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Apply for funding: Colorectal, HPB and vascular surgery solutions

Date published: 17/05/18

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Apply for funding: Colorectal, HPB and vascular surgery ideas and solutions

Businesses, researchers and clinicians working in colorectal, hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and vascular surgery are invited to apply for pump-prime or clinical session funding of up to £10,000.

Funding is available to support the development of new concepts, demonstration of proof of principle, to accelerate translation of research to the clinic, and devise new research protocols – for new medical devices, healthcare technologies or technology-dependent interventions for surgical technologies.

The funding is being offered by The NIHR Surgical MedTech Cooperative in collaboration with Grow MedTech.

The funding competition is split into two parts: a strategic call that is focused on future unmet needs and a reactive call offering incubator packages that is focused on the immediate needs in surgery.


  • All applicants must be UK based
  • All applications must have a clinical collaborator
  • Industry-led applications must include matched funding which can be financial or in-kind support
  • Successful applicants will work in conjunction with the NIHR Surgical MIC and its extensive network in order to successfully prototype and/or validate their idea(s) (i.e. show proof of concept/principle)


Convergence of technologies 

  • Up to £10K funding
  • Industry and/or academic-led applications
  • To develop ideas and solutions in:
    • medical devices and information technology
    • artificial intelligence applied to medical devices
    • combining medical imaging with robotics
    • digital health
    • smart drug delivery devices

The future of surgery

  • Up to £10K funding
  • Clinically-led applications
  • To develop ideas and solutions in:
    • patients and their choice of treatment
    • the training and role of future surgeons
    • the development of new non-surgical interventions
    • the emergence of new care models
    • patient safety and clinical outcomes
    • the role of digital pathology in surgery

Key dates:

Closes midnight, Friday 29 June 2018.


  • All applicants must be UK based – academic institutions, NHS Trusts, third sector organisations and industry
  • Applications must have be translational or have clearly planned translational aspects in the near or long term
  • projects should have the potential to develop into a more substantial project that can apply for external funding


  • seed funding call
  • up to £5K
  • for the early development of novel technology-based solutions applicable to colorectal, HPB and/or vascular surgery (including wound care)

Key dates:

There are four opportunities to submit your proposal:

Submission deadline Reviewing date
5pm Friday 1 June 2018 Friday 8 June 2018
5pm Friday 20 July 2018 Friday 27 July 2018
5pm Tuesday 11 September 2018 Tuesday 18 September 2018
5pm Friday 2 November 2018 Friday 9 November 2018


Projects must use allocated support by 31 March 2019.