Funding opportunities in the Biosciences

Biosciences KTN has an excellent track record of assisting our members to take advantage of the many sources of public funding to support innovation in the Biosciences.

We have extensive knowledge of various UK and European funding mechanisms and can alert our members to relevant funding calls, help set up collaborations, and provide advice and help with funding applications.

A selection of funding schemes of relevance to the Biosciences are highlighted below.


Technology Strategy Board Funding Schemes



TSB Competitions Search

Challenge-led and technology-led funding competitions for industry-led consortia. There is a useful competitions search facility on the website.


Agri-Tech Catalyst

The Agri-Tech Catalyst offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to global agricultural challenges."


Agri-Food Supply Chain


Agri-Food Supply Chain KTP Competition

Investment of up to £2.3m to establish Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to improve the competitiveness, resilience and responsiveness of the agri-food supply chain. Deadline for applications: 11 Feb 2015.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Funding for partnerships between UK businesses and academics to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance.



Smart Awards

New R&D science, engineering and technology funding for single SMEs. Three types of grant are available:Proof of market grant; Proof of concept grant; Development of prototype grant.


Technology Strategy Board

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

SBRI competitions use the power of government procurement to drive innovation by providing innovative solutions to public sector challenges and business opportunities for technology companies.


Technology Strategy Board

Innovation Vouchers

Funding of £5k projects for SMEs in the area of Agri-food, Built Environment, to allow businesses to work with an external expert for the first time, gaining new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.


Research Councils UKResearch Councils UK


BBSRC Research Funding

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK's principal funder of basic and strategic biological research.



EPSRC Funding

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) operates a small number of flexible funding schemes including Fellowships, Industrial CASE Awards, Networks and Mobility Awards.



BBSRC Industrial Partnership Awards

Science-led, responsive mode grants where an industrial partner contributes at least 10% of the full economic cost of the project.


CASE Awards

BBSRC Industrial CASE Awards

CASE (Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering) PhD studentships involve an academic institution and a commercial company. Awarded as a training grant to the academic partner.




The LINK scheme promotes academic & industrial collaboration in pre-competitive research.

Projects are typically funded 50:50 by industry and government support.



Strategic partnerships and RTCs

Supporting research in areas identified as strategically important by BBSRC and industry. RTCs support academic research and encourage closer links between academia and industry.



EU FlagEuropean Funding Schemes




Eureka Eurostars (for SMEs)

Specifically targeting the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.


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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).



UK Research Office (UKRO)

The UK Research Office (UKRO) promotes effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities.


Marie Curie actions



Marie Curie Actions

Marie Curie Actions  provide funding opportunities for mobility and training at all stages of a researcher's career.


Regional Funding


Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise

Various grants and funding options are available to businesses of all sizes for research and development, co-investment and technological innovations.


Scottish Enterprise

SMART Scotland

SMART: SCOTLAND provides discretionary grants to support technical and commercial feasibility studies, and research and development (R&D) projects.


Invest NI


Invest Northern Ireland

Various grants and funding options are available to businesses of all sizes for research and development, co-investment and technological innovations.


Welsh Government

Welsh Government Grants

Grants to fund schemes and initiatives that deliver the Welsh Government's priorities.




Regional Growth Fund

£2.6 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2016. It supports projects and programmes that lever private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.


Other Sources of Funding



Genomia Fund

Genomia provides seed and pre-seed funds for commercialisation of public sector research in the biosciences. This funding is only available to a closed list of public sector research establishments (PSREs).


Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Trust Funding Schemes

The Wellcome Trust offers a wide variety of funding schemes, including Investigator Awards, fellowships and Strategic Awards, Translation Awards etc.





Accelerating the competitiveness of UK Biosciences businesses through mechanisms to enhance access to funding and the realisation of value, including venture capital, corporate investment, licensing and joint ventures.




R&D tax credits

Research and Development (R&D) Relief is a Corporation Tax relief that may reduce your company or organisation's tax bill by more than your actual expenditure on allowable R&D costs.

>> HM Revenues and Customs
>> Guide to R&D Tax Credits in NI


Other Sources of Funding Information



FundMap is a useful tool provided by the Electronics Technology NetworkIt provides easy navigation to the grants and funding available to businesses in the UK technology sector by allowing you to search or filter for grants to match your current needs.


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