Latest Funding Opportunities

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The following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

Innovate UK

Analytical technologies for pharmaceuticals

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative R&D projects to address the UK’s need for improved analytical technologies that support the development of current and next generation biopharmaceutical products.

The aim of this competition is to advance the industry by addressing sector-specific challenges relating to analytical technologies for testing and characterising biopharmaceutical products and monitoring processes, as well as the supporting informatics tools.

Max Award: £500,000 to £1.5 million Deadline: 14 October for registration, 21 October 2015 for EOI

Brazil-UK collaborative industrial research & development competition

Innovate UK and SENAI (the National Service for Industrial Training) of Brazil are to invest up to £3.4 million in collaborative industrial R&D projects that propose new commercial solutions to critical challenges impacting the socio-economic growth and development of Brazil in relation to its energy, water, and waste management.

Max Award: Total funding up to £3.4 million Deadline: 7 December 2015


Research Partnerships – UK & Mexico

This initiative will provide funding for transformative and high-quality collaborative research projects which address the following topics:

  • Nutrition and Health
  • Inclusive, accountable and secure society
  • Instrumentation Development for Applications in Big Science

The objective is to deliver significant research funding for internationally competitive and innovative collaborative projects between researchers from Mexico and the UK that will allow the pursuit of shared research interests.

Max Award: Unspecified for up to 5 years Deadline: 23 October 2015 for Intentions to Submit, 24 November 2015 for full submission


BBSRC & State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation – Joint Call in advanced biofuels

This call aims to advance the excellent scientific relationships developed between UK and Brazilian scientists and encourage new partnerships to develop integrated biorefinery approaches for the manufacture of advanced biofuels, producing industrially relevant scientific outputs which can be taken up by a global industry.

Max Award: Unspecified for up to 5 years Deadline: 26 October 2015 for Intention to Submit and 19 November 2015 for full submission

Resilience of the UK food systems in a global context

The programme will integrate biological, environmental and social sciences to support interdisciplinary projects addressing one or more of the following key themes:

  • Optimising the productivity, resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems and landscapes
  • Optimising resilience of food supply chains both locally and globally
  • Influencing food choice for health, sustainability and resilience at the individual and household level.

Max Award: Unspecified for up to 5 years, total of £14million Deadline: 27 October 2015

Standard follow-on funding

The Follow-on funding programme is designed to support the translation of fundamental research funded by us into practical application, including commercialisation. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic benefits of their research.

This programme is a proof-of-concept model where further work on an idea will take it through to the stage at which the route to application is clear, which may include a spin-out or licensing opportunity.

Max Award: £250,000 for 12 – 18 months Deadline: 11 November 2015

International workshops scheme

This call makes around 8 awards each year for a workshop to be held overseas or in the UK. The aims are:

  • To stimulate joint working in topics important to BBSRC’s strategy
  • To match numbers of scientists from the UK with other countries to identify areas of commonality and explore the potential for international collaboration
  • To receive applications involving collaborations with any other country, although the US, Canada, Brazil, EU member states, Japan, China, India Australia and New Zealand are particularly encouraged.

Max Award: £10,000 Deadline: 12 November 2015


NERC & State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation – Sustainable gas futures

This call is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund which forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment. The AO/CFP is only open to joint UK-Brazil applications. NERC will provide up to £1m of funding (80% FEC) to eligible UK-based researchers and São Paulo partner organizations will match this with equivalent research effort to eligible researchers associated with research institutions in the State of São Paulo.

Max Award: Up to £80,000 Deadline: 10 November 2015

Advanced training short courses initiative

This call invites proposals offering training in a variety of forms that fall both within the NERC science remit as well as addressing one or more of the Priority Training Areas contained within the ATSC Announcement of Opportunity document. Training must prioritise NERC-funded PhD students or develop the skills of environmental sciences early career researchers (working within academic and/or non-academic settings) for future careers in research and other contexts.

Max Award: £20,000 – £50,000 Deadline: 12 November 2015

Soil security research fellowship awards

The overarching aim of the Soil Security programme is to advance understanding of the ability of soils to adapt to perturbations. It will do this by building an integrated and predictive understanding of the multiple functions of soil. This will improve forecasts of the soil system’s response to changes in climate, vegetation or land management at scales of analysis that match the scale of decision making.Max

Max Award: Up to £2 million Deadline: 3 December 2015

Wellcome Trust

Senior Research Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Science

This scheme provides support for outstanding postdoctoral scientists based in academic institutions in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Max Award: Covers basic salary, research expenses and specified other costs for up to 5 years Deadline: 8 December for preliminary application, 26 February 2016 for full submission

Senior Research Fellowships in Clinical Science

These Fellowships provide support for clinical academics with exceptional ability and outstanding promise to further develop their research potential.

Max Award: Covers basic salary, research expenses and specified other costs for up to 5 years Deadline: 8 December for preliminary application, 26 February 2016 for full submission


Eureka Innovation Award

Each project nomination must target one specific category:

  • Competitiveness: for projects where more than one partner has substantially improved their position vis à vis their direct competitors with the help of a EUREKA project.
  • Added value: for projects, where more than one partner has yielded substantial growth in productivity, turnover and increase in the number of employees from the exploitation of the results of a EUREKA project.
  • Innovators of tomorrow: for projects which have successfully implemented a promising new and disruptive technology or concept with a clear economic, societal and environmental impact compared to existing solutions.

Max Award: First prize in each category: 6000 euros and pan-European promotion package of 10,000 euros Deadline: 15 October 2015

Directorate-General for Climate Action, EU

The objective of the study is to undertake a fact-finding exercise to examine whether there is any conclusive evidence of carbon leakage occurring in phase III of the EU ETS as a result of pricing carbon. This is important in the current context: work is ongoing in preparation for the revision of the Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards post-2020 provisions. A Commission proposal for the revision has been presented in July 2015 and one of the main elements of the future system will be establishing measures to address the risk of carbon leakage.

Max Award: 250,000 – 300,000 euros Deadline: 26 October 2015


Understanding Drug Use Pathways

A first Joint call was launched on 15 September 2015 and aims at funding multidisciplinary transnational research in “Understanding drug use pathways”. The content of this call reflects the findings of a large programme of work to identify common research priorities for illicit drugs in Europe that resulted in a Strategic Research Agenda. The call encourages research that will provide a better understanding of the processes underlying the dynamics of drug use pathways and transitions between types of drug use.

Max Award: Total funding 4 million euros Deadline: 24 November 2015

European Agency for Safety & Health at Work, EU

Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez Innovation & Practice Award in Occupational Health Psychology

The European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, in collaboration with European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, invites applications for their Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez innovation and practice award in occupational health psychology. This aims to award contributions to the field of occupational health psychology.

Max Award: Not specified Deadline: 1 February 2016

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US

Explore new ways to measure delivery & use of digital financial services data

Develop an innovative analytics or data capture solution to improve the delivery and use of digital financial services in developing countries. The focus of this call is on solutions that are relevant to commercial strategies and likely to make large improvements in performance outcomes for commercial deployments.

Max Award: USD100,000 for Phase I projects, up to USD1 million for Phase II projects Deadline: 11 November 2015

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