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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By simply selecting from the options above you’ll be able to find calls and initiatives in a particular area, from a particular funder or in a specific category such as fellowships. You can also search for opportunities by deadline e.g. 1 month from now.

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

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

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

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 majo...
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.
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 majo...

Deadline

08/09/2015

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Travel

Synopsis

The Society for Experimental Biology are offering four travel bursaries (up to £500 each) to help students and early career scientists attend and present their work at the The Society for Experimental Biology are offering four travel bursaries (up to £500 each) to help students and early career scientists attend and present their work at the SEB/GPC Stress Resilience Forum on 23rd – 25th October 2015 in Iguassu Falls, Brazil.
The Society for Experimental Biology are offering four travel bursaries (up to £500 each) to help students and early career scientists attend and present their work at the

Deadline

03/09/2015

Funding Body

Society for Experimental Biology

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

Investment of up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communicatio...
Investment of up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communication technology (ICT). This competition opens on 18 May 2015, and the deadline for applications is at noon on 9 September 2015. There will be a briefing day for potential applicants in London on 20 May 2015.
Investment of up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communicatio...

Deadline

02/09/2015

Funding Body

Innovate UK

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

NERC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) are inviting research proposals under this 'Understanding and Sustaining Brazilian Biome Resources' call. This call is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund which forms part of the UK governm...
NERC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) are inviting research proposals under this 'Understanding and Sustaining Brazilian Biome Resources' call. This call is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund which forms part of the UK governments Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and is only open to joint UK-Brazil applications. The closing date for applications: 16:00 UK local time (GMT+1) on Wednesday 2 September 2015.
NERC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) are inviting research proposals under this 'Understanding and Sustaining Brazilian Biome Resources' call. This call is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund which forms part of the UK governm...

Deadline

02/09/2015

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Outreach

Synopsis

Sponsorship of up to £500 to assist with the organization of single lectures or small events at an institution of Higher Education e.g. postgraduate research days, one-day mini symposia, not falling under the umbrella of our Independent Meetings fun...
Sponsorship of up to £500 to assist with the organization of single lectures or small events at an institution of Higher Education e.g. postgraduate research days, one-day mini symposia, not falling under the umbrella of our Independent Meetings fund. Application for sponsorship of events that are are cross-institutional or student focused will be looked upon more favourably. Note that this fund does NOT support events for school students, which are covered under Scientific Outreach Grants. Applications considered 3 times/year (06/01, 01/05, 01/09). Successful applicants will be advised approximately three weeks after the deadline. Applicants must be a member of the Biochemical Society.
Sponsorship of up to £500 to assist with the organization of single lectures or small events at an institution of Higher Education e.g. postgraduate research days, one-day mini symposia, not falling under the umbrella of our Independent Meetings fun...

Deadline

01/09/2015

Funding Body

Biochemical Society

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

White tip, caused by Phytophthora porri, causes severe foliar symptoms on UK leek crops when environmental conditions are most conducive to disease spread and development. White tip has become more of a problem in the UK as leek production has incre...
White tip, caused by Phytophthora porri, causes severe foliar symptoms on UK leek crops when environmental conditions are most conducive to disease spread and development. White tip has become more of a problem in the UK as leek production has increased and the availability of suitable fungicides for control has decreased in recent years due to legislation. The disease manifests itself as areas of bleaching, predominantly at the leaf tips, but which can extend further under favourable disease conditions e.g. cool, wet weather causing high air humidity. Lesions are often colonised by secondary fungal and bacterial organisms which all result in rots, causing leaf loss and reductions in plant quality. The Leek Growers Association (TLGA) wish to commission a project which will investigate the efficacy of a range of control treatments for this economically damaging crop problem. The successful proposal will be expected to identify a suitable methodology for the investigation of control mechanisms to reduce the incidence and severity of White tip in UK leek crops.
White tip, caused by Phytophthora porri, causes severe foliar symptoms on UK leek crops when environmental conditions are most conducive to disease spread and development. White tip has become more of a problem in the UK as leek production has incre...

Deadline

01/09/2015

Funding Body

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
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