Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: early stage


The aim of this competition is to support the development of innovative healthcare technologies and processes. These may include:

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

There are two competitions running concurrently within round 3 of the Biomedical Catalyst 2017. This is an early stage competition. A separate feasibility competition has also been posted. You should apply only if your project fits a specific competition scope. You may only submit the same application to Innovate UK twice, so it is important that you do not submit an application with an incorrect scope.

(Please check full details at the Innovate UK website, via the link below, to confirm eligibility.)


The early-stage award enables SMEs to complete a data package sufficient to support subsequent testing of a product or process in a clinical setting (or other relevant environments). Early-stage award projects can include:

  • experimental evaluation (lab scale)
  • use of in vitro and in vivo models (but not human trials) to evaluate proof of concept and safety testing to appropriate regulatory standards
  • exploration of potential production mechanisms
  • early-stage prototyping
  • product development planning
  • intellectual property protection

We will support projects from any sector or discipline, including (but not limited to):

  • stratified healthcare (both therapy and diagnostic components)
  • regenerative medicine
  • diagnostics
  • enabling medical technologies and devices.

Key Dates:

Competition opens – 31 July 2017

Briefing event – 1 August 2017 (webinar)

Competition closes – 11 October 2017 12:00pm

Applicants notified – 8 December 2017

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