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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. 

Current calls

Citizen Science Exploration Grant

UK Research and innovation is launching a new £400,000 funding call to encourage researchers and innovators to experiment with citizen science.

Application window: 01 October 2019, 00:00 – 12 November 2019, 16:00

Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement

Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement is a competitive funding scheme to support eligible research organisations UK-wide to pilot place-based public engagement partnerships and activities.

Application deadline: 21 October 2019

The Stephen Hawking Prize fellowships will support and develop the next generation of visionary scientists in theoretical physics at the beginning of their career. UKRI are providing funding for five annual calls delivered jointly by EPSRC and STFC. Round one is now open and intentions to submit must be received by 20 June 2019.

Strategic Priorities Fund

The Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) 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 competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional growth.

  • Wave 2 EOI Application deadline: 9 October 2019
  • Wave 2 EOI awards start: Summer 2020

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

UKRI-NSFC Joint Call Understanding and Addressing Health and Social Challenges for Ageing in the UK and China

This interdisciplinary joint call is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), specifically the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), in collaboration with the National Natural Sciences Foundation China (NSFC). The call invites high quality proposals between researchers in the UK and China which aim to enhance the evidence base on understanding and addressing health and social challenges facing ageing societies through interdisciplinary collaborations.

Council funding opportunities

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For information on studentships please see our Skills section.