Current external funding calls

UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in countries identified on the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients.

This call is funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund. These Funds address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and strengthen capability for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. These Funds form part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

Researchers holding existing UKRI GCRF grants should in the first instance consider whether they could repurpose that funding to address the objectives of this call. Repurposing your existing grant is the quickest way to start the research.

Deadline: open

UKRI Funding for ideas that address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Deadline: open

NERC Call for ideas for potential Strategic Priorities Fund programmes

ERC is seeking ideas that could form the basis of future bids to the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). The opportunity for NERC to bid for an SPF programme is only likely to arise following a spending review but ideas are being sought now to allow for early identification and development of potential programme proposals.

Tropical Agriculture Association Fund

To assist young British nationals or long term residents of the UK to gain experience and understanding of international rural development with a view to:

  • Bringing benefits to the local community and recipient country
  • Contributing to knowledge and understanding in the UK of development issues
  • Opening possible paths to a career in development
  • Contributing to links between UK institutions and developing countries

Value: £2,000

Deadline: open

We will add details of call pre-announcements when we’re aware of them.

British Academy/BEIS: Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling Global Challenges 2020

The British Academy is inviting original, interdisciplinary research proposals from researchers in the humanities and social sciences, as well as other disciplines where appropriate, that will explore societal and economic issues faced by the Global South. Projects must seek to foster equitable research partnerships aiming to enhance our understanding and responses to global challenges related to:

  • Cities, urbanisation, urban settlements, (in)formality, urban living and practices, urban governance, urban infrastructure
  • Conflict, peace, (in)security, human dignity, violence, disasters, risk, crisis, fragility
  • Education, learning, early childhood, children, youth

Deadline: 1 July 2020

Lloyd’s Register Foundation –  Safety of Food Evidence Context

Lloyd’s Register Foundation is seeking to commission, via a grant, research into the role of data and evidence in food safety.

The findings of this research will be published by the Foundation to contribute to the body of knowledge on food safety and will also inform the implementation of the Foundation’s strategy in this area.

More information can be found in this brief.

Deadline: 7 July 2020

ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme Outline Stage

Awards up to £2 million (100% fEC) are available for academics based at UK Research Organisations to conduct research into social, behavioural and design aspects of healthy ageing. Proposals are expected to critically engage with businesses, including social enterprises, to enhance their understanding of the needs and opportunities of an ageing population, help inform innovators and to open up creative spaces for businesses and consumers in an ‘ageing market.’ The public sector and charities should also be engaged where appropriate.

Value: up to £2m (fEC)

Deadline: 7 July 2020, 16:00

The Belmont Forum: Towards Sustainability of Soils and Groundwater for Society

The Belmont Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a collaborative research call on the theme: Towards Sustainability of Soils and Groundwater for Society. The goal of this CRA is to produce the necessary knowledge and propose solutions to maintain well-functioning soils and groundwater systems in the Critical Zone1, or rehabilitate them where degraded, through: Better understanding of the long- and shorter-time dynamics and functions of soils and groundwater, impacts from societal (including economics) decisions, integrative management practices, public policies, and how these systems have been transformed; and, Providing avenues, pathways, and narratives toward transformation of management practices of the whole soil and groundwater systems through a fundamental shift of socio-economic actors’ practices and related-decisions making processes.

Deadline:  23 July 2020 (registration closes), 24 August 2020 (proposals deadline)

Global Biodiversity Information Facility: 2020 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge

The 2020 Ebbe Nielsen Challenge has opened with the aim of recognizing innovative entries that leverage biodiversity data and tools from the GBIF network to advance open science. An expert jury will judge entries on their openness and repeatability, relevance and novelty and present a selected pool of winners with a total of up to €35,000 in prizes.

Value: EUR 35,000

Deadline: 27 July 2020

British Society of Soil Scientists: David S Jenkinson Fellowship Grant

Celebrating the research of Dr David S Jenkinson FRS, this fellowship is available to support early career postdoctoral scientists from the UK to travel to and collaborate with an overseas organisation. Through this, we hope to build enduring scientific relationships, to enhance career development, and to promote UK soil science. It is offered annually to an early career postdoctoral scientist (within their first three years).

Suitable for: Early career postdoctoral Members of the Society who are resident in the UK.

Value: £ 5,000

Deadline: 31 July 2020

Innovate UK – Eureka: healthy ageing

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

We will fund digital health and smart device projects that promote healthy ageing. They must meet one or more of these themes: robotics, augmented or artificial intelligence, software as a medical device, wearables, medical devices, diagnostics, imaging, data analytics, sensors, apps.

Projects must include at least one partner from one of the participating countries of the EUREKA Network. These countries are: France, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, Malta, Turkey, Austria.

Value: up to £500,000

Deadline: Wednesday 5 August 2020 12:00pm

European Research Council (ERC): ERC-2020-AdG advanced grants

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science European Research Council invites proposals for its ERC-2020-AdG advanced grants. These support established research leaders in conducting innovative research projects. Applications may be made in any field of research with an emphasis on the frontiers of science, scholarship and engineering.

Value:EUR 3.5 million

Deadline: 26 August 2020

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) and Lilly European Diabetes Research Programme

The EFSD/Lilly Programme aims to promote increased European diabetes research and to raise public awareness and political understanding of the magnitude and burden of the disease. To achieve the goals and objectives of this Programme, EFSD and Lilly invite applications by issuing this “Request for Applications” (RFA). The EFSD/Lilly Programme will accept applications within any area of basic or clinical diabetes research.

Value: EUR 10,000

Deadline: 1 September 2020

UKRI Citizen science collaboration grant

This call will support multidisciplinary research collaborations that spread citizen science methods into new fields of research and involve citizens to address societally-relevant challenges.

This is a single round funding scheme for projects lasting one to three years. Lead applicants can be from any discipline and must be of lecturer level or equivalent.

UKRI are particularly interested in collaborations that enable researchers with no prior experience of using citizen science methods to develop their expertise, and projects that extend citizen science methods into new research disciplines.

Projects must start by 31 March 2021 and must be completed by 31 March 2024.

Value: max. £375,000 (fEC)

Deadline: 9 September 2020, 16:00

EUREKA: Japan Globalstars call for projects with Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Spain and UK

Within the GlobalStars initiative of Eureka, based on mutual consent, Japan, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Spain and UK are launching a common call. Participants from Japan and the respective Eureka member countries are invited to submit joint project proposals in the research and development of innovative products and applications with a strong market potential.

Deadline: 10 September 2020

AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urgency Grants pilot

Recognising the fast-moving nature of many of the challenges facing low or middle income countries (LMICs), the AHRC has launched this scheme to provide an accelerated funding outlet for urgent arts and humanities research priorities. Funded as a part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), it is an open, responsive mechanism through which arts and humanities researchers (working with other disciplines where appropriate) can respond to unanticipated urgent research needs, including (but not limited to) disasters, humanitarian emergencies, rapid radical political or economic change, changes to conflicts, major displacements of populations etc., or unanticipated time-limited opportunities for research to contribute to international development policy or practice.

Value: £150,000

Deadline: 31 October 2020