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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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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2024 to 2025 round three

UK registered academic institutions, research and technology organisations or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.

Experimental medicine: invited stage two application

Apply for funding to investigate the causes, progression and treatment of human disease. Your application must include an intervention in humans.

You must be based at an eligible research organisation.

You must be invited to apply for stage two of this funding opportunity.

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.

Strategic infrastructure outlines

Apply for funding to purchase strategic infrastructure including equipment, resources or both.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding.

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

Neurosciences and mental health research: research grant: responsive mode

Apply for funding to support research projects focused on neurosciences and mental health.

You must be employed at a research organisation eligible to apply for MRC funding.

You can involve more than one research group or organisation in the project.

Infections and immunity: programme: responsive mode

Apply for funding to support a programme of research focused on infections and immunity.

You must:

  • be employed at an eligible research organisation eligible to apply for MRC funding
  • have a record of securing funding and delivering research

UK-Brazil global talent exchange scheme (pilot)

This opportunity seeks to improve the connectivity between UK and Brazilian social science research communities. It is open to attract and nurture talented people from across the social sciences to remain internationally competitive in research and innovation.

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