Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: feasibility and primer awards

Fund Name: feasibility and primer awards
Project Length: 3 to 18 months
Project Value: Up to £3m
Deadline: 03/04/2019

Summary

This competition combines the feasibility and primer (proof of concept) strands to enable SMEs to apply for projects lasting 3 to 18 months.

Fund details

The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

This competition combines the feasibility and primer (proof of concept) strands to enable SMEs to apply for projects lasting 3 to 18 months.

The aim of this competition is to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of an innovative scientific idea or carry out a technical evaluation through to proof of concept in a model system by:

  • reviewing research evidence and identifying possible applications
  • assessing business opportunities
  • assessing and/or protecting intellectual property
  • validating initial concepts and existing pre-clinical work through experimental studies
  • initial demonstration using in-vitro and in-vivo models (but not human clinical trials such as safety and efficacy)
  • early stage prototyping
  • preliminary regulatory advice

Your project must focus on the development of a product or process that is an innovative solution to health and care challenges.

Be aware that your project may be subject to interim reviews at important decision points.

Specific themes

Support is available for any life science sector or discipline, including (but not limited to):

  • medical technologies and devices
  • stratified healthcare
  • advanced therapies (gene and cell therapies)
  • digital health
  • drug discovery
  • diagnostics

If you choose the innovation area ‘Diagnostics, medical technology and devices’, you must indicate in the initial project summary whether your project falls within ‘Diagnostics’ or ‘Medical technology and devices’.

Eligibility

To lead a project or work alone you must:

  • be a UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • be an organisation focused on life science
  • carry out your project in the UK

You can work alone or in partnership with others (SMEs, academics or research organisations).

Collaborations

The lead must claim funding.

To be a collaborator you must:

  • be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
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