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Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

 SPARK Awards are £5k grants to encourage new collaborations between the research community and Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is the intention that small confidence building measures such as a SPARK award will encourage a l...
 SPARK Awards are £5k grants to encourage new collaborations between the research community and Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is the intention that small confidence building measures such as a SPARK award will encourage a longer term relationship between the SME and research-based partner.  
 SPARK Awards are £5k grants to encourage new collaborations between the research community and Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is the intention that small confidence building measures such as a SPARK award will encourage a l...

Deadline

26/06/2014

Funding Body

The Technology Strategy Board

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

Background: Launched to coincide with our 20th anniversary,  the Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship (AFLF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The AFLF will sup...
Background: Launched to coincide with our 20th anniversary,  the Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship (AFLF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The AFLF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. As such AFLFs represent part of our commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional scientists to the UK. Aimed at: Early career researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory. Applicants will have demonstrated high potential and have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience. The call is also open to current PhD students who are expected to have completed their PhD viva exam prior to announcement of the awarded AFLFs (30 November 2014).
Background: Launched to coincide with our 20th anniversary,  the Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship (AFLF) will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The AFLF will sup...

Deadline

26/06/2014

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Registration closes: 18th June 2014. Deadline: Noon on 25th June 2014. The Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are to invest up to £2.75m in collaborative feasibility studi...
Registration closes: 18th June 2014. Deadline: Noon on 25th June 2014. The Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are to invest up to £2.75m in collaborative feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four technology areas that will enable and underpin UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics, and information and communications technology (ICT).   Our aim is to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are well equipped, and suitably integrated within supply chains, to respond to market opportunities across a range of economic sectors.    Projects must be led by a small or micro company, in collaboration with one or more business or research partners. We expect projects to range from total costs of £50k to £150k, and to last from six to 15 months.    We expect to fund feasibility studies (pre-industrial research projects), in which a business partner will generally attract up to 65% public funding for their project costs (75% for SMEs).
Registration closes: 18th June 2014. Deadline: Noon on 25th June 2014. The Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are to invest up to £2.75m in collaborative feasibility studi...

Deadline

25/06/2014

Funding Body

The Technology Strategy Board

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, published in July 2013, committed £90m to establish centres for agricultural innovation. The aim of this agri-tech strategy is to encourage businesses to develop, adapt and exploit new technologies. It ...
The UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, published in July 2013, committed £90m to establish centres for agricultural innovation. The aim of this agri-tech strategy is to encourage businesses to develop, adapt and exploit new technologies. It was agreed that the first centre would be for agricultural informatics and sustainability metrics. The Government will invest up to £10m of capital funding in the venture over five years, and we expect that this will be matched by up to £10m from industry. This world-class centre will benefit the whole agri-tech sector. It will become a repository for and a single point of access to relevant data sets, as well as being a centre of excellence for sustainability metrics and ‘big data' mining, integration and analysis. We envisage that the centre will be set up and operated by a single consortium of publicly and privately-funded organisations, and that small and medium-sized businesses will play an influential role.
The UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, published in July 2013, committed £90m to establish centres for agricultural innovation. The aim of this agri-tech strategy is to encourage businesses to develop, adapt and exploit new technologies. It ...

Deadline

18/06/2014

Funding Body

The Technology Strategy Board

Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £16.5m in business pro...
The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £16.5m in business projects to tackle challenges posed by crop and livestock diseases. Effective control of agricultural disease plays an essential role in realising the yield and market potential of crop and livestock production systems. This competition will stimulate innovative technologies and approaches that optimise yield and quality by targeting bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens. We will also support technologies that improve prediction, identification and detection of pathogens for better disease management and raw material quality as well as reduced losses during postharvest storage. Project proposals must be business-led and collaborative and are open to businesses of any size and research organisations. We are primarily seeking to fund industrial research, with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). We expect most projects to range in size from £500k to £2m although we may consider projects outside this range. This collaborative R&D competition is a two-stage process and opens on 6 May 2014. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is at noon on 18 June 2014.
The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £16.5m in business pro...

Deadline

18/06/2014

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £16.5m in busi...
The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £16.5m in business projects to tackle challenges posed by crop and livestock diseases.      Effective control of agricultural disease plays an essential role in realising the yield and market potential of crop and livestock production systems. This competition will stimulate innovative technologies and approaches that optimise yield and quality by targeting bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens.      We will also support technologies that improve prediction, identification and detection of pathogens for better disease management and raw material quality as well as reduced losses during postharvest storage.
The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £16.5m in busi...

Deadline

18/06/2014

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board/Defra/BBSRC/Scottish Gov

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by the Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to global agricultural challenges.

Deadline

11/06/2014

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Training

Synopsis

The British Council has re-opened the call for workshop proposals under the Researcher Links initiative. We are inviting Leading Researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of the 18 partner countries (see below), ...
The British Council has re-opened the call for workshop proposals under the Researcher Links initiative. We are inviting Leading Researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of the 18 partner countries (see below), which will bring together early-career researchers to discuss their research and start to build international relationships. Successful workshops will receive funding, and the applicants (Leading Researchers) will, with the exception of certain countries, be responsible for organising the workshop. Some countries have priority areas, and only themes within these will be considered.
The British Council has re-opened the call for workshop proposals under the Researcher Links initiative. We are inviting Leading Researchers to propose themes for bilateral workshops to be held in one of the 18 partner countries (see below), ...

Deadline

09/06/2014

Funding Body

The British Council
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