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

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The new 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. 

The fund provides grants to academic researchers working to advance new gene therapy technologies from preclinical research through to early clinical studies. Successful projects will be awarded additional funding to enable them to use the manufacturing capabilities of the Innovation Hubs for Gene Therapies.

For more information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here

Funding innovative gene therapy research

The £5m Gene Therapy Innovation Fund aims to advance promising viral therapy technologies for people living with a genetic condition, including rare diseases and those where treatment options are currently limited.

The funding will support the development of potential gene therapies from preclinical through to early exploratory trials — including the manufacturing and clinical costs for developing these further. This unique package allows the technologies to remain in academia for optimal development and from where it is more likely to attract follow-on investment.

Application eligibility

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.

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