COVID-19 UPDATE |

26 March 2020

We are fully committed to continual support for our ongoing projects. We are aware that given current circumstances, research across our partner universities is being halted, and clinical and industry partners may be prioritising other activities in the short term. This in turn could have a knock-on effect on Grow MedTech-funded projects.

We urge all project teams to maintain contact with your Technology Innovation Manager, who can be reached using the contact information listed on their website profiles. In the first instance, inform them of the impacts that the current situation may have on your projects, if any, and the implications. Your Technology Innovation Manager can aid you in identifying work packages that may be more suitable for remote working and can help you update and amend the agreed project plans accordingly.

We can grant short no-cost extensions until March 2021 for projects that are currently underway. If this is an option that you’re considering, inform your Technology Innovation Manager as soon as possible. Where no-cost extensions aren’t a viable option, inform your Technology Innovation Manager of your challenges so that they can work with you to determine the best way forward.

If you have received Proof of Feasibility or Proof of Concept project funding and your project has not started already, we suggest that you delay the start date, again informing your Technology Innovation Manager of your plans and any implications that this may cause.

With a Grow MedTech technology innovation manager based at each of our partner universities, we provide academics with in-house support and resources to innovate, helping them to develop, validate and commercialise new medical technologies.

Only academics from our partner universities can apply for one of our grants, although academic and industrial collaborators, from the UK or overseas, are welcome as members of the project teams. Some of our funding is earmarked for projects that involve an industry partner, where the ideas are commercially inspired.

Collaborate for success

Most successful applicants will be part of a wider collaboration. Our aim is to help academics engage more effectively with companies, clinicians and patients and to understand their needs, enabling them to develop stronger funding proposals through these collaborations and ensure impact from their research.

Funding

We provide funding to support technologies at three stages of the innovation process. This ensures we are supporting technologies through from initial concepts at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 and 3 through proof of commercial concept and beyond at TRL 5+, and helping them to leverage additional funding from other sources.

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