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Funding opportunities

We provide a range of funding opportunities to enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class research and innovation.

If you are looking for COVID-19 related funding opportunities, see our overview of current COVID-19 UKRI funding calls.

Current opportunities

ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter Research Director 2020

We invite you to apply for this Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Research Director role. You will help identify where economic and social sciences can make a significant contribution to the innovation and diffusion of industrial digital technologies in UK manufacturing. You must be based at an eligible UK Research Organisation.

Peacebuilding and Resilience in an era of global health challenges: a bilateral research call to enhance understanding and support

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Projects CTeI of national affairs (Minciencias) are pleased to announce a bilateral call between researchers in the UK and Colombia. This call invites internationally competitive and cross disciplinary research projects, that aim to enhance the evidence base on understanding and addressing the mental health challenges facing post-conflict societies in Colombia.

ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Hub pre-announcement

The Transforming Foundation Industries ISCF Challenge will be investing up to £4.7m in a Research and Innovation Hub which will be delivered by EPSRC on behalf of UKRI. The aim of this Challenge is to enable the foundation industries (made of six separate sectors: metal, glass, ceramics, paper, cement and chemicals) to work together to address their common challenges of competitiveness and sustainability. 

ISCF Healthy Ageing Challenge Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme - Outline Stage

The SBDRP programme will provide £9.5m to fund interdisciplinary academic-led teams to carry out research into social, behavioural and design aspects of healthy ageing. We are inviting outline proposals for research grants of up to £2 million for a period of up to 36 months.

Citizen science collaboration grant

This call will support multidisciplinary research collaborations that spread citizen science methods into new fields of research and involve citizens to address societally-relevant issues. This is a single round funding scheme for projects lasting one to three years.

UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in Low and Middle Income Countries. This call is funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund.

UK Climate Resilience Embedded Researcher scheme - Phase two: Embedded Researchers

UKRI is inviting proposals from UK-based academic researchers to apply for up to placements at non-academic host organisations. Funding will be awarded as a research grant to the researcher and profiled across 12 months from 1 September 2020.

Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19: UKRI open call

The UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19 invites proposals for short-term projects of up to 18 months duration, addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pre-call announcement: ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Network Plus

UKRI will be inviting proposals for an ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Network Plus Grant. The Network Plus will provide academic leadership across the sectors and organise networking activities such as workshops, events and communications, to build sustained engagement and collaboration.

ISCF Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are inviting applications to the ISCF Healthy Ageing Social Behavioural and Design Research Programme. £9.5m (100% fEC) will be available to support worldleading research that makes a significant contribution to the lives of people as they age.

Call for Participants in a three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care

UKRI are pleased to invite participants to apply to attend a sandpit on Digital technologies for Health and Care.

Innovation Scholars secondments

UKRI invites applications for individuals from any discipline wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part time) on secondment in the biomedical sciences sector. Proposals can come from any discipline but either the seconding or host organisation must be a business within the biomedical sciences sector (such as pharmaceutical, biotech, devices, biomedical engineering or diagnostics).

Turing Artificial Intelligence World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

Up to £18 million is available to support a small number of researchers with significant packages of support (£3-5 million) for up to 5 years.

Turing Artificial Intelligence Acceleration Fellowships

EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI, is delivering this substantive phase of the Turing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellowships. Up to £18 million is available to fund 10-15 fellows for 5 years.

Pre-call announcement: Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards

UKRI expects to fund up to 60 Catalyst Awards across three funding calls between 2020 and 2022. The calls will be open to UK academics and the first funding call is expected to open in January 2020.

Strategic Priorities Fund – current calls

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Open calls can be found here.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is part of government’s Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to raise productivity and earning power in the UK. The fund is a core pillar in the government’s commitment to increase funding in research and development by £4.7 billion over 4 years to strengthen UK science and business.

Future Leaders Fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure a vibrant environment for research and innovation in the UK. The scheme is open to researchers and innovators from across business, universities, and other organisations. We welcome applicants from around the world.

Council funding opportunities

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For information on studentships please see our Skills section.