Metrc Innovation Awards Move To Monthly Award Panels


METRC Innovation Award funding is now available with monthly deadlines for applications and review panels.  We have made this change to speed up the process and make it as easy as possible for companies and academics to apply.

METRC Innovation Awards support new research and innovation projects between companies and academics at the Universities of Bradford, Durham and Sheffield in the fields of Nanotechnology, Science and Engineering.

Any company is able to apply for the funding but preference will be given to SMEs. Applications are accepted at any time, although funding is allocated once a month at our monthly Funding Review Panels. The next Panel will take place on 2 October for applications received up to 27 September; this will be followed by another Panel on 6 November for applications received up to 31 October. A full list of panel dates can be found on the METRC website here.

A good example of the kind of projects that METRC funds is a project between Incanthera Ltd, a revolutionary oncology company, and academics at Durham University.  The company, who have a unique pipeline of technologies that target tumours, will work with the laboratory of Dr Jason Gill, Reader in Molecular Therapeutics and member of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University.  The collaboration will help to build upon systemically-delivered tumour-selective therapeutics.

The partners were awarded a METRC Innovation Award to work together to develop a ‘prototype’ and demonstrate in vitro proof of concept of the technology.  Dr Simon Ward, CEO of Incanthera, explained that ”this is a great opportunity for us to thoroughly investigate the breadth of application for our technology and determine if we can use this to target otherwise difficult and almost inaccessible cancers.”

The project is due to last for one year and will be the first step in a planned long-term collaboration between the partners.

For more information about METRC Innovation Awards, and to apply, click here.