Every scientist knows that funding is critical to research.


To guide you through the funding minefield, PlantSci has brought together all information relating to funding in one place. Whether you’re looking for current funding opportunities, recently awarded grants or information on funding bodies that support UK plant science research, look no further.

 

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We endeavour to include as many opportunities as we can, but inevitably we might miss some out. It might be useful to have a look at the following pages for more funding calls: Innovate UK, BBSRC, NERC, Horizon 2020 and ERC.  If you know of other opportunities that we should be listed please get in contact.

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Open for applications at any time. We are supporting the delivery of events to facilitate discussion and improve awareness of knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of BBSRC-funded research. These events provide an opportunity for research or...
Open for applications at any time. We are supporting the delivery of events to facilitate discussion and improve awareness of knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of BBSRC-funded research. These events provide an opportunity for research organisations to showcase best practice in KEC and how this leads to economic and societal impact. We will contribute up to £2,000 in grants towards costs of external speakers, room booking, time spent in organising the event and other reasonable costs. The cost of lunch and refreshments will not be covered. This initiative is open to institutes strategically funded by BBSRC and HEIs.
Open for applications at any time. We are supporting the delivery of events to facilitate discussion and improve awareness of knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of BBSRC-funded research. These events provide an opportunity for research or...

Deadline

31/12/2017

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Training

Synopsis

High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) has a training fund of £50,000 available to use over the lifetime of the Network. Eligible members can apply for a training bursary which will provide up to £1,000 per person towards the cost of attending a ...
High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) has a training fund of £50,000 available to use over the lifetime of the Network. Eligible members can apply for a training bursary which will provide up to £1,000 per person towards the cost of attending a training course or visiting another lab to receive or exchange training. HVCfP can also commission customised training where a specific need is identified and requested by members. Applications are particularly encouraged for early stage researchers to focus on career development to strengthen and consolidate future capability to respond to challenges within the area of IB. Applications may be submitted at any time.
High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) has a training fund of £50,000 available to use over the lifetime of the Network. Eligible members can apply for a training bursary which will provide up to £1,000 per person towards the cost of attending a ...

Deadline

31/12/2017

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) Network. Vouchers are worth up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) maximum. Vouchers can suppor...
Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) Network. Vouchers are worth up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) maximum. Vouchers can support any defined piece of work by an academic partner for an industrial partner. Vouchers are available exclusively to network members. The academic lead applicant must be eligible to receive BBSRC funding. The industrial partner must make a contribution to the academic partner that at least matches the value of the voucher either in cash or as an in-kind contribution. Applications may be submitted at any time.
Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) Network. Vouchers are worth up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) maximum. Vouchers can suppor...

Deadline

31/12/2017

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Synopsis

BBSRC and the government of India’s Department of Biotechnology wish to encourage multi-institutional collaborative applications between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high quality three-year projects aimed at increasing the productivity, r...
BBSRC and the government of India’s Department of Biotechnology wish to encourage multi-institutional collaborative applications between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high quality three-year projects aimed at increasing the productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses or oilseeds grown for food or feed in India. The call aims to use genomic approaches to accelerate varietal improvement by understanding and exploiting traits to enhance yield potential, increase tolerance to climatic stresses or poor-quality soils, or counter pests or diseases. The funders will support the development and exploitation of new genomic and associated bioinformatic resources, but existing resources should also be used where relevant, particularly for comparative studies.
BBSRC and the government of India’s Department of Biotechnology wish to encourage multi-institutional collaborative applications between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high quality three-year projects aimed at increasing the productivity, r...

Deadline

24/10/2017

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Aim The aim of this highlight call is to stimulate innovative research to understand and help address the development in weeds, pests, parasites or pathogens of resistance to agents used for countering them, by: - raising the profile amongst the br...
Aim The aim of this highlight call is to stimulate innovative research to understand and help address the development in weeds, pests, parasites or pathogens of resistance to agents used for countering them, by: - raising the profile amongst the broader research community of the impact of resistance on agriculture and the scientific challenges it presents; - encouraging new scientific approaches to address the practical problems for agriculture of resistance to all kinds of pesticides; - promoting collaboration between researchers with existing interests in resistance and others with wider relevant expertise in underpinning science; - stimulating innovative research to understand resistance and inform interventions for enhancing the effectiveness of existing products and optimising the use of new ones; - focusing on the molecular mechanisms of resistance, its evolutionary drivers and the ecological processes involved in its emergence and spread; - encouraging generic and comparative (including theoretical and modelling) “one health” approaches, and drawing on learning from other systems in which resistance is better understood. Intention to submit deadline: 29 March 2017, 16:00 Application deadline: 27 April 2017, 16:00    
Aim The aim of this highlight call is to stimulate innovative research to understand and help address the development in weeds, pests, parasites or pathogens of resistance to agents used for countering them, by: - raising the profile amongst the br...

Deadline

27/04/2017

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Rainbow Seed Fund is a £24m, early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to kick-starting promising technology companies developed at some of the UK’s largest publicly-funded research facilities, in the rapidly expanding science and technology ...
The Rainbow Seed Fund is a £24m, early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to kick-starting promising technology companies developed at some of the UK’s largest publicly-funded research facilities, in the rapidly expanding science and technology campuses linked to them and in the field of synthetic biology. Created in 2002, the Rainbow Seed Fund is backed by ten UK publicly-funded research organisations and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Fund holds investments in some of the UK’s most innovative companies in areas as diverse as novel antibiotics, research into Alzheimer’s disease, “green” chemicals and airport security.
The Rainbow Seed Fund is a £24m, early-stage venture capital fund dedicated to kick-starting promising technology companies developed at some of the UK’s largest publicly-funded research facilities, in the rapidly expanding science and technology ...

Deadline

30/09/2016

Funding Body

BIS

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Deadline: monthly (14th of the month). These vouchers (£5K) are intended to help resource small confidence-building measures between an academic partner and an industrial based partner that are likely to lead to outcomes of a longer-term r...
Deadline: monthly (14th of the month). These vouchers (£5K) are intended to help resource small confidence-building measures between an academic partner and an industrial based partner that are likely to lead to outcomes of a longer-term relationship, improved interaction and new research technology transfer projects. Business Interaction Vouchers are available for the lifetime of IBCarb network and members can apply at any time. Applications should be submitted by the 14th of the month in order to be evaluated that month. Proposals submitted after this date will be reviewed the following month.
Deadline: monthly (14th of the month). These vouchers (£5K) are intended to help resource small confidence-building measures between an academic partner and an industrial based partner that are likely to lead to outcomes of a longer-term r...

Deadline

14/09/2016

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange

Synopsis

NERC is inviting proposals to contribute to addressing the goals of the Valuing Nature programme through a broader understanding of the tipping points of ecosystem services. This NERC supported call is for UK focused research proposals to further und...
NERC is inviting proposals to contribute to addressing the goals of the Valuing Nature programme through a broader understanding of the tipping points of ecosystem services. This NERC supported call is for UK focused research proposals to further understand: the links between ecosystem stocks, ecosystem service flows and benefits that are delivered as a result, to enable identification of critical levels of ecosystem stocks that avoid abrupt and damaging change in the delivery of benefits (tipping points); and how the values (including those broader than economics) of ecosystem services and the benefits they deliver change as tipping points are reached and exceeded.  
NERC is inviting proposals to contribute to addressing the goals of the Valuing Nature programme through a broader understanding of the tipping points of ecosystem services. This NERC supported call is for UK focused research proposals to further und...

Deadline

05/05/2016

Funding Body

NERC
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