When will the next Cohort be?

There are 4 Cohorts across 3 years, cohorts are expected to begin every 8 months. We are accepting applications for the next cohort, Challenge Accelerator, you can apply here.

Can I apply for more than one Cohort?

Making multiple applications will not negatively impact the assessment of your application.

What is the time commitment?

This is a 6 month part-time programme with an expected minimum commitment of 15 hours per week – but like any accelerator programme, startup or venture, the more you put in the more you get out.

How do I become a mentor?

Please register your interest here. If you would like a more informal conversation about the mentoring programme please email us at mtsc@imperial.ac.uk

I am interested in partnering and/or collaborating with the MedTech SuperConnector

We always welcome new partnerships and collaborators. Please email us at mtsc@imperial.ac.uk for a more detailed discussion.

Will current PhD students be eligible to apply as ECRs?

PhD students are eligible subject to the following conditions – your supervisor would be happy for you to interrupt your PhD, interrupting your PhD will not negatively impact on your PhD, your PhD is not funded in a way that would be jeopardised if you were to interrupt your PhD.

Will the PI automatically be the PhD student's existing supervisor?

The PI will not necessarily be the existing PhD supervisor.

Who owns the IP?

MedTech SuperConnector does not take IP. The IP ownership will reside within the respective HEI(s) associated with the participant(s).

Can I bring in technical experts as subcontractors or personnel?

The main purpose of the funding is to enable teams to work on their projects directly. Any external advice or consultancy should be kept to a minimum.

Will current PhD students be eligible to apply as ECRs?

Yes, but, Early Career Researchers, Postdocs and PhD students need to have support from their P.I. to be on the programme

How can I apply?

You can find out more about how to apply and the application process here.

Am I not associated with one of the partner institutions but would still like to apply.

We are willing to consider applications from individuals not associated with one of the partner institutions, please email us at mtsc@imperial.ac.uk to find out more.

I won't be able to attend the Innovation lab - can I still apply?

No, the Innovation Lab is a key part of the selection and team building process.

Can I bring an existing idea or concept to the Innovation Lab?

If you come with a pre-existing idea you must be prepared for the idea to change direction, develop and belong to the group of individuals in your team.

What size does the team have to be?

The teams should be between 2-3 individuals including the team lead.

Who can be on the team?

Ideally each team needs to be made up of members from at least two different institutions, and have complementary skills.

What will the challenges be?

The challenges will be revealed on or before the Innovation Lab. The challenges may come from partner organisations, corporate partners, and public sector initiatives.