Competition for Collaborative R&D Funding - Nanoscale technology enabled healthcare: building the supply chain
The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have jointly allocated up to £9m to invest in highly innovative, business-led collaborative research projects in the field of nanoscale technology-enabled solutions in the healthcare sector, specifically in the areas of diagnostics and targeted therapeutics.
Up to £3m will be invested by the Technology Strategy Board for business and up to £6m by EPSRC for academia.
We are looking for projects where nanoscale technologies are at the heart of the innovation. They should address challenges in building the supply chain across enabling nanoscale technologies and the healthcare sector, and in taking ideas from basic proof-of-concept or process to pilot technology demonstration in a representative environment. Projects can range from industry-orientated basic research through to applied R&D.
This joint competition builds upon earlier investments by the Research Councils (RCUK) nanoscience programme (led by EPSRC) which funded £16.2m of early-stage research in this area.
All projects must be business-led and collaborative, with at least one partner drawn from large or small businesses, academia, research and technology organisations, or not-for-profit organisations. We will invest in projects requiring a public sector funding contribution of typically between £500,000 and £2m over the whole project. We intend to invest in projects that, in the main, will contain a mix of applied research (attracting up to 50% public funding), and industry-orientated basic research (attracting up to 75% public funding).
The competition opens on 1 November 2011 and the deadline for registration is noon on 6 December 2011. A briefing day will be held on 15 November 2011.
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