Biomedical Catalyst 2021 Round 2 will open for applications on 18th October 2021. UK-registered companies will be able to apply for a share of £12 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.

Funding is available for feasibility and primer awards:

  • Feasibility Award

The feasibility award is for organisations that i) have developed an innovative concept or carried out experimental proof of concept but ii) have not yet validated the technology. This funding will allow them to explore and evaluate the technology’s commercial potential.

  • Primer Award

The primer award will enable organisations to conduct a technical evaluation of an idea through to proof of concept in a model system.


All projects must centre around the development of a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge. For example, they may focus on:

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. You can find the full scope for this competition here.


Firstly, your project must have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £1 million. It should start from 1st April 2022, end by 31st March 2024, and last between 3 and 24 months. To lead a project or work alone, your organisation must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be a UK registered SME
  • Carry out its project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

You can collaborate with the following types of organisation: businesses of any size, academic institutions, charities, not-for-profits, public sector organisations, or research technology organisations.

More Information

Biomedical Catalyst 2021 Round 2 is open until 1st December 2021. For more information, visit the competition page or attend the online briefing event on 22nd October. If you’re looking for bid writing support, contact us to arrange a free consultation.