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UK Research Councils

Below is a summary of ongoing calls from UK Research Councils 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.

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

For further information about AHRC funding opportunities click here.

AHRC Research Grants – Standard

Intended to support well-defined research projects; they enable researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, individuals and organisations through high-quality research.

AHRC Research Grants – Early Career

Intended to assist new researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects.

AHRC Fellowships Scheme – Standard

Opportunities for researchers and research organisations to work to increase leadership capacity and capabilities through programmes of development, training, and engagement.

AHRC Fellowships Scheme – Early Career

Designed to build the capabilities of future leaders and equip individuals who have outstanding potential to develop the range of qualities they need to lead research agendas in the 21st century.

AHRC Research Networking Scheme

Intended to support forums for discussion and exchange of ideas on themes, issues, or problems. The scheme aims to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short series of workshops, seminars, or networking activities.

AHRC Follow-on Funding Scheme

Provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements, with new audiences, which stimulate pathways to impact.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

For further information about BBSRC funding opportunities click here.

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.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

For further information about EPSRC funding opportunities click here.

EPSRC 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.

EPSRC Fellowships
Funding to help researchers spend their time on research.

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

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

EPSRC 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.

EPSRC 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.

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

EPSRC Sandpits
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.

EPSRC Research base funding
You can apply any time, in any area of EPSRC’s remit and for any amount and length of funding. 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.

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

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

EPSRC 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.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

For further information about ESRC funding opportunities click here.

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.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

For further information about MRC funding opportunities click here.

MRC 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.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

For further information about MRC funding opportunities click here.

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.

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