Open Funding Calls

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EPSRC: Discipline hopping in information and communication technologies

Discipline Hopping Awards will provide short-term support to allow researchers from core ICT fields with other disciplines and/or user fields. The aim of this is to foster new interactions, bringing a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research. Alternatively, non ICT specialists can apply for funds to bring a technological perspective to their home discipline.

No closing date

EPSRC: Healthcare Technologies: Call for Investigator-Led Research Projects

The Healthcare Technologies theme has prioritised funding to support novel investigator-led projects. We are inviting investigator-led proposals and intend to batch these through the year. This will allow prioritisation panel membership to better reflect the expertise required to assess the multidisciplinary, team science and impact considerations which are a common feature of high quality Healthcare Technologies research.

No closing date

EPSRC: Preparatory access through PRACE

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) announces the opening of preparatory access through PRACE. Preparatory access will allow researchers to test and develop their codes to ensure suitability for the PRACE Tier-0 systems.

No closing date

Health & Care Research Wales. Health Research Fellowship Award

Health & Care Research Wales: Partner Funding Schemes

These are schemes run by others in which Health and Care Research Wales is a funding partner.

It includes participation in agreed National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programmes, which provides Wales-based researchers with full access to the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, Health Technology Assessment, Health Service and Delivery Research and Public Health Research funding schemes.

Various closing dates

ESRC: Pre-call Announcement: ISCF Digital Security By Design Social Science Hub+

A call for outline proposals is expected to officially open in the week commencing 15 October and to close on 20 November

UKRI SPF Clean Air Programme

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites proposals for interdisciplinary networks under the second wave of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Clean Air programme.

The aim of the second wave of funding is to equip the UK to proactively tackle new and emerging air quality challenges related to changing emissions and exposure patterns and impacts on vulnerable groups of people.


Notification of Intent. Closing date: 5 December 2019

Closing date: 21 January 2020

EPSRC ISCF Digital Security by Design Research Projects

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Digital Security by Design challenge is executing a mission to increase the protection of software in the light of increased cyber-attack against various class of software vulnerabilities, through additional hardware protection capabilities architected around the containment of pointers, and the privilege by which regions of fine grain data can be accessed.


Closing date: 7 January 2020

Agri-tech catalyst round 9: agriculture and food systems innovation, mid stage

Up to £5 million of funding is available from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This is for projects working on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries.

OR areas: Distribution and storage, logistics

Closing date 8 January 2020

There are a number of workshop briefing dates on the link


NERC SPF :Constructing a Digital Environment – Demonstrators

NERC is inviting proposals for demonstrator projects costing up to £960,000 at 80% full economic cost, with a maximum duration of 24 months, as part of the Constructing a Digital Environment Programme.

Constructing a Digital Environment is a Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Programme which is being led by NERC, but is supported by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). This programme aims to further bring together the ‘Digital Environment’ community across multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research & innovation (MIDRI) to scope out sensor networks technology and the associated infrastructure, in order to identify what will be possible in the near and far future in the Atmospheric, Earth and Ocean domains.


Closing date: 13 January 2020

ISCF Future food production systems

Up to £20 million of grant funding is available for projects that disrupt the traditional land-based models of food production.

Projects must create integrated, data-driven solutions to drive agricultural productivity as well as target net zero emissions. We will consider a broad range of technologies and systems.

OR Areas Resource efficiency, supply chain optimisation reducing waste.


Closing date: 22 January 2020

ISCF transforming foundation industries: fast start projects

This competition aims to bring together businesses from different sectors within the foundation industries (cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals) to work on common resource and energy efficiency challenges. It will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the sectors’ companies and supply chains, and encourage companies to stay in the UK.

OR Areas: Process optimosation, wast recycling, utilisation, energy optimisation

Closing date: 5 February 2020 

UKRI. Turing Artificial Intelligence Acceleration Fellowships

EPSRC, on behalf of UKRI, is delivering this substantive phase of the Turing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellowships, working in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Artificial Intelligence. Through this programme we aim to grow the UK’s capability and capacity in addressing the methodological and theoretical challenges in AI and enable enhanced engagement between academia, industry and other sectors through flexible career paths that encourage inter-sector mobility.


Outline proposals closing date: 18 February 2020

UKRI. Pre-call announcement: Turing Artificial Intelligence World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

Outline proposals will soon be invited for Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships. This £18 million programme will invest in the international recruitment and retention of a small number of world-leading AI researchers, with significant packages of support (£3-5 million) to enable the building of new UK capability and capacity in key areas of AI research.

Call published: Mid November 2019

Outline proposal closing date: 2 April 2020

EPSRC fellowships

No closing date

UK-China: precision for enhancing agricultural productivity

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MoST) are each investing around £5 million in innovation projects. Innovate UK will fund the UK partners and MoST will fund the Chinese partners.


The aim of this competition is to encourage the use of data-intensive methods for commercial farming.

OR areas; Resource efficiency, supply chain optimisation reducing waste


Closing date: 15 January 2020

ESRC: Research Grants

If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call. Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100% full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

Health & Care Research Wales. Social Care Research Fellowship Award

UKRI SPF: Landscape Decisions Fellowships

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) invite proposals to this call on the Strategic Priorities Fund programme on 'Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets'. This is a four-year multidisciplinary programme jointly delivered by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council on behalf of UKRI.

All fellowships will be in the area of landscape decision-making and maybe in the form of:

  • Research Synthesis Fellowships in which fellows will review the outcomes of research within and beyond the Landscape Decisions programme in relation to policy implications and land user recommendations;
  • Research Translation Fellowships in which fellows will translate the outcomes of research into policy-relevant tools and applications by working closely with end-users and stakeholders or by working with academic groups as a practitioner;
  • Community Engagement Research Fellowships in which fellows will implement a programme of research using a range of methods to engage land users and communities in landscape decision-making.

There is £1 million available for this call and fellowships can be held full- or part-time.

Closing Date: 26 March 2020