Innovate UK Launches Strand 1 Health and Life Sciences Sector Competition
Through this competition, Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in innovation projects that inspire new products, processes and services that address challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS).
The aim is to develop innovations that lead to increased agricultural productivity, enhanced food quality and sustainability or improved healthcare outcomes.
IUK is looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across different technologies, markets and technology maturities. These may include feasibility studies, industrial research or experimental development.
Projects must show significant innovation in one of these priority areas:
- Increasing agricultural productivity
- Improving food quality and sustainability
- Advanced therapies (cell and gene therapies)
- Precision medicine
- Medicines discovery
- Advanced biosciences
Proposals must show how projects will enable a significant change in competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
Up to £9.5 million is allocated for strand 1, health and life sciences. A project’s total costs should be between £50,000 and £2 million. Projects should last between six months and 24 months. Projects lasting up to 12 months should start by August 2018, and projects up to 24 months should start by December 2018.
Grants can be awarded to a consortium, led by a business, working with other organisations or research groups. All projects must involve at least one SME and a business must lead the project. To lead a project, the applicant/s must carry out their project in the UK and propose an innovation project that lasts between six months and three years.
The deadline for applications to be received is 28 March 2018.