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TSB and MRC call: Biomedical Catalyst – Late stage award

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In order to meet the challenges faced by healthcare systems, both companies and academics must recognise the drivers behind them and work together towards developing innovative technologies and processes which provide solutions for:
  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease leading to marked improvements in patient outcomes
  • highly effective treatments that are tailored to patients’ needs and either modify the underlying disease or offer potential cures.
Supporting businesses (SMEs only) and academics to develop solutions to these challenges, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are working together to deliver the Biomedical Catalyst scheme. This scheme will provide responsive and effective support for the best life science opportunities arising in the UK.
Support is available for projects arising from any sector or discipline that are aimed at addressing healthcare challenges. Example solutions may include (but are not limited to):
  • Stratified healthcare (both therapy and diagnostic components)
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Diagnostics
  • eHealth and mHealth solutions
  • Enabling medical technologies and devices.
This grant takes a well-developed concept and demonstrates its effectiveness in a relevant environment through:
  • initial human proof-of-concept studies
  • demonstration of clinical utility and effectiveness
  • demonstration of safety and efficacy (including phase I and II clinical trials)
  • development of production mechanisms
  • prototyping
  • market testing
  • intellectual property protection.

Proposals must be business led, but University partners can claim up to 50% of the total budget. Projects can be for up to three years, and the maximum grant is £2.4 million. SMEs can claim up to 60% of eligible project costs; Universities can claim 80% of full Economic Costs.

Applicants will follow a 3-stage process involving an Expression of Interest, a Full Stage proposal and final presentation and interview in front of a committee. Progression between stages will be by invitation only and informed by independent expert review. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 01 October 2014.
For University-led proposals please see the linked MRC call for the Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS). Details of this call can be found here:  http://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/developmental-pathway-funding-scheme/.
There will be additional TSB calls  for Early-stage and Feasibility applications that will open on 02 October 2014. The application deadline will be 28 January 2015.
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TSB call: Delivering Aerospace Industrial Strategy through advancing technology capability

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The recent Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS) included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), up to £25m in collaborative research and development projects for proposals that support the delivery of the priorities set out in the strategy.

This competition is seeking innovative proposals for collaborative research and development which can be applied and exploited within the civil aerospace sector in the UK. Applications are sought from all companies, including those in the aerospace supply chain, with the aim of increasing total industrial capability in the UK so that we are in a better position to win business on future aerospace programmes worldwide. TSB therefore require proposals to demonstrate a route for UK exploitation of the work, probably through primes or first-tier suppliers, as well as alignment with the Aerospace Industrial Strategy.

Consortia must be industry-led, but participation by universities and Catapult centres is encouraged where they can add value. Each project must have a minimum of two partners from independent entities – although it is expected that each collaboration will involve at least three.

Project costs are likely to start at £2m, rising to £10m in exceptional cases. TSB expects to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for small and medium-sized enterprises). Collaboration with academic partners is encouraged up to a limit of 30% of the total project cost. Universities will be able to claim 80% of their full Economic Costs.

The following topics are in scope:

  • all-electric aircraft systems, covering power generation, power control, actuation,
  • health and monitoring systems,
  • electronics in extreme environments,
  • avionic system technologies, including aircraft communications systems
  • carbon composite technologies particularly for integrated design and cost-effective, high-rate manufacture
  • metallic technologies for manufacture, such as additive layer manufacture
  • advanced and large-scale metrology for rapid automated manufacture
  • technologies for increasing rate of manufacture and for manufacturing capacity
  • information and data in design, manufacture and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
  • technologies for close-tolerance manufacture, especially for wing surfaces to promote laminar flow
  • technologies for green manufacture, including sustainable/recyclable materials
  • aero-engine component technologies, including high strength nickel alloy development and manufacture, turbo machinery technologies, sealing, cooling
  • aircraft and aero-engine noise reduction
  • low emissions engine technology: nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • helicopter technologies particularly related to rotor aerodynamics, drive train efficiency, fly-by-wire systems and vibration
  • advanced technologies for wings, including novel aircraft configurations and advanced tilt-rotor technologies, also novel wing, prop-rotor and hub configurations.

This competition opens on 16 September 2013 and the deadline for registration is noon on 20 November 2013. The deadline for completed applications is noon on 27 November 2013. A competition briefing webinar for potential applicants will be held on 25 September 2013.

Further information about the call and the webinar can be found here: https://www.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/delivering-aerospace-industrial-strategy-through-advancing-technology-capability.


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TSB Delivery Plan 2014/15

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The Technology Strategy Board has just published its 2014/15 Delivery Plan. Some of the key actions for main TSB programmes for the coming year are:

Energy

  • commit up to £81.5 million in energy, including 11 new competitions
  • launch an Energy Systems Innovation Platform
  • establish the Energy Systems Catapult
  • launch an Energy Catalyst with the research councils and DECC
  • co-fund international activity in Europe (solar and marine), Canada and the US
  • develop a programme to demonstrate energy supply chain innovation.

 Built Environment

  • commit £12.5 million in four new competitions, including competitions in digital design and engineering – specifically in building information modelling.

Urban Living

  • commit up to £63 million
  • establish an Urban Living Innovation Platform
  • continue to support the Future Cities Catapult
  • run five new competitions that support integration of city systems
  • develop an approach to national urban modelling
  • develop competitions to explore the wider use of environmental, social and economic data in planning and managing cities.

Agriculture and Food

  • commit up to £46 million
  • deliver the Agri-tech Catalyst to help commercialise UK agricultural innovation
  • run collaborative R&D competitions focusing on agricultural diseases and food supply chain resource efficiency
  • run a competition focused on agri-food supply chains
  • support the development of future agricultural centres.

Transport

  • commit up to £70 million
  • launch a Transport Systems Innovation Platform
  • continue to develop the Transport Systems Catapult
  • run six collaborative R&D competitions covering on and off-highway vehicles, marine, aerospace and rail transport
  • support a further European competition for marine vessel technology
  • support and deliver R&D activities for the Aerospace Technologies Institute and the Advanced Propulsion Centre for automotive technologies.

 Health and Care

  • commit up to £79.5 million
  • launch nine new competitions
  • establish the Precision Medicine Catapult and continue support for the Cell Therapy Catapult
  • continue support for the Biomedical Catalyst and launch the ‘grand challenge’ for the second phase of the long-term care revolution.

 High Value Manufacturing

  • commit up to £72 million
  • launch 10 new competitions
  • continue support for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • continue the roll-out of the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst in partnership with the research councils.

Digital Economy

  • commit up to £42 million
  • launch 11 new competitions
  • support the Connected Digital Economy Catapult, the Open Data Institute and Tech City UK
  • continue the IC tomorrow programme for digital micro businesses, including networking support and further funded competitions
  • develop an open-source toolkit to help business with data handling
  • continue support to develop Internet of Things systems, and apply this capability in real-world contexts
  • support the UK’s creative Industries.

Space Applications

  • commit up to £20 million
  • continue to develop the Satellite Applications Catapult
  • develop competitions on in-orbit validation (TechDemoSat)
  • further support space application SMEs and the Harwell cluster
  • support the UK Space Agency’s National Space Technology programme
  • continue to manage and deliver agreed elements of the European Space Agency programme.

Resource Efficiency

  • commit up to £5.6 million
  • run three new competitions in resource efficiency.
  • organise an entrepreneur mission to San Francisco in ‘clean and cool’ technologies
  • ensure that the benefits of resource efficiency are captured in a wide range of our competitions.

Enabling Technologies

  • commit up to £20 million
  • run three ‘technology-inspired innovation’ competitions for feasibility studies in enabling technologies – including one focusing on the interfaces between the enabling technologies to simulate new partnerships across industries and new technological developments
  • invest in activities focused on identified technology challenges, with impact across a wide range of sectors, including materials for aggressive environments, the integration of ‘omics’ technologies, robotics and autonomous systems, electronics systems, user experience, and software quality and testing.

Emerging Technologies

  • commit up to £16 million
  • invest in collaborative R&D projects to build on the 2012 feasibility studies in energy harvesting and energy efficient computing
  • build technology roadmaps in non-animal technologies and quantum technologies
  • run feasibility studies competitions in graphene and quantum technologies
  • invest in a collaborative R&D competition to accelerate non-animal technologies towards market.

The full Delivery Plan can be found here:  https://www.innovateuk.org/documents/1524978/2138994/Delivery%20Plan%202014-15.


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TSB call – Energy harvesting for autonomous electronics

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The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2.5m to support the development of low-power energy harvesting technologies for autonomous electronic systems. Energy harvesting is the ‘scavenging’ of energy from the surrounding environment and converting it into useable electrical energy.

Projects will be funded that explore ways to extend battery life in low-power devices or to eliminate batteries altogether. There are potential applications in industrial and commercial sectors such as space, marine, automotive, aerospace, environmental monitoring, subterranean and subsea, harsh and hostile environments and even battlefields. Applications could also be found in building and home automation, process monitoring in manufacturing, condition monitoring of machines and infrastructure with embedded devices, medical devices and consumer electronics.

Project topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • novel energy harvesting devices demonstrated in real applications
  • practical demonstration of existing energy harvesting techniques in new and challenging applications
  • robust, hybrid energy harvesting devices combining sources, control and storage elements
  • significantly improved performance through attention to novel electronics, system design, power management
  • approaches to enable energy harvesting at significantly lower cost
  • energy harvesting technologies that support a combination of remote, distributed, short- and long-distance wireless sensor network requirements
  • modular approaches, more independent of applications, offering a flexible choice of harvesters, storage and devices to be powered.

Proposals must be business-led and collaborative. TSB expects to fund mainly industrial research projects, in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). Universities will be funded at 80% of full Economic Costs (fEC).  Projects will range  in size from total costs of £300k to £500k. Projects should last no longer than 30 months.

This is a single stage competition that opens for applicants on 2 June 2014. The deadline for registration is noon on 18 September 2014 and the deadline for applications is noon on25 September 2014. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held in London on 9 June 2014. Further details about this call can be found here.


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TSB call – Neurodegenerative diseases: diagnostics and care management

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The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £4m to support the development of products and services for the early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases and diagnostic tools to enable the stratification of patients for better treatment and care management. This competition also covers monitoring and aspects of telehealth and telecare as they relate to stratified medicine and the management of patient treatment and care.

Stratified medicine offers patients the right treatment at the right dose at the right time. The grouping, or stratifying, of patients according to the nature of their disease and their response to a particular treatment will have significant therapeutic benefits and improve patient outcomes. Success relies on better and more integrated diagnostic tests to guide treatment and disease management decisions and get patients into the right care pathways.

Projects will be eligible for funding if they:

  • focus on a neurodegenerative disease or diseases
  • propose a diagnostic product, tool or service that relates to stratifying patients into different groups where they will receive different treatments and/or disease management and care.

Proposals must be business-led and collaborative. TSB expects to fund mainly industrial research projects, in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). Universities will be funded at 80% of full Economic Costs (fEC).  Projects will range in size from total costs of £200k to £1.8m. Projects should last no longer than three years.

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 27 May 2014. The deadline for registration is noon on 2 July 2014 and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 9 July 2014. The deadline for invited projects to submit a full-stage application is noon on 9 October 2014. A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 10 June 2014. Further details of this call can be found here.


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TSB funding – Neurodegenerative diseases: business models and big data

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The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £3m to support the development of innovations that will enable:
  • the use and integration of data to improve the stratification of patients with neurodegenerative diseases
  • provision of business models to, for example, support repositioning of currently available drugs on the basis of stratification for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
Stratified medicine offers patients the right treatment at the right dose at the right time. The grouping, or stratifying, of patients according to the nature of their disease and their response to a particular treatment will have significant therapeutic benefits and improve patient outcomes. Projects could encompass areas such as:
  • repositioning of a generic medicine for novel application in treating a subgroup of patients
  • linking existing medical databases to enable big data analytics to identify new subgroups
  • integrating medical records between clinical centres and care providers to enable new pathways of care provision
  • integrating data collected in the community and the home to stratify patients and provide more targeted care management.
Proposals must be business-led and collaborative. TSB expects to fund mainly industrial research projects, in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). Universities will be funded at 80% of full Economic Costs (fEC). Projects will range in size from total costs of £200k to £1.5m. Projects should last no longer than three years.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 27 May 2014. The deadline for registration is noon on 2 July 2014 and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 9 July 2014. The deadline for projects invited to submit a full-stage application is noon on 9 October 2014. A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 10 June 2014. Further details of this call can be found here.


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TSB Funding: Digital health in a connected hospital

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The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £6m in collaborative R&D projects that stimulate innovation in the UK digital health sector.

The aim of this competition is to support projects with novel ideas for health informatics – specifically, using data to address healthcare needs within a hospital setting.

The TSB welcome collaborations that focus on one or more of the following areas – accident and emergency (A&E), planned specialist care, health analytics and connected care.

They are seeking proposals that will make secondary care more efficient and empower care providers, patients and their families.

They should also explore how health informatics can revolutionise existing therapies and services and also be an enabler for those that would not exist without digital technology.

Proposals must be collaborative and business-led although project partners can include research and non-profit organisations as well as other businesses. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).

We expect projects to range in size from £600k to £1m, although we may consider larger projects. Projects should last between 12 and 36 months.

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 19 May 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 2 July 2014.

A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 28 May 2014. You can register for this event and other regional events by visiting – https://dhconnectedhospital.eventbrite.com

Further details for this call can be found on the TSB webiste https://www.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/digital-health-in-a-connected-hospital?p_p_auth=5urpuFw8