New vaccines for global epidemics – development and manufacture

An SBRI Funding Competition

The Department of Health is planning to invest up to ten million pounds in two competitions supporting the priorities identified by the UK Vaccine Network.

This competition has the aim to stimulate the development of:
  • a vaccine platform technology
  • manufacturing technologies that would enable the rapid manufacture of vaccines in low-income settings
  • vaccines for priority infectious diseases
The competition will be in 2 streams:

Stream 1: up to £6 million for exploring scientific and technical feasibility

  • 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.

Stream 2: up to £4 million is available to projects at a more advanced stage of development

  • 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.
All organisations that can demonstrate that their product or work has a realistic route to market are invited to join this competition. Successful organisations will attract a 100% funded development contract.


This competition is wholly funded by Official Development Assistance (ODA). Whilst work on projects can be carried out in high-income countries, a clear explanation of how the research/project will benefit those in low-income countries is required.


The competition opens on 29 February 2016. 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.


Visit the Innovate UK website for more details and signup information.


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