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.

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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 Follow-on funding programme is designed to support the translation of fundamental research funded by us into practical application, including commercialisation. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic be...
The Follow-on funding programme is designed to support the translation of fundamental research funded by us into practical application, including commercialisation. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic benefits of their research. This programme is a proof-of-concept model where further work on an idea will take it through to the stage at which the route to application is clear, which may include a spin-out or licensing opportunity. The programme enables activities essential to preparing a robust business plan and secure, where appropriate, further funding and support to progress. Opens: 14 September 2015.
The Follow-on funding programme is designed to support the translation of fundamental research funded by us into practical application, including commercialisation. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic be...

Deadline

11/11/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the Network. Vouchers are worth up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) maximum, and can support any defined piece of work by an academic par...
Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the Network. Vouchers are worth up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) maximum, and 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.
Business Interaction Vouchers (BIVs) support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the Network. Vouchers are worth up to £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) maximum, and can support any defined piece of work by an academic par...

Deadline

28/10/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Global Food Security (GFS) programme is pleased to launch a new 5-year interdisciplinary programme of research. The programme has been co-designed by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, Defra, FSA and the Scottish Government, in partnership with wider stakeholder...
The Global Food Security (GFS) programme is pleased to launch a new 5-year interdisciplinary programme of research. The programme has been co-designed by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, Defra, FSA and the Scottish Government, in partnership with wider stakeholders, to address a major food security challenge: ‘Resilience of the UK food system in a global context’.  BBSRC, NERC & ESRC are contributing £14M and further contributions are being considered by other GFS partners. The programme will integrate biological, environmental and social sciences to support interdisciplinary projects addressing key themes. Proposals that address aspects of more than one theme are strongly encouraged.
The Global Food Security (GFS) programme is pleased to launch a new 5-year interdisciplinary programme of research. The programme has been co-designed by BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, Defra, FSA and the Scottish Government, in partnership with wider stakeholder...

Deadline

27/10/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

David Phillips Fellowships (DPF) provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. Awards are for five years and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establis...
David Phillips Fellowships (DPF) provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. Awards are for five years and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1M (80% fEC). In addition to this investment, it is also expected that a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow be made by the host research organisation (e.g. in terms of access to facilities and equipment, training, research costs etc.).
David Phillips Fellowships (DPF) provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. Awards are for five years and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establis...

Deadline

21/10/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Up to £5k funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use design within your business. You c...
Up to £5k funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use design within your business. You can ask them to help you make the most of intellectual property (IP). You can also use Innovation Vouchers to buy time and support on specialist equipment or facilities.
Up to £5k funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use design within your business. You c...

Deadline

20/10/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Our FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills, developing bioscience research/researchers and addressing our strategic priorities. FLIP awards...
Our FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills, developing bioscience research/researchers and addressing our strategic priorities. FLIP awards provide flexible opportunities for individuals ("the interchangers") moving between different organisations, disciplines and sectors at all stages in their career beyond the PhD (or equivalent). Awards typically last up to 24 months, cost up to £150k in total at 80% fEC, be undertaken on a full-time, part-time or intermittent basis, cover a contribution to the salary of the interchangers, reasonable travel and subsistence and costs associated with the interchange.
Our FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) supports the movement of people from one environment to a different one to exchange knowledge/technology/skills, developing bioscience research/researchers and addressing our strategic priorities. FLIP awards...

Deadline

15/10/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Training

Synopsis

The BBSRC STARS programme aims to support the development of strategically important and vulnerable research skills and capabilities in the biosciences. Awards are available to develop postgraduate-level training in areas of significant need for clea...
The BBSRC STARS programme aims to support the development of strategically important and vulnerable research skills and capabilities in the biosciences. Awards are available to develop postgraduate-level training in areas of significant need for clearly defined academic and industrial sectors. Up to £250k is available per year to support training activities through the STARS programme. There will be three calls per year. Awards are flexible and may be used to support strategic and vulnerable skills for a short, discrete period or for up to three years of recurrent funding.
The BBSRC STARS programme aims to support the development of strategically important and vulnerable research skills and capabilities in the biosciences. Awards are available to develop postgraduate-level training in areas of significant need for clea...

Deadline

15/10/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

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 demons...
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. Opens: 25 Jun 2015. Registration closes: 07 Oct 2015, 12:00. Competition closes: 14 Oct 2015, 12:00.
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 demons...

Deadline

14/10/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK
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