Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Pre-announcement: strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) grants: frontier bioscience 2023 to 2024

Apply for funding to lead large team-based fundamental bioscience research projects which push the frontiers of human knowledge.

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

Your project should:

  • have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in our fundamental understanding of living systems
  • significantly enhance the capability and capacity of UK biosciences
  • demonstrate a fully integrated team science approach
  • demonstrate the need for longer and larger scale funding

The full economic cost of your project must be over £2,000,000. BBSRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Projects can be up to five years in duration.

This is a pre-announcement. Full details will be published in April 2023.

The launch of this opportunity is being supported by webinars on 20 April 2023 at 10:00am and 26 April 2023 at 2:00pm, see more details in the ‘additional info’ section.

How to apply

Details on how to apply will be available when the funding opportunity launches in April 2023.

UKRI Funding Service

We are running the funding opportunity on the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Service. You cannot apply for this opportunity on the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system.

If you do not already have an account with the UKRI Funding Service, you will be able to create one when the funding opportunity opens in April. Creating an account is a two-minute process requiring you to verify your email address and set a password. Find out more about the UKRI Funding Service.

If you are a member of an organisation with a research office that we do not have contact details for, we will contact them to enable administrator access. This provides:

  • oversight of every UKRI Funding Service application opened on behalf of your organisation
  • the ability to review and submit applications

Research offices that have not already received an invitation to open an account should email

To find out more about the role of research office professionals in the application process, watch a recording of a recent research office webinar on YouTube.

Contact details

Get help with your application

For help and advice on costings and writing your application, please contact your research office in the first instance. Allow enough time for your organisation’s submission process.

Ask about this funding opportunity and help applying through The Funding Service


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Phone: 01793 547490

Our phone lines are open Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Additional info


The launch of this opportunity is being supported by two webinars that will present an overview of the strategic Longer and Larger grants (sLoLa) scheme, followed by a question and answer session. A copy of the material presented will be provided after the live sessions.

Register via Zoom to attend the webinar on 20 April 2023 at 10:00am.

Register via Zoom to attend the webinar on 26 April 2023 at 2:00pm.

Please note the content of each webinar will be identical.

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