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Innovate UK Open Sector Competition

Innovate UK has up to £19 million to invest in the best ideas for new innovations in a wide range of technology and business areas. The Innovate UK open programme provides businesses with funding for an innovative idea. It can also help them access knowledge and skills from the UK research base. This will help them become more competitive.

Applications should be for game-changing innovative ideas that will lead to new products, processes or services ahead of the field in any sector of the economy. Projects could fit into one of Innovate UK’s 4 priority areas of emerging and enabling technologies, health and life sciences, infrastructure systems and manufacturing and materials, or be outside them.

Highlights:

  • projects must be led by a business working alone or with other organisations or researchers
  • Innovate UK expect projects to range in size from £25,000 to £1 million depending on the type of research, and to last between 6 months and 36 months
  • businesses could attract up to 70% of their total project costs

Applications should be for game-changing innovative ideas that will lead to new products, processes or services ahead of the field in any sector of the economy. They can range from feasibility studies through to experimental development that is closer to commercialisation. Innovative ideas can come from any sector or technology area and at any time. So as well as our sector-focused funding programmes we have a programme open to all innovative businesses. Applications can be from any technology or sector. As with Innovate UK’s sector-based competitions, Innovate UK’s open programme supports innovation at various stages. It helps companies develop projects from proof of concept through to prototype development and demonstration.

The open programme also helps businesses work with the research base. This will improve their ability to innovate and increase their competitiveness, through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. A further £14 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

Further details can be found here.

Open date: 11 December 2017
Deadline date:
28 February 2018


Tackling disease with healthcare innovations

There is up to £12 million to support projects that are developing or testing out new healthcare products, technologies or processes.

This funding is available through the Biomedical Catalyst, a partnership between Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council that supports innovative opportunities in the life sciences.

Projects in the Biomedical Catalyst could:

  • help to prevent or manage chronic conditions
  • lead to better detection or diagnosis of disease
  • that treat disease or offer potential cures

In this funding round there are 2 competitions.

Late stage projects

Up to £8 million is available for late-stage projects that test a well-developed concept and demonstrate its suitability in a relevant environment.

A late-stage project can include:

  • initial human proof-of-concept studies
  • demonstration of clinical utility and effectiveness
  • demonstration of safety and efficacy. This includes phase I and II clinical trials
  • developing production mechanisms
  • prototyping
  • market testing
  • intellectual property protection

Primer awards

A further £4 million is available in primer awards. This is for projects that carry out technical evaluations through to proofs of concept in a model system.

A primer project could include:

  • experimental evaluation done at laboratory scale
  • initial demonstration using in vitro and in vivo models. It does not include human clinical trials such as safety or efficacy
  • exploring potential production mechanisms
  • early-stage prototyping
  • product development planning
  • intellectual property protection

Competition information

  • projects must be led by an SME, working alone or with other SMEs or research organisations
  • we expect projects to range in size from £200,000 to £1.5 million and to last between 1 and 2 years
  • businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs

Further details can be found here

Deadline date: 7 February 2018

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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