The Department of Health is to invest up to £10 million in two competition streams in line with the priorities identified by the UK Vaccine Network.
This Small Business Research Initiative competition aims to stimulate the development of:
• Vaccine for priority infectious diseases
• Vaccine platform technology
• Manufacturing technologies that would allow for the rapid manufacture of vaccines in low-income settings
The competition will be in two streams:
In stream one up to £6 million is available for exploring scientific and technical feasibility. This stream is mainly aimed at the development of vaccines and vaccine technology that is still some way from being ready to be used in phase I human trials. Individual contracts will be for up to £500,000, to be spent within 12 months of contract award. Depending on the success of projects from this stream, the Department of Health will consider further major awards to progress product development.
In stream two up to £4 million is available to projects at a more advanced stage of development. This stream is mainly aimed at candidate vaccines that are now, or will soon be, ready for phase I human trials and manufacturing technology that could potentially be commercially viable in the near future. Individual contracts for this stream will be for £500,000 to £1 million, to be spent within 18 months of contract award. Projects with higher or lower costs will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The competition is open now. The deadline for registration is at noon on 27 April 2016, and the deadline for applications is at noon on 4 May 2016. A briefing event will be held on 11 March 2016.
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