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Medicines Manufacturing Round 2: Challenge Fund

Posted on 13/03/2018

Innovate UK is launching the £10m Round 2 Medicines Manufacturing Challenge Fund call.

A further round of £10m funding call for innovative projects in medicines manufacturing is now open. This funding comes from Wave 1 of the ISCF Leading Edge Healthcare Challenge. The details of the funding competition are now available on the Innovate UK portal.

Find out more about this competition by: with a focus on

•   Registering for Innovate UK’s webinar on 20th March – with a focus on the IFS process, finances etc

•   Reading the funding call at Innovate UK’s website

•   Downloading the Briefing Slides from the Engagement Workshop (held on 7th March)

•   Downloading the Pitch Presentations from the Engagement Workshop (held on 7th March)


Scope information:

This competition aims to stimulate the development of innovative methods or technologies to improve the manufacture of novel medicines for human use.

‘Novel’ medicines are those that have not yet been commercially launched on the market but may have been applied as part of clinical trials or under exemptions from the UK Human Medicines Regulations.

Proposals can include, but are not limited to, approaches that have the potential to deliver:

  • improved commercially viable manufacturing processes
  • methods for the reliable and robust scale-up of production of novel medicines
  • increased yield of active ingredient
  • lower cost of production and goods

In each case there must be reason to expect an improvement in excess of 25%. Small incremental improvements will be deemed to be outside scope.

In this competition, medicines that are in scope and can be used as exemplar products are limited to:

Your project’s total costs should be between £50,000 and £1.5 million. Projects should start by 1 September 2018 and must be completed before April 2021. It should last between 6 months and 30 months.


Results from previous competitions

You can download the results of previous funding competitions by clicking on the links below:

Medicines Manufacturing Round 1: Challenge Fund – Collaborative Research and Development

Medicines Manufacturing Round 1: Challenge Fund – Feasibility Studies

Analysis for Innovators Round 1


Other funding opportunities

You may also be interested in this funding call:

Support for SMEs to evaluate innovative medical technologies