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Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Funded by BBSRC and delivered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Fellow (ei...
Funded by BBSRC and delivered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Fellow (either individually or with others) and within which the Fellow would be expected to play a leading (though not necessarily the leading) role. Fellowships provide 1 year's salary to develop a full business plan and seek investment, access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors, and business training.
Funded by BBSRC and delivered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Fellow (ei...

Deadline

27/04/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Prizes

Synopsis

This scheme is for scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation. The scheme covers natural sciences, excluding medical devices. The applicant must have a PhD or be ...
This scheme is for scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation. The scheme covers natural sciences, excluding medical devices. The applicant must have a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession, hold a substantive post in either a university or a not-for-profit research organisation in the UK and expect to be in post for at least the duration of the project. Deadline for applications is 23rd April 2015. The scheme provides an award of up to £250,000 (including VAT where applicable). Awards are not expected to exceed 24 months in duration.
This scheme is for scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation. The scheme covers natural sciences, excluding medical devices. The applicant must have a PhD or be ...

Deadline

23/04/2015

Funding Body

Royal Society

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Proposals should evaluate existing techniques and develop new and innovative approaches for efficient use of agricultural waste, co-products and by-products, thereby contributing to the creation of sustainable value chains in the farming and processi...
Proposals should evaluate existing techniques and develop new and innovative approaches for efficient use of agricultural waste, co-products and by-products, thereby contributing to the creation of sustainable value chains in the farming and processing sectors (including the organic sector). A range of sector-specific case studies (in terms of sources of waste and uses as well as geographic coverage) should serve to test and take up proposed approaches and technologies. Research and innovation efforts should address crop co-products/by-products/waste as well as manure/effluents.  On straw and other crop residues (including in mixture with manure), proposals should develop environmental safeguards such as sustainable extraction rates as well as guidance on optimal use of crop residues (in particular straw) for soil improvement, taking into account the need to maintain soil organic matter levels, and on farming practices to harvest and handle crop residues for alternative purposes.
Proposals should evaluate existing techniques and develop new and innovative approaches for efficient use of agricultural waste, co-products and by-products, thereby contributing to the creation of sustainable value chains in the farming and processi...

Deadline

21/04/2015

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Agriculture generates co-products, by-products and waste streams that are currently not properly taken care of both in environmental and economic terms. In plant production (e.g. from arable, horticulture, fruit, wine, grassland sectors and agro-fore...
Agriculture generates co-products, by-products and waste streams that are currently not properly taken care of both in environmental and economic terms. In plant production (e.g. from arable, horticulture, fruit, wine, grassland sectors and agro-forestry systems), losses take place at the farm and post-harvest levels and also down the chain at the level of the retail sector. Co-products or by-products are generated, for instance in the wine sector, which require sustainable use. Straw has been given significant attention in the last years as biomass feedstock and potential trade-offs with its relevance for soil improvement need to be considered.  Two-stage process: STAGE 1 DEADLINE 21st April 2015.
Agriculture generates co-products, by-products and waste streams that are currently not properly taken care of both in environmental and economic terms. In plant production (e.g. from arable, horticulture, fruit, wine, grassland sectors and agro-fore...

Deadline

21/04/2015

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Authority is looking for suppliers to design an evaluation framework and to then carry out a multi-method, inter-disciplinary evaluation of Plant Health Enhanced Inspection and Surveillance. The evaluation should as far as possible determine the ...
The Authority is looking for suppliers to design an evaluation framework and to then carry out a multi-method, inter-disciplinary evaluation of Plant Health Enhanced Inspection and Surveillance. The evaluation should as far as possible determine the effectiveness of the Programme as a whole and should also inform ongoing policy and operational design and decision-making to safeguard the health of plants in Great Britain. It is considered that this project should be led by an organisation with experience in evaluation of complex policy areas. There is no requirement for specialist knowledge relating to plant health policy, or inspection and surveillance, as this input can be provided by the evaluation working group. View "current opportunities" and search for "Project: project_1315". Deadline to submit interest in the project is 17th April 2015 at 12:00.
The Authority is looking for suppliers to design an evaluation framework and to then carry out a multi-method, inter-disciplinary evaluation of Plant Health Enhanced Inspection and Surveillance. The evaluation should as far as possible determine the ...

Deadline

17/04/2015

Funding Body

Defra

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

GROW is the UK’s first Agri-Tech Business Plan Competition, and is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurial thinking into the industry. The objective of GROW is to encourage innovative, investable commercial concepts that will have the potential to be...
GROW is the UK’s first Agri-Tech Business Plan Competition, and is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurial thinking into the industry. The objective of GROW is to encourage innovative, investable commercial concepts that will have the potential to become new businesses. All those that register an expression of interest will benefit from the support of an experienced mentor to help them to develop the business plan. The winners are eligible for a cash prize of £1000 first prize and £500 second prize and can select further business support from a menu of options designed to help accelerate their businesses, The competition will run from November 2014 to April 15th 2015. Applicants must register an expression of interest by March 1st 2015 and will be assigned an expert mentor to talk through the competition and help them develop their idea and the plan. Applicants that have not pre-registered are not eligible to submit a plan to the competition.
GROW is the UK’s first Agri-Tech Business Plan Competition, and is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurial thinking into the industry. The objective of GROW is to encourage innovative, investable commercial concepts that will have the potential to be...

Deadline

15/04/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLas) grants call is held annually and supports integrated research projects requiring long timescales, extensive resources and/or multidisciplinary approaches. All sLoLa applications must address at least one of th...
The Strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLas) grants call is held annually and supports integrated research projects requiring long timescales, extensive resources and/or multidisciplinary approaches. All sLoLa applications must address at least one of the strategic research priorities for responsive mode grant applications, which are described on our website (see related links). Where appropriate, as well as addressing one or more of our strategic research priorities (see related links), proposals are welcomed which also address the Council's 'building partnerships' priorities (collaborative research with users, research to inform public policy or increased international collaboration). 2015/2016 Outline call specific strategic area: Understanding complex microbial communities.
The Strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLas) grants call is held annually and supports integrated research projects requiring long timescales, extensive resources and/or multidisciplinary approaches. All sLoLa applications must address at least one of th...

Deadline

14/04/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Travel

Synopsis

The David Miller Travel Bursary Award aims to give two young plant scientists or horticulturists the opportunity of overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. The Award was set up in honour of David Miller MBE. Applicants should ...
The David Miller Travel Bursary Award aims to give two young plant scientists or horticulturists the opportunity of overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. The Award was set up in honour of David Miller MBE. Applicants should be in the second or final year of a higher education qualification (BSc, HND, Kew Diploma etc) or studying for an MSc or PhD. Applicants must be students registered for courses in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Applications can relate to any area of horticulture or plant science and, since 2015 is the International Year of Soils (http://www.soils.org.uk/international-year-soils-2015-0), applications related to the soil are encouraged. However, as usual, all applications will be judged purely on merit.
The David Miller Travel Bursary Award aims to give two young plant scientists or horticulturists the opportunity of overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers. The Award was set up in honour of David Miller MBE. Applicants should ...

Deadline

13/04/2015

Funding Body

Society of Chemical Industry
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