UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund

Innovate UK has announced a new competitive scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional economic growth.

To be successful, applications must build on existing research and innovation capability and present a valid plan of new research and innovation activities. These should have a demonstrable impact on local economic growth.

Project consortia must be based within the project’s geographical area and have the support of a local civic leadership.

Projects can be led by either a UK based business or a UK publicly funded research organisation.

This first competition stage is an expression of interest (EOI). Consortia will set out plans for large collaborative proposals. Following assessment, successful EOIs will be selected to receive up to £50,000 in ‘seedcorn funding’ to further develop a proposal for a full stage project.

Please see summary below:

Competition opens: Monday, 28th May 2018

Competition closes: Wednesday, 25th July 2018 (noon)

Funding available: up to £50,000 seedcorn funding for successful EOIs; full stage proposals between £10million  and £50million

Project dates: June 2019 – April 2024

For more information, please see this link.

Newton Fund Opportunities

For those wishing the increase the internationalisation of their research, the UK’s Newton Fund provides opportunities throughout the year to network and collaborate with overseas colleagues to expand your research horizons!

The current calls are:

Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop Grants (between the UK and Brazil, China, India, Jordan, and Peru) – these bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research

Researcher Links Workshop Grants (UK and Russia) – these bring together early career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research

Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants – which provide financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher’s career opportunities.

Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants (between the UK and Turkey, Vietnam, Mexico, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, and Thailand) – these aim to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

These current calls, above, all close on 8th June 2018, with more in the pipeline.

Institutional Links Grants (UK and Gulf countries) – this programme is part of the UK Government’s strategic commitment to strengthening partnerships with the Gulf countries in our interests and theirs to help tackle the challenges we share. This call closes on 28th June 2018.

With varying dates for application, you may also wish to apply to attend one of the forthcoming International research workshops.

ESRC Changing the Story – Small Grants Open to Early Career Researchers

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) programme Changing the Story are offering a series of grants to further explore the different ways in which ODA countries can build civil societies with, and for, young people in areas of post-conflict.

Changing the Story are interested in work that will contribute understanding towards at least one of these research questions:

  • What lessons can be learnt from the ways in which CSOs have attempted to deal with the legacy of past violence on the key issues facing young people in these societies today?
  • How can these lessons be shaped into practical, and sustainable, development projects on the ground, localising best practice to the situation faced by specific communities?
  • How can CSOs most effectively share best practice internationally? What are the higher-level policy implications of our research findings for development agencies and multilateral bodies seeking to roll out more extensive programmes on post-conflict resolution?

Grants available of between £15,000 – £30,000 (duration 6-12 months).

The project team must be multi-institutional. It must include at least two Early Career Researchers (ECRs) – one from the UK and one from the ODA-country.

To apply for this round of funding, applicants must attend the Project Development Workshop in the UK, which takes place 25-26 October 2018.

Over the course of the two-day workshop, participants will have a chance to develop their project idea, receive critical feedback and insight from international peers and experts, learn from and support other projects currently in development, and build new networks through which to disseminate their work. When the workshop concludes, participants will have five weeks to submit their grant application

The deadline to apply to attend the Project Development Workshop is 23 July 2018.

Following attendance at the Project Development Workshop, the deadline for ECR-led grant applications is 30 November 2018.

Research on Research Awards

These awards are for researchers who use a range of interdisciplinary methods to understand and improve how research is funded, practiced and evaluated, also known as research on research.

Scheme at a glance:
Postdoctoral research, Leading a research programme, Returning to research

Value:  Between £50,000 and £250,000

Duration: 6 to 24 months

Who can apply

You can apply if you have a proposal on the funding, practice or evaluation of research. Your proposal should investigate key questions or explore knowledge gaps.

Research proposal

Research on the practice of research (known as research on research) is an evolving discipline that uses a range of interdisciplinary methods to understand and improve how research is funded, practiced and evaluated. It takes an evidence-led approach that seeks to maximise the efficiency, effectiveness, fairness and impact of research.

We are inviting proposals that will investigate key questions or explore knowledge gaps on the funding, practice or evaluation of research.

We particularly encourage projects and activities that promote all or some of the following:

  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • applying findings to funding policy or practice
  • innovative methods.

We welcome proposals across a range of activities, including but not limited to:​

  • pilot and scoping studies
  • preliminary data gathering
  • proof-of-principle studies
  • systematic reviews.

What they offer:

Research on Research Awards are between £50,000 and £250,000 and can last from 6 to 24 months

  • Salary or research/teaching replacement
  • Research expenses, including costs for a researcher or consultant
  • Conference and meeting cots

What they don’t offer:

  • Top up existing grants
  • Fund part of a PhD or Master’s course
  • Write up publications from previous awards and qualification

Stages of application

  1. Submit your concept note to Research Support

    Complete the Research on Research Awards concept note [DOCX 84KB] and email it to by midnight on 22 May 2018.


British Council Newton Funding

The British Council Newton Fund calls (Institutional Links and Researcher Links) are now open.  These schemes fund travel, workshops and research and innovation collaborations between UK Universities and international partners. Each call and partner country has specific priority themes – refer to call guidance for details. Deadline 8 June 2018.

More information and links to apply for each call can be found on the British Council website.

Faraday Institution Call for a UK EV and Battery Manufacturing Economics Case

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent, national institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training, and analysis. Bringing together expertise from universities and industry, the Faraday Institution endeavours to make the UK the go-to place for the research, development, manufacture and production of new electrical storage technologies for both the automotive and the wider relevant sectors.

The Faraday Institution wants to gain a robust perspective of how the UK can maximise jobs creation and investment in the electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing markets. The Institution has therefore launched a call to fund one project that will provide an estimate of the economic benefit the UK can derive from the manufacture of electric vehicles and battery cells and packs to 2040, as well as providing economic models to support ongoing analysis in this area.

The specific questions to be addressed are:

“What is the maximum opportunity for electric vehicle and battery cell production to be based in the UK by 2030 and 2040, and what actions need to be taken now, and by who, to ensure that this opportunity is captured?”

The proposed project is focused explicitly on the UK’s production of EVs and batteries, not the UK’s consumption of electric vehicles. The project should give scenarios for costs and prices, not predictions, with estimates of the impacts of shocks or breakthrough technologies.

UK higher education institutions that receive grant funding from one of the Government’s higher education funding bodies and some Research Council institutes and independent research organisations are eligible to apply. A list of eligible organisations to apply is available here.

The Faraday Institution’s policy is to fund at 80% of full economic costing. The maximum budget for this project is £200,000 (ie fully economic cost of £250,000), but applicants will be judged on both quality and cost efficiency of their proposal.

Interested applicants should email the Faraday Institution at to obtain an application form. This should be completed and returned to the same email address.

A conference call for potential applications will be held on 14 May 2018. Attendance at this conference call is mandatory for all applicants to this competition.

Applications should be submitted by the 8 June 2018 deadline.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships scheme (EoI deadline: 7th June 2018; deadline: 3rd July 2018)

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.

Who can apply

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils’ institutes and laboratories.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

Length of support

The support offered will be long-term and flexible and will provide comprehensive package of support, including the fellow’s salary and justified research, staff and training costs, with seven years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four. The case for support should make clear the long-term aims of the programme, and why they matter – while providing more specific plans and costings for the first four years.

For business applicants, those in the user community or other applicants, four years’ support may be sufficient and there is no need to apply for a further three years of funding if this is not required. Successful applicants will have the intellectual and financial freedom to develop and change direction over this period.

How to apply

There will be six calls for these fellowships; two calls per year between 2018-19 and 2020-21 (financial years), typically awarding at least 100 fellowships per call across UKRI’s remit (with the initial round being smaller, aiming to award ~50 fellowships).

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ringfenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

Timing of First and Second rounds

It is mandatory for the first round of this call that host organisations submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for each of the applicants they intend to submit to the first round, by 7 June 2018.

Full applications must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system Je-S by 16:00 on 3 July 2018 for the first round.

Full details are available in the Overview of the scheme and Completing the application form documents below.

Planned timing / deadline Round 1 (~50 fellowships) Round 2 (~100 fellowships)
JeS opens 3rd April 2018 w/c 17th Sept 2018
Mandatory EoI closes 7th June 2018 4th October 2018
JeS Application deadline 3rd July 2018 31st October 2018
Shortlisting meetings w/c 26th November 2018 w/c 13th May 2019
Interview Panels w/c 21st January 2019 w/c 17th June 2019
Decisions communicated w/c 11th February 2019 w/c 18th July 2019
Mandatory latest start date for all awards 1st May 2019 1st February 2020

Call documents

Further information

Queries not addressed by the guidance documents can be sent to However, UKRI cannot confirm eligibility prior to application, applicants must demonstrate how they meet the person specification as part of their submitted proposal.

Innovate UK – Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme

Funding for individuals based in a UK academic institution to join the cyber security academic startups programme.

Fund Information

Funding body: Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value:£ 16,000
Application deadline: 31/01/2018

Extended Description

Innovate UK (IUK) is the UK’s innovation agency and an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It works with people, companies and partner organisations to de-risk, enable and support innovation, and promote UK economic growth.

IUK, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will invest up to £500,000 in innovative cyber security ideas coming from the academic research base in order to identify the best commercial opportunities in academia in respect to cyber security.

Successful applicants will participate in a 6-week programme (including three activities taking up to five days in London) to determine the value of the idea and, if appropriate, to identify the best commercial route to progress. The programme will be supported by industry experts, including those from cyber security. It will include the development of a detailed value proposition and an associated pitch.

IUK plans to accept up to 30 applications. The grant may be used to fund salary, travel and accommodation expenses for the individual that will take part in the programme.

 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be based in a UK academic institution, have a cyber security idea and be interested in commercialising it. Applicants must have the support of their academic institution’s technology transfer office, or equivalent.

All individuals based in a UK academic institution are eligible, including but not limited to early career researchers and senior academic researchers.

Applicants must be dedicated to the project for the six week duration from mid-February.

Value Notes

Projects can have total costs up to £16,000 paid as a grant. Applicants may request more than this amount but must justify this in their application. Applicants can apply for funding support up to 100% of their eligible project costs.

The grant will be paid at the end of the programme to the academic institution only.

Terms and Conditions

To participate in and complete the programme, successful applicants must attend three events in London. The planned dates are:

  • 14 and 15 February: 2-day boot camp.
  • 8 March: 1 or 2-day mid-programme review.
  • 22 or 23 March: 1-day pitch to selection panel.

Successful applicants will be contacted by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) with full details of the programme, including definite dates.

Application Procedure

Applicants should register and sign in online to submit an application.

Proposals should include the applicant’s area of research, the problem they are solving and the proposed solution.

Applications must have been submitted by the 31 January 2018 deadline.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 9 February 2018.

Wellbeing of Women Research Grants Annual Call Now Open

Wellbeing of Women Research Grants Annual Call Now Open

Wellbeing of Women is a UK charity devoted to improving the health of women and babies. Money is raised by the charity to fund medical research, training of health professionals and to provide health information for women.

Funding is available to suitably qualified health professionals and researchers in the UK and Ireland for basic, clinical and translational research projects that address women’s health in three key subject areas:

  • Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period (including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility)
  • Gynaecological Cancers
  • General Wellbeing surrounding women’s health issues (such as menopause, incontinence, sexual health, mental health, menstrual disorders and endometriosis).

The maximum for any one grant is £200,000 for up to three years.

The application deadline is 16 February 2018.

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