Section: Digital

Here you will find a brief overview of funding opportunities potentially relevant to the third sector, including social enterprises.

Direct weblinks to these are located in the ‘Resources’ section at the end of this article.

European funding – Horizon 2020

The EU are inviting applications for their initial 2018 calls under the Horizon 2020 programme.  These will fund research and innovation projects that support objectives on

  • health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • active and healthy ageing/independent living;
  • and the sustainability of healthcare systems.

The applying projects must match specific themes (some of which cover digital solutions, for example on smart working/living environments) which are set out in detail in this European Commission Horizon 2020 Work Programme (PDF file) (this link will take you away from our website).

  • Funding programme: Horizon 2020 (2018 initial Funding Call)
  • Organisation providing the funding: European Commission
  • Period the funding runs for: Deadline for applications is 26 April 2018.  Funding period is 3-5 years.
  • Funding range: Varies per call but on average €2-5 mil per project is potentially available.

Please see a PPT presentation detailing some of the specific themes under the ‘Resources’ section at the bottom of this page.


Innovate UK – Open Innovation Challenges

They provide funding to projects which reduce demand by preventing ill health and increasing individual citizens’ ability to better manage their health or increase capacity by improving the quality of care provided within existing or reduced funding baselines.

  • Funding programme: Open Innovation Challenges
  • Organisation providing the funding: Innovate UK
  • Period the funding runs for: 10 funded challenges at different stages. Ongoing.
  • Funding range: up to £30,000 for Phase 1 (feasibility studies); up to £150,000 for Phase 2 (prototype development and testing).


Note that the Lottery and other charitable funds are also potential sources of funding support.

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Virtual Reality over the Doorstep

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SDS Peer Network

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Case Study

Wellbeing points