London: Health & Life Sciences and Emerging & Enabling Technologies Round 4 Competition Briefing Event

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 09:30
Knowledge Transfer Network

Venue to be confirmed

Please Note: Registration is split into 2 strands, this is to ensure capacity for the afternoon sessions of the event, where delegates will be split into separate strands to discuss the scope further including a Q&A session. Please only register for one strand per delegate. Both strands will be discussed at the joint morning session. This does not affect your rights to apply for the different strands

Competition details

Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million 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).


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


1. Increasing agricultural productivity

2. Improving food quality and sustainability

3. Advanced therapies (cell and gene therapies)

4. Precision medicine

5. Medicines discovery

6. Advanced biosciences


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:


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


All projects must involve 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. More details will be shared soon.

Briefing events

We will be hosting events across the country to provide further details and scope about the competition to potential applicants. 

If you are unable to make this event, we are hosting events in: 

- Live online webcast: 22 January

- Edinburgh: 24 January

- Cardiff: 29 January

- Leeds: 8 February