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CAPE has issued a call for Expressions of Interest for the CAPE Grand Challenge: Systems and Devices for Healthcare with a deadline of 7 May 2021

The CAPE Grand Challenge: Systems and Devices for Healthcare is a competition for project outlines aligned with the strategic research theme proposed by CAPE partner GSK Consumer Healthcare.  Winning submissions will be developed into full CAPE project proposals in collaboration with GSK leading to seed projects. 

The Call will be over two to three rounds. Up to £90k funding is available in round 1. In this round, we expect to fund several proposals, with project budgets in the range £5k-£50k. Priority will be given to smaller research proposals that lay the groundwork for larger, future investigations and to those that enhance cross-disciplinary collaborations.

The competition is open to researchers and academics in the University of Cambridge. Each submission must include one applicant eligible for PI status within the University.

Research Topics (Round 1)

Within its participation in CAPE, GSK  Consumer Healthcare focuses on science and technology that helps us improve our understanding of human health and the ways it can be positively influenced. Specifically, we are interested in research in two main areas:

  • To measure and monitor the physiology, biological functions and wellness of the human body
  • To understand and interpret complex measurements to create actionable insight on health interventions.

GSK currently has a particular interest in oral health, the physiological and psychological effects of stress, physiological changes associated with menopausal changes, pain, and respiratory health. However, proposals outside these areas, in general healthcare are equally welcome.


£1,000 bonus will be awarded to the submitter of a Grand Challenge proposal that is developed into a project with a CAPE Partner.

Full Details

For more details of the call and to download your application form, please visit:

Pre application discussions and online workshop

If you have an idea for a proposal, GSK Consumer Healthcare would be happy to discuss it with you ahead of submission. Please contact to arrange a meeting.

In addition, we plan to organise an online workshop to explore possible project opportunities with GSK Consumer Healthcare through this call (date TBA). If you would like to participate in the workshop, please contact

You can also find more information about GSK Consumer Healthcare and its participation in CAPE in the recent CAPE Advanced Technology Lecture ‘GSK Consumer Healthcare: Present and future areas of interest', by Tom Watt and Angelos Echiadis on our YouTube channel.