We are seeking a range of investigator-led proposals from researchers working in engineering, physical sciences, ICT and mathematical sciences who want to apply their expertise to a defined healthcare challenge.
We particularly want to encourage research projects in line with our strategies and in the under-represented fields of ICT, mathematical sciences and physical sciences.
We would expect strong proposals to be working with clinical, business, charitable or public sector partners.
Your application should be in line with the grand challenges of our healthcare technologies theme:
- developing future therapies with technologies that enhance efficacy, minimise costs and reduce risks to patients
- frontiers of physical intervention, restoring physical function and optimising surgery and other physical interventions with high precision and minimal invasiveness
- optimising treatment through effective diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention
- transforming community health and care by using real-time information to support patients managing their own health and wellbeing and to allow healthcare professionals to make timely interventions.
Your application should also show how you will advance any cross-cutting research in:
- advanced materials
- disruptive technologies for sensing and analysis
- future manufacturing technologies
- medical device design and innovation
- novel computational and mathematical sciences
- novel imaging technologies.
We are particularly encouraging research projects that seek to:
- transform community health and care
- improve prevention and public health.
Find out more about our healthcare technologies theme.
We fund a wide range of projects ranging from small, short-term grants to multi-million-pound research projects including:
- high-risk or high-return research embracing new concepts or techniques
- feasibility studies
- instrument development
- collaborative projects that cross different disciplines.
We will fund 80% of the full economic costs of your project. You may request funding for staff costs, equipment and other items required to carry out the project, costs related to impact, and travel and subsistence.
We recognise that the development of healthcare technologies is complex and can take longer than in other areas of research.
Your proposal should consider very carefully how you will maximise impact, and you are strongly advised to include a request for resources to support these elements of your work.
Find out more about our healthcare technologies impact and translation toolkit.