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 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £34m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotec...
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £34m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. Catalysts provide funding to innovative businesses and researchers working in priority areas with the aim of helping them to quickly turn excellent UK research into new or improved commercial processes and products. The Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst programme will accelerate commercialisation by supporting the development of new industrial biotechnology products and processes, and enabling their potential scale-up. It will support R&D for the processing and production of materials, chemicals and bioenergy through the sustainable exploitation of biological resources. We are particularly encouraging a collaborative approach. Investment of up to £34m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £34m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotec...

Deadline

02/12/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Travel

Synopsis

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to cover the travel and accommodation costs associated with pursuing a field-based genetic research project. The research field should be one from which results would typically be suitable for publication in the ...
Grants of up to £1,500 are available to cover the travel and accommodation costs associated with pursuing a field-based genetic research project. The research field should be one from which results would typically be suitable for publication in the Society's journal Heredity. The scheme is not intended to cover the costs of salaries for those engaged in fieldwork, or to fund attendance at conferences. Deadlines are bi-monthly (1 February, 1 April, 1 June, 1 August, 1 October and 1 December).
Grants of up to £1,500 are available to cover the travel and accommodation costs associated with pursuing a field-based genetic research project. The research field should be one from which results would typically be suitable for publication in the ...

Deadline

01/12/2015

Funding Body

Genetics Society

Category

Prizes

Synopsis

A prize of £1000 to a PhD student for the best botany thesis in an academic year. Awarded for the best thesis in botany examined for a doctorate of philosophy during a single academic year (October to September). It is open to candidates whose resea...
A prize of £1000 to a PhD student for the best botany thesis in an academic year. Awarded for the best thesis in botany examined for a doctorate of philosophy during a single academic year (October to September). It is open to candidates whose research has been carried out whilst registered at any UK institution. Theses on the full range of plant sciences are eligible. Nominations are received from the Head of Department, or the supervisor of the candidate. Guidelines on nominations are available.
A prize of £1000 to a PhD student for the best botany thesis in an academic year. Awarded for the best thesis in botany examined for a doctorate of philosophy during a single academic year (October to September). It is open to candidates whose resea...

Deadline

30/11/2015

Funding Body

Linnean Society

Category

Prizes

Synopsis

A prize of £1000 to a botanical artist for outstanding illustrations. Established in 1986 by the late Mr B E Smythies FLS, in honour of his wife, the late Florence Mary Smythies ("Jill"), whose career as a botanical artist was cut short by an accide...
A prize of £1000 to a botanical artist for outstanding illustrations. Established in 1986 by the late Mr B E Smythies FLS, in honour of his wife, the late Florence Mary Smythies ("Jill"), whose career as a botanical artist was cut short by an accident to her right hand. Awarded to a botanical artist in recognition of excellence in published illustrations, such as drawings or paintings, in aid of plant identification, with the emphasis on botanical accuracy and the accurate portrayal of diagnostic characteristics.
A prize of £1000 to a botanical artist for outstanding illustrations. Established in 1986 by the late Mr B E Smythies FLS, in honour of his wife, the late Florence Mary Smythies ("Jill"), whose career as a botanical artist was cut short by an accide...

Deadline

30/11/2015

Funding Body

Linnean Society

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative R&D projects to enhance the nutritional quality of food and drink through the reduction of sugar, salt and fats, and through an increase in dietary fibre.  The aim of this competit...
Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative R&D projects to enhance the nutritional quality of food and drink through the reduction of sugar, salt and fats, and through an increase in dietary fibre.  The aim of this competition is to stimulate the development of new processes and products that lead to the availability of healthier food choices for consumers, and open up new market opportunities for the industry.  Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business, but may include research partners. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.  We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £250,000 to £1 million, although we may consider projects outside this range.  This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 5 October 2015. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 25 November 2015. There will be a webinar briefing for potential applicants on 14 October 2015. Consortium-building workshops organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network are on 15 September 2015 (Birmingham) and 17 September 2015 (Manchester).
Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative R&D projects to enhance the nutritional quality of food and drink through the reduction of sugar, salt and fats, and through an increase in dietary fibre.  The aim of this competit...

Deadline

25/11/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

BBSRC, together with the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), have launched a joint funding call in the strategic priority area of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE). We aim to advance the excellent scientific relationshi...
BBSRC, together with the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), have launched a joint funding call in the strategic priority area of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE). We aim 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. Joint UK-Brazil projects of significant scale, and up to 5 years duration, are encouraged to address challenges such as; Enzyme design and development; Control and/or optimization feedstock attributes; Development of novel high-yielding fermentative organisms.
BBSRC, together with the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), have launched a joint funding call in the strategic priority area of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE). We aim to advance the excellent scientific relationshi...

Deadline

19/11/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of beco...
ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams.
ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of beco...

Deadline

17/11/2015

Funding Body

ERC

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have be...
ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.
ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have be...

Deadline

17/11/2015

Funding Body

ERC
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