The Secret to a Successful Grant Application

The Secret to a Successful Grant Application

Digital Event
Wednesday 21st July


You are invited to join us at this invitation-only event for SMEs as part of the ERDF R&I Health Accelerator programme.

Preparing, writing, and submitting grant funding applications can be stressful and time-consuming.  But with the right guidance, you can avoid common pitfalls and learn how to prepare a winning application for your innovations.  

We are welcoming two guest speakers from leading grant consultancies to share their expert advice with you. By attending this event, you will gain a better understanding of what makes a successful grant bid, how the process works, what information is required and how to manage the grant funding if successful.

We’ll discuss the top tips and considerations for writing applications to maximise your chances of success and unravel what assessors and funders want to see so you can prepare effectively when the opportunities arise.

Leading this session will be Mark Clayton, Managing Director at Tatton Consulting, and Olaf Swanzy, UK Director of PNO Consultants UK. Both have a wealth of experience in working with SME’s, large companies and universities to advance research and innovation activities through grant funding mechanisms.  
You also have the option to book 1-2-1 sessions to discuss your potential application with experts in the field.  Should you wish to book any sessions after the event, please contact

12.30pm - 2.00pm


  • Welcome and Introduction

    Vicky Bertenshaw, Research Operations Manager, Health Innovation Manchester

  • Key Considerations when Applying for Grant Funding

    Olaf Swanzy, Managing Consultant, PNO Consultants

  • Top Tips for a Successful Application

    Mark Clayton, Managing Director, Tatton Consulting

  • SME Case Study

    Steve McConchie, CEO, Aptus Clinical

  • Q&A


This webinar is an invitation only event. If you are enrolled onto the R&I Programme and would like to attend please contact Helen Williams at

Research and Innovation (R&I) Health Accelerator Programme

Not yet Enrolled in the Research and Innovation Health Accelerator Programme?
Are you an SME looking to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions? Would you like access to expertise and support for your business?

CONTACT US to discuss the programme further and to see if your company is eligible to enrol.

The project invites SMEs to collaborate with Greater Manchester’s research and innovation institutions to accelerate development and improve commercialisation of innovative healthcare products and services within life sciences.

SMEs will be able to access expertise and support including information about navigating the health and care system, developing value propositions, ethics & regulatory advice and access to university-wide expertise.

There will also be opportunities to build lasting research collaborations between SMEs, researchers, Greater Manchester universities, NHS organisations and the broader health innovation community. These collaborations will be used to share knowledge, address the barriers to adoption and co-develop proposals for research and development projects.

The programme, which is open now and will run until June 2023, will engage with SMEs across a range of health and care products and services, but with a particular focus on AI & digital technologies, medical devices, biosensors, genomics & precision medicine, diagnostics, biopharmaceuticals, and applications of advanced materials.

Eligible SMEs will be able to access two levels of support, both with a menu of support activities that can be mixed and matched to meet their specific needs.

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