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UK to Invest up to £2.8M in Bioscience Research
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UK to Invest up to £2.8M in Bioscience Research

UK to Invest up to £2.8M in Bioscience Research
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UK to Invest up to £2.8M in Bioscience Research

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The Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are to invest up to £2.75m in collaborative feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four technology areas that will enable and underpin UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics, and information and communications technology (ICT). 

Projects will be led by a small or micro company, in collaboration with one or more business or research partners, with expected costs of £50k to £150k and last from six to 15 months. 

The bioscience proposals should be focused on one or more of the specific elements below: 

Characterisation and discovery tools 

  • commercial application of sequencing technologies focusing on genomics 
  • integration and exploitation of phenotyping technologies 
  • integration of 'omics technologies, such as integrating metabolomic, proteomic, genomic and phenomic data collection and interpretation capabilities 
  • biological imaging systems, biosensors, probes/ markers, diagnostic platforms. 

Production and processing 

  • metabolic engineering 
  • novel manufacturing processes for biological products and novel biological production systems 
  • formulation and delivery approaches for biological products, including biopharmaceuticals and functional foods. 

 Bioinformatics 

  •  approaches to organising, filtering and interpreting biological data, including biological system modelling, data visualisation and user-centred design. 

Projects should be focused on early-stage technical opportunities that: 

  • contain a significant level of technical risk, in that there is some level of uncertainty about how the proposed technical approach will work in practice 
  • involve companies carrying out most (if not all) of the research in-house. Projects should build a technical evidence base to enable progression to larger-scale projects. 

This competition opens on 6 May 2014, and the deadline for applications is noon on 25 June 2014.

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