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Transforming Cancer Therapeutics

General & Misc
Project Size:
up to £10 million

Opening & Closing Dates:

  • Opens: Wednesday 15 November 2023
  • Closes: Wednesday 24 January 2024 at 11:00 am

Description: Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £10 million in innovation projects. This funding aims to propel the development of next-generation immunotherapies for cancer and transformative treatments for paediatric cancers.

Focus Areas:

  • Next-generation immunotherapies and immunomodulatory drugs.
  • Manipulation of the tumour microenvironment.
  • Novel therapeutics tailored for paediatric cancers.
  • Clinical decision support tools for treatment optimisation in children and young people.

Funding Type: Grant

Project Size: Total costs between £150,000 and £4 million, with a maximum grant request of £2 million.

Proposal Criteria:

  • Projects should be innovation-driven, focusing on advanced immunotherapies or paediatric cancer treatments.
  • Must adhere to the highest standards of animal welfare for proposals involving animal testing.
  • Activities can range from laboratory experiments to phase 1 and 2 clinical trials, including prototyping, IP protection, and regulatory planning.

Portfolio Approach:

  • Funding a diverse array of projects across immuno-oncology and paediatric oncology themes, technological maturities, and UK geographical locations.

Specific Themes:

  • Focus on advanced immunotherapies, tumour microenvironment manipulation, paediatric cancer therapeutics, and clinical dosing optimisation tools.

Research Categories:

  • Industrial research and experimental development projects.


  • Therapeutic approaches for adult cancers outside of immuno-oncology scope.
  • Cancer diagnostics not aligned with specific immunotherapeutics or paediatric oncology approaches.
  • Projects contingent on export performance or domestic input usage.

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