Innovation in Health & Life Sciences Competition (round 2)

Through this competition, businesses can apply for a share of £15 million for projects that support SMEs to develop innovations in health and life sciences (H&LS).

  • Funding body: Innovate UK
  • Competition opens: 6 February 2017
  • Registration deadline: Midday on 5 April 2017
  • Application deadline: Midday on 12 April 2017
  • Briefings: 9 February (London or webcast) / 14 February (Edinburgh and Leeds) / 16 February (Birmingham) / 17 February (Cardiff) (Register for a briefing)
  • Further information

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

Grants can be awarded to a consortium, led by a business or a Research and Technology Organisation (non-academic), working with other organisations or research groups. All consortia must involve at least one SME. Innovate UK welcomes projects led by an SME. An SME can apply on its own for funding up to £100,000. Projects should last from 6 months to 3 years and range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £2 million.

There are two options to apply into 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

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