Funding opportunities

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LSRNW is not currently offering any funding, however, we are happy to assist you with collaborative funding applications – just email us at nrn@cardiff.ac.uk.

This page is a list of current open calls that are for collaborative and translational funding. This page is regularly updated, so bookmark us and check back for the latest developments.

Farming Innovation Programme – small R&D partnership projects

Closing date: 1st December 2021 11am

DEFRA and UKRI are working together to invest up to £11 million in innovation projects. It is part of UKRI’s Transforming Food Production Challenge

The aim of this competition is to:

  • Investigate early-stage solutions that have the potential to substantially improve the overall productivity, sustainability and resilience of farming, and move existing agricultural sectors to net zero
  • Prioritise solutions that will have positive outputs for farmers, growers and foresters in commercially relevant situations
  • Accelerate research and development of new agricultural solutions by actively engaging collaboration with the wider UK research community in the innovation process

Your proposal must be able to demonstrate how the project will benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £1million and £3million.  Feasibility projects £200K-500K. EOI stage up to £56K.

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

Closing date: 15th February 2022

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.

Funding: 400K over 5 yrs.

NHS Innovation Funding Call

Closing date: 4pm 26th November 2021

AgorIP is inviting anyone who works with NHS Wales to apply for support and funding.

AgorIP is a unique innovation project working to bring ideas and inventions to life. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Welsh Government, and Swansea University. AgorIP can help professionals in NHS Wales to realise the potential of their ideas, products, or research.

  • Funding up to £10,000

UK RI: Early Ideas to Improve the Delivery of Nucleic Acid Theraputics

Closing date: 6th January 2022

This funding opportunity is part of the £30 million Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA) programme, funded by the Strategic Priorities Fund. The NATA programme supports multidisciplinary approaches to the development of NATs. The programme is delivered by MRC, part of UKRI, as part of a wider portfolio of support for advanced therapies.

This funding opportunity will support a consortium to tackle major barriers to safe and effective NAT delivery through the development of:

  • novel technologies
  • platforms
  • resources.

Expectation is to fund one consortium, which can include large businesses. The Principle Investigator must be UK based and at least one partner must be commercially active in NAT in the UK.

Funding: £6,000,000

MRC Clinical Academic Research Partnerships: 2021

Closing date: 18th November 2021

Apply for funding to develop your research interests through a collaborative partnership.

You must be a research-qualified healthcare professional at consultant level or equivalent. You must not be currently undertaking any substantial research activity.

You must have a research partner based at an eligible research organisation.

Funding is available for 20% to 50% of your basic salary and costs to undertake the project.

MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Research: Jan 2022

Closing date: 26th January 2022

Apply for a grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in neurosciences and mental health.

You must:

  • be a UK-based researcher employed at an eligible research organisation
  • have at least a postgraduate degree.

The grant will allow you to:

  • establish new, high-value collaborative activities or capabilities
  • add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from MRC and other funders.

Funding is available for between one and five years.

MRC Molecular and Cellular Medicine Partnership: Jan 2022

Apply for a grant to support new partnerships between diverse groups of researchers in molecular and cellular medicine.

You must:

  • be a UK-based researcher based at an eligible research organisation
  • have at least a postgraduate degree.

The grant will allow you to:

  • establish new, high-value collaborative activities or capabilities
  • add value to high-quality scientific programmes that are already supported by grants from MRC and other funders.

Funding is available for between one and five years.

SMART Cymru

CO-INVESTING IN BUSINESS RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

SMARTCymru supports Welsh businesses to develop, implement and commercialise new products, processes and services.

So far we have supported over 390 Welsh businesses to carry out over 540 projects, creating and building on their capability to innovate.

We can assist your business at every stage of your Innovation Journey, with a phased approach to supporting Research and Development activity;

  • Feasibility‘ – to investigate the viability of your innovative ideas
  • Industrial Research‘ – to undertake practical research to develop proof of concept
  • Experimental Development‘- to show the results of your research in operation
  • Exploitation‘ – to exploit your new product or process successfully

Support is delivered by a team of highly experienced Innovation Specialists who will provide advice on the options available, to make the most of your innovative ideas.  Your Innovation Specialist will guide you through each stage of the application.

To get started you can contact the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000

Funding for the SMARTCymru project is provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

SMART Expertise

SMART Expertise offers financial support to innovative collaboration projects that require a range of expertise to solve industry problems.

The aim of the call is to support collaborative projects, between industry and Welsh research organisations, which address strategic industrial technical challenge/s with a clear focus on commercialisation and exploitation of new products, processes or services and growth in capacity and capability in key areas of Smart Specialisation.

Funding will support 100% of the research organisations eligible project costs which shall equate to a maximum of 50% of the total eligible project costs. The industrial partners shall provide the remaining balance of the total eligible projects costs. The funding will be awarded to the research organisation.

There is a rolling call for 2021 applications. To contact your local Research Development Manager:

For applications from Mid and North Wales – please contact Sam Williams, email: Samantha.Williams@gov.wales

For applications from the South West – please contact Terry Stubbs, email: Terry.Stubbs@gov.wales

For applications from the South East – please contact Richard Morgan, email: Richard.Morgan4@gov.wales

Duration of projects: Project activity must be completed by 31 December 2022