Current external funding calls

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.

A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership.

Value: Approx 33% cost of a project to SME’s and 50% for Larger organisations.
Deadline: Runs continuously through the year with October, December, February and April application deadlines.


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.

The Douglas Bomfort Trust travel awards for research
Value: £1500
Deadline: open

The Rank Prize Awards for international collaborations in crop, nutrition and optoelectronics
Value: up to £10,000 for early and mid-career researchers
Deadline: open, with January, May and September reviews



Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: Sustainable Future Programme Grants

Support for projects that develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. Priorities areas are:

  • Better economics
  • Beyond consumerism;
  • New voices

Value: Variable, nominal average £50,000
Deadline: 2nd September 2019


OECD: Research Fellowship Awards

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the OECD Co-operative Research Programme. The aim of the Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas.

Value: Economy travel, subsistence and lab expenses beween 6 to 26 weeks, depending on the country.

Deadline: 10th September 2019


Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture and Aquaculture Production Translation Call
This initiative is to increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of BBSRC and/or NERC funded research into practical application, supporting interdisciplinary projects to address current food security development and environmental challenges related to food production in the listed LMICs.
Value: £3.4 Million for 12-16 Projects.
Deadline: 18th September 2019, 16:00


AHRC Research Networking Scheme: 2019 Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Highlight Notice

This highlight notice will develop research networks that build sustained international boundary crossing collaborations and equitable partnerships with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Working across disciplines, these networks will enhance the contribution that arts and humanities research makes to international development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, projects will be expected to address one (or both) of the following:

  • Development challenges, contexts and areas that are under-represented in the current AHRC portfolio;
  • Issues of gender, equalities, diversity and inclusion in international development

Value: Up to £60,000
Deadline: 24th September 2019, 16:00

GCRF Challenge Clusters

Challenge Clusters should bring together current and/or former GCRF projects, along with associated partners from non-government organisations, industry, charity, civil society and other policy makers who have agreed to collaborate together to accelerate impact against a specific global challenge. Clusters are encouraged to bring together other development projects funded by either UK or International organisations to leverage knowledge and deliver new synthesis of research findings.

Value: This is a two-stage call which will provide seed funding for around 20 initial projects over an initial 12 months of up to £150k each. The first stage projects will be evaluated and in the second stage £1m – £2m funding will be made available for 6 to 8 projects over the subsequent three years.

Deadline: 24 September 2019





BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) Joint Funding for Research
UK Research and Innovation and FAPESP, the State of Säo Paulo Research Foundation, have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to welcome, encourage and support applications that may cut across their national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams.
Value: Responsive mode
Deadline: 2nd October 2019


BBSRC: Stand-alone LINK. 

LINK supports collaborative research projects between at least one company and one academic partner. At least 50% of the full project cost comes from industry.

Value: Responsive mode
Deadline: 2nd October 2019

NERC Pre-announcement: Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators Programme and workshop

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will shortly announce research calls and a workshop for the Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators (GGR-D) Programme. The GGR-D Programme will assess sustainable routes for large-scale greenhouse gas removal (GGR) from the atmosphere.

Workshop: 7th October 2019


BBSRC Follow-on Funding call (FoF) 

Supports the translation of research into practical application, including commercialisation.

Value: £25,000 to £800,000
Deadline: 9th October 2019


UKRI Strength in Places Fund
Projects that undertake a flexible range of research and innovation interventions that will have a demonstrable impact on local economic growth. Funding supports geographic areas within the UK, ranging from city-scale to areas that cover multiple local authorities
Value: £50,000 seedcorn funding for proposal development, £5-£10M for full proposals
Deadline: 9th October 2019


UKRI Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement

This supports capacity building in collaborative place-based public engagement between research organisations, partner organisations and communities. Projects will be driven by a geographically defined community’s need that can be approached by engagement with research and generate new learning.

Value: £40,000
Deadline: 21st October 2019


Pre-announcement: Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment call and workshops

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will shortly announce a call for research to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its centre. Proposals will be invited for interdisciplinary consortia to take a food systems approach, linking healthy and accessible diets with sustainable food production and supply to help drive food system transformation.

Two workshops will be held to communicate more details about the research call and facilitate networking.

Manchester (city centre) Monday 21st October

London (central) Friday 25th October

Deadline: Announcement of Call will be launched in the coming weeks

KTN Spark Awards

SPARK Awards encourage new collaborations between the research community and industry. Projects must be in one of the following four market sectors; Livestock and Aquaculture, Food and Drink, Industrial Biotechnology, and Plants & Crops. The collaboration between a research organisation and an SME can comprise almost any defined piece of work by the research partner for the industrial partner, e.g. a student project, data analysis, feasibility study, literature review.

Value: £10,000
Deadline: 1st November 2019


ERA-Net SUSFOOD2: Joint call towards sustainable and organic food systems

This supports research projects taking a system approach considering all relevant aspects in the food system and their potential to increase sustainability. Consortia should apply to one of the four topics: resource-efficient, circular and zero-waste food systems; diversity in food from field to plate; mild food processing; sustainable and smart packaging.

Value: €1.5 mil
Deadline: 4th November 2019


EPSRC Internet of Food Things Network Plus pilot studies

Applicants are invited to apply for short‐term pilot research study funding from the Internet of Food Things Network Plus, set up as a priority challenge area by the Digital Economy Theme (DE) led by EPSRC. These pilot studies will be no longer than 6 months in duration and are intended to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas.

Value: Individual projects can request up to £40,000 total funding (total spend up to £50,000 as per FEC 80% funding).
Deadline: 4th November 2019


GCRF demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development goals: phase 1

The aim of this competition is to support demonstration-stage projects that have the potential to improve lives of people living in lower income countries and emerging economies. It will support projects that address one or more of the global societal challenges recognised as the UN Sustainable Development Goals through development of innovative, market-creating products and services. These projects should ultimately lead to the deployment of those products or services within those countries.

Value:  up to £60,000

Deadline: 13th November 2019


ESPRC Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinator

The initial £150k grant will be used by the Coordinator to build an interdisciplinary community to develop the proposal for the Hub, as well as engaging in relevant knowledge exchange and coordination activities. Funds can be requested for the Coordinator’s time, and to fund networking activities, workshops and general admin support during this period. UKRI welcomes and encourages applications led by and involving any discipline – and not only disciplines within EPSRC’s remit. The successful Coordinator will then submit a subsequent proposal for the interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub, with up to £3.3m available for up to 3 years, 9 months from 1 January 2021.

Value: Up to £150k (at 80% FEC) is available for this initial grant

Deadline: 19th November 2019




ESPRC Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres

Proposals are invited for Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres, each conducting interdisciplinary research that accelerates understanding and solutions to enable circularity of a resource flow (materials, material systems, products and/or services), including consideration of (multi-) sector contexts. UKRI welcomes and encourages applications led by and involving any discipline – and not only disciplines within EPSRC’s remit.

Value: Up to £22.5 million (at 80% FEC) is available to support up to five Centres for up to four years from 1 October 2020

Deadline: 5th December 2019

ISCF Future food production systems

Projects must create integrated, data-driven solutions to drive agricultural productivity as well as target net zero emissions. We will consider a broad range of technologies and systems. The project must aim to determine the transformation of future food production systems. It must be ambitious, multidisciplinary and systems-focused rather than dedicated to developing a single technology.

Value: Greater than £1 million but less than £10 million.

Deadline: 22nd January 2020