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Sources of Funding - The Sciences

This is a rough outline to some of the major funding available in the Sciences, check the sponsors website for closing dates and full details.

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BBSRC - Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council


  • Animal Systems, health & wellbeing
  • Plants, microbes, food & sustainability
  • Genes, development and STEM approaches to biology
  • Molecules, cells & industrial biotechnology


Research Grants

Responsive Grants & New Investigator Grants Usually four cut off dates per year.
Strategic Longer & Larger Grants Over £2M, FEC.


David Phillips Fellowships Start of career, up to 5yrs

See also Special Opportunities, International Funding and Working with Business.

BBSRC Electronic Application -Jes

EPSRC –Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council


  • Digital Economy
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Global Uncertainties
  • Health Technology
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Living with Environmental Change
  • Manufacturing the Future
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physical Science
  • Research infrastructure


Research Grants

Research Base Funding

No limit on value or length, OPEN call

First Grant Scheme For new researchers, OPEN call


Postdoc Fellowships ; Early Career Fellowships; Established Fellowships.

No all three levels of Fellowship are available in all EPSRC Thematic areas, see - Areas in which Fellowships are available

EPSRC Electronic Application - Je-S


Leverhulme Trust

Remit: All subject areas, except social policy & Medicine


Funding: the main schemes are listed below

Grants - two stage application procedure

Research Project Grants Up to 3 years, £10,000 - £250,000; Up to 5 years, £250,000 - £500,000, three deadlines per year.
Programme Awards Up to 5 years, £1,750,000 max. Call date & topic set by funder.
International Networks UP to 3 years, max £125,000, three deadlines per year.
Artists in Residence UP to £15,000 for 10 months, two deadlines per year.


Early Career Fellowship 2-3yrs, 50% salary cost (to be matched by HEI) plus research expenses.
Study Abroad Fellowship 3-12 months, up to £22,000, replacement teaching & research expenses
Research Fellowship 3-24 months, up to £50,000, replacement teaching & research expenses
Major Research Fellowship in the Humanities & Social Science 2-3yrs, replacement teaching & research expenses
Visiting Professorship 3-10 month visit to UK, travel costs & some expenses

And the yearly Philip Leverhulme Prizes, different topics each year, deadline usually in May.

For a full list of all schemes click here: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/funding.cfm



MRC - Medical Research Council


Molecular & Cellular Medicine
Infections & Immunity
Population & Systems Medicine
Neuroscience & Medical Health


Research Grants

Research Grants up to five years
New Investigator to establish an independant research career
Programme Grants up to five years
Partnership Grants up to five years

Fellowships include

Career Development Award up to 5 years support for PD Researchers
Special Training Fellowships Bioinformatics, Neuroinformatics & Computational Biology

MRC Highlight Notices
MRC Electronic Application - Je-S

NERC - Natural Environment Research Council


Terrestrial, marine & freshwater biology. Earth, atmospheric, hydrological, oceanographic & polar sciences


Research Grants

Standard Research Grants from £25,000 Directly Incurred Costs
New Investigators’ Competition up to £40,000 Directly Incurred Costs
Consortium Grants Up to 5 yrs, funding up to £3.5M @ 100% FEC
Urgent Applications Involving unexpected or short time scale natural events, OPEN call

Also Fellowships & Knowledge Transfer. Plus the various Research Programmes highlighting strategic aims.

NERC Electronic Application - JeS

Royal Society

Remit: The Sciences


Research Grants £15,000, 2 closing dates per year


Dorothy Hodgin Fellowship max 5yrs, up to 4yrs experience. Salary + expenses. Career Flexibility. FEC
University Research Fellow 5yrs, 2-7 yrs experience. Salary + expenses. FEC
Newton Internaional Fellowship non-UK early career scientists.
Industry Fellowship 2yrs link academia/industry. Salary (exc NI) +expenses
Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow 1 term to 1year. Replacement teaching + expenses

Also Research Professorships, the Wolfson Research Merit (Salary enhancement) and the International exchange Scheme. Plus the small awards section http://royalsociety.org/awards/

Royal Society Electronic Application: e-Gap

Science & Technology Facilities Council

Solar & Planary Science
Particle Physics
Particle Astrophysics
Nuvclear Physics


Ernest Rutherford Fellowship 5yr Early Career Fellowships. Salary + Research Expenses.


Astronomy Research Grant 3yr Grants, renewable
(PRD) Project Research & Development Scheme To develope technology.
PPRP Large Projects For major new projects, SOI.
Innovation Partnership Scheme, IPS 3yr, £150k per/yr. Technolgy transfer.

Also Public Engagement, Science in Society.

STFC Electronic Application: Je-S


Wellcome Trust


  • Sustaining Health
  • Biomedical Science
  • Innovation
  • International
  • Public Engagement
  • Medical History & Humanities
  • Ethics & Society

Many different schemes: See Wellcome Trust Funding Page .

Wellcome Trust Electronic Application - e-Grant


EU Horizon 2020

NIHR, National Institute for Health Research

Use the Research Funding Database to search under you subject area(s) for funding in the Charities and/or Government departments.

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