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

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.

NIHR 21/61 UK-wide antiviral clinical trial platform in non-hospitalised patients

Closing date: 17th August 2021

NIHR are seeking to fund a research consortium to deliver a complex community-based clinical trial platform for antiviral candidates for COVID-19  that could augment the current vaccine and therapeutic programmes.

Due to the urgency of this research applications will be fast-tracked. Applicants will be asked to complete a stage 2 application and there will be a one stage assessment process. Timelines for submitting the proposal will also be very tight. We realise that this is not ideal for applicants, particularly during the Summer holiday period, but unfortunately this is necessary due to the very high degree of urgency of this work.

To apply please carefully review the:

You may find other useful information on how to apply in the supporting information document.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to present and discuss their application with a funding panel to be conducted virtually during the week commencing the 23rd August 2021 and applicants must be able to provide representation from their team – the panel will then decide the successful team.

A virtual information session for prospective applicants will be held on 29th July 2021 at 2pm.  

For further help with your application please contact:

UKRI Scale up health inequality prevention and intervention strategies

Closing date: 23rd September 2021

AHRC, MRC, and NERC are coming together to fund awards up to £180,000 to scale up small, local approaches for addressing health inequalities, with an emphasis on prevention and intervention strategies. Your project must:

  • relate to health outcomes
  • involve a range of arts and humanities disciplines
  • engage with other academic disciplines
  • include collaborations with partners from outside academia

UKRI: Engineering biology research, community and capacity development

Closing date: 22nd September 2021

UKRI partners including BBSRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, MRC, and NERC, have worked closely with MoD/Dstl to engage the UK community and establish a vision for UK engineering biology.

Building on this vision, UKRI continues to develop a proposal for an ambitious National Engineering Biology Programme (NEBP) to support and progress the world leading expertise of engineering biology in the UK both now and into the future.

Engineering biology is the process of taking synthetic biology concepts and translating them into real-world solutions. It is the design and fabrication of biological components and systems using engineering technologies and principles, from modifications to natural systems through to artificial biology.

Consequently, engineering biology encompasses the entire innovation ecosystem, from breakthrough synthetic biology research to translation and application.

New collaborations between and across institutions are strongly encouraged, as well as collaborations with private sector partners. However, please note that businesses cannot be funded through this opportunity. 

Principal investigators and co-investigators must be at lecturer level (or equivalent) or above and meet the standard UKRI eligibility criteria.

Applications are encouraged from investigators that may not consider themselves to have a track record in engineering biology, such as individuals from other disciplines that are looking to explore the potential impact of engineering biology across disciplines.

Themes include: Food Systems, Biomedicine, Clean growth, Environmental solutions, Bioinspired design, Novel materials, Bioengineered cells and systems.

You must be of lecturer level or above and based at an eligible research organisation.

Your project’s full economic cost can be up to £1,875,000. We will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Projects can be up to 24 months. You must start your project no later than 31 January 2022.

UKRI: Developing engineering biology breakthrough ideas

Closing date: 2nd September 2021 **Deadline extended**

The original July 28th deadline for this award has been extended to September 2nd.

Apply for funding to develop breakthrough ideas in engineering biology.

Your project must focus on one of the following themes from the National Engineering Biology Programme (NEBP):

  • bioinspired design
  • novel materials
  • bioengineered cells and systems.

You must be of lecturer level or above and based at an eligible research organisation.

You do not need previous experience in engineering biology. You may be an early career researcher or from another discipline.

Your project’s full economic cost can be up to £125,000. We will fund 80% of the full economic cost.

Projects can be up to 12 months. You must begin your project no later than 10 January 2022.

MRC UK and South Korea biomedical and health researcher exchange

Closing date: 6th September 2021

Apply for funding to support the movement of biomedical and health researchers between the UK and South Korea. Funding comes from the UK-Korea Researcher Mobility Scheme.

You must be applying on behalf of an existing research partnership between the two countries.

UK applicants must have an active UKRI grant, awarded through a competitive process.

Korean applicants must be eligible for funding from NRF or MSIT.

You can apply for up to approximately £66,666 for one year, to cover:

  • travel
  • accommodation
  • food and subsistence
  • visa fees
  • visits or access to facilities
  • consumables and other research costs.

On the Korean side, researchers can also get funding for:

  • salary costs
  • equipment
  • indirect costs
  • conference attendance.




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:

For applications from the South West – please contact Terry Stubbs, email:

For applications from the South East – please contact Richard Morgan, email:

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

European Innovation Council

EIC Pathfinder

Closing Date: 27th October 2021

The majority of this funding is open, for projects in any field of science or technology, however, there are specific Pathfinder Challenges, which, in 2021 are:

  • Challenge: Tools to measure and stimulate activity in brain tissue
  • Challenge: Emerging technologies in cell & gene therapy
  • Challenge: Engineered living material

These awards welcome high-risk/high gain, interdisciplinary and cutting-edge collaborations, with grants of between 3 and 4 million Euros, focusing on Technology Readiness Levels 1-3 up to proof of concept.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Opening date: 8th September 2021

Closing date: 10th November 2021

This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding postdoctoral scientists and engineers who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as caring responsibilities or health issues.

Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society.

You must be able to demonstrate that you currently have, or will have by the start of the fellowship, a need for flexible support due to personal circumstances for the duration of the fellowship. This can include parental responsibilities, caring responsibilities, clinically diagnosed health issues or other personal circumstances that create a need for a flexible working pattern.

Please read the scheme notes for further information and contact the grants team if you would like clarification on whether you meet this eligibility requirement.