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

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

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research career development fellowships in basic biomedical science. These enable postdoctoral scientists to become independent researchers and undertake high-quality research. The proposed research sho...
The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research career development fellowships in basic biomedical science. These enable postdoctoral scientists to become independent researchers and undertake high-quality research. The proposed research should fall within the normal funding remit.
Applicants are expected to have science or veterinary qualifications and, at the preliminary application stage, should normally have between three and six years' research experience from the date of their doctoral degree.
Applicants should also have relevant connection to the European Economic Area and must have made intellectual contributions to research that have been published in leading journals. Each applicant must have an eligible sponsoring host institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland and an eligible sponsor who can guarantee space and resources for the tenure of any award.
Fellowships are tenable for five years and provide a basic salary, research expenses and costs for research assistance and travel. Deadline information Deadline: preliminary applications 4 April; invited full applications 1 July, 2011.   Disciplines Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Immunology, Population Studies (Medical), Emotional & Mental Health, Infectious Diseases & Agents, Public Health, Molecular & Cellular Entities, Medical Genetics, Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (RAE Unit 1), Community-based Clinical Subjects (RAE Unit 2), Hospital-based Clinical Subjects (RAE Unit 3), Physiology (RAE Unit 7), Agriculture (RAE Unit 15), Veterinary Science (RAE Unit 17)
The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research career development fellowships in basic biomedical science. These enable postdoctoral scientists to become independent researchers and undertake high-quality research. The proposed research sho...

Deadline

04/04/2011

Funding Body

Wellcome Trust

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

Number Offered: Approximately 40 Closing Information: The current round opens for applications on 31 January 2011. The closing date for the round of applications is 4 April 2011. Results Available: Results will be announced no sooner than end of...
Number Offered: Approximately 40 Closing Information: The current round opens for applications on 31 January 2011. The closing date for the round of applications is 4 April 2011. Results Available: Results will be announced no sooner than end of October 2011 International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy and the Royal Society. The Scheme has been established to select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world and enable them to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. The Scheme covers researchers in all disciplines covered by the two academies – physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. Objectives of the Newton International Fellowship Scheme: To ensure the UK engages with the best post-doctoral researchers, across all disciplines of physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities, from around the world. To provide an opportunity for post-doctoral researchers at an early career stage from any country outside the UK to work at a UK research institution for two years. To foster long-term relations between Newton Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme. The alumni programme will include the possible provision of further funding for Newton Fellows for up to 10 years for follow-on activities, to enable links with UK based researchers to be maintained and developed. This is expected to facilitate, in the longer term, improved access to international centres of excellence for UK-based researchers.   Subjects Covered: The two-year Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities Length of Tenure: 2 years, full-time Value of Grant: The Fellowships include £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. Funding, worth £6,000 per year for ten years after the Fellowship ends, may be available to support follow-on activities to enable Newton Fellows to build long-term links with the UK.  
Number Offered: Approximately 40 Closing Information: The current round opens for applications on 31 January 2011. The closing date for the round of applications is 4 April 2011. Results Available: Results will be announced no sooner than end of...

Deadline

04/04/2011

Funding Body

Royal Society

Category

Studentship

Synopsis

The British Lichen Society invites applications for its summer vacation scholarship. This enables a student to conduct a summer vacation project in some aspect of lichenology at a British academic or other research institution. This could involve, fo...
The British Lichen Society invites applications for its summer vacation scholarship. This enables a student to conduct a summer vacation project in some aspect of lichenology at a British academic or other research institution. This could involve, for example, their ecology, taxonomy, physiology, structure, evolution or chemistry, or an area of particular local interest.   Suitable candidates are likely to be higher education/university students. The application is made on behalf of the student by a member of the society, who is likely to be a member of university/higher education or museum staff.   The scholarship is worth ¬£180 per week for up to 10 weeks, plus a small grant towards the cost of materials up to ¬£2,000
The British Lichen Society invites applications for its summer vacation scholarship. This enables a student to conduct a summer vacation project in some aspect of lichenology at a British academic or other research institution. This could involve, fo...

Deadline

31/03/2011

Funding Body

British Lichen Society
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