Fund title: Innovate UK: innovation in health and life sciences

Focus of fund/fund aims:

To stimulate innovation in health and life sciences and increase competitiveness for UK SMEs

Application deadline:

Register by 5 April; Apply by 12 April 2017

Fund description:

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in projects addressing technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS). Projects must align with at least one of the following Innovate UK priority areas to:

  • increase yield, quality and sustainability in agriculture and food production
  • support advanced therapies (cell and gene therapies), precision medicine or preclinical technologies
  • develop bioscience techniques and capabilities that have the potential to improve healthcare and/or agriculture and food production in the future

All projects must involve at least one SME – an SME can apply on its own for funding up to £100,000. A business or research organisation may lead the project: all consortia must include at least one SME, and proposals must indicate how projects will enable a step change in competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.

Projects should last from 6 months to 3 years and range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £2 million. Grant rates vary according to size of business and type of project.

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