  • Birmingham was recently selected to be part of the Discovery Phase of the LGA Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Programme. This is a specific programme of activity, to be completed by 30th April 2019, that will inform the shaping of the national trailblazer programme and provides a great opportunity for us to reshape and energise the approach to tackling childhood obesity in Birmingham.
  • Read more here
Young Lives Matter - Intergenerational Health and Well-being Conference
  • When: 30th March
  • Where: Birmingham City University
  • The West Midlands is a diverse region, serving a culturally and socially diverse population, Birmingham alone is estimated to have a population of 1,137,100
  • In conjunction with other relevant policies, procedures and strategies, the West Midlands is keen to see health and wellbeing inequalities significantly reduced
  • Read more here
Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast: Women in STEM-based Business – Barriers and Enablers to Progression
  • When: 4th April 7:45 – 9:30
  • Where: Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, Technology HUB, Unit 6, Noble Way, Birmingham, B6 7EU
  • Read more here
Meridian Live 
  • When: 5th April 9:30 – 15:30
  • Where: Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW 
  • Offering you the chance to network with potential partners and to explore the latest innovations and advances within the region, this FREE to attend event is a must for medical and healthcare professionals within the West Midlands - and beyond!
  • Read more here
Future IHWG Dates
  • The next meeting will be held on 11th April, 2pm – 4pm at The Hive, West Midlands Combined Authority, Summer Lane, Birmingham
  • Future dates include 27th June and 5th September. Venues TBC
  • Read more here
UoB Business Club Breakfast Briefing: Innovation in Medical Devices
  • When: 14th May
  • Where: Birmingham Research Science Park, 97 Vincent Drive, Birmingham, B15 2SQ
  • Innovation in Medical Technologies is a crucial component in the future of healthcare. It will allow us to better diagnose and treat patients and to address the challenge of ensuring that a commensurate increase in quality of life accompanies advances in medicine that mean that we are living longer than ever before.
  • Read more here
Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019
  • When: 15th May
  • Where: NEC Birmingham
  • Experience live demonstrations of the latest machines, technology, products and services while networking with 4,000+ designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from across the medical and healthcare sector.
  • Read more here
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