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Sanofi iAwards Europe – call launching shortly

Sanofi iAwards Europe – call launching shortly

The 2019/20 Sanofi iAwards Europe call will be launched on 13th December inviting expressions of interest from University of Cambridge researchers. This scheme funds translational pilot projects as collaborations between University researchers and Sanofi scientists in Sanofi's strategic priority areas, with the opportunity for successful projects to be taken forward for further development. Each pilot project would last for 12 months at a maximum cost of 100k€ in the first instance, and would be given a dedicated Sanofi project champion, in-kind resources and expertise as required.

The call will be a two stage process, with expressions of interest invited with an expected deadline of 23rd January 2020.

The following therapeutic areas are expected to be in scope when the call is launched:

·         Molecular Oncology

·         Immuno-oncology

·         Immunology & Inflammation

·         Vaccines

·         Neuroscience

·         Rare Diseases

·         Type 1 Diabetes

·         Biologics

Proposals can focus on:

·         New information about disease relevant targets, pathways and mechanisms

·         Early stage compounds or biologics targeting novel disease mechanisms

·         New models for validating disease relevant targets

·         Technology platforms with the potential to significantly improve drug discovery and development

·         Novel therapeutic modalities 

Further information about areas of interest will be available when the call is formally launched. Scientists from Sanofi also hope to be visiting the University on 10th January 2020 to hold an information event about the call – further information will be circulated shortly. In the meantime, information about last year's call is available on the CATS website at (Raven protected)

Help and support in applying for this scheme is available from the Office for Translational Research (Estelle Bernard-Fichet:, BioScience Impact Team ( and CATS team (; or – please get in touch to discuss your eligibility as soon as possible to ensure that help can be provided in a timely way, given the expected challenging Christmas time deadline for submission.

Posted on 29/11/2019

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