Funding Roundup – April 2018

BBSRC New Investigator Scheme, Deadline: 24 April 2018



BBSRC Industrial partnership awards

These support academic-led research projects and where industrial partners contribute in cash funding. The industry partners must contribute in cash at least equivalent to 10 per cent of the full project costs. Deadline: 24 April 2018



BBSRC Stand-alone LINK programme, Deadline: 24 April 2018

This supports pre-competitive research projects including the collaboration between at least one company and one academic partner. Grants are worth up to £400,000.



BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding of research, Deadline: 24 April 2018



INNOVATE: Innovation loans: manufacturing and materials readiness, Deadline: 25 April 2018



CBMNet Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship, Deadline: 27 April 2018

Up to £2350now available. See:


Universal Biotech Innovation Prize, Deadline: 30 April 2018

 The Innovation Prize aims to promote innovation in the field of Life Sciences. The most innovative projects in the field of biotech, medtech and digitech will be awarded with a grant and a year of consulting services offered by Universal Biotech, with a combined value of €30,000.



Open Sector Competition

Deadline: 9 May 2018

UK businesses can apply for a share of £19 million for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly impact the UK economy. Projects should aim to lead to new products, processes or services (or novel use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar available in the field. Proposals can come from any technology and any part of the economy. See:


The 2018 #NewtonPrize call is now open, centring on partnerships in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Start your application today! **Call closes 25 May** 


Innovation Loans: April 2018 Open Competition, Deadline:6 June 2018

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Your proposal can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and any part of the economy. See: .


UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme, Deadline: 7 June 2018

The Future Leaders Fellowship scheme (FLF) aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years of funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges. See:


H2020 2018-2020 Work Programme


For example – CE-BIOTEC-04-2018: New biotechnologies for environmental remediation

Scope: Proposals should include research and innovation for efficient and low cost remediation strategies using microorganisms by means of (bio-)electrochemical systems, or alternate systems that require minimum or zero external energy or chemicals. This topic is part of the EU-China flagship initiative on Biotechnology for Environment and Human Health, which will promote substantial coordinated and balanced research and innovation cooperation between the EU and China. Proposals requesting a contribution from the EU up to €5M would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.


Bridging for Innovators (B4I), Deadline: March 2021

Bridging for Innovators (B4I) is a programme run by Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to support UK industry. It is designed specifically to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2b worth of government investment in large scale scientific infrastructure. See: