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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

Pathfinder awards are available to carry out work that will help you develop a greater understanding of the commercial aspects and possibilities of your research, and hence a more robust, better informed application for a full Follow-on Fund grant. ...
Pathfinder awards are available to carry out work that will help you develop a greater understanding of the commercial aspects and possibilities of your research, and hence a more robust, better informed application for a full Follow-on Fund grant.   Illustrative activities include: commissioning a market assessment study to determine likely potential competition and opportunities; intellectual property searches; developing contacts with potential licensees or users to understand their needs and requirements; and milestone 1 achievement, if the milestone is particularly risky and the success of the entire project depends upon it.   Although not a formal requirement for subsequent application to the full Follow-on Fund, undertaking Pathfinder work of the type described is an approach strongly encouraged by NERC's Assessment Panel.   Awards are typically in region of £7k - £10k (FEC), although up to £20k may be awarded in exceptional cases. Further information on this can be obtained from Andrew Richardson.   Follow-on Fund This is the main scheme. Applications must demonstrate a sound understanding of the market opportunity, as described above, and a clear and robust linkage between the proposed technology development plan and the strategy proposed for commercialising the project's outputs.   There is no limit on the amount of funding that can be sought. However, as support is only provided for a maximum of 12 months, the amount sought should be reasonable according to the work to be carried out (typically between £80k and £100k). NERC pays the standard proportion of full economic costs (see the Research Grants Handbook for full details).   Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), or equivalent, have a vital role to play in the development of Follow-on Fund applications and in the subsequent execution of the commercial elements of the plan. NERC's Follow-on-Fund Assessment Panel will therefore look for evidence of meaningful TTO involvement and buy-in to the proposed project.   Closing dates   Follow-on Fund: 27 October 2010.   Follow-on Fund Pathfinder: there is no closing date for this scheme; applications can be submitted at any time.  
Pathfinder awards are available to carry out work that will help you develop a greater understanding of the commercial aspects and possibilities of your research, and hence a more robust, better informed application for a full Follow-on Fund grant. ...

Deadline

27/10/2010

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

NERC in collaboration with the Trustees of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (ACTF) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) invite studentship proposals for PhD projects related to the development of new analytical techniques suitable for use in en...
NERC in collaboration with the Trustees of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (ACTF) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) invite studentship proposals for PhD projects related to the development of new analytical techniques suitable for use in environmental science.   Proposals should be from prospective research supervisors for studentships to commence in autumn 2011. It is anticipated that up to 8 studentships will be supported in this round.   The scope of this programme covers the full breadth of environmental science and all areas of analytical science (laboratory and field). These studentships must include a comprehensive training programme, including supervision in both environmental and analytical science, and be likely to make significant contributions to the advancement of analytical science in the UK.
NERC in collaboration with the Trustees of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (ACTF) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) invite studentship proposals for PhD projects related to the development of new analytical techniques suitable for use in en...

Deadline

26/10/2010

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The aim of this new scheme is to fund the organisation of a small 3 day scientific meeting to bring together groups of mid-career scientists from India and the UK for the purpose of scientific discussion, to promote collaboration and knowledge transf...
The aim of this new scheme is to fund the organisation of a small 3 day scientific meeting to bring together groups of mid-career scientists from India and the UK for the purpose of scientific discussion, to promote collaboration and knowledge transfer by encouraging interaction within the wide research community. These scientific meetings would take place in either the UK or India.   The award holders would be responsible for all aspects of organising and delivering the scientific content of the meetings, as well as finding a suitable venue and accommodation for all participants. These scientific meetings would need to clearly demonstrate a clear strategy for securing long-term sustainable funds for the continuation of their research collaboration. The number of participants who are invited to the meeting should not exceed more than 20 attendees (5 from visiting country and up to 15 from host country).   Subjects Covered: All areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.   Eligibility: Applicants must have completed a PhD and hold a fixed term contract or permanent position at an eligible UK institution.   Length of Tenure: The meeting should not exceed more than 3 days. The scientific seminar must take place between March 2011 and March 2012.   Value of Grant: Up to £12,000   Countries covered: UK and India   Number Offered: 20 awards   Application Closing Date: 25 October 2010   Closing Information: Refer to scheme notes. A copy of the application form must be sent to both the Royal Society and to the DST in India.   Results Available: End of January 2011    
The aim of this new scheme is to fund the organisation of a small 3 day scientific meeting to bring together groups of mid-career scientists from India and the UK for the purpose of scientific discussion, to promote collaboration and knowledge transf...

Deadline

25/10/2010

Funding Body

Royal Society

Category

Knowledge exchange, commercialisation and development

Synopsis

An ESF Research Networking Programme is a networking activity bringing together nationally funded research activities for four to five years, to address a major scientific issue or a science-driven topic of research infrastructure, at the European le...
An ESF Research Networking Programme is a networking activity bringing together nationally funded research activities for four to five years, to address a major scientific issue or a science-driven topic of research infrastructure, at the European level with the aim of advancing the frontiers of science. Key objectives include: creating interdisciplinary fora; sharing knowledge and expertise; developing new techniques; training young scientists.
An ESF Research Networking Programme is a networking activity bringing together nationally funded research activities for four to five years, to address a major scientific issue or a science-driven topic of research infrastructure, at the European le...

Deadline

22/10/2010

Funding Body

ESF

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund aims to  1. Support small or short-duration pump-priming research projects and/or bring together communities for collaborative purposes, including resource or standards development, in are...
The Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund aims to  1. Support small or short-duration pump-priming research projects and/or bring together communities for collaborative purposes, including resource or standards development, in areas of strategic importance   2. Initiate novel technology or methods driven activities to facilitate the development and uptake of new approaches to enable advances in bioscience, within the remit of the BBSRC Strategic Plan 2010-2015 (see releated links) and the strategic research priorities   It is anticipated that successful grants will not exceed £120k (this figure refers to the BBSRC contribution to the project, i.e. 80% of the full economic cost).
The Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund aims to  1. Support small or short-duration pump-priming research projects and/or bring together communities for collaborative purposes, including resource or standards development, in are...

Deadline

14/10/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Studentship

Synopsis

The CASE Studentship Open Competition promotes collaboration between the research community and the end-users of research. It aims to achieve both a benefit to the end-user and to the student. This is a 'directed' scheme.   NERC will be holdin...
The CASE Studentship Open Competition promotes collaboration between the research community and the end-users of research. It aims to achieve both a benefit to the end-user and to the student. This is a 'directed' scheme.   NERC will be holding its annual CASE Studentship Open Competition later in 2010, with a closing date of 14 October 2010 at 16:00. Around thirty-five studentships will be awarded. A Je-S application form will be available from 1 September.   mpact is one of the scheme's main criteria. Applications must be able to demonstrate the potential for societal or economic impact through collaboration with the CASE partner, as well as the provision of high quality training in research skills.   A CASE studentship is a PhD studentship during which the student enhances their training by spending between 3 and 18 months with the CASE partner in a workplace outside the academic environment.
The CASE Studentship Open Competition promotes collaboration between the research community and the end-users of research. It aims to achieve both a benefit to the end-user and to the student. This is a 'directed' scheme.   NERC will be holdin...

Deadline

14/10/2010

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

BBRF aims to support the bioscience research community with the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructures, support high quality bioinformatics and biological resources that align with BBSRC key research priorities as stated in BBS...
BBRF aims to support the bioscience research community with the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructures, support high quality bioinformatics and biological resources that align with BBSRC key research priorities as stated in BBSRC strategic plan, and to also supply long-term funding to provide a stable environment for resource development and provision.     Applicants can apply for funding for the following types of applications:     1. Establishment and maintenance of a new resource that would be applicable to a broad BBSRC user community     2. Maturation and subsequent maintenance of a project-based resource into a community-based one     3. Development and subsequent maintenance of an existing community resource to increase its relevance to a broad BBSRC user group     4. Interfacing and integrating resources to better meet user need   It is essential to demonstrate strong demand from the UK bioscience community together with an appropriate access policy.     The budget for the call is in the region of £6.5M, subject to the quality of applications received. Grants are available for up to 5 years   Intention to submit forms must be submitted by 6th October 2010 5pm   Full applications must be submitted by 24th November 2010 4pm
BBRF aims to support the bioscience research community with the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructures, support high quality bioinformatics and biological resources that align with BBSRC key research priorities as stated in BBS...

Deadline

06/10/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC

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

06/10/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC
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