Process, Key Milestones & Application form

LAB10x welcomes ad hoc applications, as well as applications in response to specific calls that it may issue. Applications may be for up to £250K in total, depending on the project’s requirements. 

Before submitting an application, interested academics are encouraged to talk to both the LAB10x Expert in Residence (EIR) and a member of the Licensing and Ventures Group in Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the University’s technology transfer office. For all initial enquiries, please contact us.
Award applications will be reviewed quarterly by the LAB10x Joint Steering Committee.
Applying to lab10x

The Application Process

  • Preliminary screening for long-list by OUPreliminary screening for long-list by OUI and EIR
  • Intensive screening workshop
    - Feasibility, desirability and viability testing of concept
    - Mentor interviews
  • Short-list review by Joint Steering Committee
    - Award determination
    - Selection for entry into the programme

Feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants

Application FAQs

Who is eligible for LAB10x funding?

Academics and clinicians from the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with an idea for a digital health technology that has the potential to revolutionise;

  • Patient diagnosis
  • Patient treatment
  • Patient management
  • Service delivery improvement
  • Drug discovery and development
What is the remit of the expert in residence (EIR) and how will they interact with researchers and with OUI?

The EIR is embedded in the University and is intended to be a valuable resource for academics wishing to consult an entrepreneurial expert in digital health, on how best to shape and plan projects. The remit of the EIR is to support the development and validation of value propositions and business models. The EIR works in a highly integrated fashion with OUI, other University functions, and the other LAB10x stakeholders, to ensure the smooth operation of the partnership.

As an applicant, what can I expect in terms of support?

Applicants benefit from financial support for funded projects and from the combined technical expertise and physical resources of the LAB10x partners in the translation of research into possible real-world digital health innovations. Applicants will have access to engineering support and mentoring for regulated software development and data analysis as well as ‘How-to’ workshops. LAB10x can also help with introductions to industry specialists, suppliers and partners.

Are academics at Oxford obliged to use this mechanism in preference to other sources of translational funding?

LAB10x will be an important catalyst for clinical AI and digital health projects from Oxford, but academics are under no obligation to use it for their specific needs. We encourage interested academics to first discuss their specific project with OUI in order to determine how well suited LAB10x may be versus other sources of funding.

What happens if the concept for the application has been generated in partnership with external collaborators?

This does not necessarily preclude an application to LAB10x, but applicants should work with OUI to ensure that an application does not conflict with any 3rd party rights.

What happens if I want to apply but have already received proof of concept funding?

Prior receipt of proof of concept funding from Oxford’s internal funds or from external sources does not necessarily preclude an application to LAB10x, but such awards should be disclosed in an application and discussed with OUI to ensure eligibility.

Can I discuss confidential information with LAB10x?

The LAB10x partners, including the Expert in Residence, are under a duty of confidentiality regarding information disclosed to them in the course of the partnership. However, information should not be disclosed to LAB10x which is subject to a duty of confidentiality to a 3rd party; for example, where research results have been generated from a project with a commercial sponsor. If in doubt, researchers should first check with Research Services and Oxford University Innovation Ltd.

Where will funded projects be undertaken?

It is expected that where possible the projects will be undertaken at the BioEscalator on the Old Road Campus; or otherwise, at Sensyne Health’s offices on the Oxford Science Park.

How will funded projects be managed and monitored?

The LAB10x Joint Steering Committee and Expert in Residence (EIR) will monitor progress and make go/no-go decisions should awards be tranched.

What will my role be in the work funded by a LAB10x award?

This will vary depending on the nature of the funded project, but even where any of the development work is being undertaken outside of the University, the applicant will play an active role in guiding and managing the project.

What activities are out of scope for LAB10x support?

LAB10x is unable to consider basic research projects and non-digital health projects that aim to develop a specific pharmaceutical therapeutic asset. If in doubt, please contact Oxford University Innovation Ltd (OUI). It is not intended to provide funding for academics’ salaries.