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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By simply selecting from the options above you’ll be able to find calls and initiatives in a particular area, from a particular funder or in a specific category such as fellowships. You can also search for opportunities by deadline e.g. 1 month from now.

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

Special initiative

Synopsis

NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined topic areas, and will be delivered through independent projects. The highlight topics in ...
NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined topic areas, and will be delivered through independent projects. The highlight topics in this call are; Understanding and predicting anomalous trends in surface temperature and implications for decadal to centennial climate behaviour; Environmental pathways, impacts and fate of manufactured nanomaterials; Dynamics of freshwater ecosystems within an integrated landscape system; Integrated dynamics of natural capital systems: bringing the natural environment into economic decision making; eDNA: a key new tool for 21st century ecology. NERC has allocated £12m to this call and a maximum of £3m (cost to NERC) is available per highlight topic. There are more highlight topics than funding is available for, so that all highlight topics will not, necessarily, result in funded grants. This is to ensure that only the very best research is funded. The closing date is 16:00 on Thursday 9 April 2015. Proposals must be submitted via the research councils' Je-S system.
NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined topic areas, and will be delivered through independent projects. The highlight topics in ...

Deadline

09/04/2015

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri...
The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri-Tech Catalyst has been set up to support businesses and researchers in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector. Industrial research awards aim to develop innovative solutions, eg through technology development, lab-based prototyping, product development planning, field trials, and market testing. Industrial research awards enable applicants to evaluate the technical feasibility of an idea and establish proof-of-concept and potential routes to exploitation. Such proposals will embrace longer-term studies in all relevant disciplines that demonstrate the potential to advance the sustainable intensification of agriculture and have an economic impact. As with feasibility studies, the work included in these projects will be dependent on the proposed application of the technology and the nature of the technological solution. All projects must be collaborative. Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline.
The vision of the Government's UK strategy for agricultural technologies is to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. To achieve this, the Government is investing £70m in an Agri-Tech Catalyst. The Agri...

Deadline

08/04/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

NERC wishes to award a number of Knowledge Exchange (KE) fellowships. Applicants should propose a work plan of their own choosing to generate impact from NERC-funded research in their host institution. The KE Fellowships will cover 100% of the Fellow...
NERC wishes to award a number of Knowledge Exchange (KE) fellowships. Applicants should propose a work plan of their own choosing to generate impact from NERC-funded research in their host institution. The KE Fellowships will cover 100% of the Fellow's salary including superannuation, NI and specific allowances, plus up to &pou40k for travel and other associated costs. They cover direct costs only and do not include overheads.
NERC wishes to award a number of Knowledge Exchange (KE) fellowships. Applicants should propose a work plan of their own choosing to generate impact from NERC-funded research in their host institution. The KE Fellowships will cover 100% of the Fellow...

Deadline

01/04/2015

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Outreach

Synopsis

The Society offers grants to fund relevant science promotion initiatives or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to grants@sgm.ac.u...
The Society offers grants to fund relevant science promotion initiatives or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to grants@sgm.ac.uk or by phone: +44 (0)20 7685 2698. The next deadline for this scheme is 1 April 2015. Please read all information on the website carefully before submitting an application.
The Society offers grants to fund relevant science promotion initiatives or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. Enquiries about this scheme should be made by email to grants@sgm.ac.u...

Deadline

01/04/2015

Funding Body

Society of General Microbiology

Category

Outreach

Synopsis

The British Science Association is partnering with organisations, groups and individuals from across the UK to support a new, nationwide series of local debates. This policy network will enable the general public to engage more with scientific issues...
The British Science Association is partnering with organisations, groups and individuals from across the UK to support a new, nationwide series of local debates. This policy network will enable the general public to engage more with scientific issues and policy questions. On offer are grants of up to £300 for events held before April 2015.
The British Science Association is partnering with organisations, groups and individuals from across the UK to support a new, nationwide series of local debates. This policy network will enable the general public to engage more with scientific issues...

Deadline

31/03/2015

Funding Body

British Science Association

Category

Travel

Synopsis

Messel Bursaries are funded by the Messel Trust Fund for postgraduate students to support their attendance at meetings and/or laboratoy visits for activities related to chemical science (including all life sciences), engineering and technology. Appli...
Messel Bursaries are funded by the Messel Trust Fund for postgraduate students to support their attendance at meetings and/or laboratoy visits for activities related to chemical science (including all life sciences), engineering and technology. Applications will only be considered from SCI standard or student members. Please note that SCI travel bursaries are not available to SCI e-members or non-members. Deadline 31st March 2015. Please apply online via the website.
Messel Bursaries are funded by the Messel Trust Fund for postgraduate students to support their attendance at meetings and/or laboratoy visits for activities related to chemical science (including all life sciences), engineering and technology. Appli...

Deadline

31/03/2015

Funding Body

Society of Chemical Industry

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and ser...
Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge. The scheme supports SMEs carrying out R&D which offers potentially significant rewards and that could stimulate UK economic growth. Three types of grant are available; Proof of market, Proof of concept, Development of prototype. The batch assessment date for Round 6 of the current financial year 2014/15 is 26 March 2015 12:00 noon.
Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and ser...

Deadline

26/03/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

For academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a co...
For academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs. The scheme is funded by the Royal Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce plc and BP plc. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. The applicant must have a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession, hold a permanent post in a university, not-for-profit research organisation or industry in the UK and be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from establishing or strengthening personal or corporate links between academia and industry. Applications involving spin-offs or small companies are encouraged.
For academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation. The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a co...

Deadline

26/03/2015

Funding Body

Royal Society
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