Innovation in health and life sciences round 2 (Free)

What is the grant available for?

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in projects addressing technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS).

The H&LS sector focuses on agriculture, food and healthcare. It is supported by bioscience technology, medical research and engineering and physical sciences expertise. The aim is to increase competitiveness for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Grants can be awarded to projects led by a UK-based business of any size. In certain circumstances a research and technology organisation (RTO) may also be eligible to lead.

We welcome projects led by SMEs. An SME can apply on its own for funding up to £100,000. All consortia must involve at least one SME.

We expect projects to last from 6 months to 3 years and range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £2 million.

There are 2 options for applications to this competition:

  • £5 million for projects that last from 6 months to 1 year with total project costs from £50,000 to £100,000
  • £10 million for projects lasting from 1 year to 3 years with total project costs between £100,000 and £2 million

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-innovation-in-health-and-life-sciences-round-2

Percentage of Project Cost

For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get:

  • up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro/small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get:

  • up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro/small business
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 25% if you are a large business

Find out if your business fits the EU definition of an SME.

In any project, a maximum of 30% of total eligible project costs can be spent by the research organisations involved. Where projects include human clinical trials, the project cannot be led by an RTO and a maximum of 50% of total eligible project costs can be spent by the academic or research organisations. Costs will need to be fully justified.

We expect projects to last from 6 months to 3 years and range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £2 million.

We may consider projects outside this range, but you must contact us at least 10 days before the registration deadline to discuss further.

Eligibility Criteria

To lead a project, you must:

  • be a UK-based business of any size. See the general guidance for circumstances where research and technology organisations (RTOs) may lead
  • involve at least one SME
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • propose an innovation project that lasts between 6 months and 3 years

Non-academic RTOs may lead a project providing:

  • they are able to clearly say why the RTO and not one of the business participants, should lead the project
  • they collaborate in the project with at least 2 or more businesses (one must be an SME)
  • their involvement is no greater than 30% of the total eligible project costs
  • the project shows a compelling route to market, most likely through the non-lead partners

If project costs are less than £100,000, an SME can work on the project alone or with partners.

If total project costs are £100,000 or more, the project must include at least 2 grant-claiming partners working together.

Who provides the grant?

Innovate UK

How to Apply

The competition opens on 6 February 2017

You must register before midday on 5 April 2017

You must apply before midday on 12 April 2017

To apply:

  • the lead applicant must register online (the registration link will be live once the competition opens)
  • read the guidance for applicants for this competition, which will be available once the competition opens
  • attend the briefing events for potential applicants in London on 9 February 2017 in person or by webinar (these are optional but recommended)
  • complete and upload your online application on our secure server

We will not accept late submissions. Your application is confidential.

External, independent experts assess the quality your application. We will then select the projects that we fund, to build a portfolio of projects as described in the competition guidance for applicants. Please read this carefully before you apply.

Further information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-innovation-in-health-and-life-sciences-round-2

 

Contact Information:

Contact:
Graham M Mobbs

Address:
Innovate UK
North Star House
North Star Avenue, Swindon
Wiltshire
SN2 1UE

Telephone numbers:
+44 (0)7824 599585

Email:
graham.mobbs@innovateuk.gov.uk

Website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk