Here you will find current external funding opportunities available for innovation and research projects.

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Revolutionising cancer treatment with genomics

The competition aims to encourage new targeted cancer treatments based on the molecular signatures of cancer.

Projects must use whole genome sequencing to analyse cancer and can adopt various approaches including development of reporting tools, identification of molecular signatures, identification of therapeutic targets, and new genetic signatures.

They can focus on one or more of:

  • improving diagnosis and prognosis of cancer and selection of therapies
  • analysis of complex molecular signatures
  • identification of tumours of unknown primary origin
  • further analysis of existing whole genome sequence data held by Genomics England
  • the system of sample collection provided by the genomic medicine centres

The competition will support a range of work from short feasibility studies to partners working on larger research and development projects.

Deadline: Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 1200 hrs 

Further information can be found here.

Wellcome Trust - Innovator Award

Up to £500,000 available for up to 24 months to support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. The current focus areas are mental health, neurological disorders and neglected tropical diseases (although applications from other areas may be considered).

Deadline: Ongoing

Further information can be found here.

NESTA - Impact Investment Fund

The Fund invests between £150k and £1m in social ventures developing innovations that tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children and communities in the UK. An experienced team of sector experts, venture capitalists, impact investors and evaluators backed by Nesta, provide expertise and guidance, helping companies to grow their reach, demonstrate their impact and become financially sustainable.

Deadline: Ongoing

Further information can be found here.