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 Horticultural Development Company invites applications for its field vegetables research and development strategy. This scheme supports research projects on field vegetables. There are five key objectives for research projects supported under thi...
The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for its field vegetables research and development strategy. This scheme supports research projects on field vegetables. There are five key objectives for research projects supported under this scheme:

ensuring that adequate and sustainable crop protection measures are available for the main crop protection risks; increasing returns on investment through the efficient use of resources; supply consistent quality product and continuity of supply to achieve customer satisfaction; ensure a coordinated approach to research and development and technology transfer to farm level; provide information which can be used to promote consumption of home grown vegetables.  
The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for its field vegetables research and development strategy. This scheme supports research projects on field vegetables. There are five key objectives for research projects supported under thi...

Deadline

10/02/2011

Funding Body

HDC

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued an invitation to tender for studies to inform policy development with regard to soil degradation. The project consists of two separate subprojects and bids are expected to include prop...
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued an invitation to tender for studies to inform policy development with regard to soil degradation. The project consists of two separate subprojects and bids are expected to include proposals for both. The project must be collaborative and consider implications for both England and Wales. The subprojects are:   •cost curve for mitigation of soil compaction: to develop a cost curve for mitigation of soil compaction on agricultural land by considering different farm types, different types of compaction and different types of remediation methods;   •bulk density and depth: to assess the methods by which the bulk density of soil is determined, with the purpose of utilising this information to understand the influence on the estimates of soil carbon stores. Nationality of applicant institution: United Kingdom
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued an invitation to tender for studies to inform policy development with regard to soil degradation. The project consists of two separate subprojects and bids are expected to include prop...

Deadline

10/02/2011

Funding Body

Defra

Category

Synopsis

The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for funding under its mushroom panel research and development strategy. The strategy mainly focuses on the range of agaricus bisporus products but also includes the small level production of ...
The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for funding under its mushroom panel research and development strategy. The strategy mainly focuses on the range of agaricus bisporus products but also includes the small level production of various exotic species.
The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for funding under its mushroom panel research and development strategy. The strategy mainly focuses on the range of agaricus bisporus products but also includes the small level production of ...

Deadline

08/02/2011

Funding Body

HDC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Supporting the flow of researchers, in either direction, between the science base and industry.   The scheme aims to support short-term exchanges that provide strategic advantage to the UK science base and industry arising from reciprocal acce...
Supporting the flow of researchers, in either direction, between the science base and industry.   The scheme aims to support short-term exchanges that provide strategic advantage to the UK science base and industry arising from reciprocal access to facilities, expertise and/or knowledge, and an increased understanding of scientific issues of common concern.   Awards are typically up to £50k.   The interchange may be full- or part-time, or taken in tranches.   Financial support is dependent on the requirements of the proposed project and a significant cash or in-kind contribution from the industrial and/or academic partner is required.   How to apply * Applications must fall within the BBSRC portfolio * The programme is open to researchers within UK universities, institutes of BBSRC and UK industry * The lead participant at the academic partner must hold a permanent academic post and be a current BBSRC research grant holder or have previously received a BBSRC research grant with relevance to the planned interchange * All participants should be qualified to PhD level or have relevant experience to undertake the planned work. The programme will not support students
Supporting the flow of researchers, in either direction, between the science base and industry.   The scheme aims to support short-term exchanges that provide strategic advantage to the UK science base and industry arising from reciprocal acce...

Deadline

01/02/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Synopsis

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland invites applications for its larger research grants. Funding supports projects that are seen as being of benefit to the Scottish universities as a whole or, in the case of subjects such as medicine ...
The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland invites applications for its larger research grants. Funding supports projects that are seen as being of benefit to the Scottish universities as a whole or, in the case of subjects such as medicine which are studied in only a few universities, those universities with an interest in that field. Applicants must be graduates or members of staff at a Scottish university. There should be active collaboration amongst several Scottish universities. Grants may be used to support posts, including secretarial and technical staff as well as research staff, travel, subsistence and acquisition of equipment. Award amount max £40,000 Disciplines: Agriculture & Food, Veterinary Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Architecture, Social Sciences, Communications, Linguistics & Philology, Education, Engineering, Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Disciplines & Fields, Biomedical, Medical & Health & Safety, Law, Management & Commerce, Accounting, Science & Technology, Maths, Computing, Library Science, Energy, Veterinary Science (RAE Unit 17), Built Environment (RAE Unit 33), Accountancy (RAE Unit 44)  
The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland invites applications for its larger research grants. Funding supports projects that are seen as being of benefit to the Scottish universities as a whole or, in the case of subjects such as medicine ...

Deadline

01/02/2011

Funding Body

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, G

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

This competition is held each year for Investigators at the outset of their scientific career and who are within three years of first becoming eligible to apply for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. We will take account of any career breaks. ...
This competition is held each year for Investigators at the outset of their scientific career and who are within three years of first becoming eligible to apply for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. We will take account of any career breaks. The maximum funding that may be sought is £100,000 for the total fEC. This limit applies to the total (100%) of the full economic cost of which NERC will fund 80%. This scheme excludes applicants who have already received previous research funding as a Principal or Co-Investigator (other than as a Researcher Co-Investigator) from NERC or any other funding body in the UK or overseas. Applicants must be the sole investigator, and may submit only one application per annual competition. External review will only be used where the initial college reviews are deemed insufficient. No studentships are awarded under this scheme.    
This competition is held each year for Investigators at the outset of their scientific career and who are within three years of first becoming eligible to apply for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. We will take account of any career breaks. ...

Deadline

01/02/2011

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Synopsis

The Systematics and Taxonomy (SynTax) research scheme is designed to provide short-term funding for preliminary research that will form the basis of novel responsive mode proposals with a substantial systematics/taxonomy/phylogenetic component. &nbs...
The Systematics and Taxonomy (SynTax) research scheme is designed to provide short-term funding for preliminary research that will form the basis of novel responsive mode proposals with a substantial systematics/taxonomy/phylogenetic component.   A total of £250k is available through the scheme which is jointly funded by BBSRC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The Systematics Association and the Linnean Society are administering the scheme.   Aims To stimulate the submission of high quality taxonomy and systematics-related research proposals to the UK's Research Councils To improve representation of systematics and taxonomy in the UK Research Council's portfolio Size of Awards Grants will be in the range of £5k - £30k and will be for a duration of up to 24 months.   Eligibility Standard BBSRC and NERC eligibility criteria apply, as outlined in Section 3 of our grants guide (see related link) and Section C of NERC's grants handbook (see related links).  
The Systematics and Taxonomy (SynTax) research scheme is designed to provide short-term funding for preliminary research that will form the basis of novel responsive mode proposals with a substantial systematics/taxonomy/phylogenetic component. &nbs...

Deadline

31/01/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC (joint call)

Category

Studentship

Synopsis

The programme aims to improve the supply of skills to industry and academia in the bioprocessing sector, by providing a PhD programme that includes structured training that exposes students to industrial practices and needs.   At the heart of ...
The programme aims to improve the supply of skills to industry and academia in the bioprocessing sector, by providing a PhD programme that includes structured training that exposes students to industrial practices and needs.   At the heart of the programme is a research training project which provides the student with the opportunity to:   * Make a novel contribution to industrially relevant research in bioprocessing * Gain exposure to the challenges facing industrial companies in this sector   The BRIC Doctoral Programme is in response to this recommendation and will complement the EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Centres at Newcastle and UCL that are relevant to the bioprocessing sector and other EPSRC studentship investments, by supporting training with a biosciences focus.   Training outcomes Students will learn skills that they will not necessarily acquire during a standard doctoral programme which will benefit those who wish to enter the bioprocessing industry. These skills are:   * An increased understanding of the challenges facing industry in the bioprocessing sector * A knowledge of industrial research practices * Improved business skills including teamworking, leadership, project-management and communication * An awareness of how industry and academia can successfully engage with each other and the barriers that can prevent this   Programme requirements Eight standard Training Grants (TGs) commencing in the 2011/12 academic year will be offered with the following additional elements and conditions:   * The TGs for each studentship will be increased by approximately £5000 in order to allow the student to undertake activities that will enable the student to achieve the above mentioned skills, such as paying for attendance on training courses * The programme will be based within the remit of BRIC and must be substantially within the remit of BBSRC * The student will be expected to participate in the BRIC Skills Development school and will be invited to other activities, such as dissemination events * The student will be expected to undertake additional activities, including an industrial placement, to improve their understanding of industry and develop industrially relevant skills * Due to the extra time that the student will need to spend on additional activities, it is expected the doctorate will take up to four years to complete * Each studentship must be sponsored by an industry member of BRIC that will provide an industrial supervisor who will help the student to improve their understanding of industry   The progress of studentships will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that the student is receiving the support that they require, is gaining experience and is progressing through their project.   Eligibility Applications may be submitted by academic supervisors (citing an industrial partner) at eligible UK universities or research institutes. Applicants are not required to have previously held a BRIC grant, however, each application must include an industrial partner who is a current industry member of BRIC. Applications will be led by the academic partner.   How to apply Applications should be made through the Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) system. See the full call text in the downloads section for further details.   Applications require a number of document attachments:   * Postgraduate performance indicators (exactly 1) * Company details and support (exactly 1) * A covering letter may also be submitted if desired
The programme aims to improve the supply of skills to industry and academia in the bioprocessing sector, by providing a PhD programme that includes structured training that exposes students to industrial practices and needs.   At the heart of ...

Deadline

27/01/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC
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