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Precision medicine: impacting through innovative technology

Innovate UK will invest up to £6 million in innovation projects to support the development of precision medicine technologies.

Applications can be for feasibility studies, or industrial research and experimental development projects.

Feasibility projects can last up to 12 months and have total project costs of up to £100,000. We will fund:

  • single-company SME projects
  • collaborative projects led by an SME

Research and experimental development projects can last up to 24 months and have total project costs of between £1 million to £2 million. We will fund:

  • projects that are led by a business or research and technology organisation
  • collaborative projects

Collaborations must include at least one other grant-claiming partner (such as an NHS organisation, another healthcare provider, a business, a Catapult or other research technology organisation, or a research base or third-sector organisation).

Projects must show an improvement in the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project, but the project does not need to be led by an SME.

You must explain clearly how your proposed technology will advance precision medicine. We encourage applications that can provide evidence of engagement with regional precision medicine centres of expertise across the UK.

Further information, and details on how to apply, can be found here

Competition opens: Monday 11 September 2017
Competition closes: Wednesday 25 October 2017 12:00pm

Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: early stage

The aim of this competition is to support the development of technologies and processes including:

  • 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

The biomedical catalyst has 4 types of funding award designed to support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that are developing a product or process. It helps them progress from initial concept through to late-stage development.

Each type of award has a different scope and you should apply only if your project fits a specific competition scope.

You may only submit the same application to Innovate UK twice, so it is important that you do not submit an application with an incorrect scope.

This is an early-stage competition. We are looking to fund projects that enable SMEs to complete a data package sufficient to support the subsequent testing of their product or process in a clinical setting (or other relevant environment). The early-stage project can include:

  • experimental evaluation (lab scale)
  • use of in vitro and in vivo models (but not studies in humans or patients) to evaluate proof of concept and safety testing to appropriate regulatory standards
  • exploration of potential production mechanisms
  • early-stage prototyping
  • product development planning
  • intellectual property protection

Projects should last between one and 3 years and range between £250,000 and £4 million.

Further information can be found here

Competition opens: Monday 31 July 2017
Competition closes: Wednesday 11 October 2017 12:00pm

 

Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: feasibility studies

The aim of this competition is to support the development of innovative healthcare technologies and processes. These may include:

  • 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

This is a feasibility competition. We are looking to fund projects that explore and evaluate the commercial potential of innovative scientific ideas by:

  • reviewing research evidence and identifying possible applications
  • assessing business opportunities
  • investigating the intellectual property position
  • validating initial concepts or existing pre-clinical work through experimental studies
  • identifying areas for further development

We expect projects to range in size up to £200,000. Projects should last no longer than 12 months.

Further information can be found here

Competition opens: Monday 31 July 2017
Competition closes: Wednesday 11 October 2017 12:00pm

 

Digital health technology catalyst 2017 round 1

Innovate UK is to invest up to £8 million in projects that develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges.

We may consider projects outside this range but you should contact us at least 10 days before the submission deadline to discuss further.

You must start your projects by 1 February 2018.

Projects must focus on the development of digital health or digitally-enabled medical technologies. They must have the potential to achieve one or more of the following:

  • improve patient outcomes
  • transform healthcare delivery
  • enable more efficient delivery of healthcare

You may design technologies for use in clinical or non-clinical everyday settings.

An SME must lead the project. Feasibility projects can be from an SME working alone or in collaboration.

Industrial research and experimental development projects must be collaborative and work with at least one other grant-claiming partner (NHS, other healthcare providers, other businesses, Catapults such as the Digital Catapult or other research technology organisation, research base or third sector). We recommend that you collaborate with the NHS on any industrial research or experimental development project where appropriate.

You must show how your project will improve the competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Feasibility projects must range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £75,000 and you must complete your project within one year.

Industrial research and experimental development projects must range in size from total project costs of £500,000 to £1 million and you must complete your project within 3 years.

Further information can be found here

Competition opens: Monday 31 July 2017
Competition closes: Wednesday 11 October 2017 12:00pm

Contact: Ashley Aitken

Ashley Aitken
Project Manager, Diagnostics

Ashley has experience of sales and marketing in the life science sector. She is a graduate of the University of Warwick, and specialised in Molecular Genetics.
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