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Innovate UK Funding Competition: Advancing Analytical Technologies For Biopharmaceutical Processes

Innovate UK will invest up to £4m, in collaborative R&D projects, to address the UK biopharmaceutical industry’s need for improved analytical technologies to support the development of current and next generation biopharmaceutical products.

This competition seeks to advance the development and commercialisation of Biopharmaceutical products and processes by improving the analytical technologies used to develop formulations, monitor processes, characterise products and develop the associated informatics required to implement QbD and PAT approaches.


Projects must be business led and involve collaborations with other businesses or research organisations.  Where appropriate, participants are invited to engage with the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC), or other High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres to make use of their specialist skills and expertise and to encourage knowledge transfer.

A typical project proposal will focus on development of innovative analytical technologies for testing, characterisation, process monitoring and the development of supporting informatics tools for the manufacture of biopharmaceutical products. Innovate UK is looking to fund projects that bring together biopharmaceutical producers, research organisations, processing specialists and analytical and process control equipment manufacturers to generate innovative solutions.  Projects are expected to range in size from total costs of £500,000 to £1,500,000, and to be 12 to 36 months duration.

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 14th September 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 14th October 2015. The deadline, for expressions of interest, is noon on 21stOctober 2015. The deadline for the second phase of this competition, for invited applications, is noon on 7th January 2016.

There will be a briefing for potential applicants in London on 16th September and Darlington on 22ndSeptember 2015, to highlight the main features of the competition, and to explain the application process.  Applicants are strongly recommended to attend either of these events.

Register here:

16th September - London

22nd September - Darlington


Key dates

Competition opens: 14th September 2015

Competition briefing: 16th and 22nd September 2015 

Registration deadline: Noon 14th October 2015 

Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline: Noon 21st October 2015 

Stage 2 opens for invited applicants: 16th November 2015

Deadline for invited applications: Noon  7th January  2016 

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