Other Relevant Funding

Deadlines coming up…

2019 Nouryon Imagine Chemistry Innovative challenge

Nouryon experts will work with everyone who submits an idea to understand their idea, suggest improvements, and explore potential fits with their business. The 2019 challenges are:

  1. Sustainable bio-based surfactants for everyone
  2. Sensing in demanding chemical environments
  3. Performance-boosting nano particles
  4. Label-free chemistries
  5. Open idea challenge Pushing the frontiers of chemical innovation

(15 March 2019)

Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues.

(20 March 2019)

Rosetrees Trust Young Enterprise Fellowships

Aimed specifically at early career researchers, primarily in the fields of engineering, computer science, maths and physics, who wish to develop a long-term programme of biomedical research within a UK university.

(31 March 2019)

Biochemical Society – Krebs Memorial Scholarship

Supports study for a PhD in Biochemistry, or an allied biomedical science, for promising scientists whose research career been interrupted for extraordinary non-academic reasons beyond their control.

(1 April 2019)

University Enterprise Zones

To support universities to focus on generating and commercialising innovation and delivering skills that best serve the key sectors in their local and regional economy.

(11 April 2019)

Bioeconomy Prime 2019 IBioIC Accelerator Programme

Apply for industry-led collaborative research projects from businesses with a foothold in Scotland or those who can deliver inward investment to help stimulate Scotland’s Economy.

(15 April 2019)

BBSRC Enterprise Fellowship

Funded by BBSRC and delivered by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Enterprise Fellow

(17 April 2019)

I2CELL Seed Award
To support a 3-year experimental project in biology to encourage experimental approaches that explore the algorithmic processing of information in biological systems.

(19 April)


Win access to bio-incubator facilities and investor networks, as well as a five-month programme of mentoring, training and workshops.

(22 April)

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

(24 April 2019)

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.

(30 April 2019)

UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)

UKRI-BBSRC DTPs provide PhD training in areas of research relevant to UKRI-BBSRC’s remit and priority research areas. DTPs also provide a breadth of professional development training opportunities to enhance the capabilities of doctoral candidates and develop a world-class, highly skilled workforce for the UK.

(1 May 2019)

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential. UKRI will be holding a series of meetings and webinars aimed at potential host organisations interested in supporting a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow.

(2 May 2019 – outline proposal deadline)

BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships

The David Phillips Fellowship will provide support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group.

(9 May 2019)

BBSRC Discovery Fellowships

The Discovery Fellowship will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills and will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders.

(9 May 2019)

Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Awards

For talented scholars who have launched a university career but who need to build a team to address a distinct research problem. Call opens in January 2019.

(10 May 2019)

White Rose University Consortium – Collaboration Fund

To support and encourage emerging collaborations across the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. In particular to support projects which have the potential to lead to larger, more strategic initiatives.

(24 June 2019)

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 next call, with a budget of €135 million, opens 4 April 2019. 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 will be holding an information day (12 April 2019; Brussels, Belgium) and KTN are organising a consortia building workshop (2 May 2019; Manchester).

(4 September 2019 – TBC)


Ongoing Funding Calls…

BBSRC Follow-on Funding Pathfinder call

Enables potential applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities.

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.

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.

PAPI – Grants for equipment

To enable innovation in small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

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.