Funding opportunities

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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.

UK research and innovation funding opportunity

Pre-announcement: applied global health partnership
16-02-2023 04:00 PM GMT 
Apply for funding to support partnerships to enable research to address global health challenges and inequities. We will accept proposals of all sizes, including large projects and small to medium-scale applications.
Opportunity status: Upcoming
Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
Co-funders: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Funding type: Grant
Maximum award: £1,000,000
Publication date: 16 February 2023
Opening date: 24 May 2023 9:00am UK time
Closing date: 27 July 2023 4:00pm UK time

BBSRC follow-on fund and super follow-on fund: 2023 round 1

Apply for BBSRC Follow on Funding (FoF) to help bridge early-stage bioscience research and innovation with achieving wider commercial, economic and societal benefit.

Both awards aim to take ideas through to a stage where the route to application is clear:

  • standard FoF awards: minimum £76,000, maximum £250,000 full economic cost (FEC) for up to 2 years’ work. Assessed by independent panel
  • super FoF awards: minimum £251,000, maximum £800,000 FEC up to 2 years’ work. Also reviewed by independent experts (some may be peers) prior to panel

Deadline 21 March 2023 4:00 pm UK time.

Engineering Biology Collaborative Research and Development Round 1

Innovate UK will invest up to £7 million in this Engineering Biology collaborative research and development (CR&D) competition. This competition is part of UKRI’s National Engineering Biology Programme (NEBP).

The aim of this competition is to deliver business led research and development (R&D) that will:

  • lead to new Engineering Biology products, processes or services
  • de-risk the adoption of new Engineering Biology technologies that offer high market potential.
BBSRC follow-on fund

Your proposal must align with one or more of the NEBP themes or focus on cross cutting technology or service development.

The NEBP themes are:

  • food systems
  • biomedicine
  • clean growth
  • environmental solutions

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

Funding for this opportunity is subject to business case approval by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and HM Treasury.

Please visit the GOV—UK website for complete information. 


11 am on Wednesday 29 March 2023.



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).

Pre-announcement: strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) grants: frontier bioscience 2023 to 2024.

Apply for funding to lead large team-based fundamental bioscience research projects which push the frontiers of human knowledge.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for BBSRC funding.

Your project should:

  • have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in our fundamental understanding of living systems
  • significantly enhance the capability and capacity of UK biosciences
  • demonstrate a fully integrated team science approach
  • demonstrate the need for longer and larger scale funding

The full economic cost of your project must be over £2,000,000. BBSRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Projects can be up to five years in duration.

Opportunity status:Upcoming

Funders:Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Funding type:Grant

Total fund:£20,000,000

Minimum award:£2,000,000

Publication date:9 March 2023

Opening date:To be confirmed

Closing date: To be confirmed