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Medicines Manufacturing Skills: Centre of Excellence

Manufacturing & Materials
Project Size:
£5.3 million
  • Eligibility: UK registered organisations.
  • Objective: To establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) aimed at filling the skills gaps in the UK's medicines manufacturing sector.

Key Dates:

  • Opening: Tuesday, 26 September 2023
  • Closing: Wednesday, 22 November 2023 at 11:00am


Innovate UK, on behalf of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), will provide up to £5.3 million in funding. The aim is to bolster the UK's medicines manufacturing training and skills ecosystem.

Key Goals for the Centre of Excellence:

  • Coordinate talent pipelines and deliver sustainable training.
  • Address gaps in UK’s workforce talent.
  • Support micro, small, and medium enterprises (SMEs).
  • Collaborate with existing skills and training platforms.
  • Build career awareness in medicines manufacturing.
  • Employ a national approach to training.
  • Ensure sustainability and financial viability post-funding.
  • Lead in equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Align with The Life Sciences Vision (2021).

Funding Type:


Project Size:

Grant funding request can be up to £5.3 million.

Your Proposal:

The CoE should aim to:

  • Engage with schools and further education.
  • Offer apprenticeships and industry-ready talent.
  • Provide modular and professional training.
  • Support technical and vocational training.
  • Attract talent from other sectors.
  • Facilitate upskilling and reskilling.
  • Develop or adopt a competency framework for training providers.

Specific Themes:

Your project must explore and address as many of the following as possible:

  • Sustainable manufacturing.
  • Regulatory skills.
  • Bioprocessing, biologics, cell, and gene therapy manufacturing.
  • Disruptive technologies.
  • Digital and data skills.
  • Automation and robotics.
  • Cleanroom and GMP operations.
  • Quality control and assurance.
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion.


Projects that won't be funded:

  • Unrelated to medicines manufacturing skills.
  • Infrastructure building projects.
  • Dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage.

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