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

Internship

Synopsis

The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its policy internships for NERC-funded PhD students. These enable NERC PhD award holders in their second or third year to undertake a three-month internship with an organisation involv...
The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its policy internships for NERC-funded PhD students. These enable NERC PhD award holders in their second or third year to undertake a three-month internship with an organisation involved in the scrutiny of government policy. Internships are available at one of four partner organisations:  •Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology - London;  •Scottish Parliament Information Centre - Edinburgh;  •The Research Service (National Assembly for Wales) - Cardiff;   Applicants are free to choose any area which falls within the NERC science remit for the topic of their POSTnote-style summary. The NERC remit is described by the following themes: climate science (including adaptation to climate change); biodiversity; sustainable use of natural resources; environment, pollution and human health; forecasting and mitigation of natural hazards; Earth system science (eg ocean and polar science) and environmental technologies. NERC-funded postgraduate students registered for a PhD who are currently engaged in their second or third year of full-time study at the time of application are eligible to apply. This includes students funded directly from a NERC doctoral training grant and students with at least 50 per cent funding from a NERC research centre. Successful applicants will receive a fully funded three-month extension to their PhD maintenance award, so their maintenance grant will be paid while based at the host organisation. Up to eight internships may be available this year.    
The Natural Environment Research Council invites applications for its policy internships for NERC-funded PhD students. These enable NERC PhD award holders in their second or third year to undertake a three-month internship with an organisation involv...

Deadline

17/06/2011

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

The Royal Society, in collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce plc, BP plc and Astra Zeneca, invites a...
The Royal Society, in collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce plc, BP plc and Astra Zeneca, invites applications for its industry fellowships. The scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK. It provides opportunities for an academic scientist to work on a collaborative project with industry, or someone employed in industry to work on a collaborative project with a university department or a not-for-profit research organisation. It is anticipated that fellows will establish personal and corporate links between the two sectors in the UK as a foundation for their long-term future development. All areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine, are eligible. Applicants can be of any nationality and should hold a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession and hold a permanent post in either a UK university, a not-for-profit research organisation or industry. Awards can be for any period up to two years full-time or pro rata. The fellow's salary only will be met during the secondment; the employing institution continues to pay national insurance and pension contributions. Research expenses may be claimed up to the value of £2,000 per year. Award type Mid-Career fellowships, Senior fellowships, Academic-Industry links, Networking/collaboration Eligibility Profile: Nationality of applicant institution United Kingdom Type of institution Non-Profit, Larger Company, Smaller Company, University      
The Royal Society, in collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, Rolls-Royce plc, BP plc and Astra Zeneca, invites a...

Deadline

06/06/2011

Funding Body

Royal Society

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Directorate-General for Environment invites proposals for European species assessments for pollinators and medicinal plants. The objective of this contract is the production of a set of European red lists according to IUCN criteria on pan-Europea...
The Directorate-General for Environment invites proposals for European species assessments for pollinators and medicinal plants. The objective of this contract is the production of a set of European red lists according to IUCN criteria on pan-European and EU level. The red lists cover the medicinal plants and the pollinators. European institutions and agencies, as well as international organisations, may apply. The total budget is €450,000 over 36 months.  OJ 2011/S 80-130816. CPV: 90700000.   Award budget total €450,000 Eligibility Profile: Nationality of applicant institution All European Nations Disciplines Pollen & Pollination, Plant Sciences, Environmental Studies, Environment, Ecosystem, Cataloging & Classification, Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14), Agriculture (RAE Unit 15), Environmental Sciences (RAE Unit 21), Library and Information Management (RAE Unit 61), Alternative Medicine
The Directorate-General for Environment invites proposals for European species assessments for pollinators and medicinal plants. The objective of this contract is the production of a set of European red lists according to IUCN criteria on pan-Europea...

Deadline

06/06/2011

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Department for International Development (DFID), in association with the Economic and Social Research Council, invites applications under its growth programme. The programme will fund world class scientific research on issues relating to inclusiv...
The Department for International Development (DFID), in association with the Economic and Social Research Council, invites applications under its growth programme. The programme will fund world class scientific research on issues relating to inclusive economic growth in low income countries, with high potential for impact on policy and practice. There will be three themes under this call:

•agriculture and growth;
• financial sector development and growth;

•innovation, diffusion and economic growth. Applications are invited for projects with a fEC value of in excess of £100,000. DFID expects to fund up to 30 research projects with an average size of £370,000 and a duration of between one and three years.
The Department for International Development (DFID), in association with the Economic and Social Research Council, invites applications under its growth programme. The programme will fund world class scientific research on issues relating to inclusiv...

Deadline

26/05/2011

Funding Body

ESRC

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

Proposal to address any topic with in the BBSRC portfolio ie research in plants; microbes; animals (including humans); and tools and technology underpinning biological research can be submitted to one of the BBSRC committees.  

Deadline

25/05/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and ten months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host insti...
The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and ten months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures.   Value The sum requested should reflect the individual circumstances of the visitor and the nature and duration of the proposed activities. A maintenance grant up to a level commensurate with the salary of a professor in the relevant field at the receiving institution may be requested. Economy travel costs to and from the UK will also be met. Requests for associated costs, if justified by the programme, may include, for example, travel within the UK, consumables, and essential technical assistance. Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here.   Duration A Visiting Professorship may last for between three and ten months inclusive. Please read the following before submitting and application.   Eligibility Application procedure   For any further queries contact Andreas Heiner (020 7042 9863).    
The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and ten months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host insti...

Deadline

12/05/2011

Funding Body

Leverhulme Trust

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued a call to tender for research on lowland peatland systems in England and Wales - evaluating greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances. Research is required to evaluate the greenhouse g...
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued a call to tender for research on lowland peatland systems in England and Wales - evaluating greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances. Research is required to evaluate the greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balance of lowland peatlands under different land uses and management practices. Projects should address: what the annual GHG emissions associated with different management techniques of lowland peat are; how different land use techniques compare in their storage and outputs of carbon and GHGs; the carbon storage ability and GHG emissions from lowland peatlands compared to that from upland peats. There are three work packages available: •reviewing the current knowledge base on lowland peatlands in England and Wales; •establishing GHG balances for lowland peatlands under different land use and management systems in England and Wales; •re-evaluating the review of the knowledge base in light of the findings of work project two.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued a call to tender for research on lowland peatland systems in England and Wales - evaluating greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances. Research is required to evaluate the greenhouse g...

Deadline

06/05/2011

Funding Body

Defra

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Technology Strategy Board, in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Government, is launching a a collaborative R&D competition wi...
The Technology Strategy Board, in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Government, is launching a a collaborative R&D competition with up to £15 million available to invest in projects focusing on the challenge of sustainable protein production. The competition will have two interrelated core themes:
•increasing domestic supply of sustainably produced vegetable protein for farmed animals (including land and marine based aquaculture);
•increasing production efficiency and sustainability of domestically supplied animal and fish protein for food, and reducing waste in the food chain to the point of retail sale. The projects should be business-led and seek to develop new products or processes.
The Technology Strategy Board, in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Government, is launching a a collaborative R&D competition wi...

Deadline

04/05/2011

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board
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