The Innovation Hubs are able to support funding applications for gene therapy research projects. This page outlines some of the routes that academics are able to seek grants to support their research. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your application with the Innovation Hubs.
LifeArc Gene Therapy Innovation Fund
The LifeArc Gene Therapy Innovation Fund is a £5m annual fund for gene therapy technologies – and includes support from the world-class network of Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies as part of LifeArc’s Rare Disease Translational Challenge.
The fund provides grants to academic researchers working to advance new gene therapies, and who require material manufactured to GMP (or GMP-like) grade to support the programme. Successful projects will be awarded funding to enable them to access the manufacturing capabilities of the Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies.
For more information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here.
About the Fund
The fund provides grants to academic researchers working to advance new gene therapies and who require material manufactured to GMP (or GMP-like) grade in order to support the programme. Funding is awarded for academics to use the manufacturing capabilities of the Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies, and closely associated work. This is likely to include manufacturing process development, process scale-up, development of analytical methods, production of technical batches and batches manufactured in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (“GMP”) guidelines, to support regulatory studies and/or clinical trials.
LifeArc are looking to financially support at least two gene therapy research projects per year.
Projects must be led by research-active professionals based at UK universities, hospitals or research institutes. We encourage applications involving a collaboration with other academic partners or industry and where the collaboration agreements are in place or planned. Lead applicants may only submit one application per round.