Enabling integrated diagnostics for early detection
The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has a programme in data to early diagnosis and precision medicine. The programme is led by Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council (MRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.
Innovate UK will invest up to £17 million in the research, development and evaluation of integrated diagnostic solutions. An additional investment of up to £3 million is available for oncology-focused projects from Cancer Research UK.
Integrated diagnostics are disruptive innovations that link technologies, data, care pathways and systems to create new diagnostic and precision medicine solutions. The aim is to detect and diagnose earlier in the disease course, more sensitively and specifically, and with more nuanced information on prognosis and/or therapy selection.
This competition aims to accelerate development of innovative diagnostic tools and technologies by multi-disciplinary and cross-sector consortia.
Your project can focus on early development of new modality combinations (such as the combination of imaging and genomic information with new algorithms) and their detection technologies, to later stage refinement of more established tools. However, even in earlier stage development you must consider how your proposed solution could be used in clinical practice and be integrated into NHS care pathways.
Your project must involve collaboration between industry and the UK’s supporting healthcare and research infrastructure. This will be critical in ensuring new products, processes and services are fit for purpose and solutions can be translated into clinical settings. Your project can include health economic studies, modelling of care pathways and the generation of evidence to support adoption.
Your project’s total eligible costs, including industry contributions and any other co-funding, must not exceed £10 million.
Projects must start by 1 January 2020 and can last for up to 36 months.
If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.
To lead a project your organisation must be:
- a UK registered business of any size
- a UK registered research and technology organisation (RTO)
- a UK registered academic institution
- a UK registered hospital
- an NHS or National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) organisation, for example an Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) or Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operative (MIC), or equivalent in the devolved administrations
Each organisation can lead on up to 2 applications. You must collaborate with other organisations as outlined in the Project team section. We encourage you to include more than one business.
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
- be a UK registered business of any size, or a UK registered RTO, academic institution, hospital, charity, public sector organisation, or medical research entity supported by UK Research and Innovation
- carry out its project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the project result for the benefit of the UK
- be invited to take part by the lead applicant
Your consortium must have at least 3 partners (including the lead) and involve:
- a micro, small or medium sized enterprise (SME)
- an NHS organisation or academic partner
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding and enter their costs as part of the application.
For businesses, your organisation does not have to be UK registered with Companies House when you apply, but it must be registered by the time you receive funding. Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
There is no limit to the number of applications that an eligible organisation can collaborate on.