There will be a formal announcement later in the year of £4 million of funding planned for feasibility studies to advance the development and application of non-animal technologies. The competition will be funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), NC3Rs, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).
Building on the output of workshops held by the TSB and the NC3Rs earlier this year, a key aim of the funding is to harness the commercial potential of technologies in this area. The competition is open to companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, agrochemical, personal care and contract research industries with support from businesses in manufacturing, ICT and informatics.
Projects must be business-led and collaborative, and academic partners can claim no more than 50% of the project costs. Projects should haver a duration of 12 to 18 months, and range in size up to £250k.
The TSB and the NC3Rs are to hold a series of networking events to highlight the scope of the competition and facilitate consortia building. To sign up for the consortia building workshops please visit here: http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/nats. The dates and locations of these events are:
■ 10th December, Manchester
■ 12th December, London
■ 16th January, Edinburgh
■ 22nd January, Cardiff
This competition opens on 03 February 2014. All applicants must first register via the website by noon on 19 March 2014. The deadline for applications is noon on 26 March 2014.
For full details of the competition, and to register your interest in applying please visit http://www.innovateuk.org.