Physical Sciences grants

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

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 Now accepting applications for Oct 2020 entry. The deadline for the 1st review round is 3 Dec 2019
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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.

Admissions for Oct 2020

Sep 03, 2019

Now accepting applications for Oct 2020 entry. The deadline for the 1st review round is 3 Dec 2019. Some funding applications may be sooner. See www.nanodtc.cam.ac.uk/apply for more information.

https://www.nanodtc.cam.ac.uk/

EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund

Physical Sciences grants 31 January 2020
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Closing date for applications:  31 January 2020

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 note consultancy-focused/led projects will not be funded through the Follow-on Fund programme.

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

Application process

Potential applicants must ensure they are aware of any internal Departmental deadlines for approval by Head of Department before submission.

Full proposals should be emailed to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by midnight on the closing date.

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.

NERC Follow-on Fund Pathfinder

Physical Sciences grants The annual call for financial year 2019-20 is paused whilst we review NERC's offer in the round
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Note: With the advent of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and new significant funding opportunities, the context for the NERC-funded Innovation Follow-on Pathfinder scheme has altered. This shifting landscape has led to a need to review NERC’s innovation open calls.

To this end, the annual call for financial year 2019-20 is paused whilst we review NERC’s offer in the round. Future call opportunities will be listed on the NERC funding news and calls page and you can sign up to the NERC email alert service to ensure you receive the most up-to-date news on NERC and UKRI funding.

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.

STFC – Follow-on Funding

Physical Sciences grants Call opens 04/12/2019 call closes 20/02/2020 & call opens 03/06/2020 call closes 03/09/2020
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Follow on Funding (FoF)

FoF is a ‘proof-of-concept’ model, where further work on an idea will make any commercial potential evident to the market and so secure, for example, a spin-out (seed/venture finance) or licensing opportunity or provide the necessary information to bid for IPS support. This often takes small amounts of funds to enable activities essential to preparing a robust business plan.

The scheme is designed support a range of relevant activities (e.g. market assessments, development of IP etc.) and enable the development and examination of a concept to establish its commercial feasibility and scientific and technical merit. FoF is designed for early stage TRL which can then feed in to a subsequent full IPS grant.

Key Dates

Call opens Call closes Estimated date of panel meeting Outcome announced
4 December 2019 20 February 2020 May 2020 July 2020
3 June 2020 3 September 2020 December 2020 January 2021

https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/stfc-knowledge-exchange/follow-on-funding/

STFC – Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS)The Innovations

Physical Sciences grants Call opens 04/12/2019 call closes 20/02/2020 & call opens 03/06/2020 call closes 03/09/2020
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Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS)

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.

Key Dates

Call opens Call closes Estimated date of panel meeting Outcome announced
4 December 2019 20 February 2020 May 2020 July 2020
3 June 2020 3 September 2020 December 2020 January 2021

 

https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/stfc-knowledge-exchange/innovations-partnership-scheme/

Wellcome Innovator Awards

Physical Sciences grants Ongoing
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Innovator Awards

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

Scheme at a glance

Level of funding:

Up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations

Duration of funding:

Usually up to 24 months, or up to 36 months for multidisciplinary collaborations

Key dates

You can apply online at any time.

Shortlisting meetings happen every three months.

Grants awarded

Find out about some of the people and projects we’ve funded for this scheme.

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: