Innovate UK – Call Alert – Medicines manufacturing round 2: Challenge fund

9 April 2018


Budget: £10m

Project size: £50k – 1.5m

Industrial research

Duration (Months): 6-30

Intervention (Small): 70%

Intervention (Medium): 60%

Intervention (Large): 50%

Intervention (Research Org.): 100%

Experimental Development

Duration (Months): 6-30

Intervention (Small): 15%

Intervention (Medium): 35%

Intervention (Large): 25%

Intervention (Research Org.): 100%


Proposals can include, but are not limited to, approaches that have the potential to deliver:

  • Improved commercially viable manufacturing processes
  • Methods for the reliable and robust scale-up of production of novel medicines
  • Increased yield of active ingredient
  • Lower cost of production and goods

Medicines that are in scope are limited to:

  • Advanced therapy medicinal products
  • Natural product medicines
  • Nucleic acid-based drugs
  • Prophylactic vaccines
  • Protein or peptide biopharmaceuticals
  • Small molecular weight pharmaceuticals
  • Virus and phage therapeutics



Competition opens: 12/03/2018

Online applicant briefing event: 20/03/2018

Competition closes: 09/04/2018 at 12:00pm

Applicants notified: 29/06/2018


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