Funding opportunities

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

Current calls

Strategic Priorities Fund

UKRI is working to develop a new competitive Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) which builds on the vision of a ‘common fund’ set out in Sir Paul Nurse’s review. The SPF will support high quality research and development priorities which would otherwise be missed – multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programmes identified by researchers and businesses at the cutting edge of research and innovation.

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.

UKRI 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. 

  • JeS application deadline round one: closed
  • JeS application deadline round two: closed
  • Mandatory outline proposal deadline round three: 2 May 2019
  • Full application deadline round three: 30 May 2019

Strength in Places Fund

Led by UK Research and Innovation, Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) is a new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional growth.

  • Application deadline: closed
  • EOI awards start: Mid October 2018

Artificial Intelligence, Centres for Doctoral Training

UKRI invited outline proposals for 10 – 20 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) to support research training relevant to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Bids were welcomed and encouraged from eligible institutions that addressed training needs in AI challenges. This investment represents an exciting opportunity for highly multidisciplinary doctoral research training in an area of key importance to the UK.

  • Application deadline: closed
  • Interview panels: week commencing 5 November 2018

Council funding opportunities

For the latest funding opportunities and updates from our Councils please visit:

For information on studentships please see our Skills section.