This joint Technology Strategy Board and Medical Research Council programme offers funding to innovative businesses who are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and researchers looking to work either individually or in collaboration to develop solutions to healthcare challenges.
The Biomedical Catalyst is an integrated translational funding programme that can support innovative ideas - from any sector or discipline - that demonstrate the potential to provide significant positive healthcare and economic impact.
Technology Strategy Board Highlights 2012 – Biomedical Catalyst on Vimeo.
Three categories of grant are available:
The Biomedical Catalyst will help bridge the so-called ‘valley of death' that exists between when a bright new idea is developed in the laboratory and the point when a new drug or technology can be invested in by the market - Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts
The categories are designed to support the development of an idea from concept to commercialisation. This will create a pipeline of projects encompassing the early stage exploration of commercial and technical potential through to proving utility in the field (which may involve human clinical trials) and development prior to commercialisation. Applicants may apply for the award category most appropriate for their work without having received a prior award.
Support will be available for projects arising from any sector or discipline that are aimed at addressing healthcare challenges. Example solutions may include (but are not limited to):
stratified healthcare (both therapy and diagnostic components)
eHealth and mHealth solutions
enabling medical technologies and devices.
The Biomedical Catalyst will seek to support those opportunities which demonstrate the highest scientific and commercial potential irrespective of medical area.
It's fantastic to see such a broad range of high-quality science being supported through the Biomedical Catalyst - Professor Sir John Savill, Chief Executive, MRC
Visit the competition page
for further information on award categories and the application process.