Funding Availble: Technology-inspired innovation – biosciences

Funding Availble: Technology-inspired innovation – biosciences

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communication technologies (ICT).

The aim of this competition is to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are equipped to respond to market opportunities across a range of economic sectors.

We are seeking proposals that will kick-start the delivery of genuinely new products and services, with substantial and scalable commercial potential.

Projects must be led by a small or micro company, working either alone or in collaboration with one other small or micro company.

A Micro Company has less than ten employees and has a turnover of less than 2 Million Euros. Companies could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs. Projects should last up to 4 months and not exceed total costs of £33,000.

This competition opens on 18 January 2016 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 16 March 2016.

Projects should focus on early-stage technical opportunities. They should entail a significant level of technical risk and require companies to carry out most, if not all, research in-house.

Key dates
Competition opens 18 January 2016
Registration deadline noon 9 March 2016
Deadline for receipt of applications noon 16 March 2016

We want to encourage technologies that enable multiple applications or the development of variety of products across one or more of the following areas.

  • Synthetic biology
  • Gene synthesis and assembly
    • Chassis development and strain engineering
    • ‘Parts’ characterisation and standards
    • Biochemical engineering and modelling
    • De novo functional design and protein engineering
  • Computational systems biology
    • Multilayered in silico systems for replicating and predicting biological
    • Intuitive user experience systems for complex biodata streams
    • Modelling, design and workflow automation systems
  • Characterisation and discovery
    • Research automation and productivity acceleration products and services
    • Scalable point-of-use technologies
    • Multiplexed or minimally invasive assay platforms
  • Bio-based and sustainable solutions
    • Cells, tissues and communities as bio-manufacturing platforms (eg mixed fermentations)
    • Replacement of unsustainable feedstock with bio-based materials
    • Harnessing complex biological communities for industry

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