Innovate UK January 2018 sector competition for Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies

29 January 2018

Innovate UK is to invest up to £19million to support innovation that offers significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovation.

The competition has 2 strands, strand 1 is for health and life sciences projects and strand 2 is for emerging and enabling technologies projects. A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

All projects must involved at least one SME, working alone or in collaboration with other organisations. Projects with costs over £100,000 must be collaborative and include a funded partner. The competition will open on the 22nd January and you must apply before 28th March.

Strand 1: Health and Life Sciences

Projects under strand 1, Health and Life Sciences, must show significant innovation in one of these priority areas:

  • Increasing agricultural productivity.
  • Improving food quality and sustainability.
  • Advanced therapies (cell and gene therapies).
  • Precision medicine.
  • Medicine discovery.
  • Advanced biosciences.

Strand 2: Emerging & Enabling Technologies

The aim of the competition under strand 2, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources. Projects must show significant innovation in one of 4 priority areas:

  • Emerging technologies (biofilms. energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies).
  • Digital.
  • Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design.
  • Space applications.

For information on funding opportunities, click here.


Competition opening date: 22nd January
Must apply by: 28th March

Further details about the scope of the competition will be available shortly.

Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies Competition Briefing Events

KTN is organising a range of briefing events for Innovate UK’s January sector competition for Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies. The events will outline the scope for both strands of the competition, as well as providing details about the application process, support available and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. The events will provide an opportunity for delegates to network and form collaborations. A webcast will be held o n the 22nd January for those who are unable to attend an event.

Monday 22 January: London

Wednesday 24 January: Edinburgh

Monday 29 January: Cardiff 

Thursday 8 February: Leeds