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Funding Opportunities

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

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The Rainbow Seed Fund is a £24m 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

 

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[Apply by 29 June 2018] Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards Entries are now open for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, supporting and celebrating inspirational young people from all over the world who have initiatives, products or services that tackle the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges.
[Call webinar 15 May, Registration deadline 22 June 2018] BBSRC Strategic Longer and Larger grants: Frontier bioscience The 2018/19 strategic Longer and Larger (sLoLa) call invites proposals focused on frontier bioscience: leading-edge discovery research that addresses significant fundamental questions in bioscience. The indicative budget for this call is up to £16 million, subject to the quality of applications received. Proposals must be over £2 million (100% FEC project value) and can be up to five years in duration.
[Closes 20 May 2018] Applications open for Gathering for Open Science Hardware 2018 in Shenzhen, 10-13 Oct The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) is a diverse, global community working to enhance the sharing of open, scientific technologies. Apply to join the third annual meeting in Shenzhen, China, 10-13 October 2018!
[Closes 17 May 2018] Dear Colleague Letter: Rules of Life (RoL): Design and Engineering of Synthetic Cells and Cell Components (DESYN-C3) NSF seeks proposals that jump-start the de novo design of complex, synthetic biological components and cells. This DCL intends to engage scientists and engineers in the application of Design-Build-Test-Learn and experiment-modeling cycles to create synthetic cells. It is anticipated that the research will lead to new rules relevant for cell metabolism, epigenetics, interaction networks, and organelle function; molecular components and organelles of cells; and strategies for the design and synthesis of cells.
[Closes 6 June 2018] BBSRC Call: Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the Developing World BBSRC is pleased to announce a total of £5 million for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the Developing World and aims to support a number of collaborative research projects addressing challenges relating to industrial biotechnology and bioenergy in the developing world.
[Closes 6 April 2018] Hamied Foundation UK-India AMR Visiting Professorships The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to announce the inaugural call for applications to the Hamied Foundation UK-India Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Visiting Professorship Scheme. The scheme will support the travel and subsistence costs of UK researchers wishing to visit India to develop long-term collaborations in this highly-important and topical field of biomedical research.
[Closes 5 March 2018] 2018 CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships The CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBioFSP) is pleased to announce the opening of the second round of CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships. The scheme aims to attract outstanding national and international early-career post-doctoral researchers (equivalent to Australian Academic Levels A and B, or in exceptional circumstances, Level C) to expand Australian research capacity in synthetic biology. A key element of the SynBio FSP is establishment of a collaborative community of practice extending across CSIRO and Australia more broadly, and linking into international efforts in the field. Research projects must demonstrate an ability to build Australian capacity in synthetic biology.
[Closes 28 March 2018] HFSP 2019 Research Grant HUMAN FRONTIER SCIENCE PROGRAM (HFSP) supports international preferably intercontinental collaborations in basic life science research. Applications are invited for grants to support innovative approaches to understanding complex mechanisms of living organisms. Applicants are expected to develop novel lines of research distinct from their ongoing research. Preliminary results are not required.
[Closes 14 March 2018] NSF-USDA-BBSRC Joint Funding Opportunity to Develop Breakthrough Ideas and Technologies to Advance Crop Breeding and Functional Genomics The National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have established a joint funding opportunity to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable significant advances in crop breeding. This opportunity aims to make high impact changes in the ability to translate basic knowledge of plant genomics to practical outcomes in crops of economic importance to the participating countries.
[Closes 12 Jan 2018] BBSRC Industry Placement Grants The University of Cambridge has been awarded a Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA). The FTMA is targeted at talented early-career (postdoctoral or equivalent)* researchers who have the potential to be the next generation of leaders within UK academic and industrial research; it is intended to support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors.
[Closes 14 Dec 2017] Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research awards (APEX Awards) In partnership with the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society (‘the Academies’) and with generous support from the Leverhulme Trust, the APEX award (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research award) scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.
[Closes 5 Dec 2017] TRDF: Transformative Research Technologies Support for early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact research technologies. Co-funded by EPSRC and MRC
[Closes 24 Nov 2107] Apply now to the OpenPlant Fund! The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach, policy work and training.
Applications are open for the New Phytologist Tansley Medal Open to early career scientists, the New Phytologist Tansley Medal is an annual award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to research in plant science
Public Engagement Starter Fund An exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.
The Collusion Commission calls on UK artists, from all disciplines to propose bold new works The Collusion Commission are looking to commission and present a series of groundbreaking new artworks across the broad spectrum of art, technology and human interaction.
DSV Gamma Funding Applications Are Now Open The Deep Science Venture are inviting applicants for funding from Jan 2018. Final year STEM students (Masters, PhD), early to mid career researchers that may already be looking for funding, co-founders or researchers with ideas for launching new companies are welcome to apply for funding
[Closes 11 Oct 2017] Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers across all disciplines within the social sciences and humanities to develop international interdisciplinary research projects with development impact, in collaboration with colleagues from the natural, engineering and/or medical sciences.
The CRI Paris invites applications for fellowships. The CRI is looking for motivated, innovative scientists who thrive in dynamic environments, comfortably mix disciplines straddling field boundaries and wish to explore uncharted domains.
[Closes 4 Aug 2017] Call open for EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships The IAA aims to establish closer working partnerships between researchers and business and two schemes of potential relevance to SynBio SRI members are now open to applications
[Closes 23 June 2017] Apply now for the Biomaker Challenge! Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics and beyond, we’re looking for frugal, open source and DIY approaches to biological experiments.
[Closes 30 June 2017] Apply now for the OpenPlant Fund The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach and policy work.
[Closes 6 Jul 2017] DST-NRF Fellowships for UK Early Career Researchers - Synthetic Biology Opportunities in South Africa This Newton Fund opportunity allows early career UK researchers to spend 3-6 months working with a South African research group.
[Closes 25 June 2017] Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund Cambridge-Africa have announced the 2017 call for applications for the ALBORADA Research Fund
[Closes 31st May] Border Labs Award 2017 Border Labs have opened a 2017 award competition for inspiring explorers who go beyond the expected.
[Closes 28 April] SB7.0 biosecurity fellowships announced The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security have announced an exceptional near-term opportunity for emerging leaders who wish to prepare for and contribute to ongoing discussions regarding biosecurity.
[Closes 17 Apr 2017] BBSRC funding available for summer Research Experience Placements The BBSRC has provided funds to support 12 summer students in the Research Experience Placements (REP) scheme. Projects that include mathematical skills training (covering Exploiting New Ways of Working) are highly desirable
(Closes March 31st 2017) Deep Science Ventures 6-month venture building program Deep Science Ventures offers a paid and fully funded 6-month venture building program to change the world.
[Closes 3rd May 2017] Grand Challenges Explorations - Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations.
[Closes 27 Mar 2017] Synthetic biology future science fellowships The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation invites applications for its synthetic biology future science fellowships.

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