Do you have an innovative idea for a research or development project to apply for an Asthma UK/Innovate UK 2018 project grant?
Deadline for completed applications: 1pm, Tuesday 27 March 2018
Asthma is a long-term condition affecting the airways and causes symptoms of wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing and can lead to life-threatening asthma attacks. In the UK, there are over 5.4 million people with asthma, 1.1 million of which are children.
At present there are no tools to accurately diagnose asthma or its subtypes. Diagnosis has historically been made by testing if symptoms respond to treatment. The result is that asthma is commonly misdiagnosed.
A comprehensive gap analysis and a series of consensus-gathering exercises across Europe, the Asthma UK-led European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership (EARIP) recently published recommendations for investment in asthma research and development.
Following on from the work of EARIP, Asthma UK and Innovate UK published a report - Diagnosing asthma: a 21st century challenge.
The report focused on the three key areas of opportunity for asthma diagnosis and forms the basis for the call to apply for project funding.
The identified areas are:
- Development of a low-cost, accurate diagnostic test that improves diagnosis of asthma in primary care
- Predicting future asthma in preschool children
- Identification of new biomarkers for asthma diagnosis and monitoring
2018 Asthma UK/Innovate UK Project Grants - diagnostics themed call is now open for Applications
Grants of between £50k and £250k will be awarded. The lead applicant and the proposed project must be based in the UK. All applications must involve at least one UK business - either as lead applicant or collaborating partner.
Don’t forget the deadline for completed applications is 1pm, Tuesday 27 March 2018.
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