Current external funding calls

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


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

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

Value:  up to £60,000

Deadline: 13th November 2019