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Cell Therapy Catapult & partners launch UK cell therapy database of research funding

Cell Therapy Catapult & partners launch UK cell therapy database of research funding

Over 100 sources identified, providing searchable resource for researchers

London, UK, November 20 2014 - The Cell Therapy Catapult, which is focused on the development of the UK cell therapy industry to increase the nation's health and wealth, has collaborated with the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Association of Medical Research Charities to develop a database of UK cell therapy research funding. The database, which is launched today1, has identified over 100 sources of funding from 34 organisations, totalling over £3bn for which cell therapies are believed to be eligible; of this around £100m is earmarked specifically for the sector. Fully searchable, it is designed to help researchers identify quickly and accurately appropriate sources of funding for their work, as well as provide an up-to-date snapshot of the UK environment. 

Data was collected in the first half of 2014 from the research councils, medical research charities, other UK Government-funded organisations (such as the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK2 and the National Institute for Health Research) and EU bodies3. With each funding scheme categorised by research stage, eligibility criteria, therapeutic area and closing date, the database lists schemes open for submission as of July 2014 and will be updated regularly. Grants in the database cover a broad size range, with the smallest at £5,000 and the largest a €20m Horizon 2020 call, with the majority not exceeding £1m. 
Reflecting the importance of medical charities in catalysing and supporting early research in specialised areas, they are responsible for 65% of grant schemes (7% of the total funding available by value). Also significant, the European Union contributes 55% of the funding and 13% of the schemes. In line with the picture seen in the Cell Therapy Catapult UK cell therapy clinical trials and preclinical research databases, there are a large number of funding schemes for oncology, neurology, ophthalmology and cardiovascular research. 

Keith Thompson, CEO of the Cell Therapy Catapult, said: 'With our partners, we are delighted to launch this database, which we hope will enable researchers developing the therapies and technologies of the future to identify suitable funding sources quickly and accurately. Information will be updated regularly, with inclusion of data from the US and more EU organisations planned. We'd like to thank the funding organisations for their input, and look forward to feedback and comments from the community.'