Up to £8 million is available to UK businesses as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for projects that ‘significantly improve the efficiency, effectiveness and scope of medicines manufacture’.
The funding is part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy and aims to improve manufacture, reduce waste and costs in the medicines supply chain through greater use of digitalisation.
It is provided by UK Research and Innovation and delivered through Innovate UK.
The competition is looking for projects that address at least 1 of 3 themes. These are to:
- improve the UK’s capacity and capability to manufacture small-molecule, biological, or cell or gene-based medicines
- significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing these medicines
- significantly reduce the waste produced while manufacturing them
Proposals must also show how the project will increase the productivity, competitiveness, capability or growth of at least one UK business involved.
The competition opens on 10 September 2018 and the deadline for applications is midday on 3 October 2018.