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£11M cell and gene therapies industrial manufacture funding competition

Innovate UK is to invest up to £11 million in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate large-scale manufacturing in the cell and gene therapy sector.

They are seeking proposals to industrialise established manufacturing processes for cell and gene therapies. The aim of this competition is to develop the manufacturing capability of candidate cell and gene therapies so they are ready for pivotal clinical trials and early market supply.


About the funding

They expect projects to range in size from total costs of £1 million to £2.5 million. They may consider projects outside this range if you contact them before 2 November to discuss. Projects should last between 1 and 3 years.

Projects must be collaborative and must include at least one UK-registered small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). A business must lead the project.


Competition Briefing event

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is orgainsing a briefing event for this competition, which can be attended in person in London, or by webcast, on 5th October 2016.


What: Competition Briefing

When: Wed 5 October 2016 (09:30 – 16:30)

Where: ETC Venues, One Drummond Gate, London

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What: Competition Briefing Webcast

When: Wed 5 October 2016 (10:00 – 13:00)

Where: Webcast



Key dates

  • Competition opens: 26 September 2016
  • Registration deadline: noon on 16 November 2016
  • Application deadline: noon on 23 November 2016
  • Briefing event: 5 October 2016


Find out more

The competition briefing document can be downloaded from the Innovate UK competition page at

KTN's sector experts will be happy to discuss proposals with you, and can help to identify potential project partners:

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