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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The Harrington Discovery Institute (HDI) has issued a call for proposals in the UK for a new grant award programme to advance promising research into novel treatments for rare diseases. Modelled after its US programmes, HDI is providing UK  researchers with the opportunity for funding and personalised discovery and development support. The two-year Harrington Scholar programme includes £100,000 guaranteed, with the potential to qualify for additional acceleration funding up to £500,000. As the funding is philanthropic, all IP will remain with the University PI and this funding can be used in conjunction with additional non-commercial funding for the same project.


The application deadline for this scheme is Monday March 2nd 2020. To access the application form and submit your application, you will need to go to and create an account. For University of Cambridge applicants - the funder is listed on X5 under their UK charity name: Fund for Cures UK. 


The call focuses specifically on novel approaches to treat rare diseases. Of particular interest are discoveries that:

  1. have a proven genetic basis
  2. are applicable to paediatric indications and/or
  3.  impact common diseases 


You can access further information about the call and the application process through the links below: 

Harrington UK Rare Disease Scholar Award one page overview

Application guidelines - how to fill out the form

Instructions for the grant submission system

Call FAQs


For any questions about the call, you can contact the Harrington Discovery Institute for advice on