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Cohort 26 – NOW CLOSED

For university research teams with commercially-promising ideas.

Programme launch date: 14th October 2019

Application deadline: 25 August 2019



Validate the market for products or services that utilise your research


Apply for funding of up to £35k for market validation


Meet with at least 100 prospective customers and competitors


Receive expert feedback and guidance at the end of the funded period

About the programme

The Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) Programme is a collaboration between SETsquared, NorthbyNorthwest Partnership, Midlands Partnership, Innovate UK, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is designed to move ideas and innovation out of universities and into the marketplace where they will have the greatest impact.


How does it work?

Our ICURe Programme offers university research teams with commercially-promising ideas up to £35k to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace.

It supports Early Career Researchers to undertake three months of full-time, intense market assessment and to have meaningful conversations with at least 100 prospective customers, regulators, suppliers, partners and competitors to validate the commercial potential of their research.

Options Roundabout

At the end of the three month market validation activity, your team will present your ICURe journey and your identified opportunities to an options roundabout panel that will offer the team feedback and guidance on development pathways.

The options for commercialisation pathways can include carrying out further public or private sponsored research, exploring licensing opportunities, seeking public or private funding for spin-out, for those projects that have demonstrated strong market potential by the end of the market validation.

Who should apply?

The programme is open to university research teams from all UK universities with a commercially-promising idea. There are no restrictions upon which discipline or HE institution can apply, but your team should consist of the following individuals:

   Early Career Researcher/Entrepreneurial Lead with hands-on knowledge of the technology and research results

   Senior researcher (Principal Investigator) who is leading the research activity

   Technology Transfer Officer with university responsibility for commercialising the research activity

   Business Adviser who is familiar with the research activity and experience in the commercial marketplace

For the full team descriptions and requirements, as well as eligible expenditures and expectations, please read the Guidance for Applicants

Related Case Studies

The ICURe Programme was definitely key to establishing Biosystems Technology. It fast-tracked the commercial translation of our academic research into a viable business proposition. I learnt a huge amount of commercial knowledge and expertise in a short period of time.

Dr Olivia Champion, Biosystems Technology

Applications are now open for 3 cohorts during Autumn/Winter 2019

For more details on completing the form before submission, including key dates and expectations, read more here.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call:
Thea Glasspool on 07557 179144


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