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The Grand Challenges family of initiatives fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. Each initiative is an experiment in the use of challenges to focus innovation on making an impact. Individual challenges address some of the same problems, but from differing perspectives.

This Grand Challenge seeks innovative ideas for how to improve the quality, completeness, and timeliness of routine NTD data and ensure programmatic decision-making is based on the best available data. Such outcomes will help target interventions to all at-risk populations and achieve high intervention coverage and maximal impact on infection and morbidity.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application deadline: 25 March, 2019

current opportunities

Shell launched the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme to support young, innovative entrepreneurs like you to meet the ever-increasing energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

The award is open to any entrepreneur aged 16-30 years who has been trading for less than a year, or is looking to start trading in the next 12 months, and has an idea that addresses the UK's future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in.

Each month a prize of £5,000 is awarded to young entrepreneurs looking to implement innovative business solutions that meet the energy and resource needs of a growing population. 

Ensuring sufficient supply of resources will pose considerable challenges.  At the same time it presents a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of UK entrepreneurs.  

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future programme consists of: 

  • Start-up funding of £5,000 to one monthly winner
  • Access to exclusive Shell events and workshops.

Shell LiveWIRE

Application deadline: monthly

At the end of each month, up to five shortlisted entrants are asked to submit an 'elevator pitch video' (max 1 minute long) to go up for a public online vote.

Prizes are awarded approximately one month after candidates are named in the shortlist (i.e. those who apply for December awards will be notified that they are on the shortlist the first week of January, and the winner will be announced the first week of February).

This award is aimed at those interested in animal genetics, aimed at allowing people to attend meetings and undertake study tours or projects, it can also be used to bring animal geneticists to UK meetings. 

Applications should reflect areas of current or future interest that will advance research and education in the application of genetics to livestock production. 

Around £1400 is available annually, although a proportion of these monies may be held over to allow more funding to be available in years when the World Congress in Genetics Applied Livestock Production, to fund attendance of that conference.  

Alan Robertson was a population geneticist and a major influence in the widespread adoption of artificial insemination of cattle and on estimating genetic effects that influence quantitative traits. Robertson spent most of his working life based at the National Animal Breeding and Genetics Research Organisation in Edinburgh as a member of the Unit of Animal Genetics.  


Closing date:  to be announced - this is normally approximately three months before the WCGALP.  

In years when the WCGALP is being held (every four years, 2018, 2022, 2026...) an additional application period will be added as notified by the society.  

This scholarship is open to both members and non-members of BSAS.

cALlS with no closing date

This scheme enables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities.


No deadline

A range of research and knowledge exchange funding opportunities throughout the year, across all livestock and crop areas. 

Research and development is essential to improving practice, increasing knowledge, resolving issues and developing innovative approaches to address concerns within the industry.

Scottish Enterprise research and development (R&D) grants help projects that will lead to innovative new products, processes and services to:

  • Improve company competitiveness
  • Benefit the Scottish economy

Scottish Enterprise

No deadline

Funding for Industry Collaborations

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is  one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). Funded by the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

BBSRC provide a range of funding opportunities to enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class bioscience research. This includes joint opportunities with other Research Councils and organisations.  

The BBSRC Grants Guide covers all aspects of research grant funding, including: eligibility, research equipment and application procedures. 

If you can't find what you're looking for please contact: 

Research grant submission: t: 01793 444164 

Grant eligibility: 


The Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK’s network partner and also provides innovation networking for other funders in line with its mission to drive UK growth. 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) accelerate business innovation by supporting knowledge exchange with academic institutions. KTP operates through an open call which includes the entirety of BBSRC's remit. 

As part of a UK-wide programme, these partnerships serve as a mechanism to transfer knowledge and to develop graduate and postgraduate personnel for industrial careers.Each partnership, lasting between 1 and 3 years, employs 1 or more high-calibre KTP Associates (early-career researchers) to work on an innovative project within industry.

Associates are jointly supervised by the participating industrial and academic partners. Government support is delivered through a grant to the academic partner. In addition, a contribution from the participating company fully covers an HEI’s cost of participation.

BBSRC seeks to promote KTP in industrial sectors that are able to benefit from the UK's excellent bioscience research base and encourages the appointment of KTP Associates at post-doctoral level. 

Applications are particularly welcomed from:
  • Small and medium sized biotechnology companies requiring access to advanced technology
  • Academic partners who have received BBSRC support

How to Apply:

Contact your local KTP Adviser or Office or call +44 (0) 300 321 4357.

A KTP can last between 12 and 36 months depending on the project and the needs of the business. It is part-funded by a grant. The amount businesses need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.

2019/20 close dates for submission are aligned with Innovate UK’s sector and open competitions.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency, funding and supporting science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

Innovate UK traditionally offers research funding for research collaborations between industry and academia, including PhD CASE studentships, KTPs (Knowledge transfer Partnerships) and latterly through the Agri-Tech Catalyst scheme. Please note that Innovate UK funding schemes are currently being redefined.

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers. It aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time.

The fund is part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over 4 years. It is designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the government’s Industrial Strategy.

National Phenotypic Screening Centre (NPSC) is a collaborative centre of excellence in phenotypic screening applied to human, animal and plant health. Assays run within the consortium are sourced from academia and fully funded through assay development, screening and hit validation.

Currently there are open calls for assay proposals in several different therapy areas.


No deadline


The Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships enable promising science and technology researchers to grow into successful entrepreneurs.

Fellowships funded by Scottish Enterprise comprise the bulk of the programme. These awards are designed to encourage and enable the development of a new business based in Scotland around a technological idea developed by the Enterprise Fellow, either individually or with others, and within which the Enterprise Fellow would be expected to play a leading, though not necessarily the leading, role.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Awards are twice a year. Closing dates are generally May and October.

The next fund deadline: 17 April, 2019 5:00 pm

TRAIN@ed is an ambitious new postdoctoral fellowship scheme providing researchers from around the world the opportunity to develop their career in one of the world’s leading universities. Each Fellow will take part in a dedicated skills development programme designed to help the Fellow establish a sustainable career in research.

TRAIN@Ed Fellowships have a focus on collaborative research with industry, the creative arts or third sector organisations. Fellowships will normally be 3 years long.  Training, mentoring and career development of the Fellows are major features of the TRAIN@Ed programme. The “cohort” experience is based on our very successful Chancellor's Fellowships scheme.

TRAIN@Ed is a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND scheme. It will act as a new innovation tool at the university employing people as joint industry-academic fellows that can work to deepen collaborative partnerships. The aim of the “experienced researcher” programme is to facilitate recruitment of international postdoctoral Fellows.

The University of Edinburgh is focussed on improving our many collaborations with businesses in light of the City Region Deal as well as taking leadership within the UK. Developing strong, trusting relationships between the University and external partners locally and globally will be the foundation for many further successful collaborations. Research fellowships will be based in one of six themes of importance to both Edinburgh and Scotland.

The TRAIN@Ed project will recruit 25 fellows from around the world, with the first cohort starting in early 2019. Calls will be open to all researchers who are eligible for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Experienced Researcher schemes and satisfy the mobility requirements of the COFUND scheme i.e. no more than 12 months spent in the UK in the last three years.

Calls are open to researchers who are eligible for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Experienced Researcher Schemes


PhD and MScR opportunities are available at The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

A number of studentships for taught and research postgraduates are offered each year.

PhD and MScR opportunities are available at The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

A number of studentships for taught and research postgraduates are offered each year.

AHDB fund a wide variety of PhD students to support the increase of new talent and ideas into our agricultural and horticultural sectors.

Requests for further information should be sent to indicating to which sector(s) your question is addressed. 

AHDB PhD Studentship Programme