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.

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Responsive mode

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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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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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Synopsis

Outline application deadline: 31 March 2011, 4pm BST (3pm GMT) Summary This is a joint call for collaborative projects under the Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development (SCPRID) initiative. Up to £20M is available throug...
Outline application deadline: 31 March 2011, 4pm BST (3pm GMT) Summary This is a joint call for collaborative projects under the Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development (SCPRID) initiative. Up to £20M is available through the initiative, funded by:   BBSRC Department for International Development Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - USA Department of Biotechnology of India's Ministry of Science and Technology Indian Council of Agricultural Research Scope The focus of the programme is on research to understand and counter the effects of abiotic (drought, temperature, salinity, nutrient deficiency etc) and biotic stresses (pathogens, pests, weeds) - including combinations of stresses - that constrain food crop production in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.   Emphasis will be placed on the following staple crops:   Cassava Maize Rice Sorghum Wheat A proportion (~15%) of the available funding will be allocated for work on other important crops but support is unlikely to be provided for research on 'niche' crops with the potential to enhance the livelihoods of only small groups of people.   Research supported through this programme must be of excellent scientific quality and demonstrate clear development relevance. Projects are also required to provide the basis for forging mutually-beneficial scientific partnerships between the UK and developing countries.   The call consists of two components:   Standard Research Grants (SRGs) led by a Principal Investigator (PI) from any eligible institution. Projects for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs): a small number of grants (circa 5-10) will be awarded for four-year projects the lead PI is an early-to-mid career scientist from a developing country of Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. Unlike SRGs, PEARLs will include funding to cover the full-time salary costs of the lead PI for the duration of the project. Eligibility Please refer to the Eligibility and Funding sections (paragraphs 11-20) of the call text document in the downloads section above.   How to apply For full details of the call and further information on how to apply see the SCPRID call text document in the downloads section above.   Timetable Launch of call for outline proposals 10 January 2011 Application deadline for outline proposals 31 March 2011 Assessment of outline proposals Mid-May 2011 Invitation of full applications End-May 2011 Application deadline for full applications End-July 2011 Assessment of full applications End-Nov 2011  
Outline application deadline: 31 March 2011, 4pm BST (3pm GMT) Summary This is a joint call for collaborative projects under the Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development (SCPRID) initiative. Up to £20M is available throug...

Deadline

31/03/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC (joint call)

Category

Synopsis

Grants of £3,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including...
Grants of £3,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfill this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.
Grants of £3,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including...

Deadline

31/03/2011

Funding Body

DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Category

Synopsis

Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together, preferably in the context of an institutional relationship. Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in most academic, p...
Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together, preferably in the context of an institutional relationship. Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in most academic, professional, arts, cultural and educational fields. (Support for scientific collaborations is separately provided through The Royal Society-Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Joint Project Grants scheme.)
Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together, preferably in the context of an institutional relationship. Daiwa Foundation Awards can cover projects in most academic, p...

Deadline

31/03/2011

Funding Body

DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation
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