19th Aug 2014

BBSRC opened three funding calls with relevance to the GARNet community this week. 

Round three of the Agri-tech Catalyst is now open for submission of Expressions of Interest (EoI). The deadline for Industrial research EoI is 8 October with the full call deadline set as 7 January. This call is managed by the Technology Strategy Board, and you can find out more about the application process here.

The exchange programme FLIP (Flexible Interchange Programme) has re-opened with a deadline of 15 October. FLIP supports the movement of people between environments in order to exchange knowledge, technology, skills. Ultimately, this exchange aims to develop bioscience researchers and improve their research.

The applicant to the FLIP awards must be a named investigator on an awarded BBSRC research grant. They can, but do not have to be, the ‘interchanger’ who will do the exchange and there can be more than one interchanger per award. The partner organisation can be academic or non-academic, for example a research organisation, UK industry, policy making or charitable organisation. The awards typically last up to 24 months and can be undertaken on a fell-time, part-time or intermittent basis. They cover a contribution to the salary of the ‘interchangers’ and reasonable travel and subsistence costs. BBSRC provides their usual help text and FAQs as well as case studies to help applicants in writing their proposal. 

Finally, also with a deadline of 15 October, is the Modular Training Partnerships (MTPs) call. This funds the development of industrially-relevant short training courses at Masters level. The lead applicant must be based in an academic institution, but evidence of industrial demand for the course is a key requirement of funding and the course must be developed in close collaboration with industry. The MTPs have been running since 1998, so there are plenty of examples to look at when considering whether to apply.