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Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has developed a challenge which aims to counter the spread of Invasive Non Native Species (INNS). NRW are in need of solutions (effective tools or techniques) to detect, remove or restrict the spread of target organisms...
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has developed a challenge which aims to counter the spread of Invasive Non Native Species (INNS). NRW are in need of solutions (effective tools or techniques) to detect, remove or restrict the spread of target organisms which can be easily applied, are cost effective and have minimal environmental impact. The need for these tools or techniques applies to a range of sites including, rivers, river banks, lakes and estuaries as well as associated assets and structures e.g. flood defences, moorings, weirs etc. NRW would also like to see these tools or techniques being developed and used to help prevent new INNS from colonising riverbanks, waterways or other key sites. NRW need solutions (technologies, tools or techniques) that can be easily and cheaply applied to help maximise natural regeneration following chemical, mechanical or biological INNS control measures. This is relevant to any INNS but particularly for invasive plants such as Himalayan balsam or Japanese knotweed which, following treatment, may result in widespread areas remaining ‘denuded' of plants.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has developed a challenge which aims to counter the spread of Invasive Non Native Species (INNS). NRW are in need of solutions (effective tools or techniques) to detect, remove or restrict the spread of target organisms...

Deadline

12/01/2015

Funding Body

Natural Resources Wales

Category

Synopsis

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams.   The aim...
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams.   The aim of this competition is to improve processes to increase the value of resources recovered from continuously produced waste. Energy from waste is excluded, as the focus is on maximising the value of materials.   Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business managing the target waste stream. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).   We expect projects to last up to 24 months and to have total costs of up to £800k.   This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 12 January 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 18 February 2015 and the deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 25 February 2015.
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams.   The aim...

Deadline

12/01/2015

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Living With Environmental Change Partnership announces a call for proposals for the third phase of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) funded jointly by BBSRC, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), E...
The Living With Environmental Change Partnership announces a call for proposals for the third phase of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) funded jointly by BBSRC, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), ESRC, the Forestry Commission, NERC and the Scottish Government.  This third call specifically invites proposals for scientifically excellent, relevant research that will inform policy and practice to address either (i) threats to the health of oak, or (ii) threats to trees from Phytophthora. The funders expect to support one project on each topic at a cost not exceeding £1M per project (at 80% of full economic cost). Proposals must be integrative and interdisciplinary, combining high-quality biological, environmental and social science, and drawing on the full range of available research capabilities. Collaborations are particularly encouraged between researchers with established skills in tree or forest health and others with complementary expertise from the wider relevant research communities. Purpose: To understand the specified threats to trees and associated ecosystems and generate knowledge to inform their management in the context of interactions with the broader environment and economic and social systems - including the development of approaches potentially transferable to other tree pests or diseases. Scope: Confined to the two specified topics of threats to the health of oak or threats to trees fromPhytophthora. Proposals for research on other aspects of tree health will not be considered.
The Living With Environmental Change Partnership announces a call for proposals for the third phase of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) funded jointly by BBSRC, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), E...

Deadline

08/01/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports innovative ideas from any sector or discipline, which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. There are two types of late-stage awards that projects may be eligibl...
The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports innovative ideas from any sector or discipline, which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. There are two types of late-stage awards that projects may be eligible for: pre-experimental feasibility study awards and experimental development awards. For each type, we expect that all projects will be based on significant prior research, where the feasibility of the project has already been demonstrated. Pre-experimental feasibility study awards enable applicants to take a well-developed concept and demonstrate its effectiveness in a relevant environment. The award is designed to support applicants who are looking to evaluate the practical application of their new product, process or service. The objective of these late-stage feasibility studies is to help businesses to work collaboratively, with other industrial or research organisations, on research and development that requires a short period of further study AFTER a larger R&D project which may have been publicly funded or undertaken privately. Experimental development awards support the acquisition, combination, shaping and use of existing scientific, technological, business and other relevant knowledge and skills for the purpose of producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services. Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports innovative ideas from any sector or discipline, which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. There are two types of late-stage awards that projects may be eligibl...

Deadline

07/01/2015

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports innovative ideas from any sector or discipline, which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. Early-stage feasibility study awards are available to explore the com...
The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports innovative ideas from any sector or discipline, which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. Early-stage feasibility study awards are available to explore the commercial potential of an early-stage innovative idea. All projects must be based on prior underpinning research evidence. Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close 1 week before the competition application deadline.
The Agri-Tech Catalyst supports innovative ideas from any sector or discipline, which can help make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability. Early-stage feasibility study awards are available to explore the com...

Deadline

07/01/2015

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Travel

Synopsis

The Society for Experimental Biology offers travel grants to support Biologists who wish to attend a Conference, a workshop or gain research experience in the UK or abroad. The funding has been kindly offered to the Society by the Company of Biologis...
The Society for Experimental Biology offers travel grants to support Biologists who wish to attend a Conference, a workshop or gain research experience in the UK or abroad. The funding has been kindly offered to the Society by the Company of Biologists which also supports its meetings and offers reduced subscriptions to its journals. Applicants can request a maximum of £500. Application deadlines: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
The Society for Experimental Biology offers travel grants to support Biologists who wish to attend a Conference, a workshop or gain research experience in the UK or abroad. The funding has been kindly offered to the Society by the Company of Biologis...

Deadline

31/12/2014

Funding Body

Society for Experimental Biology

Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

Apply at any time Aim: To pump-prime collaborations between scientists in the UK and the São Paulo State, Brazil To promote the exchange of scientists and access to facilities and materials To encourage applications under the RCUK-FAPESP...
Apply at any time Aim: To pump-prime collaborations between scientists in the UK and the São Paulo State, Brazil To promote the exchange of scientists and access to facilities and materials To encourage applications under the RCUK-FAPESP lead agency agreement To enhance food security and bioenergy and industrial biotechnology research in the UK and Brazil
Apply at any time Aim: To pump-prime collaborations between scientists in the UK and the São Paulo State, Brazil To promote the exchange of scientists and access to facilities and materials To encourage applications under the RCUK-FAPESP...

Deadline

31/12/2014

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Travel

Synopsis

The call aims to help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Funding is limited to travel and subsistence costs only, and does not usually exce...
The call aims to help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Funding is limited to travel and subsistence costs only, and does not usually exceed ~£5k.  Applications can be made at any time but must be at least 6 weeks before travel.
The call aims to help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Funding is limited to travel and subsistence costs only, and does not usually exce...

Deadline

31/12/2014

Funding Body

BBSRC
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