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UK Funding

To see information on the main calls that are out at the moment from UK funders use this link.  If you don’t see what you want then feel free to call us as we may be able to help you find a funder.  Below is a summary of ongoing calls that may be of interest. You can apply to an ongoing call at any time as there are no deadlines. They are presented alphabetically by funder.

If you are interested in applying for any funding please contact the ReDS team.

AHRC Research Networking

To support forums for the discussion & exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers & series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events to stimulate new debate across boundaries.stakeholders through, for example, a short-term. Grant of up to £45,000.

AHRC Research Grants – Standard Route

Support & promote high-quality & innovative research in the arts & humanities.academic. Grant of up to £100,000 for up to 3 years.

AHRC Research Grants – Route for Early Career Researchers

To support well-defined research projects. Highlight Notice for Digital Transformations in Arts & Humanities; Care for the Future; Translating Cultures; Science in Culture; & Connected Communities. Grant of £50,000 to £250,000 for up to 5 years.

AHRC Fellowships – route for early career researchers

Support & promote high-quality & innovative research in the arts & humanities.academic. Grant of up to £250,000 for 6 months to 2 years.

AHRC Fellowship Scheme

The AHRC’s Fellowships scheme has been revised in order to enhance the development of research leadership across the arts and humanities. It now provides time for research leaders, or potential future research leaders, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area & beyond. Fellowship of up to £250,000 for 6 months to 18 months.

Barrow Cadbury Trust Crimincal Justice

Will fund research or policy development work that cover issues relating to young adults in the criminal justice system. Focus for grassroots funding is Birmingham or Black Country. Email/call to discuss before applying. Grant of £15,000 to £50,000.

Barrow Cadbury Trust Migration & Europe

Will fund research or policy development work, to help ensure migration is an equitably managed & socially just & includes voices of migrants & receiving communities in the public debate. Grassroots focus is Birmingham or Black Country. Email/call to discuss before applying. Grant of £15,000 to £50,000.

Barrow Cadbury Trust Poverty & Inclusion

Will fund research or policy development in 2 main areas; New ideas in economics; & Community resilience. Grassroots focus is Birmingham or Black Country. Email/call to discuss before applying. Grant of £15,000 to £50,000.

BBSRC Responsive Mode; funding areas

You can submit applications at any time (responsive mode) for consideration by one of the 4 Research Committees: A Animal disease, health and welfare; B Plants, microbes, food and sustainability; C Genes, development and STEM* approaches to biology; D Molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology. Grant for up to 3 years.

BBSRC Follow-on funding pathfinder scheme

Projects must build on the outputs of recent or previous BBSRC-funded research activity. Enables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities. Grant of £7,000 – £10,000 (up to £20,000 exceptionally) for 6 months.

BBSRC Industrial partnership awards

Science-led, responsive mode grants where an industrial partner contributes in cash (not ‘in-kind’) at least 10% of the full economic cost of the project. Grant of up to £350,000.

BBSRC International Scientific Interchange Scheme (ISIS)

To add an international dimension to BBSRC funded research by making & establishing new contacts with international counterparts. BBSRC-supported researchers are eligible. Grant of up to £5,000.

BBSRC Follow-on funding pathfinder scheme

This new pathfinder scheme enables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities. Grant of up to £7,000 – £10,000 for up to 6 months.

Carbon Trust Research Challenges

To focus on overcoming the specific technical barriers that are holding back the next generation of low carbon technologies. Areas include Marine Energy Accelerators, & Entrepreneurs Fast Track. Grant of up to £500,000 for 3 – 5 years.

Digital Social Research Community Activities

Aims to provide researchers with funds to support ideas exchanges, training in digital social research tools & methods, outreach events & partnerships. Grant of £5,000.

Dunhill Medical Trust Serendipity Awards

Serendipity (accidental sagacity) is the recognition that a chance, unexpected, observation which does not conform to current medical or scientific thinking may be important in the advancement of knowledge.  The Serendipity Awards are intended to enable clinicians or scientists in the UK to test the relevance of such an idea which comes from a clinical or laboratory observation, or from well-grounded practice in order to obtain proof of concept. Grant of £10,000 to £500,000 for up to 18 months (up to 3 years for exceptionally).

Dunhill Medical Trust  Research Grants

Support high quality research aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people; care of older people, including rehabilitation & palliative care, & reseach into the causes & treatments of disease, disability & frailty related to ageing. Grant of £10,000 to £500,000 for up to 18 months (up to 3 years for exceptionally).

EPSRC operates a small number of flexible funding schemes.

Doctoral Training Grant
Doctoral Training Grants are awarded to universities based on research grant income.  These grants may also be used to fund some forms of collaborative training.

Funding to help researchers spend their time on research. We are developing a new flexible framework for research career support which will focus fellowship support where growth in capability is required and where emerging leaders are able to integrate their work into the wider research landscape. The new approach will be introduced over summer 2011.

First grant scheme
Research grants for new academics in their first appointment, including most fellowship holders. No closing dates.

Industrial CASE Accounts
Funding for PhD students where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice.

Networks and Mobility Awards
Funding to bring together researchers, industry and other groups to develop collaborations through workshops, visits and part-time coordinators. Includes support for Discipline Hopping and Postdoctoral Mobility – short term funding for researchers to immerse themselves in another discipline, providing contact time that allows them to develop skills and collaborations. No closing dates.

Platform grants
Grants, up to five years long, providing leading research groups with stability and flexibility so that they can keep key research staff. No closing dates.

Programme grants
Research grants, up to six years long, providing long-term funding to support related research activities focusing on one major theme.

Intense interactive workshops with dedicated research funding available to tackle topics needing a new dimension in thinking. You can get involved by applying to attend a sandpit. There is a call for participants for each sandpit event with a closing date.

Standard Research
Our largest funding scheme used to deliver a wide range of grants of varying amounts and durations. Used for calls where there are closing dates and for research base funding where you can apply at any time.

Includes Overseas Travel Grants – small grants providing short-term funding for visits to non-UK centres to study techniques or develop international collaborations with no closing dates.

Training Centres
Students at EPSRC centres carry out a PhD level project together with taught coursework in a supportive and exciting environment.

Training Schools
Funding for summer schools and the Mathematical Sciences Integrated PhD Centres.

Technology Programme
Grants awarded in conjunction with the Technology Strategy Board’s Collaborative R&D competitions. See the TSB website for information about Technology Programme calls and closing dates.

EPSRC & eFuturesXD Travel; Meeting; Facility; & Staff Awards

To bring together high calibre people & teams & so build critical mass in emerging areas where the UK may then take a lead. Must involve at least two partners from UK universities & be cross-disciplinary within ICT. At least one applicant must be from the electronics community & be active within eFutures. Grants of up to: Travel £5,000; Meeting £10,000; Facility £20,000; Staff £100,000.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Main Fund

Interests; The Arts; Education & Learning; The Environment; & Enabling Disadvantaged People to Participate fully in Society. Priorities; addressing significant gaps in provision, good practice, challenging convention; enterprising approaches, influencing policy. Grant average £79,000.

ESRC Research grants

To enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey & other infrastructure or methodological development. 4 key assessment criteria; originality, & potential contribution to knowledge; research design & methods; value for money; outputs, dissemination, & impact. Grant of £200,000 to £2million.

ESRC Digital Social Research – Community Activities Funding

DSR is a new phase of the ESRC e-Social Science programme to develop & promote the use of digital tools, techniques & practices to benefit social science research, & maximise the adoption & impact of new digital technologies across social sciences. To broaden practice & sustain innovation, e.g. Partnerships, Visitors, Training & Events. Grant average £5,000.

Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust) Grants programme

Awards are made to chosen organisations covering a wide area of interest: economic & social research, science & engineering education, mental health, plant science, arts, social renewal & other general interests.  Grants are rarely given in response to unsolicited applications. Grant of £1,000 to £2million.

James S McDonnell Foundation (USA) 21st Century Science Initiative

Invests in the acquisition of new knowledge & in the responsible application of knowledge for solving the real world problems. 3 programmes; Studying Complex Systems; Brain cancer research; & Understanding human cognition. Fellowship of up to €600,000 a year for up to 3 years.

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, & awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education. The fellowship will provide research expenses over & above normal living costs & contribution towards replacement teaching costs. Fellowship of up to £45,000 for 3 to 4 months.

Leverhulme Trust Standard Research Project Grants

The great majority of awards involve a spend of up to £250,000 over a duration of two to three years. If compelling evidence is provided, awards may be made for sums between £250,000 & £500,000 for research over a period of up to five years.

Medical Research Council Partnership Grant

The Partnership Grant aims to provide support for collaborative activities in the UK that add value to existing medical research, or that helps galvanise researchers in a particular field, or complementary fields, to address important issues that cannot be addressed through other funding arrangements. Outline proposals should be submitted to the relevant Research Board. Grant for 1 to  5 years.

NATO SPS – Advanced Research Workshops

Support is provided through the Science for Peace & Security (SPS) Programme for the organisation of Advanced Research Workshops; meetings to enable a small group of experts to make a critical assessment of existing knowledge on new important topics & identify directions for future research. Workshop should address the security-related Priority Research Topics of Defence against Terrorism & Other Threats to Security.

NATO SPS – Computer Networking Support

To advance electronic communications in Partner countries and Afghanistan. To improve the Internet connectivity of research & educational institutes & to enable their staff & students in developing & maintaining contacts with the international scientific community.

NATO SPS – Science for Peace R&D Project

Support is provided via the Science for Peace & Security (SPS) Programme for applied research & development projects in NATO Partner & Mediterranean countries. Proposals must address the security-related Priority Research Topic areas of Defence against Terrorism & Other Threats to Security.

NERC  Grants

The NERC research grants schemes are intended to provide financial support for environmental scientists to carry out research projects of international quality at UK universities and other approved institutions

NERC Urgency applications

To respond rapidly to changing or unexpected events affecting the environment, in these circumstances conforming to the grant timetable could result in a missed opportunity.

Nuffield Foundation Nuffield Foundation – Social Science Small Grants Scheme

To meet the cost of postdoctoral research assistance, research materials, data collection & analysis, & travel & subsistence in the UK & overseas. Grant of up to £15,000.

Oak Foundation Programme Grants

Programmes: Child Abuse; Environment; Housing & Homelessness; International Human Rights; Issues Affecting Women; Learning Differences; and Special Interest Grants. Criteria: Target root causes of problems; Are replicable either within a sector or across geographical locations; Include plans for long-term sustainability; Have secured co-funding; Strive to collaborate with like-minded organisations; Value the participation of people (including children) & communities. Grant minimum of £25,000 with no maximum stated.

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Grants

The Fund provides financial assistance for the education of transport professionals, improvement of the roadside environment & research into all aspects of roads, road usage & road traffic. Grant of up to £40,000 (average is £10,000).

Rockefeller Foundation Grants

To promote the well-being of humanity around the world. Themes; Basic Survival Safeguards; Global Health; Climate & Environment; Urbanization; Social & Economic Security. Initiatives; Developing Climate Change Resilience; Strengthening Food Security: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; Protecting American Workers’ Economic Security: Campaign for American Workers; Promoting Equitable, Sustainable Transportation; Linking Global Disease Surveillance Networks; Transforming Health Systems; Advancing Innovation Processes to Solve Social Problems; Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing. Very large grants possible.

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chairs

Support for a full-time professorial appointment for five years in any engineering-related subject in the UK.  Chair-holders are expected to lead a research group, & are encouraged to publish research results as widely as possible to gain international recognition.

Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowships

Support to enable academic researchers at UK universities to progress in their chosen engineering-related field, whilst benefiting from & contributing to an established centre of excellence.

Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Awards

Initial support to test the feasibility of a project, enabling holders to investigate the technical & economical feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their scientific research, possibly in conjunction with a third party. Grant of up to £30,000.

Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts Grants programme

Unsolicited applications are rarely successful. Collectively, the Trusts support a wide range of interests, both in the UK & overseas, from: arts; disadvantaged children; homelessness; parenting & child welfare; social housing; social welfare; health welfare; medical research; urban regeneration/environment; environmental projects; education; Christian causes; developing countries. Grant from £1,000 to £4million.

TSB Grant for Research & Development

Funding for small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK to engage in research & development projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering & technology, from which successful new products, processes & services could emerge. Pre start-ups, start-ups, & small & medium-sized businesses from all sectors may apply. Grant of up to £250,000.

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare UFAW – Research & Project Awards

To research & non-research projects in the UK that promote animal welfare or examine animal welfare issues. Organisations applying must be able to demonstrate how their research will address the welfare of farm, companion, laboratory, captive wild animals & free living wild animals where welfare is compromised by humans. Grant minimum of £3,500 with no maximum stated.

Wellcome Trust Strategic Translation Awards

Projects must address an unmet need in healthcare or in applied medical research, offer a potential new solution, & have a realistic expectation that innovation will be developed further by the market.

Wellcome Trust Biomedical fellowships

Support for postdoctoral researchers in basic biomedical science at each stage of their career. Fellowship with salary and expenses covered for up to 7 years.

Wellcome Trust Joint Basic & Clinical PhD Programmes

Supporting the most promising basic or medically qualified clinicians who wish to undertake both rigorous basic & clinical science research training. Fellowship with salary and expenses covered for up to 4 years.

Wellcome Trust New Investigator Awards

Support world-class researchers no more than 5 years from appointment to 1st academic position, but can show  they have the ability to innovate & drive advances in their field. Articulate a compelling long-term vision for their research & demonstrate talent, track record & originality to achieve it. Fellowship of £100,000 to £450,000 a year for up to 7 years.

Wellcome Trust R&D for Affordable Healthcare in India

India-specific. Grant of up to £100,000 for 5 years.

Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Awards

Support exceptional, world-class researchers, who hold an established academic position & have a compelling long-term vision for their research. Will support researchers with an international track-record of significant achievement, have demonstrated the originality & impact of their research, & are leading their field. Fellowship of £100,000 to £425,000 a year for up to 7 years.

X Prize Foundation The Archon X Prize for Genomics

Genomics; to understand how disease develops at the molecular level, & how we can more precisely detect, prevent & treat disease according to the individual’s genomic profile. Rapid & inexpensive genomic sequencing technology is required to advance this new field of personalized medicine. Prizes of up tp $10million, $10,000 per genome.

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