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

Grants of up to £2,000 supporting research projects in botany or zoology, by Fellows or Associates of the Society. The Appleyard Fund was established in 1968 from the estate of Percy Appleyard FLS. Currently up to £2,000 is available from which gra...
Grants of up to £2,000 supporting research projects in botany or zoology, by Fellows or Associates of the Society. The Appleyard Fund was established in 1968 from the estate of Percy Appleyard FLS. Currently up to £2,000 is available from which grants are made towards the expenses of research projects in the field of botany or zoology. Fellows and Associates of the Society who are not in full-time employment as biologists can apply. Registered students are not eligible to apply for this award.
Grants of up to £2,000 supporting research projects in botany or zoology, by Fellows or Associates of the Society. The Appleyard Fund was established in 1968 from the estate of Percy Appleyard FLS. Currently up to £2,000 is available from which gra...

Deadline

14/09/2015

Funding Body

Linnean Society

Category

Studentship

Synopsis

AHDB intends to fund around fifteen PhD studentships, starting in 2016, to deliver new experts and science with practical benefits. AHDB provides support to a number of postgraduate students who are engaged on research projects relevant to the a...
AHDB intends to fund around fifteen PhD studentships, starting in 2016, to deliver new experts and science with practical benefits. AHDB provides support to a number of postgraduate students who are engaged on research projects relevant to the agriculture and horticulture sectors which we represent. This invitation is open to all UK universities, colleges and research institutes, although it is expected that organisations will be able to demonstrate a record of excellence in the specific area of research as well as in providing high-quality and well-managed research degree programmes. The aim of this programme is to deliver useable scientific developments that are relevant to industry priorities and help develop the next generation of technical experts for the agriculture and horticulture industries. AHDB recognises that the Research Councils UK levels of funding represent a fair cost for a PhD studentship. Currently this is £23,109 per annum (comprising a stipend of £14,057, indicative fees of £4,052 and experimental costs of £5,000 based on BBSRC awards). It should be noted that not all AHDB divisions can fund at these levels and applicants should check the sector websites for the levels of award available. Applicants are expected to indicate their plans to meet any shortfall between the AHDB award available and these rates.
AHDB intends to fund around fifteen PhD studentships, starting in 2016, to deliver new experts and science with practical benefits. AHDB provides support to a number of postgraduate students who are engaged on research projects relevant to the a...

Deadline

14/09/2015

Funding Body

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

The Society provides grants to promote excellent ecological research, help fund training and travel and to communicate the science of ecology as widely as possible. Grants available include research grants up to £20,000, travel and training grants o...
The Society provides grants to promote excellent ecological research, help fund training and travel and to communicate the science of ecology as widely as possible. Grants available include research grants up to £20,000, travel and training grants of up to £1,000, outreach grants up to £2,000 and the Ecologists in Africa grant of £8,000 PLUS up to £2,000 to fund travel. The second funding round of 2015 is now open with a deadline of 5pm (BST), Friday 11 September. Application forms can be found on the relevant grant pages.
The Society provides grants to promote excellent ecological research, help fund training and travel and to communicate the science of ecology as widely as possible. Grants available include research grants up to £20,000, travel and training grants o...

Deadline

11/09/2015

Funding Body

British Ecological Society

Category

Outreach

Synopsis

The British Ecological Society encourages its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. To this end, we offer Outreach Grants of up to £2,000.The Society defines ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundan...
The British Ecological Society encourages its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. To this end, we offer Outreach Grants of up to £2,000.The Society defines ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. It is therefore essential that applications promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology. All objectives must be aimed at a non-academic audience and all projects must provide a clear demonstration of direct interaction with the public. To support projects that: Increase public understanding of, and engagement with ecology; Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society; Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested; Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.
The British Ecological Society encourages its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience. To this end, we offer Outreach Grants of up to £2,000.The Society defines ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundan...

Deadline

11/09/2015

Funding Body

British Ecological Society

Category

Prizes

Synopsis

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is a charitable trust whose primary purpose is to support innovation and knowledge transfer to the agricultural industry. We do that primarily through organising what is commonly regarded as the leading annual conf...
The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is a charitable trust whose primary purpose is to support innovation and knowledge transfer to the agricultural industry. We do that primarily through organising what is commonly regarded as the leading annual conference for agriculturalists in the UK, attracting top quality speakers from politics, academia, the farming community and the global food industry. To further develop the OFC’s charitable purpose, the annual ‘Practice with Science’ award in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE). The award recognises applied scientific work or inventions that have resulted in particular benefits to the agricultural industry. The aim is to encourage new thinking and innovation that results in practical advances or improvements in technical and economic efficiency, and the award is open to both individual researchers and businesses or institutions that commissioned the research.
The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is a charitable trust whose primary purpose is to support innovation and knowledge transfer to the agricultural industry. We do that primarily through organising what is commonly regarded as the leading annual conf...

Deadline

11/09/2015

Funding Body

Royal Agricultural Society of England

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

Proposals for European Fellowships involve a single host organisation (future beneficiary) established in a MS or AC. The project proposals are submitted by this host organisation, which is represented by the supervisor, in liaison with the researche...
Proposals for European Fellowships involve a single host organisation (future beneficiary) established in a MS or AC. The project proposals are submitted by this host organisation, which is represented by the supervisor, in liaison with the researcher. For European Fellowships the applicants can submit their proposals as Standard EF to one of the 8 main evaluation panels[1] or to one of the 2 multidisciplinary panels: Career Restart Panel (CAR) and Reintegration Panel (RI). The CAR panel provides financial support to individual researchers who want to resume research in Europe after a career break, while the RI panel is dedicated to researchers who want to return to Europe to reintegrate in a longer term research position. [1] Chemistry (CHE), Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC), Economic Sciences (ECO), Information Science and Engineering (ENG), Environment and Geosciences (ENV), Life Sciences (LIF), Mathematics (MAT), Physics (PHY).
Proposals for European Fellowships involve a single host organisation (future beneficiary) established in a MS or AC. The project proposals are submitted by this host organisation, which is represented by the supervisor, in liaison with the researche...

Deadline

10/09/2015

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

A number of Grand Challenges will form topics for challenge workshops in the form of creativity sandpits. Applicants (up to 40 participants) will be asked to describe what they can bring to the workshop and to show evidence of their willingness and e...
A number of Grand Challenges will form topics for challenge workshops in the form of creativity sandpits. Applicants (up to 40 participants) will be asked to describe what they can bring to the workshop and to show evidence of their willingness and experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. The network will offer up to £50k of pump-priming funds to multi-disciplinary teams that come up with new innovative ideas for tackling the challenge area.  The next call is for “Valorisation of lignocellulosic polysaccharides”. The aim of this workshop is to explore the potential for creating value from the polysaccharides of woody plant biomass. The workshop aims to bring together participants from industry and academia to explore ways in which valuable new polysaccharide derived products may be produced. Team up with partners from complimentary industries and leading researchers from academia to develop ideas for innovative processing routes. Attendees will be encouraged to apply for up to £50,000 in proof of concept funding to explore ideas originating in the workshop.
A number of Grand Challenges will form topics for challenge workshops in the form of creativity sandpits. Applicants (up to 40 participants) will be asked to describe what they can bring to the workshop and to show evidence of their willingness and e...

Deadline

09/09/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) has a fund of £800,000 for proof of concept research and we have now awarded £270,473 of this fund. Funds are open to Network members who are eligible to receive BBSRC funding. HVCfP aims to encourage novel,...
High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) has a fund of £800,000 for proof of concept research and we have now awarded £270,473 of this fund. Funds are open to Network members who are eligible to receive BBSRC funding. HVCfP aims to encourage novel, technology-based solutions to major industry problems whilst promoting scientific excellence. Therefore, our priority for awarding funds is for scientific excellence combined with research ideas that have clear potential for further funding or have a route to commercial translation. In addition, we encourage funding to be used to access technology providers or for collaborative work to enable rapid progression of research.
High Value Chemicals from Plants (HVCfP) has a fund of £800,000 for proof of concept research and we have now awarded £270,473 of this fund. Funds are open to Network members who are eligible to receive BBSRC funding. HVCfP aims to encourage novel,...

Deadline

08/09/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC
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