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

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

Category

Outreach

Synopsis

Science and Plants for Schools supports UK teachers, HLTAs and technicians with new ideas for teaching about science through plants. We offer grants between £50 and £500 to cover your time & costs in developing a teaching resource, and will off...
Science and Plants for Schools supports UK teachers, HLTAs and technicians with new ideas for teaching about science through plants. We offer grants between £50 and £500 to cover your time & costs in developing a teaching resource, and will offer support and scientific contacts if necessary. We also offer grants of up to £100 to fund teacher and technician-led professional development, such as TeachMeets. Proposed resources should aim to enhance students' understanding of plants at secondary and post-16, whether in a broad sense of fundamental principles, lab techniques (e.g. time-lapse photography), or a specific focus on an area of plant biology.
Science and Plants for Schools supports UK teachers, HLTAs and technicians with new ideas for teaching about science through plants. We offer grants between £50 and £500 to cover your time & costs in developing a teaching resource, and will off...

Deadline

31/03/2016

Funding Body

Science and Plants for Schools

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Research, Development and Prototyping Fund, which helps to support the research and development of new product or processes with grants of between £10,000 and £60,000. Following on from a successful Regional Growth Funding bid, our area is bene...
The Research, Development and Prototyping Fund, which helps to support the research and development of new product or processes with grants of between £10,000 and £60,000. Following on from a successful Regional Growth Funding bid, our area is benefiting from millions of pounds worth of funding to support the development of the Agri-Tech industry across our area and beyond to the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk. We have launched the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative to support the development of new and innovative ideas within this important sector. Businesses located within Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, North Hertfordshire, Uttlesford, Norfolk or Suffolk can apply.
The Research, Development and Prototyping Fund, which helps to support the research and development of new product or processes with grants of between £10,000 and £60,000. Following on from a successful Regional Growth Funding bid, our area is bene...

Deadline

31/03/2016

Funding Body

Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

With Our Planet, Our Health, we want to invest in high-quality, transdisciplinary programmes of research that investigate novel aspects of – and build evidence for – how complex changes in our environment affect our health. Supported proposals wi...
With Our Planet, Our Health, we want to invest in high-quality, transdisciplinary programmes of research that investigate novel aspects of – and build evidence for – how complex changes in our environment affect our health. Supported proposals will consider the interplay between different environments (biological, physical, economic, social and natural), drive collaborative research, and ultimately lead to outputs with a significant impact on our health.  We want to establish a limited number of significantly resourced transdisciplinary research programmes, with a focus on our health and wellbeing, that can advance our understanding and our ability to address the challenges associated with the global food system and/or urbanisation.  As a general guide, applicants may apply for up to £2 million a year for up to five years. The engagement of both the public and the private sector is highly encouraged.  Research programmes should have a clearly defined focus and objectives that will be addressed using a range of relevant disciplines and research methodologies. They should go beyond purely descriptive research to work that proposes, and may test, potential solutions. This could take the form of predictive modelling, developing innovative products or processes, policy development, or evaluating specific interventions. The organisational arrangements and leadership of the consortium should be carefully considered.
With Our Planet, Our Health, we want to invest in high-quality, transdisciplinary programmes of research that investigate novel aspects of – and build evidence for – how complex changes in our environment affect our health. Supported proposals wi...

Deadline

29/03/2016

Funding Body

Wellcome Trust

Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

Aim:  To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Funding is available for Short Term Travel Awards, Long Term Travel Awards and Access...
Aim:  To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Funding is available for Short Term Travel Awards, Long Term Travel Awards and Access Awards. Funding is limited to travel and subsistence costs only, and does not usually exceed £5k. Application deadline: apply at any time -  at least 6 weeks before travel.
Aim:  To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Funding is available for Short Term Travel Awards, Long Term Travel Awards and Access...

Deadline

29/02/2016

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The objective of technical feasibility studies is to explore the commercial potential of an early-stage innovative idea. All projects must be based on prior underpinning research evidence. Opens: 25 Jun 2015. Registration closes: 13 Jan 2016, 12:00. ...
The objective of technical feasibility studies is to explore the commercial potential of an early-stage innovative idea. All projects must be based on prior underpinning research evidence. Opens: 25 Jun 2015. Registration closes: 13 Jan 2016, 12:00. Competition closes: 20 Jan 2016, 12:00.
The objective of technical feasibility studies is to explore the commercial potential of an early-stage innovative idea. All projects must be based on prior underpinning research evidence. Opens: 25 Jun 2015. Registration closes: 13 Jan 2016, 12:00. ...

Deadline

20/01/2016

Funding Body

Innovate UK
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