MTSC Challenge Accelerator Cohort Four Application Form

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Application Overview


MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) has partnered with GSK Consumer Healthcare for its Challenge Accelerator programme, Future of Pain. This six-month entrepreneurial training programme open to all early career researchers (ECR), postdocs and PhD candidates already developing a technology in the lab at one of our partner institutions. Technologies can directly address the challenge, but we are particularly interested hearing from individuals exploring the possibility of repurposing existing technology. The programme offers entrepreneurship masterclasses, specialist advice, access to co-working space and an allowance for travel and consumables (up to £45,000).

Find out more about the programme and our partner institutions here


Future of Pain

Pain can be acute, chronic or intermittent but most importantly it is one of the most common health conditions that people seek medical treatment for. Yet the causes of and treatment for pain is not well understood, difficult to measure and a deeply personal experience. Partnering with GSK Consumer Healthcare Next/Beyond teams we are looking for technologies that innovate in this space; offering novel solutions, experimental and alternative ways of addressing how science, medicine and society understands, diagnoses and measures pain.

COVID-19 we are monitoring the situation closely and will be carrying out all recruitment activity digitally along with the learning the portion of the programme for the foreseeable future.


How technologies may innovate or address the challenge;

  • Understanding - New and novel ways to understand and objectively measure pain

  • Pre-emption and prevention - Early interventions and preventative tools to reduce risk factors associated with pain

  • Visualisation and interpretation - Tools and approaches to support clinicians and individuals with the interpretation of data and alternative explanatory methods

  • Management and treatment - New and novel ways to improve quality of life suffered by pain patients

These are suggested themes or areas of interest and are not by any means exhaustive or the only subarea your technology or venture may fit. We actively welcome new and novel ways of thinking about the challenge.


Application & programme structure:


Step 1: Submit a completed application (closing date 10th May 2020 11:59pm)

Step 2: Panel Interview (Monday 1st June 2020)

Step 3: Invitation to join the programme (week of 8th June 2020) 

Step 4: Start the accelerator programme (week of 13th July 2020)


Please submit your completed application by 11:59 BST 10 May 2020. Any applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. If you need to complete the application form in a different format or have any questions about the programme please email us


You will be able to save and return to this form at any point in the application process. Do to this you will be required to provide your email address and a password to access your application form. You will also receive an email confirmation, please check you spam / junk mail folder. Please note, your application will not be considered completed until you click submit. 


Good luck with your application!

Section 1: Applicant Details

Section 2: Research Supervisor of Applicant

Section 3: Additional Expertise

You can enter the details of up to two individuals supporting your project and the expertise they bring to support your application.

Research Supervisor of Expert #1

Research Supervisor of Expert #2

Section 4: Technology

5. Using the IRL scales below to score your stage of development against each of the following criteria. More information on each of the scales can be found here Kth innovation readiness level scales

The KTH Innovation Readiness Level™ is a complete framework for guiding idea development and assessing idea status across key dimensions. It provides structure and support for idea owners as well as coaches and managers in the development of an early stage idea to an innovation on the market. (

Section 5: Market Potential

Section 6: Project Expertise & Capabilities

Section 7: Motivation and Learning Outcomes

Section 8: Research Supervisor Approval and Application Submission