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Research Funding Opportunities

The following table lists research funding opportunities relevant to the University of Reading.  This list is maintained by Research and Enterprise Services (RES).  The list includes schemes that form part of the Newton Fund, GCRF, and the Industrial Strategy.  Please note that some schemes require that applications are business-led.

Colleagues also may also be interested by the following UUK list of international funding opportunities: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/International/funding-and-opportunities/Pages/gateway-to-international-opportunities.aspx

For more details, please contact res@reading.ac.uk or visit the Finding Funding pages of the RES website (requires UoR log-in).  Please note that Research Services also has a dedicated page for EU funding opportunities.

Last updated on Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Lead FunderCo-Funder(s)Industrial Strategy/GCRF/Newton?Scheme with HyperlinkDeadline (Internal)Closing DateNotes
MRCBBSRCERA-HDHL Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals (PREVNUT)2020-03-312020-04-07
Academy of Medical SciencesGCRFGlobal Challenges Research Fund – networking grants2020-03-312020-04-07EXTENDED DEADLINE
Medical Research CouncilPartnership grants – applied global health research2020-03-312020-04-07Outline applications due by 4pm GMT+1, 7 April; full applications due by 6 October 2020
Medical Research CouncilProgramme grants – applied global health research2020-03-312020-04-07Outline applications due by 4pm GMT+1, 7 April; full applications due by 6 October 2020
Medical Research CouncilResearch grants – applied global health research2020-03-312020-04-07Outline applications due by 4pm GMT+1, 7 April; full applications due by 6 October 2020
British AcademyNewton international fellowships – humanities and social sciences2020-04-012020-04-08EXTENDED DEADLINE
Cancer Research UKInspiring leadership in research engagement prize2020-04-022020-04-09
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRNIHR development and skills enhancement award2020-04-072020-04-14EXTENDED DEADLINE
BBSRCHVB Enterprise Fellowships2020-04-082020-04-15
Cancer Research UKEarly Detection Innovation Sandpit and Award2020-04-082020-04-15
Innovate UKDemonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the internet of things – round 22020-04-082020-04-15
Innovate UKInnovation scholars secondments – biomedical sciences2020-04-082020-04-15
Cancer Research UKEarly detection innovation sandpit and award2020-04-082020-04-15
Innovate UKDemonstrators addressing cybersecurity challenges in the internet of things2020-04-082020-04-15
BBSRCHigh value biorenewables enterprise fellowships2020-04-082020-04-15
EPSRCInnovation and Knowledge Centres: Follow-on Funding2020-04-092020-04-16
EPSRCEPSRC Decarbonising UK Freight Transport Network Plus - first call for flexible funds2020-04-102020-04-17
EPSRCSupergen flexible fund programme2020-04-102020-04-17EXTENDED DEADLINE.
Expressions of interest due by 5pm BST, 17 April; full proposals are invited between 8 May and 5pm BST, 5 June 2020
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)UK Seafood Innovation Fund2020-04-132020-04-20
WellcomeCollaborative awards in science2020-04-142020-04-21Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 21 April; full applications due by 5pm BST, 16 July 2020.
NERCAntarctic Logistic Support2020-04-142020-04-21
EPSRCCircular Economy Centres - full proposals2020-04-142020-04-21
AHRCWhere next? Scoping future arts and humanities led research2020-04-142020-04-21EXTENDED DEADLINE
NERCAntarctic logistic support – standard grants2020-04-142020-04-21Pre-award operational support planning questionnaires due by 4pm, 21 April; proposals due by 14 July 2020
MRCSenior non-clinical fellowship – transition to leadership2020-04-152020-04-22Deadlines on: 22 April 2020, 16 September 2020.
MRCCareer development award2020-04-152020-04-22Deadlines on: 22 April 2020, 16 September 2020.
NERCUKSAAnnouncement of Opportunity: Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite calibration and validation (cal/val)2020-04-152020-04-22
NERCAnnouncement of Opportunity: Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica2020-04-162020-04-23
BBSRCResponsive mode application deadlines2020-04-232020-04-30
MRCPrimary and secondary prevention of cancer funding call2020-04-232020-04-30
EPSRCEPSRC Not-Equal Network Plus Call for Collaborative Proposals2020-04-232020-04-30
STFCCOVID-19 rapid call for access to the octopus facility2020-04-242020-05-01You can apply for this opportunity at any time. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 1 May 2020.
London Mathematical SocietyEmmy Noether Fellowships2020-04-242020-05-01
AHRCGCRFGlobal partnership development awards – prevention and resilience at the intersections between conflict, fragility and wider development challenges and risks2020-04-242020-05-01
EPSRCCall for Participants in a three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care2020-04-272020-05-04
BBSRCUKRI-BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships2020-04-282020-05-05
NERCClimate and Environmental Risk Analytics for Resilient Finance (CERAF)2020-04-282020-05-05Outline Proposals deadline: 16:00 on 05 May 2020
Full Proposals deadline: w/c 21 September 2020
EPSRCStrategic equipment2020-04-292020-05-06Equipment must have a minimum value of £400,000.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme2020-04-292020-05-06Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth technology assessment programme – commissioned call on oral and dental health2020-04-292020-05-06Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
Leverhulme TrustVisiting professorships2020-04-302020-05-07
STFCPublic engagement spark awards2020-04-302020-05-07Deadlines on: 7 May 2020, 22 October 2020.
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRHealth services and delivery research programme2020-04-302020-05-07Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
BBSRCDavid Phillips Fellowships2020-05-052020-05-12
BBSRCDiscovery Fellowships2020-05-052020-05-12
WellcomeSir Henry Dale fellowships2020-05-052020-05-12Preliminary applications due by 5pm BST, 12 May; full applications due by 5pm BST, 16 July 2020.
BBSRCStrategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Food Systems2020-05-062020-05-13
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRProgramme development grants2020-05-062020-05-13Deadlines on: 13 May 2020, 23 September 2020.
MRCStrategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Food Systems2020-05-062020-05-13
ESRCStrategic Priorities Fund: Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Food Systems2020-05-062020-05-13
Leverhulme TrustPhilip Leverhulme prizes2020-05-112020-05-18
ESRCIRC IrelandESRC-IRC UK/Ireland Networking Grants2020-05-132020-05-20
Cancer Research UKAccelerator award2020-05-192020-05-26EXTENDED DEADLINE
MRCHealth systems research initiative call 7 – providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries, foundation grants2020-05-212020-05-28
MRCHealth Systems Research Initiative Call 7: Providing evidence to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries2020-05-212020-05-28
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRInvention for innovation (i4i) product development awards2020-05-272020-06-03There is no funding limit and awards are tenable for up to three years. Stage 1 applications are invited between 22 April and 1pm, 3 June; stage 2 applications are invited between 29 July and 1pm, 23 September 2020.
EPSRCEPSRC New Horizons Call2020-05-282020-06-04
CRUKBiomarker project awards2020-06-042020-06-11Expressions of interest my be submitted at least one month before the full application deadline.
EPSRCEnabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging2020-06-092020-06-16
MRCMRC/NIHR methodology research programme2020-06-102020-06-17
Leverhulme TrustInternational professorships2020-06-122020-06-19
NERCPushing the Frontiers2020-06-302020-07-07Pilot call
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme2020-07-212020-07-28Stage 1 applications due by 1pm.
John Templeton FoundationSmall research grants2020-08-072020-08-14
OECDCRP Research Fellowship Awards 20212020-09-042020-09-11This call will open in April 2020
ESRCUKRI, DfIDGCRFUKRI-GCRF Collective Programme Climate Resilience Network Development Call2020-09-242020-10-01
MRCBoard to support applied global health research2020-09-292020-10-06Outline application deadline on 6 October 2020 with Full application deadline in April 2021
AHRCGCRFUrgency grants pilot2020-10-242020-10-31Applicants should submit an expression of interest at the earliest opportunity following the emergence of the urgency need or context.
NSFNERC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRCEcology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)2020-11-112020-11-18
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRGlobal health research workshop fund award pilot2020-11-122020-12-01Hosting conferences, max £10,000
British CouncilHigher Education Commission (HEC) PakistanInnovative and Collaborative Research Grant2020-11-252020-12-02Outline application deadline on 2 December 2019 with Full application deadline on the 31 January 2020
Department of Health and Social Care including NIHRPublic health research programme rapid funding scheme2020-12-242020-12-31
ESRCFAPESPUKRI-FAPESP bilateral agreement2020-12-242020-12-31UKRI and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) agreement for a pioneering Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). There is no deadline, and proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until expiry of the MoU on 31 December 2020.