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Transforming medicines manufacturing - Grand Challenge

Health & Life Sciences
Project Size:
£2 million - £4 million

Quick Overview
Eligibility: Open to UK-registered organisations involved in medicines development, delivery, and manufacturing.
Objective: To stimulate the innovation and adoption of flexible, agile, scalable, and sustainable technologies in medicines manufacturing.

Organised By: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation
Funding Type: Grant
Total Available Funding: Up to £4 million
Individual Project Funding: Project total grant request must be between £2 million and £4 million.

Key Dates:

  • Competition Opens: 16 October 2023
  • Competition Closes: 15 November 2023, at 11:00am UK time

What They Are Looking For

  1. Innovation: Establish a consortium to develop technologies for enhanced manufacturing processes, leading to increased efficiency and speed in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
  1. Collaboration: Projects must demonstrate collaborative R&D across supply chains.

Funding and Project Size

  • Duration and Costs: Total project grant request must be between £2 million and £4 million.

Key Criteria

  • Technological Scope: From laboratory automation to AI-informed decision support, a variety of technologies are in scope.
  • Project Outcomes: Must include economic, health, environmental, and social benefits, such as job creation, patient access, and sustainability.

Specific Themes

Projects should aim to:

  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • Reduce environmental impact
  • Increase patient access
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve efficiency
  • Accelerate data processing

This is not an exhaustive list; other relevant objectives are welcome.

Research Categories

  • Types of Research: Feasibility projects, industrial research projects, and experimental development projects will be funded.


  • Projects dependent on export performance or domestic inputs usage are excluded.

For more details, visit the Innovate UK Funding Page.

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