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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge


Relevant funding opportunities for researchers in synthetic biology

Research Funding

BBSRC and EPSRC have both invested in synthetic biology. There are no specific active calls but they continue to fund through responsive mode grants. 


Translational Funding and Investment



UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (formerly the Rainbow Seed Fund) is a £27.1m early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s research base, with a specific programme for Synthetic Biology.

Latest Funding Opportunities

Funding and stipend available for postdocs seeking to develop and prototype research projects through interactions with CRI Researchers. 3-6 month position.

Funding of up to 300,000€ for tenured scientists within the French academic system who are seeking a home to develop, expand their research focus or jump start a new research program at the CRI Université de Paris.

Funding of up to 300,000€  for research leaders who are seeking a home to develop, expand their research focus or jump start a new research program at the CRI, Université de Paris.

Funding of up to 500,000€  for research leaders who are seeking a home to develop, expand their research focus or jump start a new research program at the CRI, Université de Paris.

Up to 3 million euros funding to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

Up to £20,000 funding for early stage companies and academic entrepreneurs who want to commercialise their technologies to make a societal impact.

Up to £1 million for projects that address research issues that impact the development of exascale software and algorithms.

These awards provide up to £100,000 over two years and a personalised package of career support to help newly independent biomedical scientists to launch their research careers.

Up to €1.5 million for postdocs with 2-7 years experience to start their own reserach group.

Up to £10 million for UK universities to set up a Leverhulme Research Centre for outstanding original research aspiring to achieve a step-change in scholarship.

Internal call for University of Cambridge principal investigators who currently hold or have previously held BBSRC funding. Up to £40,000 for proof-of-concept studies, trials, protoypes, demonstrations and secondments.

Up to £12,000 funding for UK-based scientists who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel. 

10-week accelerator programme for early stage (0-3 years) start-ups in the agricultural technology sector.

Up to 40,000 funding for projects using plants as sensors for toxic chemicals.

Up to £800,000 funding for BBSRC-funded researchers interested in translation of research into practical application and commercialisation.

£10,000 funding for enterpreneurs aged 18-30 in the UK and South Africa to tackle global challenges.

Up to £15,000 funding for postdoctoral researchers and recent PhD graduates at University of Cambridge with work linked to prior EPSRC-funded research.

Up to £300,000 funding over 3 years for interdisciplinary resaerch between medicine and engineering.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

Up to £300,000 funding available for early-stage development projects in ambitious and highly adventurous healthcare technologies (HT) research.

Flexible funding available for investigator-led projects in healthcare technologies, especially in the areas of transformation of community health and care and improvment of prevention and public health.

Up to £50,000 funding available for collaborations between UK and japanese laboratories. Funding to cover costs of travel, subsistence and other activities, such as workshops or exchanges.

ACS award of $5000, certificate and meeting travel expenses for outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science & technology.

Linnean Society award of £1000 and a medal for the best doctoral thesis in biology.

£200,000 plus funding available for mid-range equipment that underpins core capabilities, pioreers the use of emerging advanced research technology or utilises equipment in novel applications.

€5000-15000 funding available for projects in the areas of fighting pests while preserving biodiversity, accelerating precision agriculture and reducing chemical input and enhancing soil health.

Learn more about applying for UKRI and Innovate UK's Future Leaders Fellowships with funding of up to £1.5m. Webinar 9th October. Internal application deadline 16th November.

Up to £1.2 million funding to support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups.

Up to £300,000 funding available for salary enhancement, research costs and potential PhD studentship. Funding will enable UK universities and research institutions to strategically recruit and attract outstanding research leaders to the UK from overseas.