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Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Following the first phase of the Multidisciplinary Synthetic Biology Research Centres (SBRCs) call in 2013, which established three SBRCs; this is the call for proposals to the second phase. The call has been developed by the RCUK Synthetic Biolog...
Following the first phase of the Multidisciplinary Synthetic Biology Research Centres (SBRCs) call in 2013, which established three SBRCs; this is the call for proposals to the second phase. The call has been developed by the RCUK Synthetic Biology Working Group, and BBSRC and EPSRC will support some recurrent costs alongside the capital monies received as part of the 2012 Autumn Statement. BBSRC is administering the call on behalf of the Councils.
Following the first phase of the Multidisciplinary Synthetic Biology Research Centres (SBRCs) call in 2013, which established three SBRCs; this is the call for proposals to the second phase. The call has been developed by the RCUK Synthetic Biolog...

Deadline

24/07/2014

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

The Sustaining Health initiative seeks to invest in pilot research projects investigating novel aspects of this broad area. Proposals should be designed to open up new research avenues, ultimately leading to work that will have a significant impact o...
The Sustaining Health initiative seeks to invest in pilot research projects investigating novel aspects of this broad area. Proposals should be designed to open up new research avenues, ultimately leading to work that will have a significant impact on human health. As general guidance, awards are of the order of £250,000, exceptionally up to £500,000. Pilot projects may address any aspect of the interplay between health, environment and nutrition but key is a focus on health. Projects are not required to cover issues related to both environment and nutrition. We expect these awards to stimulate collaborations and build capacity for interdisciplinary research. We believe that high-quality research in this area requires the development of new interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships, particularly between biomedical (including public health) researchers and those working in social, economic, environmental, climate, engineering, agricultural, development and computer sciences. Our scoping work has highlighted two sub-themes that we have a particular interest in: (1) The health impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. (2) How to feed 9 billion. Deadline for concept notes: 25 July 2014. Deadline for preliminary applications: 26 September 2014. Deadline for full applications: 14 February 2015.
The Sustaining Health initiative seeks to invest in pilot research projects investigating novel aspects of this broad area. Proposals should be designed to open up new research avenues, ultimately leading to work that will have a significant impact o...

Deadline

25/07/2014

Funding Body

Wellcome Trust

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

BBSRC and NERC invite proposals for both research and research translation projects to the first call of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC). Approximately £5M of funding is available for this call, divided between:...
BBSRC and NERC invite proposals for both research and research translation projects to the first call of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC). Approximately £5M of funding is available for this call, divided between: research grants (£3.5M) and research translation grants (£1.5M). Proposals should address the first key challenge identified by SARIC industry members: Resilient and robust crop and livestock production systems. The twin focus on both research and research translation in SARIC is represented by two specific funding streams that will operate concurrently. Research proposals will provide new data and knowledge. Research translation proposals will support innovative approaches to translating existing research data and knowledge into new tools, technologies and other outcomes that create tangible economic or societal benefits.    
BBSRC and NERC invite proposals for both research and research translation projects to the first call of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC). Approximately £5M of funding is available for this call, divided between:...

Deadline

29/07/2014

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Soil Security programme is a NERC-led five-year research programme funded by NERC, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government that aims to secure future soil quality to sustain ecosystems a...
The Soil Security programme is a NERC-led five-year research programme funded by NERC, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government that aims to secure future soil quality to sustain ecosystems and the services they deliver to people - such as sustainable agriculture, flood and disease regulation, carbon storage and clean water. The Soil Security programme is aligned with the Global Food Security (GFS) programme, and with Defra activities in this area. The programme is administered by NERC on behalf of the funders. On behalf of the programme funders, NERC is inviting proposals for consortia projects requesting funds between £1m and £2·5m (80% FEC), and of up to three years' duration, which will address the objectives of the programme as stated in the Announcement of Opportunity. Funding of up to £5m is available to support projects submitted to this call. Within that total, up to £0·5m is available from the Scottish Government primarily to support the costs of the participation in joint proposals of its Main Research Providers for rural affairs and the environment, which are not eligible for research council funding. It is expected two to four projects will be supported from this call, depending on the size and quality of the proposals received.
The Soil Security programme is a NERC-led five-year research programme funded by NERC, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government that aims to secure future soil quality to sustain ecosystems a...

Deadline

30/07/2014

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Training

Synopsis

Application opening date TBC The Network has a budget of £10,000 a year for members to apply for training activities.  Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Group in consultation with the Management Board to ensure that the trainin...
Application opening date TBC The Network has a budget of £10,000 a year for members to apply for training activities.  Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Group in consultation with the Management Board to ensure that the training is in line with the aims of the Network.  The aim is to provide early stage researchers with focused career development to strengthen and consolidate future capability to respond to challenges within the area of IB. Further details will be available on the website shortly. 
Application opening date TBC The Network has a budget of £10,000 a year for members to apply for training activities.  Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Group in consultation with the Management Board to ensure that the trainin...

Deadline

31/07/2014

Funding Body

HVCfP

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Application opening date TBC The Network has a fund of £800,000 for proof of concept research, which Network members will be able to apply for. Funds will be targeted at accessing and developing key technology areas using UK centres of excellence...
Application opening date TBC The Network has a fund of £800,000 for proof of concept research, which Network members will be able to apply for. Funds will be targeted at accessing and developing key technology areas using UK centres of excellence. This strategy will enable the Network to encourage novel technology-based solutions to major industry problems as well as supporting such centres, promoting their use, securing inward investment and further developing the technologies and processes they offer through engagement with the Network. Priority for funds will therefore be for process-led activities and those that have clear potential for further funding or have a route to commercial translation. Further details on how to apply to the Proof-of-concept Fund will be posted on the website when available; all Network members will be emailed when applications for funding are open.
Application opening date TBC The Network has a fund of £800,000 for proof of concept research, which Network members will be able to apply for. Funds will be targeted at accessing and developing key technology areas using UK centres of excellence...

Deadline

31/07/2014

Funding Body

HVCfP

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The purpose of the call is to understand the ability of pumpkins to ‘keep’ for as long as possible and to draw some conclusions as to what can be done in the field to optimise the keeping quality of the fruit; and to understand the interaction th...
The purpose of the call is to understand the ability of pumpkins to ‘keep’ for as long as possible and to draw some conclusions as to what can be done in the field to optimise the keeping quality of the fruit; and to understand the interaction that dry matter levels and fruit nutrition has on the storage potential including shelf life for the consumer.
The purpose of the call is to understand the ability of pumpkins to ‘keep’ for as long as possible and to draw some conclusions as to what can be done in the field to optimise the keeping quality of the fruit; and to understand the interaction th...

Deadline

01/08/2014

Funding Body

HDC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The call aims to commission a number of projects and generate a soils related Research and Knowledge Transfer programme addressing the following areas of concern – data, compaction, soil-borne diseases, organic matter, precision tools/systems, soil...
The call aims to commission a number of projects and generate a soils related Research and Knowledge Transfer programme addressing the following areas of concern – data, compaction, soil-borne diseases, organic matter, precision tools/systems, soil health measurement and monitoring. The outputs of this programme will be aimed at producing and communicating best practice guidelines to growers for soil management in horticultural crops.
The call aims to commission a number of projects and generate a soils related Research and Knowledge Transfer programme addressing the following areas of concern – data, compaction, soil-borne diseases, organic matter, precision tools/systems, soil...

Deadline

01/08/2014

Funding Body

HDC
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