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Open funding calls

Enabling integrated diagnostics for early detection

Innovate UK will invest up to £17 million in the research, development and evaluation of integrated diagnostic solutions. An additional investment of up to £3 million is available for oncology-focused projects from Cancer Research UK.

Integrated diagnostics are disruptive innovations that link technologies, data, care pathways and systems to create new diagnostic and precision medicine solutions. The aim is to detect and diagnose earlier in the disease course, more sensitively and specifically, and with more nuanced information on prognosis and/or therapy selection.

This competition aims to accelerate development of innovative diagnostic tools and technologies by multi-disciplinary and cross-sector consortia.

Your project can focus on early development of new modality combinations (such as the combination of imaging and genomic information with new algorithms) and their detection technologies, to later stage refinement of more established tools. However, even in earlier stage development you must consider how your proposed solution could be used in clinical practice and be integrated into NHS care pathways.

Your project must involve collaboration between industry and the UK’s supporting healthcare and research infrastructure. This will be critical in ensuring new products, processes and services are fit for purpose and solutions can be translated into clinical settings. Your project can include health economic studies, modelling of care pathways and the generation of evidence to support adoption.

More information can be found here

Competition opens: Monday 22 July 2019
Competition deadline: Wednesday 25 September 2019 12.00pm

i4i Connect

i4i Connect is aimed at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway.

The funding stream aims to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding, in particular for an i4i Product Development Award. It also aims to de-risk projects at any stage of the translational research and development pathway to support follow-on investment.

i4i Connect is researcher-led and does not specify topics for research.

Lead applicants to i4i Connect must be from an SME. The funding stream offers between £50,000-£150,000 over a 6-12 month period.

More information can be found here.

Competition deadline: 11 September 2019

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

More information can be found here.

Competition opens: July 2019
Competition deadline: 16 October 2019

PoC diagnostic technologies

It is anticipated that new PoC diagnostic devices applicable for this call will support one or more of the following requirements:

  • minimal or no requirement for sample preparation steps for complex clinical samples; (blood, serum, plasma, saliva etc)
  • provide a rapid (less than 1 hour) time to answer, to facilitate delivery of timely information to clinicians to inform treatment options
  • suitable for, or can be adapted for, use by non-expert users; i.e. minimal manual steps required for that user to perform the assay and output of easily interpretable results
  • provide high confidence information outputs with a minimal level of false positives and negatives; i.e. high levels of specificity and sensitivity for detection of analytes of interest from complex clinical samples
  • high levels of equipment reliability in resource limited settings, which may include high and low ambient temperatures
  • suitable for, or can be adapted to use with, minimal reliability on the presence of other associated lab infrastructure (to include air conditioning, mains power) and/or a large array of additional standard laboratory equipment (such as centrifuges, refrigerators and freezers)
  • suitable for, or can be adapted for, the detection of multiple analytes simultaneously
  • flexible and adaptable to integration of new assays for additional analytes to facilitate identification of a broad spectrum of agents
  • minimal equipment footprint; equipment is currently or can be made portable by an individual with minimal additional burden to that individual

More information can be found here.

Competition deadline: 26 September 2019

Open competition: Rapid Impact Innovations

The Open Call competition is one of the competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address the challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time and without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition.

More information can be found here.

Competition opens: 9 July 2019
Competition deadline: 21 October 2019

Welcome Trust: Innovator awards

Innovator Awards are open to researchers who are developing healthcare innovations that could have a major and measurable impact on human health.

Individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organisations can apply. Organisations can be of any size, based anywhere in the world. Funded organisations must sign up to our grant conditions.

You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. Examples of technologies include:

  • therapeutics (small molecules or biologics)
  • vaccines
  • devices
  • diagnostics
  • digital technologies
  • regenerative medicine.

The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation.

More information can be found here.

Contact: Ashley Aitken

Ashley Aitken
Senior Programme Manager

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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