UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for capital projects to improve medicines manufacturing.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £8 million
Opens: 10th Sep 2018
Closes: 3rd Oct 2018
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £8 million in capital infrastructure innovation projects to enable existing medicines manufacturing operations to improve their scope, efficiency and effectiveness through the application of digitally-enabled technology.
This competition aims to encourage the application of digitally enabled methods or technologies to improve the manufacture of medicines for human use.
Your proposal must show how digital technology can integrate or enhance the steps in a manufacturing and supply chain.
You must show how your project will increase the productivity, competitiveness, capability or growth of at least one UK business involved in the project.
Your proposal can include approaches that have the potential to deliver, for example:
In this competition medicines that are in scope and can be exemplar products are limited to:
Priority will be given to proposals that:
To be eligible for funding you must:
Single applicants must claim funding. If the project is collaborative, the lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
Any one business can lead on one application and collaborate in a further 2 applications. If a business is not leading an application, they can be a collaborator in up to 3 applications.
This competition is open to any UK business that can demonstrate that the capital infrastructure grant they are requesting will:
Any purchases made or retro-fitting undertaken must be used for medicines manufacturing-related activities at least 80% of the time.
Your project’s total costs must be between £2 million and £4 million. Projects must start by 1 January 2019 and end by 31 March 2019. They can last between 3 and 4 months.
This competition is for funding to support capital infrastructure, including refurbishment and equipment. Support given for construction or upgrade of research infrastructures that perform economic activities will fall within the EU definition of state aid as ‘Investment aid for research infrastructure’ and is limited to 50% of the eligible project costs.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that cover: