External Funding Sources

Here we have collated some external funding links that may be of interest. If you think we've missed something, let us know.

  • BBSRC Industrial Partnership Awards (IPAs) - Academic-led, responsive mode grants that have significant industrial involvement and industry partner(s) contributes in cash at least equivalent to 10% of the full project costs.
  • BBSRC ‘Stand-alone’ LINK - Funded through our responsive mode grants. LINK supports collaborative research projects between at least one company and one academic partner. At least 50% of the full project cost comes from industry.
  • BBSRC FLexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) - FLIP awards provide flexible opportunities for individuals ("the interchangers") moving between different organisations, disciplines and sectors at all stages in their career beyond the PhD (or equivalent). 
  • BBSRC Follow-on Funding - designed to support the translation of fundamental research funded by BBSRC into practical application, including commercialisation. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic benefits of their research.
  • Innovate UK - Innovate UK funding competitions cover the following industry sectors:
    • emerging and enabling technologies
    • infrastructure systems
    • health and life sciences
    • manufacturing and materials
  • Horizon 2020 - The EU framework for research and innovation
  • IBiOIC Bioeconomy Accelerator - in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland this fund encourages collaboration between business and research. It aims to enable transformative projects that will help drive development of the circular economy and support the Scottish Government’s Making Things Last strategy.
  • Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - supporting cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:
    • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
    • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
    • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research
  • ERA-CoBioTech - The ERA-Net Cofund on Biotechnologies is a new ERA-Net Cofund Action under Horizon 2020. The key mission of ERA CoBioTech is to
    • maximise synergies between current mechanisms of biotechnology research funding in Europe,
    • foster the exchange of knowledge across borders,
    • highlight the benefits of a bio-based economy for society,
    • maintain and strengthen Europe’s position in biotechnology.