Open Funding Calls

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ISCF Future flight challenge: discovery workshop, phase 1

Future Flight Challenge (FFC) is a 4 year, £125 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) programme. Individuals and consortia can apply responding to 6 ‘problem statements’ challenging the aviation industry of the future.

Closing date for workshop: 13 November 2019

GCRF : Demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development goals: phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3 million to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower income countries and emerging economies. 

Closing date: 13 November 2019

UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres

Up to £22.5 million (at 80% FEC) is available to support up to five Centres for up to four years from 1 October 2020.

Proposals are invited for Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres, each conducting interdisciplinary research that accelerates understanding and solutions to enable circularity of a resource flow (materials, material systems, products and/or services), including consideration of (multi-) sector contexts. 


Intent to Submit: 19 November 2019

Closing date: 5 December 2019

MRC UKPRP Consortium and Networks 2nd Call

Outline proposals on multi discipline approaches to preventing and reducing health inequalities.

Closing date: 14 November 2019

Innovate UK & UKRI ISCF Improving data access for service sector

Projects can apply for a share of £3.5 million to speed up use of artificial intelligence and data technologies in accountancy, insurance and legal services.

The competition opens on 14 October 2019.

Closing date: 20 November 2019

UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinator

Up to £150k (at 80% FEC) is available for this initial grant to engage with the full spectrum of interdisciplinary research and stakeholder communities and design a proposal for an Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub, with up to £3.3m available at the second stage for the Coordinator to lead the integration Hub.


Closing date: 19 November 2019

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 fellowships

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

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

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

RS Fellowship: Short Industry Fellowship

This scheme, part of the Royal Society's Industry programme, enables scientists employed in industry or academia and/or their postdoctoral researcher to have shorter more dynamic engagements between academia and industry, working on a mutually beneficial and collaborative project.

Closing date: 6 November 2019


UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) Second call for proposals: Consortium and Network Awards

Under the first UKPRP funding round, four consortia and four networks were awarded over £25 million to tackle major upstream determinants of NCDs. Details of each consortium and network are available on The funders now seek to complement the initial portfolio of UKPRP investment and would particularly welcome proposals to form consortia and networks.   See link


Closing date: 14 November 2019

BBSRC: Transforming the UK food system for healthy people and a healthy environment

This call is part of a wider £47.5 million interdisciplinary research programme led by the Global Food Security Programme (GFS) and supported by UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). The call is administered by BBSRC, in partnership with ESRC, MRC, NERC, Defra, DHSC, PHE, Innovate UK and FSA.


Closing date: 15 November 2019

CESI Flex Fund: EOI Energy Systems Decision Support and Policy Formulation

In this call for collaborative research proposals we are seeking submissions from universities or other eligible institutions to integrate and build upon existing CESI Research that will provide decision support and policy formulation, with particular focus on energy system integration methods and tools.

Closing date for EOI: 19 November 2019: 

ISCF:Commercialising quantum technology: technology projects round 1, expression of interest

The aim of the competition is to address technological barriers to the commercial or industrial exploitation of quantum technologies in the UK.

Closing date 27 November 2019


ISCF healthy ageing trailblazers: stage 1

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £2 million in stage 1 of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Healthy Ageing Trailblazers.

The aim of the Trailblazers is to encourage businesses and public sector led collaborations, including social enterprises, to develop and demonstrate how products, services and business models which support people as they age will be adopted at scale.

OR areas: Designing age friendly homes, health at work

Closing date 27 November 2019

Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub - Outline Call

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites outline proposals for a coordination Hub for the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme. Up to £11.7 million (at 80% fEC please see here) is available to support one Hub for up to four years, starting from 1 June 2020.

Please note that this is a cross-UKRI programme and it is expected that applications will be multidisciplinary, led by and involving any discipline from across UKRI portfolio.


Closing date for Hub outline proposals: 12 December 2019

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


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

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