Funding & Investment

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Funding & Investment

There are many sources and types of funding and investment available to develop products and services for the NHS. These can be categorised broadly as grants and investments.


There are many types of grants and they can be broadly categorised into grants that are given for early stage R&D type developmental work or later stage evaluation studies. Many grants are announced and awarded on a cyclical basis, i.e., bi-annual calls, or are announced and awarded on a short term and reactive manner to a current issue, i.e., Healthcare Associated Infections.  Some grants are regionally focused others are topic specific. The majority of the large grants are awarded by national charities and research councils, but other smaller awards are often awarded by local initiatives such as councils and discipline specific charities.

Knowledge of what grants are available is a full time occupation and some of the Innovation Nexus Associates can provide this knowledge.


Investments are provided by institutions or individuals to help develop products and services with an intention of paying back the investment with a return.

Like grants, investments range in size and scale from small investments from local investors and Business Angels to large Venture Capital organisations and Corporate Financiers.

Knowledge of what investments are available and the terms associated with them is a relatively complex business, however some of the Innovation Nexus Associates can provide this knowledge.

GM AHSN Innovation Funds

The GM AHSN has developed a suite of Innovation Funds to support and stimulate the development of innovative technologies. 

Find out more about:



Ignite Fund




Energise Fund




Momentum Fund

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SPARK Impact

SPARK Impact (SPARK) is part of the SPARK Ventures Group which has been operating for 12 years as a specialist in early-stage venture capital, providing equity investment to high growth healthcare…


Idox: GRANTfinder 4 Health – the UK’s first funding and policy information service dedicated to the health sector Idox has been providing support to the health sector for nearly three…

GH Associates

At GHA we pride ourselves on being the experts in reading the small print and guiding you through the strict requirements when submitting an application to the European funding authorities. We…

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