Physical Sciences grants

For more information or to apply for any of the below funding opportunities, get in touch.

Catapult Researchers in Residence Programme

Physical Sciences grants The programme will run until March 2023, with two RiRs announcements of opportunity each year, with the last RiR opportunity announced in January 2019.
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To help increase the connections between the UK research base and the Catapults, Research Councils UK* (RCUK) is supporting the development of new collaborations through research visits/residencies for university (and other eligible research organisations) academics to spend time embedded within the Catapult teams.

Catapult Researchers in Residence (RiR) Awards will build connections, support pathways to impact and knowledge exchange between academia and the Catapult centres.  As such, the Catapults have been awarded vouchers (assigned to the Catapults but paid directly to universities or other research organisations) to support a range of activities to accelerate the impact of Research Council (RC)-funded research and/or expand the capabilities of their centre.

This initiative aligns strongly with RCUK’s excellence with impact, through building stronger partnerships in the national innovatio system and supporting the best environment for innovation.

Aims of the Scheme

The aims of RiR initiative are to:

  • Accelerate the impact of RC-funded research
  • Increase knowledge exchange and co-creation between academia and Catapult centres
  • Develop new collaborations between academia and Catapult centres
  • Expand the capabilities and knowledge of the Catapults
  • Nurturing talents and skills development of researchers and Catapult staff
  • Create a cohort of RiRs able to share their experiences with a wider network of academics.

Funding

The value of each voucher towards supporting a RiR is up to £50k (100% FEC), which may be flexibly spread between one and four years. Funding will be awarded directly to the RiR’s host university (or other eligible research organisation) and not the Catapult. The award can only be used to cover the salary costs for the visit of each RiR, travel and subsistence costs, and any consumables used at the Catapult.

Any other costs (e.g. equipment/service costs, technician time, etc.) will be covered by the host Catapult within reasonable limits and pre-agreed with the host Catapult.

Timeline

The programme will run until March 2023, with two RiRs announcements of opportunity each year, with the last RiR opportunity announced in January 2019. 

How to Apply

Applications for RiR should be made by using this webform and uploading a completed Application Form, CV and Letter of Supports from your institution.

Application Guidance and Impact Report Guidance have been provided.

Please note that submissions made after 5 pm on the closing date will not be accepted. 

Information Documents

Applicant Guidance

Impact Report Guidance

Application Form

FAQ

Apply

CW Discovering Startups Competition

Physical Sciences grants Discovering Start-Ups will re-launch early summer 2019
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Discovering Start-Ups will re-launch early summer 2019. Contact hello@cambridgewireless.co.uk for more information.

Discovering Start-Ups is a programme that connect ambitious start-ups, early stage companies and entrepreneurs to an elite panel of industry leaders and potential investors. Following an open application stage, ten finalists each year are selected to speed-pitch to these judges, followed by networking and technology demonstrations.

In 2018, the competition was run under the theme Connecting the Digital World, in order to provide particular exposure to those start-ups innovating in the field of connectivity. This broad subject encouraged applications from businesses positioned across any layer of the technology stack, from silicon to software. We looked forward to seeing innovations that will enhance digital communication across any industry, whether mobility as a service, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing 4.0 or smart cities.

Defence and Security Accelerator (DSA) Enduring Challenge funding competion

Physical Sciences grants Rolling monthly deadlines
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It provides a route into defence and security for any supplier who thinks they have an idea that can benefit UK Defence and Security, at home or abroad. It exists because we can’t possibly know all the potential solutions and novel approaches out there – whether that’s more advanced technical capability, how we work or operate, or how we train our people. As well as all our existing suppliers, we want to attract those who have not worked with defence and security before.

The Accelerator Enduring Challenge is building on the previously run Centre for Defence Enterprise enduring competitions. It provides some direction on what MOD’s on-going research challenges are, while still remaining open to all highly innovative ideas that challenge existing conventions and have a high potential benefit for the defence and security end user.

It has a budget of up to £6 million in financial year 2017/18. The Accelerator typically funds proposals for proof-of-concept research in the range of £50,000 to £90,000 for work of up to 9 months duration.

We won’t accept proposals for more than £90,000 or for projects lasting more than 9 months at phase 1. This is to ensure that we are focused on rapid proof-of-concept research.

Read more about the Accelerator terms and conditions.

If you have a novel research idea for the enduring competition, you can sign up for an Accelerator event to discuss your proposal.

More information can be found here

Defence and Security Accelerator (DSA) funding competitions

Physical Sciences grants Open call for innotvation
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The Defence and Security Accelerator (DSA) funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research to develop capabilities for UK defence and security.

The Accelerator is formed of personnel from the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Defence Equipment and Support and the Home Office.

You can submit a Defence and Security Accelerator proposal for a research contract either to our enduring competition, or in response to the technical challenges in a specific themed competition.

See Defence and Security Accelerator terms and conditions and contract guidance.

The Defence and Security Accelerator funds only novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. If your proposal is a product, or outside of the Defence and Security Accelerator competition space, you should speak to the Defence Suppliers’ Service.

You can submit a DSA proposal for a research contract either at any time to our enduring competition, or in response to the technical challenges in a specific themed competition.

More information can be found here.

EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC)

Physical Sciences grants Applications for Oct 2019 are now open.
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We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including Chemistry, Physics, Materials and Engineering. Entry into this prestigious programme is competitive, and will take into account qualifications, aspirations and experience.

The University requirement for entry into a PhD programme is a II.1, but most students who are offered admission on the NanoDTC usually have a first. International applicants should refer to this link to find out what grades they need to have.

Applications for NanoDTC MRes + PhD programme should be made through the standard online Graduate Application Portal for Cambridge University. Please read the graduate prospectus entry for the NanoDTC and the application guide carefully before completing your application.

We do not offer the MRes or PhD components as standalone programmes.

Please note that the University’s ability to offer this course in 2019/20 depends on funding decisions scheduled to be made by the UK Research funding council in December 2018 for all CDTs seeking renewal. If the course is not offered, then either your application fee will be refunded, as well as travel expenses to attend for interview, or (with your consent) your application may be transferred to another course.

Please start your online Graduate Application by clicking here.

EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund

Physical Sciences grants Currently closed
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Closing dates for applications: 29 September 2017, 26 January 2018, 25 May 2018, 28 September 2018, 18 January 2019

EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund

The IAA aims to enhance the exploitation of the outputs of EPSRC funded research. The Follow-on Fund will help fund the early stages of commercialisation of technologies, to make ideas more attractive for commercial investment. The fund is open to develop ideas which have arisen from EPSRC funded research, which may be either research grants or studentships.

Please find attached the Follow-on Fund call document which includes full information on the Fund and the Follow-on Fund application form.

Innovate UK Funding Competitions

Physical Sciences grants Open call
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Various funding competitions – you can apply for funding to test the feasibility of your idea, research and develop it and demonstrate it in a prototype.

If you’re a UK-based business or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to:

  • research and develop a process, product or service
  • test your innovation ideas
  • collaborate with other organisations

Use this service to:

  • search and apply for innovation funding
  • submit, track and manage your applications

Start now on the InnovateUK innovation funding finder

More information can be found here.

Isaac Newton Trust Research Grants

Physical Sciences grants Closed
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The Trust’s research grant policy aims:

  1. to provide initial partner funding for new research projects, institutional projects or equipment, so that the projects can go on to apply for external funding to complete the work, or become self-sustaining in other ways.
  2. to provide emergency or bridging funding for salary costs (or occasionally equipment) for outstanding (usually peer-reviewed) projects that have run out of money through no fault of their own. The Trust is also willing to grant underwriting while the results of other applications are awaited.
  3. to help unconventional innovative science. Trustees wish to encourage applications for early-stage funding for genuinely creative and innovative early-stage research projects that are too speculative or unconventional to stand much chance of attracting institutional funding.
  4. Potential applicants seeking to make an institutional application for the promotion of education or research which could reasonably fall under the heading of a ‘Strategic Research Project‘ should consult the Director in the first instance.

More information can be found here.

NERC Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme

Physical Sciences grants 10th July
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Decision-makers are increasingly faced with the challenge of making our infrastructure resilient and mitigating the effects of extreme weather events and climate change. There is a wealth of data, knowledge and expertise in the UK research base which could address this challenge but this valuable resource is often difficult to access and requires translating to be more readily used.

The Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme is a five-year, £5m initiative, which will be driven by the needs of the business community and decision-makers. It will provide sound evidence for the identification and assessment of environmental risks and their impacts on infrastructure, translating the latest research into industry-relevant outputs.

Contacts

For further information on the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme contact Kay Heuser.

If your company is interested in joining the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme please contact Ruth Hughes or Kay Heuser to discuss membership.

More information can be found here.

Forthcoming and past events/recordings Date
 Webinar  Impact of environmental multi-hazards on infrastructure  10 July 2019
 Webinar  Space weather impacts on infrastructure  26 April 2019
 Webinar  ERIIP Showcase – Coastal Hazard  26 Sept 2018
 Webinar  ERIIP Showcase – Scour  3 July 2018
 Webinar  ERIIP Showcase – Geological Hazards  6 March 2017
 Webinar  ERIIP Showcase – Water Sector  28 Nov 2016
 Webinar  ERIIP Showcase – Renewable energy, nuclear and power systems  6 Oct 2016

NERC Follow-on Fund Pathfinder

Physical Sciences grants Open call
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Pathfinder awards complement Follow-on awards.

Follow-on awards of up to £250k FEC fund development projects whose objective is to realise the commercial potential of NERC-funded research via a combination of complementary technical and commercial engagement work programmes.

Successful applications to the Follow-on Fund are invariably built upon a good understanding of the likely market potential for the technology around which the project is based.

If you are confident that you already have a sound assessment of these, and the other, issues described in Follow-on Fund – Guidance for applicants, you are ready to submit an application to the Follow-on Fund.

If, however, there are gaps in your knowledge, you are strongly advised to first apply for a Pathfinder award.

This will give you the best possible opportunity to secure Follow-on funding by enabling you to carry out work that will help you develop a greater understanding of the commercial aspects and possibilities of your research, and hence produce a more robust, better informed proposal for Follow-on funding.

More information can be found here.

NERC Highlight topics

Physical Sciences grants Closed awaiting next round of funding
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A highlight topic focuses strategic research on a defined subject area. The size and duration of projects will be specified for each highlight topic, up to the value of £4m and four years in length.

This page outlines the science prioritised through the highlight topics mechanism.

NERC invites the environmental science community to submit new ideas for highlight topics.

More information can be found here.

NERC Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) Programme

Physical Sciences grants Closed awaiting next round of funding
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The Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) initiative follows on from the Environmental Science Impact Programme (ESIP), with a continued focus on developing regional impact from environmental science. This ambition has also been clearly articulated in the recent Building our Industrial Strategy green paper and, as well as focusing on impact in their region, applications to RISE should look for opportunities to address the key ambitions of the industrial strategy.

RISE is dedicated to bringing research organisations together with businesses, policy bodies and other actors contributing to economic development specific to their location, to deliver significant regional impact from NERC environmental science.

NERC invites research organisations with a strong and substantial portfolio of NERC-funded research to apply through RISE calls for a five-year programme of activity with a NERC contribution of £2·5 million-£4 million at 80% full economic cost.

For more information click here

 

RAE ERA Enterprise Fellowships

Physical Sciences grants Stage 1: the submission deadline is 19 August 2019. If successful at stage 1, applicants will be invited to complete a stage 2 application. - Stage 2: the submission deadline is 16 September 2019.
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This programme is now open for applications.The first submission deadline is 19 August 2019.

  • Stage 1: the submission deadline is 19 August 2019. If successful at stage 1, applicants will be invited to complete a stage 2 application.
  • Stage 2: the submission deadline is 16 September 2019.

Following this application round, the programme will run twice per year, opening again for applications in January 2020.

The Enterprise Fellowship programme supports innovative, creative entrepreneurial engineers who have demonstrated an exceptional innovation in engineering which they want to develop further.

The programme focuses on equipping the awardee with the confidence, skills, experience and network of expert advisors necessary to enable them to develop their innovation.

We support three types of individuals through our Enterprise Fellowships; researchers wishing to spinout a company from a university or research institute, recent graduates wishing to create a company, and international PhD students based in the UK, wishing to spin out or start up.

The Fellowships provide:

  • Up to £60,000 equity-free funding
  • Tailored mentoring and training
  • PR, marketing and promotion
  • Access to our drop-in workspace in central LondonIf you successfully complete the Enterprise Fellowship Programme you will be invited to become an Enterprise Hub Member, and you will continue to receive an exceptional package of lifetime support, including continued access to our facilities, training programme, PR and media support, network of investors, experts, advisors and Academy Fellows.

    To date the Enterprise Hub has provided training, mentoring and £4.5million seed funding to 94 Enterprise Fellows (‘Hub Members’).

RAE Launchpad Competition

Physical Sciences grants 2nd September 2019
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The Launchpad Competition is now open for applications. The submission deadline is 2 September 2019.

Each year we help one budding engineering entrepreneur aged 18-25 to start a business based on their engineering innovation.

Over our 12 month programme we focus on equipping the awardee with the confidence, skills, experience and network of expert advisors necessary to enable them to develop their innovation. The most successful awardees will then serve as role models to inspire the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs, passing on the skills they have gained.

The Launchpad Competition is generously supported by the Gammon family, and the winner will received:

  • The JC Gammon Award
  • £15,000 equity-free cash prize
  • Lifetime membership of the Enterprise Hub

Launchpad Competition guidance notes (362.85 KB)

For further details, please email the Enterprise team.

To date we have supported 94 Entrepreneurs with £4.5 million of seed funding. They have raised over £83 million in further funding, and now employ over 400 staff.

Research Professional Database

Physical Sciences grants Various dates
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The Research Professional Database contains various information regarding funding, and can be found here.

Royal Society Innovation Award

Physical Sciences grants This scheme is currently closed to applications.
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This scheme is for scientists who wish to develop a proven novel concept through to a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation.

This award and the Royal Society Translation Award are designed to promote innovation and fill the funding gap between scientific research and the exploitation of an idea through venture capital investment, they are replacing the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation and the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award.

The principal differences between the Royal Society Innovation Award and the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation are:

  • Two Royal Society Innovation Awards will be available each year of up to £250,000: one for research in the Physical sciences and one for research in the Biological sciences.
  • The selection process will include an interview for shortlisted candidates to pitch their proposal to the Innovation and Translation Awards Panel. Training to prepare candidates for this will be offered by the Royal Society (at no cost to the candidate).

The Royal Society will not reserve the right to convert the Innovation Awards into equity in the event of successful exploitation.

A bespoke training and support package will be offered to successful candidates, to contribute towards the impact of the award.

More information can be found here.

Royal Society Translation Award

Physical Sciences grants This scheme is currently closed for applications.
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This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the potential to commercialise an aspect of their research.

If the idea or concept is at a later stage of development, you should apply for the Royal Society Innovation Award, which provides funding for individuals or groups to develop an already proven concept or prototype through to the creation of a near-market product for commercial exploitation.

This award and the Royal Society Innovation Award are designed to promote innovation and fill the funding gap between scientific research and the exploitation of an idea through venture capital investment, they are replacing the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation and the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award.

The principal differences between the Royal Society Translation Award and the Brian Mercer Feasibility Award are:

  • The awards will be for £50,000 each.
  • There will be no restrictions on the subject areas for awards, within the natural sciences.
  • There will be two rounds per year.
  • A bespoke training and support package will be offered to successful candidates, to contribute towards the impact of the award.
  • There has been an increase in the number of awards available each year.

The scheme covers all the natural sciences.

More information can be found here.

Next deadline: This scheme is currently open for applications, and will close on 6 July 2017

STFC – Follow-on Funding

Physical Sciences grants 19 Feb & 26 July 2019
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Follow-on Funding

Follow-on Funding is intended to provide financial support at the very early or pre-seed stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition. Industry partners are not allowed. If you have an industry partner, please use the IPS scheme.

STFC staff are not eligible and should apply for their internal proof of concept funding.

Follow-On Funding will support a range of relevant activities to enable the development and examination of a concept to establish its commercial feasibility and scientific and technical merit. Partners are not allowed on the Follow-on Fund.

The funding can be used for:

  • Undertaking further scientific and technical development of an idea.
  • Improving an intellectual property (IP) position.
  • Gaining further information about the market for the new products or process.
  • Identifying potential licensees or opportunities for joint ventures.

These activities will be prior to:

  • A full laboratory demonstration of the idea.
  • Pre-production and prototype.
  • The availability of commercial funds for development.

Follow-On Funding will specifically not support:

  • ‘Blue sky’ research.
  • Applied research for companies.
  • Associated intellectual property costs e.g. patent costs.
  • The purchase of larger equipment and capital.

Dates

In 2019, there will be two calls for applications. Each call will close at 16:00.

Opens Closes
KE February 2019 Follow-on-Fund 1 Jan 2019 19 February 2019
KE July 2019 Follow-on-Fund 25 May 2019 26 July 2019

How to Apply

Applications must come through the Je-S system.

In addition to a completed proforma, further documentation must be uploaded as separate pdf documents, these include:

  • Six page case for support (Mandatory)
  • One page Gantt chart (Mandatory)
  • Data Management Plan (Mandatory)
  • Letter of Support from Technology Transfer Office (Mandatory)
  • Letters of Support from organisations interested in the project (Optional)
  • Covering Letter (Optional)

The six page Case of Support MUST include information under the headings (see below). Applications WILL BE REJECTED by the office for non-compliance.

All documentation must be submitted by the closing date. We cannot add any extra information that arrives after this date. Any additional documents such as CVs, extra results, pathways to impact statements, list of publications etc. will be removed and not sent for review.

Case for Support

This should be no longer than six pages and conform to the standard template of Arial (or other clearly readable) 11 point font with a minimum of 2 cm margins around each page.

It will be the responsibility of the principal applicant to ensure that any information is worded in such a way to protect commercially confidential or sensitive areas. STFC will assume that the applicant has obtained necessary permissions from any party that may be involved in the application.

In addition a one page Gantt chart of the project timeline must be submitted.

The six page Case of Support must include the following:

  • Background and Aim

What is the STFC funded research that will form the basis of this project? What is the aim of this application? Who will benefit from this project and subsequent commercialisation?

  • Technical Summary

Describe the current status of the technology you are proposing and the plan for development.

  • Business Plan

Please describe how you will investigate the development of a business plan, which will include a route to market. Describe the commercial opportunity and the predicted investment and mechanism required post-project to take forward commercialisation. This should also include a summary of the current IP position (further detailed in the Letter of Support from your TTO).

  • Work Plan and Risk Analysis

Detail specific work packages, assigning responsibility between partners if appropriate. Applicants should show that they have identified risks and developed alternative strategies to mitigate these. The applicants should consider both technical, programmatic and, where relevant, commercial risks.

  • Resources

State the resources requested by the applicants and provide justification for them. The Panel can reduce resource requests if they feel there is insufficient justification. Describe what the added value of STFC funding will be.

  • Project Deliverables

Identify what the direct outputs will be at the end of this grant (please be specific).

Contacts

  • For help with Je-S, please contact the Je-S helpdesk
  • The STFC office provides advice and support to prepare Follow-on Fund applications. Please contact Ling Xu.

STFC – Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS)The Innovations

Physical Sciences grants 19 Feb & 26 July 2019
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Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS)The Innovations

The Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS) is designed to transfer technology and expertise developed through STFC funding to the marketplace in partnership with industry and other academic disciplines. STFC technology or expertise must be integral to the project. The technology or expertise can be developed with STFC funding at UK higher education institutes, STFC laboratories, CERN, ESRF and ESO (European Southern Observatory).

IPS projects can vary in length up to three years, with funding for a maximum project value of £150k per annum, over a period not exceeding three years.

IPS closing dates are every four months.

Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guidance Notes and are encouraged to contact the office to discuss proposals.

Contacts

  • For help with Je-S, please contact the Je-S helpdesk.
  • The STFC office can provide help and support on IPS grant applications. Please contact Ling Xu.

Dates

In 2019, there will be two calls for applications. Each call will close at 16:00.

Opens Closes
KE February 2019 IPS 1 Jan 2019 19 February 2019
KE July 2019 IPS 25 May 2019 26 July 2019

How to Apply

Applications must come through the Je-S system.

In addition to a completed proforma, further documentation must be uploaded as separate pdf documents, these include:

  • Six page case for support (Mandatory)
  • One page Gantt chart (Mandatory)
  • Data Management Plan (Mandatory)
  • Letter of Support from Technology Transfer Office (Mandatory)
  • Letter of Support from Project Partner (Mandatory)
  • Letters of Support from organisations interested in the project (Recommended)
  • Covering Letter (Optional)

Applications will be rejected that do not follow mandatory Case for Support headings – see guidance notes (PDF, 386 KB)revised in August 2018.

All documentation must be submitted by the closing date. We cannot add any extra information that arrives after this date. Any additional documents such as CVs, extra results, pathways to impact statements, list of publications etc. will be removed and not sent for review.

Contacts

  • For help with Je-S, please contact the Je-S helpdesk
  • The STFC office provides advice and support to prepare Follow-on Fund applications. Please contact Ling Xu.

 

The ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation programme (Phase 2 extension)

Physical Sciences grants Currently closed
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The ICURe Innovation-to-Commercialisation programme (Phase 2 extension), piloted by the SETsquared Partnership and Innovate UK, and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), offers university researchers with commercially-promising ideas up to £50k  (£35k + £15k) to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace.

Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) is a collaboration of the SETsquared Partnership, Innovate UK and BEIS, designed to move ideas and innovation out of universities and into the marketplace, where they will have the greatest impact.

In 2018-19 the ICURe pilot (Phase 2 extension) will continue to focus on commercially-promising research projects undertaken at all UK universities. ICURe will fund teams to validate whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, science or technology.

Where there is evidence of market demand, support for further commercial development, licensing or spinning-out the research there will be up to £15k additional funding, to create a business plan to bid for follow-on for ringfenced funding from Innovate UK.

Experience shows that the most important aspect of a potential team’s success is when they can particate in the programme. It has to be the right time for the ECR, who leads, and the project. With this in mind ICURe are working with two other delivery nodes, Midlands ICURe and NXNW ICURe to provide a full spread of dates this year. There will be cohorts starting in June and August as well two in September and two more in January 2019.

Guidance for Applicants

ICURe will fund selected proposals to prove market demand for research with funding of up to £35k for the 3-month Market Validation stage. And if approved an additional up to £15k for business plan development.

Applications for the funding should be made by a team of 3 consisting of:

  1. Post Doc Junior Researcher (Early Career Researcher)
  2. Senior Researcher (Principal Investigator)
  3. Business Adviser.

Technology Transfer staff (TTO) are encouraged to be a proactive part of the team as a “shadow” member. Their skills and expertise regarding understanding university process and policy are essential to getting the best out of the programme. We will strongly encourage and will fund their expenses to attend the residential boot camp and options roundabout with their teams. We run a specific ‘lessons-learnt’ session at the bootcamp for new and existing TTO staff which has been well received. Please see the TTO guidance for lessons learnt and helpful hints created by previous TTO staff.

Eligible Expenditures

Up to £35,000 of initial allocation is available for each participating team. Each team accepted on to the programme will be required to submit a budget and action plan for approval at the bootcamp and money will be drawn down against expenditure through your university’s research commercialisation office. If this is not agreed then the team will not progress on the programme.

This funding is not a grant, and there is no money paid up front.

Expenses covered by the programme are:

  • Up to £15k towards Early Career Researcher (Entrepreneurial Lead (EL)) salary costs (including on costs, ie university pension and NI contributions). Salary provided will match the Early Career Researcher’s current salary. There is no additional amount paid.
  • EL Travel, subsistence and accommodation required to conduct face-to-face interviews and attend trade shows.
  • Travel costs and accommodation for team members to attend ICURe events (bootcamp, training days/support and Options Roundabout Presentation – accommodation for bootcamp is covered by the central ICURe programme).

NB – The role of business adviser is unpaid; however, their travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the programme.

More information on ICURe: Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research… http://www.setsquared.co.uk/research-commercialisation/applications-cohort-14-open

UK Research and Innovation

Physical Sciences grants Round Four: October 2019
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Future Leaders Fellowships

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.

Who can apply

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils’ institutes and laboratories.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

How to apply

There will be six calls for these fellowships; two calls per year between 2018-19 and 2020-21 (financial years), typically awarding at least 100 fellowships per call across UKRI’s remit (with the initial round being smaller, aiming to award ~50 fellowships).

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ringfenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

Timing for Second and Third Rounds

Outline Proposals (Expressions of Interest) are mandatory for each applicant intending to submit to the second round of this call. Host Organisation support for the submission of the Outline Proposal must be sought and agreed before the Outline Proposal is submitted. The call for Outline proposals for Round 3 will open on 2 April 2019.

  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at academic host organisations or business host organisations who are Je-S registered should be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) (available from 2 April 2019).
  • Outline Proposals for applicants to be based at business host organisations who are not currently Je-S registered should be submitted via an online form (available from 2 April 2019).
  • Full applications for Round 3 must be submitted via Je-S by 16:00 on 30 May 2019 or the second round of this call. Full details are available in the ‘Overview of the scheme’ and ‘Completing the application form’ documents below.Expected closing dates for future rounds:
    • Round Four: October 2019
    • Round Five: May 2020
    • Round Six: October 2020

 

Wellcome Innovator Awards

Physical Sciences grants Currently closed
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Innovator Awards: Digital Technologies

These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into digital healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Scheme at a glance

This scheme is now closed

Level of funding:

£500,000 to £1 million

Duration of funding:

Up to 2 years

 

 

Wellcome: Innovator Awards: Digital Technologies

Physical Sciences grants Closed
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These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into digital healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health.

Scheme at a glance

Level of funding:

£500,000 to £1 million

  • Scheme opens to applications

    1 October 2018

  • Applications deadline

    3 December 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Shortlisting

    28 January 2019

  • Review

    28 February 2019

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about this scheme (eg eligibility or the application process).

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact:

Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

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Pump Prime grants for novel research.

The Pump Prime scheme is available for academic and research staff in the Physics department to encourage exploration for new innovative ideas with relevance to the broad field of sustainability. This scheme is designed to promote speculative, high-risk activities that have potential for major impact, which otherwise would be difficult to resource.

Funding will be available for up to £50k for feasibility trials and demonstrations of new concepts including costs related to labour, consumables and small scale equipment.

Proposals can involve collaborative activities with other departments.

More information can be found here.