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Astronomy large awards outline 2025

Astronomy Large awards support themed, programmatic large projects tackling big research questions or technology development with the potential to produce world-leading research.

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UK-Canada quantum for science research collaborations

This funding opportunity is open to researchers from the UK and Canada to collaborate on the following topics:

  • quantum sensors and detectors
  • quantum communications

Project leads must be based at research organisations eligible to receive STFC and NSERC funding respectively.

The UKRI Ayrton challenge programme full stage (invite only)

Apply for funding for interdisciplinary research projects aiming to drive forward the clean energy transition in developing countries and deliver real change in clean and just energy access.

Turning innovative technology concepts into market reality

Apply for funding to turn your innovative technology concepts into market reality.

You must:

  • be a UK-registered company under five years old that is majority-owned by founders and employees
  • have received previous support from UKRI or a UKRI partner organisation

Pre-announcement: Core research challenges in digital twinning for crisis resilience

Apply to lead an interdisciplinary research programme in digital twinning which seeks to aid decision makers in their role of strengthening the resilience of transport networks, including increasing capability before and during crisis management to address a range of threats and hazards.

Pre-announcement: UK future internet NetworkPlus

Apply for funding for a UK future internet NetworkPlus which brings together the research community and stakeholders.

This funding opportunity is part of the UKRI Creating Opportunities, Improving Outcomes strategic theme.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

Digital infrastructure: new approaches to skills or software

Apply for funding to enhance your digital research infrastructure (DRI) by trialling approaches to skills or software, two of the strategic priorities of the UKRI DRI Programme. Your application may be targeted at one of these priorities.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

Pre-announcement: UKRI cross research council responsive mode pilot scheme: round 2

Apply for funding for breakthrough or disruptive interdisciplinary ideas that transcend, combine or significantly span disciplines that are not routinely funded through existing UKRI responsive mode schemes.

Project leads must be based at an organisation eligible for UKRI research council funding.

UKRI systems approaches to advance the UK’s transition to net zero: full

Apply for funding to establish a flagship transdisciplinary research programme in systems approaches to advance the UK’s transition to net zero.

This funding opportunity is part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Building a Green Future strategic theme.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowship 2024

STFC is offering up to 10 Ernest Rutherford Fellowships to outstanding researchers at an early stage of their career. The aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme.

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