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

Studentship

Synopsis

Deadline 28th July 2011 4pm Proposals can be submitted by either an industrial company (or an alternative eligible non-academic partner - see guidance below) or an individual academic supervisor. Please ensure that proposed projects are within our r...
Deadline 28th July 2011 4pm Proposals can be submitted by either an industrial company (or an alternative eligible non-academic partner - see guidance below) or an individual academic supervisor. Please ensure that proposed projects are within our remit to avoid the proposal being rejected. Queries regarding remit should be sent to remit@bbsrc.ac.uk. This allows flexibility for either: 1. Company-led proposal (citing an academic partner) Research project of value to the company Collaborating with academic research groups Contribute to development of key research skills needed by UK bio-industry   2. Academic-led proposal (citing an industrial partner) Establishes high quality collaborative training project Students experience different research environments Supports knowledge exchange with a commercial collaborator   Number of awards Funding for up to ninety 4-year studentships is available. They will be awarded in the form of flexible Training Grants (TGs) commencing in the 2012-13 academic year. Rather than funding individual studentships, TGs provide funding in the form of a single training grant to the academic partner. This gives the department considerable flexibility in how it chooses to use the funding, in discussion with the industrial partner, for example: Flexible start dates for students Ability to part-fund studentships with other sponsors Joint funding of studentships with another Research Council Offering 3-year studentships where appropriate with the flexibility to use funding across different headings Financial and other contributions to be made by the company All Industrial CASE research students are based at a university (or other eligible research organisation), but must spend part of their time with the company. It is expected that the company will provide a placement for a period of between 6 and 18 months. The company is required to ensure sufficient time is allocated during the placement to fulfil all aspects of the training being provided. This should include wider business-related training for the student in, for example: Project-management Business strategy Finance The company must make financial contributions to the training of the student: An annual contribution to the academic institution towards the cost of the project. Minimum of £1,400 per annum on commencement of studentship and anniversary of start date All additional expenses, such as the cost of travel and accommodation, incurred by the student as a direct result of attendance at the premises of the company A mandatory cash payment, direct to the student, of at least £2,500 per annum. The company may increase the stipend above this minimum level   Eligibility Proposals must include an academic supervisor at an eligible UK university or research institute and a supervisor at the industrial company. Either party can take the lead in submitting the proposal. Before preparing and submitting a proposal it is imperative that you ensure that the industrial company and academic institution are both eligible. Note: where a company is less than five years old and is not currently in receipt of BBSRC funding you must contact BBSRC for advice before completing a proposal. UK-based organisations can be considered as the non-academic partner if they can provide students with distinctive research training and experience not available in an academic setting. Organisations eligible for Research Council funding cannot act as a non-academic partner. Where the non-academic partner is a company, it must have an established UK-based research and/or commercial production capability. In exceptional cases, organisations based overseas may be eligible, but only where they can provide the student with an opportunity to gain skills not currently available in the UK. If eligibility remains unclear, applicants should make contact before submitting a proposal. The assessment criteria for the competition, including the BBSRC/EPSRC/MRC Vision for CASE are given in Annex 1 of the information pack, available in the downloads section.   How to apply Proposals should be made through the Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Applicants should refer to the detailed Je-S help text for each section of the proposal form available in Annex 2 of the information pack. Proposals also require a number of document attachments: Postgraduate performance indicators (exactly 1) Company details (exactly 1) A covering letter may also be submitted if desired Attachment templates are available in the downloads section.   Queries If you experience difficulties using Je-S or have questions regarding its use, the helpdesk can be contacted Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm UK time (excluding bank holidays and other holidays): E-mail: JeSHelp@rcuk.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1793 444164 [out of hours please leave a voicemail message]
Deadline 28th July 2011 4pm Proposals can be submitted by either an industrial company (or an alternative eligible non-academic partner - see guidance below) or an individual academic supervisor. Please ensure that proposed projects are within our r...

Deadline

28/07/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its industry interchange programme. The programme supports the short-term exchange, in either direction, of researchers between the science base and industry. The aim...
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its industry interchange programme. The programme supports the short-term exchange, in either direction, of researchers between the science base and industry. The aim is to provide strategic advantage to the UK science base and industry arising from reciprocal access to facilities, expertise or knowledge, and an increased understanding of scientific issues of common concern. The programme is open to researchers within UK universities or BBSRC-sponsored institutes and UK industry. Participants should be qualified to PhD level or have relevant experience to undertake the planned work. Awards are typically worth up to £50,000. Eligibility Profile: Nationality of applicant institution United Kingdom. Type of institution Larger Company, Smaller Company, Public Sector or Government Organisation, University Disciplines Animal Science, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Physiology, Human, Plant Sciences, Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14), Agriculture (RAE Unit 15), Veterinary Science (RAE Unit 17)
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its industry interchange programme. The programme supports the short-term exchange, in either direction, of researchers between the science base and industry. The aim...

Deadline

19/07/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Nuffield believe that all countries need qualified professional personnel for economic development and delivery of health, education and other services. Through the Africa Programme, Nuffield invest in UK/Africa partnerships to increase the professio...
Nuffield believe that all countries need qualified professional personnel for economic development and delivery of health, education and other services. Through the Africa Programme, Nuffield invest in UK/Africa partnerships to increase the professional and academic training available for people in eastern and southern Africa. The Africa Programme is jointly funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the Commonwealth Relations Trust. The Commonwealth Relations Trust is a subsidiary Trust of the Nuffield Foundation, with an endowment of £8 million. The Africa Programme replaces the Commonwealth Programme - the Foundation's previous international grants programme. The Africa Programme supports the development of research and professional expertise required for African countries to grow their economies and deliver health, education and other services. Skills and knowledge are essential if countries are to find their own solutions to their own problems in areas such as health, food security and energy. With scientific skills and knowledge, African countries can begin to make the most of their natural resources, and utilise technology to accelerate economic growth. And with the development and implementation of good policies for service delivery, based on evidence of what works and what does not, essential basic services can be provided for all. Nuffield fund UK and African universities and/or NGOs working in partnership, often together with African government departments or quasi-government bodies such as training and research institutions, to develop training initiatives in science, technology and public service provision. Nuffield also initiate funding collaborations with other foundations to support larger schemes to increase African research capacity. If you are interested in applying you should see whether your project is eligible and then follow the application process .   The Africa Programme operates within defined geographic and thematic areas, funding projects that: benefit Southern or Eastern Africa; develop training initiatives that focus primarily on health, science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Proposals in education, law and social welfare may also be considered; build expertise at research and professional level.   Only UK-based non-profit organisations - academic institutions and NGOs - can apply for funding from the Programme. These organisations must have well-established links with partner organisations in the country/region where the proposed work is to take place and must have developed the proposal together with these partners. The Programme supports a range of project sizes, from small pilot projects of £5,000 to medium-sized projects or self-contained elements of larger projects of up to £150,000. In some circumstances Nuffield may consider funding subsequent stages or developments of projects previously supported. Applications for co-funding are welcome, for example, where the Programme would fund the training element of a larger project.   Will fund Actual salary costs of partner UK and overseas staff and consultants directly delivering the project. Rent and other premises costs in-country Training costs – tuition fees, accommodation, living costs, travel etc. Please note that we will not contribute towards the salaries of trainees/participants or the salaries of their replacements, nor will we pay a per diem on top of actual living costs. Travel costs of partner staff both within country and between UK and project country. Internal monitoring and evaluation costs Direct administrative and office expenses of UK and overseas partners. Please note that the Foundation does not pay a straight percentage overhead.   Won't fund General appeals Activities that are primarily about community development, advocacy and rights-based work. Work that has already begun, unless it is for an identifiably new phase. Applications primarily concerned with the career development of individuals. Support for in-country projects with no direct UK involvement. Support for the day to day running costs of existing organisations or services. Administrative costs that are not directly related to the application. Other costs not listed above, such as capital costs of equipment etc, will be considered on a case by case basis.      
Nuffield believe that all countries need qualified professional personnel for economic development and delivery of health, education and other services. Through the Africa Programme, Nuffield invest in UK/Africa partnerships to increase the professio...

Deadline

08/07/2011

Funding Body

Nuffield

Category

Synopsis

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are seeking research proposals on behalf of the integrated biorefinery technologies initiative research and technology club. The clu...
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are seeking research proposals on behalf of the integrated biorefinery technologies initiative research and technology club. The club is a £6 million, five-year partnership between BBSRC, a consortium of leading companies, and the bioscience for business knowledge transfer network aimed at developing biological processes and feedstocks to reduce the current dependence on fossil fuels as a source of chemicals, materials and fuel. The IBTI club supports industrially relevant, innovative, basic biological research in biorefining technologies. Proposals should focus on the following research themes: •optimising feedstock composition; •integrative bioprocessing; •enhancing product value. The science proposed must fall within the remit of BBSRC or EPSRC. The call is open to UK higher education institutions, independent research organisations and BBSRC-sponsored institutes. Award budget total £6,000,000 Disciplines Agricultural Products, Physical Properties, Feed Science, Feed Grains, Biotechnology, Enzymes, Enzymes Catalysis, Microbial Processes, Production & Refining, Biomass Fuels, Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14), Agriculture (RAE Unit 15), Food Science and Technology (RAE Unit 16), Chemistry (RAE Unit 18)
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are seeking research proposals on behalf of the integrated biorefinery technologies initiative research and technology club. The clu...

Deadline

05/07/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Travel

Synopsis

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Indian National Science Academy, invites applications under its exchange programme to India. This programme offers grants to facilitate, encourage and support collaboration between research gr...
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Indian National Science Academy, invites applications under its exchange programme to India. This programme offers grants to facilitate, encourage and support collaboration between research groups in Scotland and India. Applications are considered in all areas of science and technology. Grants are for short-term visits of one to four weeks, the key objectives being to enhance the research capabilities of researchers, develop international collaborative links and enable participation in international programmes. Applicants must be working in a Scottish research institution and have at least a PhD or equivalent at the time of travel. Award type Travel for research purposes, Directed grants for individual investigators, Networking/collaboration Disciplines Agriculture, Animal Science, Engineering, Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Biomedical, Medical Sciences, Health, Science & Technology, Maths, Computing, Plant Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14), Agriculture (RAE Unit 15), Veterinary Science (RAE Unit 17), Chemistry (RAE Unit 18), Physics (RAE Unit 19), Earth Sciences (RAE Unit 20), Environmental Sciences (RAE Unit 21), Pure Mathematics (RAE Unit 22), Applied Mathematics (RAE Unit 23), Statistics and Operational Research (RAE Unit 24), Computer Science (RAE Unit 25), General Engineering (RAE Unit 26), Chemical Engineering (RAE Unit 27), Civil Engineering (RAE Unit 28), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (RAE Unit 29), Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (RAE Unit 30), Mineral and Mining Engineering (RAE Unit 31), Metallurgy and Materials (RAE Unit 32), Technology
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Indian National Science Academy, invites applications under its exchange programme to India. This programme offers grants to facilitate, encourage and support collaboration between research gr...

Deadline

01/07/2011

Funding Body

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research.   Grants are for a minimum of £25,000 for directly incurred costs (total of costs under this heading). The primary criterion for assessment is scientifi...
This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research.   Grants are for a minimum of £25,000 for directly incurred costs (total of costs under this heading). The primary criterion for assessment is scientific excellence, with all applications subjected to an Initial Review stage that makes decisions on which proposals should proceed to external review. Moderating Panels meet annually in June and December to grade the applications and make recommendations for funding.
This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research.   Grants are for a minimum of £25,000 for directly incurred costs (total of costs under this heading). The primary criterion for assessment is scientifi...

Deadline

01/07/2011

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

Consortium grants support focused, co-ordinated and collaborative research into issues that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding mechanisms. Whilst the consortium rounds are supported through responsive mode funding, the size and nature of...
Consortium grants support focused, co-ordinated and collaborative research into issues that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding mechanisms. Whilst the consortium rounds are supported through responsive mode funding, the size and nature of these awards mean that they will often incidentally have a strong strategic element. Applicants must first submit a concept note for approval by Science & Innovation Managers. The maximum limit on proposals is £3·7m, 100% (Full Economic Cost) for up to five years. Applications will be sent to external review and applicants may be asked to give a verbal presentation to the moderating panel.
Consortium grants support focused, co-ordinated and collaborative research into issues that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding mechanisms. Whilst the consortium rounds are supported through responsive mode funding, the size and nature of...

Deadline

01/07/2011

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

In order to bring together industry and the research community to support research in the area of crop improvement BBSRC, the Scottish Government and industry launched the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC). The Club addresses research challenges ...
In order to bring together industry and the research community to support research in the area of crop improvement BBSRC, the Scottish Government and industry launched the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC). The Club addresses research challenges in barley, oilseed rape and wheat and their use in the production of food and drink for humans and feed for animals. CIRC currently has 14 company members who contribute to funding research and take part in directing the Club’s activities. CIRC has a total budget of approximately £7.06 M. (£560k of which comes from industrial membership subscriptions, £500k from the Scottish Government and £6.0 M from the BBSRC). There is approximately £3.5M to be awarded through this second call for proposals. CIRC works closely with other funding initiatives such as the Technology Strategy Board's Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform and the relevant Defra Genetic Improvement Networks to ensure that activities are complementary and capitalise on opportunities to work collaboratively. A full description of the scope of this call can be downloaded from the BBSRC's webpage at www.bbsrc.ac.uk/circ. Research proposals are sought for funding for up to five years. It is likely that the aims of CIRC can best be achieved by an interdisciplinary approach. Collaborative applications which bring together groups with relevant expertise are therefore particularly encouraged. The call will involve a two stage application process with an initial outline stage followed by a full stage for invited submissions only. The deadline for outline applications is 29 June 2011.  
In order to bring together industry and the research community to support research in the area of crop improvement BBSRC, the Scottish Government and industry launched the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC). The Club addresses research challenges ...

Deadline

29/06/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC
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