Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or commercial challenges relevant to the health and life sciences sector that will lead to increased UK SME competitiveness, growth and productivity. The Health and Life Sciences sector has a focus on agriculture, food and healthcare, underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical research and enabled by expertise in engineering and physical sciences.
About the funding
Grants can be awarded to consortia, led by a business of any size, working with other businesses and/or research organisations. All consortia must involve at least one SME and they will particularly welcome projects led by an SME. The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden business innovation in health and life sciences, leading to an increase in productivity.
A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development depending on the challenge identified.
They expect projects to last from 6 to 36 months and to range in size from total costs of £50,000 to £2 million, depending on the type of project and activities proposed.
The competition opens on 12 Sept 2016 and the deadline for applications is noon on 16 Nov 2016.
Competition Briefing Event
19 September 2016, London
Note: The webcast of this event is now full, but a recording will be made available via the Innovate UK competition page after the event.
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organising a Competition Briefing event to give potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about the Health and Life Sciences Competition. The event will also provide an opportunity to develop consortium ideas via networking with potential project partners, and Innovate UK and KTN staff will be onhand with expert advice.
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Competition opens: 12 September 2016
Briefing events for applicants: Event in London on 19 September 2016
Registration deadline: Noon on 9th November 2016
Application deadline: Noon on 16th November 2016