Funding opportunities

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LSRNW is not currently offering any funding, however, we are happy to assist you with collaborative funding applications – just email us at

This page is a list of current open calls that are for collaborative and translational funding. This page is regularly updated, so bookmark us and check back for the latest developments.



SMARTCymru supports Welsh businesses to develop, implement and commercialise new products, processes and services.

So far we have supported over 390 Welsh businesses to carry out over 540 projects, creating and building on their capability to innovate.

We can assist your business at every stage of your Innovation Journey, with a phased approach to supporting Research and Development activity;

  • Feasibility‘ – to investigate the viability of your innovative ideas
  • Industrial Research‘ – to undertake practical research to develop proof of concept
  • Experimental Development‘- to show the results of your research in operation
  • Exploitation‘ – to exploit your new product or process successfully

Support is delivered by a team of highly experienced Innovation Specialists who will provide advice on the options available, to make the most of your innovative ideas.  Your Innovation Specialist will guide you through each stage of the application.

To get started you can contact the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000

Funding for the SMARTCymru project is provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

SMART Expertise

SMART Expertise offers financial support to innovative collaboration projects that require a range of expertise to solve industry problems.

The aim of the call is to support collaborative projects, between industry and Welsh research organisations, which address strategic industrial technical challenge/s with a clear focus on commercialisation and exploitation of new products, processes or services and growth in capacity and capability in key areas of Smart Specialisation.

Funding will support 100% of the research organisations eligible project costs which shall equate to a maximum of 50% of the total eligible project costs. The industrial partners shall provide the remaining balance of the total eligible projects costs. The funding will be awarded to the research organisation.

There is a rolling call for 2021 applications. To contact your local Research Development Manager:

For applications from Mid and North Wales – please contact Sam Williams, email:

For applications from the South West – please contact Terry Stubbs, email:

For applications from the South East – please contact Richard Morgan, email:

Duration of projects: Project activity must be completed by 31 December 2022

European Innovation Council

EIC Pathfinder

The majority of this funding is open, for projects in any field of science or technology, however, there are specific Pathfinder Challenges, which, in 2021 are:

  • Challenge: Tools to measure and stimulate activity in brain tissue
  • Challenge: Emerging technologies in cell & gene therapy
  • Challenge: Engineered living material

These awards welcome high-risk/high gain, interdisciplinary and cutting-edge collaborations, with grants of between 3 and 4 million Euros, focusing on Technology Readiness Levels 1-3 up to proof of concept.


EPSRC Digital technologies for health and care

Open – Applications invited for a Sandpit event in October 2021

Closing date – 21st July 2021

Total fund £1,500,000

The three day sandpit event is to develop research ideas for novel digital technologies to monitor, diagnose, and treat the population remotely. Researchers from any area are welcome, but you must be eligible for EPSRC research grant funding. Funding is for projects arising from the sandpit event.


Pre-announcement: addressing limitations in manufacturing nucleic acid therapeutics

Open – Expression of interest deadline June 2021

Max award £6,000,000

This call is to set up a research consortium addressing challenges in the manufacture of nucleic acid therapeutics. The consortium can include academic and industrial organisations in the UK and abroad. The lead organisation must be UK-based. Following expert panel triage, applicants will be required to attend a workshop in August 2021. This is part of the new NATA Hub,

Knowledge transfer partnerships: 2021 to 2022, round two

Typical award: £75,000 pa

Open – Closing date 30th June 2021

UK registered academic institutions, research and technology organisations (RTOs) or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £6 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits. To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered higher education or further education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult
  • collaborate with a UK registered business, of any size, or a not-for-profit organisation. The business must contribute to the project’s costs.


MRC Partnership Grants

You can apply for a partnership grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers. Funding is available for between one and five years to:

  • establish new, high-value collaborative activities or capabilities
  • add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from MRC and other funders.

These awards are not for hypothesis-driven research, but to build capability, infrastructure, systems and networks. These awards are offered in a number of areas, including: