UK businesses can apply for up to £15 million for projects that support small and medium sized enterprises to develop innovations in health and life sciences.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £1.4m
Opens: 2nd Oct 2017
Closes: 6th Dec 2017
Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects. These should address challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS) that lead to increased agri-food productivity, quality and sustainability or improved healthcare outcomes.
Projects must show significant innovation in one of these priority areas:
Proposals must show how projects will enable a significant change in competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
The aim of this competition is to stimulate innovation in H&LS. Projects must align with at least one of the following Innovate UK priority areas:
Projects will be funded that connect with the themes of the H&LS sector.
Projects will also be funded that address the technical or commercial challenges across the Innovate UK priority areas listed above. These challenges should lead towards increased business productivity, competitiveness and growth, especially of SMEs.
Your project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development depending on the challenge identified.
Specific competition themes
Applications need to address at least one of the following themes:
Increasing agricultural productivity:
Improved food quality and sustainability:
For further information on these themes. click here.
To be eligible for funding you must:
To lead a project you must:
Funding and project details
Up to £15 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.
All projects must involve at least one SME and a business must lead the project.
Project costs of up to £100,000
If you are an SME and expect your eligible project costs to be up to £100,000, you can run the project on your own. You can also work with other businesses or research organisations.
Project costs of £100,000 or above
If you expect your eligible project costs to be more than £100,000 you must work with other organisations who are claiming grant as part of the project. At least one member of the consortium must be an SME.
Your project can focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development.
For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.