17th Dec 2013

To prepare you for 2014, we've listed upcoming funding call launches and deadlines below - add them to your diary now!


Research grants

BBSRC Responsive Mode: Deadlines 9 January, 29 April 2014. 

BBSRC-Brazil (FAPESP) joint funding of research: Deadlines 9 January, 29 April 2014. A responsive mode scheme exclusively for UK-Brazil collaborations in the biosciences. 

BBSRC strategic longer and larger grants: Launch 9 January, deadline 9 April 2014. 

BBSRC LINK and BBSRC Industrial Partnership Awards: Deadlines 9 January, 29 April 2014. Funding for collaboration between a research group and industrial partner, who must fund at least 50% of the total economic cost of the project for a LINK award, or 10% for an IPA. 

ERA-CAPS: Launch 14 January 2014. Confirmed partner agencies are from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia, UK and USA.

TSB Biosciences call: Launch 27 January, deadline 12 March 2014. Up to £2M is available for a number of feasibility studies in biosciences. Projects have to be lead by small or micro companies. Total project costs must be less than £33K.

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration: Launch March 2014. £100 000 is available to fund development of an idea that can help solve one of the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges.

Horizon 2020: Deadline 12 March 2014. The Sustainable Food Security call is relevant to all plant scientists, but the Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy call specifically invites submissions that fall within forestry and renewable oil crops research. Plant researchers interested in synthetic biology might want to take a look at the Biotechnology call.



The Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships: Deadline 8 May 2014. This programme may last three to ten months and funding is dependent on requirement. This is to enable overseas academics with excellent research and teaching skills to spend time at a UK University for the enrichment of the host university, and for the visiting academic.

The Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship: Deadline 13 January 2014. This is an early career fellowship for anyone who requires a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, including parental or other caring responsibilities, or health concerns.

Royal Society Newton International Fellowship: Deadline 10 March 2014. A scheme to support non-UK early career scientists who wish to work in the UK for two years.

Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship: Deadline 8 January 2014. This Fellowship enables scientists to devote between one term and one academic year entirely to their research, with no teaching or administrative responsibilities.  


Grants for travel and collaborations

FAPESP Pump-Priming Awards: Apply at least 12 weeks before the start of the proposed project. Up to £35 000 over two years is available for UK partners to work with collaborators in Brazil. The funds are primarily for travel and networking and are intended to pump-prime BBSRC-Brazil joint funding of research applications (see above).

BBSRC International Scientific Interchange Schemes: Apply at least 6 weeks before intended travel. Up to £5000 available for travel and subsistence to support international networking and collaboration. Access Awards enable research visits of up to one month.

ERASynBio Twinning Programme: Deadline 31 March 2014. Up to €5000 is available for travel to facilitate the beginnings of a synthetic biology collaboration. The grant aims to enable the collaborators to start up a joint research programme or to write a joint proposal – this is not a long term project, and must be finished 6 months from the start date. The application form is very short.

UK-US Fulbright Commission: Rolling deadline. Awards are available for postgraduate students or researchers to go to an American University for research, study, or teaching.

BSPP Senior and Junior Fellowships: Rolling deadline. To fund study away from a scientist’s normal place of work


Support for attending conferences

Company of Biologists travel grants from the Society of Experimental Biology: Deadlines 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2014. Funding to attend a UK (£250) or international (£500) conference. You have to be a member of SEB, or to buy a multi-year membership.

Honor Fell travel award from the British Society for Cell Biology, sponsored by the Company of Biologists: Rolling deadline. Grants of up to £300 for UK meeting attendance, or more for international meetings, are available to students and post-docs.

Biochemical Society travel grant: 7 deadlines throughout 2014 – submit as early as possible. Members of the Biochemical Society can apply for a travel grant between £200 and £500 to attend a meeting.

British Society of Plant Pathology travel grants: Deadlines 28 Febrary, 31 May, 31 August, 30 November 2014. Travel funds are available for BSPP members to assist with expenses for conferences, study tours and visits. The amount available varies, but will not be more than half the cost of your trip.


Funding for students and early post-docs

SCI David Miller Travel Bursary Award: Deadline 14 April 2014. Plant science or horticultural students in the UK or Ireland can apply for this £250 grant for overseas travel in connection with their careers.

The Gen Foundation: Deadline 28 Febrary 2014. Any student of any nationality studying natural sciences (or other subjects) may apply for funding of between £500 and £5000. The Foundation does not support undergraduates, short-term training, conferences, seminars, or thesis writing.

BSPP Undergraduate Vacation Bursary Fund and MSc Project Bursary Fund: Deadline 1 April. Supervisors may apply for £200 per week and £500 consumable budget is available for undergraduates working in a research laboratory over the summer for 8-10 weeks, or Master’s students for a maximum of 17 weeks.

Genetics Society Junior Scientist Grants: Deadlines 1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November 2014. Up to £750 is available to PhD students and post-docs within two years of their viva to cover travel, accommodation, and registration cost for conferences and meetings.


Knowledge exhchange and follow-on funding

BBSRC Knowledge transfer partnerships: Rolling deadline. Provides a KTP Associate to work on an innovative industry-academic partnership project. Applications are welcome from SMEs and academic partners.

BBSRC FLIP: Deadline 28 January. A kind of exchange programme which provides up to £150k total (80%fEC) for up to 24 months. The funds can support the salaries, travel and subsistence movement of the ‘interchangers’ who between different sectors in order to promote knowledge exchange and professional development.

BBSRC Follow-on Funding: Deadlines 5 February, 14 May, 25 June and 23 September 2014. Between £20k and £2m available (depending on the scheme) to support the translation of BBSRC-funded fundamental science.

Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award: Rolling deadline. Up to £30 000 is available to fund researchers for up to a year to test the technical and economic feasibility of an aspect of their research.



BSPP Plant Pathology Promotion Fund: Rolling deadline. Up to £2000 is available to fund outreach initiatives that promote the understanding and awareness of the importance of plant pathology.

BBSRC Modular Training Partnerships: Deadline 28 January 2014. Funding for development of a Masters-level training course in a topic demonstrably in demand from industry.

BBSRC Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Seminars: Rolling deadline. Funding for events that support BBSRC’s knowledge exchange and commercialisation policy.

New Phytologist Trust Innovation Grants: Rolling deadline. Small grants to support plant science innovation and advancement. These are flexible and could be used to support anything from a workshop to a brainstorming networking event to a poster prize.

Biochemical Society Eric Reid Fund for Methodology: Deadline 1 April, 1 November 2014. Up to £2000 for developing methodology at the bench, for example for feasibility studies, new application of a technique, or developing a new protocol. It may be used to cover temporary employment.