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Engineering 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

Up to £20,000 funding for development of relationships with non-academic stakeholders, beneficiaries, and partners in topics related to social sciences.

£3-5 million funding to undertake world-leading research to advance the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in the UK.

£2 million funding for bioscience research that addresses significant fundamental questions in bioscience.

Up to £1,500 plus administrative assistance to support collaborative initiatives that reach across disciplinary boundaries, including those between the sciences and the humanities. Applications weclome from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and academics.

Up to £125,000 for outstanding international research leaders to undertake a flexible 12 month period of sabbatical leave in a UK university or research institution, to foster international collaborative links and enriching scientific research in the host organisation as well as the wider UK science base.

Up to £300,000 grants to enable UK universities and not-for-profit research institutions to attract and recruit internationally outstanding leading researchers to their organisation.

The Company of Biologists is looking for proposals for biological workshops in 2024. Funding and admistration will be covered by the company and they are lookign for experts to provide proposals and act as scientific leads. Applications welcome from the UK and countries from teh Global South.

Grants of up to $12.2k for groups working on existing or new open science hardware projects, with the aim of building collaboration with industry experts, groups, and organisations.

Up to £300,000 available for interdisciplinary projects between medicine and engineering, including healthcare technology and artificial intelligence/ machine learning.

10% funding contributions for large STEM grants (over £5 million). Open to University of Cambridge researchers.

Up to £1500 funding for University of Cambridge staff and students supporting initiatives across that aim to challenge discrimination and inequalities, increase the representation of under-represented groups, raise awareness of issues related to equality, diversity and inclusion, and facilitate implementation of good practice.

Funding available for Cambridgeshire-based clinical research projects lead by younger and newly established researchers seeking to obtain their first funding.

The Cambridge Reproduction SRI currently have four funding schemes to support interdisciplinary research, training and development.

Up to £300K funding for early career researchers who have yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher. Funding for research within social and economic sciences and the interface with the wider sciences.

Funding for mid-range equipment costing over £200,000 including VAT. Research must be related tp the BBSRC remit and instrumentation is usually deployed collaboratively on a multi-project and multi-use basis.

Up to £55,000 research funding for newly appointed Cambridge University Lecturers in the Physical Sciences and Technology.

Up to £22 million over 5 years for research efforts led by Cambridge PIs to take place in Singapore. Funding for research that provides the tools, technologies and perspectives to consider how cities can work better and evolve to be more sustainable, liveable and resilient.

Up to £1500 funding for University of Cambridge researchers to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.

3 Year bursary for students currently enrolled on a PhD programme. Subjects include: computational neuroscience, health research, machine learning and systems and networking.

Up to £500,000 funding for outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering.

£5,000 plus living allowance for young people (18-30) to develop creative and ground-breaking business ideas.

Up to £125,000 for breakthrough ideas in engineering biology. Projects accepted in three key areas: bioinspired design, novel materials, bioengineered cells and systems.

5 months training programme, lab space and £10,000 cash prise for 5 life science start-ups.

Grants of £2 million plus for proposals focused on frontier bioscience. Applications are welcome for cutting edge, innovative and ambitious research across all biological scales.

Visiting fellowships of up to £125,000 for overseas researchers coming to the UK.

Up to £4 million for collaborative research projects promoting universal health coverage, ensure healthy lives, and wellbeing for all at all ages. Consortia must include institutions in low-to-middle income countries.

Up top £300,000 funding for early career researchers working at the interface of economic/social sciences and the wider sciences.

Up to £250,000 funding for feasibility projects in high-risk decarbonisation research to develop or model materials, devices, fuels and/or technologies.

Up to £3.25 million funding to bring together stakeholders, build a community, identify research priorities and opportunities, and kick-start collaborative research activities in the field of digital economies.