Grow MedTech – new good practice guide for Proof of Market funding

Grow MedTech has been a major UK programme providing specialist support for innovation in medical technologies, involving a consortium of six universities across the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions.

A collaboration between the Universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York, Grow MedTech was led by the University of Leeds and funded through the Research England Connecting Capability Fund from April 2018 to June 2021.

As a component of the learning from this programme, Grow MedTech has launched their first good practice guide, and a range of resources, explaining how by investing small amounts of money into proof of market awards, opportunities can be de-risked so that the time of academics and knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) practitioners – and university budgets – are not wasted in the short to long term future.

NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Cooperative have enjoyed collaborating with the Grow MedTech team throughout the programme – and proud to see the CONNECT project, led by Prof Felicity Astin and Dr Emma Harris at the University of Huddersfield, profiled in the good practice guide.

To download the guide visit