UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million for innovative projects in medicines manufacturing solutions.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Receive up to £1.4m
Opens: 4th Sep 2017
Closes: 1st Nov 2017
Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in medicines manufacturing to be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Projects should focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. There are 2 parts to this competition:
1. Feasibility projects
2.Industrial research and experimental development projects
This competition aims to stimulate the development and implementation of innovative methods/technologies to improve the manufacture of novel medicines for human use. Proposals must offer innovative approaches to medicines manufacturing challenges. These can include, but are not limited to, approaches that deliver:
In this competition medicines that are in scope and must be used as examples are limited to:
For feasibility projects, the grant enables the exploration and evaluation of the commercial potential of an early-stage concept. The project must deliver:
For industrial research and experimental development, the grant enables the development of new and innovative solutions to medicines manufacturing challenges. Proposals must demonstrate:
To lead a project you must be UK based and carry out your project in the UK.
Feasibility study projects can be from an SME working alone or in collaboration.
Industrial research and experimental development projects must be collaborative and work with at least one other grant-claiming partner (businesses, RTO, Catapult, research base and/or third sector).
Both projects must :
Funding and project details
Up to £15m is available to fund innovation projects in this competition. This is divided up as:
Projects must focus on innovative medicines manufacturing challenges outlined in the scope.
Industrial research and experimental development:
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 or work packages which are nearer to market, you could get up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.