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Innovation Accelerator Fund

Innovation Accelerator Fund

The Innovation Accelerator Fund (IAF) is an initiative making thousands of pounds available to anyone working within the South East London pathology partnership.

Launched as a SYNLAB UK & Ireland and Viapath collaboration, the £1 million fund supports projects that drive innovation in pathology and laboratories, encouraging scientific research and development.

The objective is to develop services that benefit patients, whether that’s through the adoption of new assays, applications or capabilities.

Who Can Apply for Funding?

All colleagues within the South East London pathology partnership – including those in non-laboratory roles – may apply for funding, whether they work at Viapath Analytics, Viapath Group or Viapath Services, as well as students and colleagues within Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

How does the IAF work? The IAF operates as a three-tier funding system, giving those within the South East London pathology partnership the opportunity to apply for up to £500,000, depending on the scope and scale of the proposed project.

  • Agile (awards of up to £10,000) *Applications currently open*

    The Agile award is suitable for projects with an expected duration of up to six months. Applicants are required to submit an application form and may be required to give a 10 to 15-minute presentation. The window to apply is open all year round.

  • Progressive (awards of up to £75,000) *Applications closed*

    The Progressive award is suitable for projects with a duration of up to two years. Applicants will be required to submit an application form, give a 10 to 20-minute presentation and, if requesting more than £25,000, to provide a business case and business development review. The window to apply is open twice a year – in March and October.

  • Transformative (awards of up to £500,000) *Launching later in 2022, date TBC

    The Transformative award is suitable for projects with a duration of up to three years. Applicants will be required to present their idea to the IAF sub-committee, submit a business case and business development review, and ensure all business areas involved in the proposed project are fully engaged in the application process. The window to apply will open once annually.

How Do I Apply?

Application forms can be downloaded below. A detailed document providing further guidance to support applications is available by clicking here. You must also complete a Declaration of Interest.

For further guidance on your application, please email [email protected]

Thank You For Your Interest In Applying.

The Innovation Accelerator Fund (IAF) is a new initiative making up to half a million pounds available to anyone working within the South East London pathology partnership.

We are currently not accepting application for the following funds.

Progressive Opens October 2022

Transformative Date TBA

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