CBMNet funding has now all been allocated, although you may be interested to read the case studies of some of the projects we have funded so far. Below you can find a round-up of other relevant funding sources.

Please note that, as of 29 June 2019, this page will no longer be maintained and may not be up to date


Deadlines coming up…

Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship

Provides long-term support to UK universities and research institutions through the recruitment and retention of outstanding senior researchers.

(10 July)

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

(24 July)

Bacterial Plant Diseases

To address threats to UK plant health and biosecurity from bacterial diseases.

(25 July)

EPSRC Strategic Equipment Grants

To enhance UK scientific capability and support a portfolio of high-quality, cutting-edge research. EPSRC has multiple routes to enable researchers to access equipment.

(3 September)

Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

BBI JU is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Their current call for proposals has a budget of €135 million. Scientific priorities for 2019 are:

  1. Foster the supply of sustainable biomass feedstock to feed both existing and new value chains
  2. Optimise efficient processing for integrated biorefineries through research, development and innovation
  3. Develop innovative bio-based products for identified market applications
  4. Create and accelerate the market-uptake of bio-based products and applications

More information and support: BBI JU held an information day on 12 April 2019; recordings and presentations are available.

(4 September)

Proof-of-Concept Funding from the THYME Project

Staff at the universities of York, Hull & Teesside can apply for £30,000-50,000 for proof-of-concept projects that address one of the THYME project’s grand challenges for the regional bioeconomy.

(6 September)

HVB Call for Proof of Concept Projects

  • Targeted Call: Genomic tools for High Value Biorenewables
  • Open Call: Industrial Biotechnology projects within High Value Biorenewables Scope

(10 September)

Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, invites SMEs to apply for the 9th edition of its Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award. EuropaBio will award prizes in 3 categories: healthcare, agricultural and industrial biotechnology.

(15 September)

TRDF: Transformative Research Technologies

Funding from BBSRC, with significant input from EPSRC and MRC, to support the early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact transformative research technologies.

(17 September)

BBSRC Responsive Mode Grants

Submit research grant applications at any time for consideration on any topic within the BBSRC portfolio. BBSRC Responsive Mode grants include:

  • New Investigator Scheme
  • Industrial Partnership Awards
  • ‘Stand-Alone’ LINK
  • Strategic Longer and Larger grants.

(2 October)

BBSRC Follow-on Funding call & Follow-on Fund Synthetic Biology Highlight

Up to £800,000 to support the translation of research into practical application, including commercialisation; additional funding available for research in the field of synthetic biology. Call opens 10 July 2019.

(9 October)


Ongoing Funding Calls…

Horizon 2020

EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). A useful overview of Horizon 2020 funding, as well as guidance on how to apply, can be found here.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Brings together leading research and business to tackle the big societal and industrial challenges today.

Global Challenges Research Fund

A £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth.

STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I)

Designed specifically to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues.

KET4CleanProduction Micro Grants

For transnational cooperation projects between SMEs and at least two KET technology centres, which aim to integrate Key Enabling Technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges.

Bio-Innovation Support for Entrepreneurs

The BioBase4SME network intends to help Start-ups and SME to overcome technological and non-technological barriers to bring their innovation to market. The project offers free workshops and professional training, Innovation Biocamps and Innovation vouchers worth up to €100,000.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub flexible funding call

To support the UK’s bioenergy research community in responding to industrial and policy challenges that arise during the lifetime of the Hub and in developing active international research collaborations. Applications can be submitted for projects up to £25,000 in value, at any time up to 1 May 2022.

European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

Daphne Jackson Trust Returners to Research Fellowships

Aimed at scientists wishing to return to research after a career break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons.

BBSRC International Travel Award Scheme (ITAS)

To help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by making and establishing new contacts with international counterparts.

Biochemical Society Event Proposals

The Biochemical Society welcomes event proposals from any member of the scientific community (note that at least one member of the event Organising Committee must be a Member of the Biochemical Society).

Microbiology Society Travel Grants

To support eligible members presenting work at scientific or education meetings. Eligible members may also apply for funding to attend a short course or training event.