Innovate UK will support the development of early-stage health and life science businesses in the UK by funding a series of business accelerators. These accelerators will recruit spinouts, start-ups, and entrepreneurial minded academics to test their ideas and develop concepts with support from key stakeholders from relevant ecosystems.
The aim of this expression of interest (EoI) competition is to recruit accelerator providers to deliver a series of health and life sciences focussed accelerators. You must have the capacity to run a minimum of 2 accelerators to start between January 2023 and March 2025. Each accelerator will have themes determined by Innovate UK. The subject theme areas can include but are not limited to:
Applicants for to be accelerator service providers must be able to demonstrate ability to run accelerators across the UK.
In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.
To lead an application your organisation must be a UK registered:
Your organisation must not act in any way to gain selective commercial or economic advantage from the outputs of this proposal.
More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered:
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account and enter their own details into the Innovation Funding Service.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
All subcontractor costs must be justified and appropriate to the total project costs.
Number of applications
An eligible organisation can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in a further 2 applications.
If an organisation is not leading any application, it can collaborate in any number of applications.
The aim of this expression of interest (EoI) competition is to recruit accelerator service providers to deliver health and life sciences focussed accelerators. You must have the capacity to run a minimum of 2 accelerators to start between January 2023 and March 2025
We want accelerators to support organisations with the potential to enable fair, impartial and sustainable forms of community participation in research across the UK.
No funding will be provided in this EoI competition.
Potential providers selected at this EoI phase will be invited to run accelerators. Further details about the timeline and requirements for this phase will be released in due course.
As an accelerator provider you will be awarded funding to:
Your proposal must describe how you will set up and manage your accelerators.
Your proposal for each accelerator must be 8 to 9 weeks in length and must include in person and online workshops. At the end of each accelerator, participants must be able to seek investment or feasibility grant funding.
We want to include a variety of proposals across different locations, organisation types, existing activity levels and community need. We call this a portfolio approach.
Innovate UK will instruct you on the subject theme areas for your accelerators. These can include but are not limited to: