External Funding

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Joint NWS and NERC funding call

Derisking geological disposal of radioactive waste in the UK

Closing date: 23rd March 2023

NERC and NWS are looking to fund a single interdisciplinary consortium of researchers who will undertake fundamental underpinning research that will advance our understanding of the potential effects of an introduced radioactive waste geological disposal facility (GDF) on lower strength sedimentary host rock.

Up to £5million is available over 4 years for projects starting by 2nd October 2023. The call is now open and will close 23rd March 2023.

The funding will be awarded to a diverse, multidisciplinary team, that can apply new expertise to address 3 challenge areas:

  • geological isolation
  • contaminant pathways
  • mathematical modelling (integrating the above)

For further information and details of how you can ask questions, head to the NERC website.

UKRI Cross Council Opportunities

Responsible and trustworthy artificial intelligence

Closing date: 23 February 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: community, cross discipline, development and deployment

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Sandpit: novel computing for UK defence and security

Closing date: 28 February 2023 at 16:00
Maximum award: £3,000,000

Keywords: interdisciplinary, SWaP computing projects, UK defence and security, computer science, mathematics, engineering, physical sciences, collaboration

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Develop a UK digital twinning research community with a NetworkPlus

Closing date: 23 March 2023 at 16:00
Maximum award: £3,000,000

Keywords: multidisciplinary, digital twinning, national capability, development and publication, manufacturing, engineering, net zero

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UKRI Centres for Doctoral Training in artificial intelligence

Closing date: 23 February 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: CDT, AI, 5 funded cohorts, doctoral training, multidisciplinary, cross-cutting priorities, internationally recognised research

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EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training

Closing date: 7 March 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: CDTs, strategic priorities, next generation, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, focus areas, civic priorities, EPSRC research priorities, innovation

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Centre in community participation and connectedness

Closing date: 17 May 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £9,700,000

Keywords: community participation, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, civic participation, engineering, environmental science, health science, anthropology, psychology, data science, design, architecture

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Mathematical and computational foundations of artificial intelligence

Closing date: 9 February 2023 at 16:00
Maximum award: £10,000,000

Keywords: fundamental mathematics, computational concepts, cross-disciplinary hubs, AI, cross capabilities

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Place Based Impact Acceleration Account (PBIAA)

Closing date: 25 April 2023 at 16:00
Maximum award: £5,000,000

Keywords: impact activities; research and innovation clusters; impact acceleration; co-creation with civic actors; aligned with civic ambitions; business engagement; local stakeholder engagement; drive regional growth

Notes: applications must be from a minimum of 2 applicant universities plus other eligible research organisations as appropriate – collaboration with a civic body is mandatory on this opportunity.

EPSRC circular economy critical mass programmes

Closing date: 8 February 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £6,000,000

Keywords: circular economy, 1 project partner, societal benefits, net zero priority, new technologies

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Manufacturing research hubs for a sustainable future two: outline stage



Closing date: 10 May 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £11,000,000

Keywords: manufacturing research, sustainable future, engineering net zero, multidisciplinary research, artificial intelligence

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EPSRC-WES ambassadors for women in engineering

Closing date: 4 May 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £10,000

Keywords: engineering research, innovation landscape, underrepresentation of women in the engineering and physical sciences

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Leverhulme Trust

Various Project Grants

Closing date: Open on a rolling call basis

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Emeritus Fellowships

Closing date: 02 February 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: senior researchers, retired, partly retired, facilitation, integration, competition of research output

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Early Career Fellowships

Closing date: 23 February 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: ECR

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Visiting Professorships

Closing date: 4 May 2023

Maximum award: £150,000

Keywords: overseas eminent senior professor, overseas, novel expertise, enhance skills and knowledge, collaborations

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Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Closing date: 17 May 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £100,000

Keywords: ECR, international impact, exceptionally promising, individual awards

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Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships

Closing date: 2 June 2023 at 12:00

Keywords: 18 Doctoral Scholarships, interdisciplinary

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Natural Environment Research Council

Derisking geological disposal of radioactive waste in the UK

Closing date: 23 March 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £5,000,000

Keywords: geological disposal facility, radioactive waste, multidisciplinary team, geological isolation, contaminant pathways, mathematical modelling, renewable energies, nuclear

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Addressing environmental challenges: NERC highlight topics 2023

Closing date: 22 March 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £6,000,000

Keywords: ‘highlight topic’ research challenges, collaboration, multidisciplinary research, independent projects

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NERC large grant to tackle big environmental science questions: Mar 2023

Closing date: 9 March 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £3,700,000

Keywords: innovative, large scale, complex projects, world leading research, multidisciplinary

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Biological influence on future ocean storage of carbon

Closing date: 29 March 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £1,900,000

Keywords: regulation, ocean carbon storage, biological and abiological processes, climate change

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Growing roots: environmental science public engagement 2023 to 24

Closing date: 27 March 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £10,000

Keywords: public engagement, environmental science, variety of career stages

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Environmental sciences: global partnerships seedcorn fund 2023

Closing date: 30 March 2023 at 16:00

Maximum award: £100,000

Keywords: global partnerships, sustainable collaborations, establishing networks, workshops, feasibility studies

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Highlight topic ideas

Closing date: 4 May 2023 at 16:00 BST

NERC invites new ideas (strategic funding for research and innovation) for the 10th round of the highlight topics scheme. By an ‘idea’, NERC means a statement of a possible course of research, presented for example as a sharply-focused question, gap, challenge or opportunity, that the proposer(s) consider would work within the framework of the NERC strategic delivery plan 2022 to 2025.

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Royal Academy of Engineering

Industrial Fellowships

Closing date: 28 February 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: industry links, enhance world leading engineering group, outcomes, industrial partners

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Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships

Closing date: 09 March 2023

Keywords: industry links, enhance world leading engineering group, outcomes, industrial partners

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Chair in Emerging Technologies

Closing date: 11 April 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: global research visionaries, develop, emerging technologies, economic and societal benefit, 10 year funding

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Nuclear physics consolidated grants: 2023

Closing date: 07 February 2023 at 16:00

Keywords: nuclear physics, ambitious

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