UKRI partners including BBSRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, MRC, and NERC, have worked closely with MoD/Dstl to engage the UK community and establish a vision for UK engineering biology. Building on this vision, UKRI continues to develop a proposal for an ambitious National Engineering Biology Programme (NEBP) to support and progress the world leading expertise of engineering biology in the UK both now and into the future.
Engineering Biology Funding Opportunities
Breakthrough awards – An open call for 15 awards, up to 12-months each, that aim to stimulate the development of novel ideas in the discovery-inspired themes of the NEBP, seeding potential future areas of research.
Anticipated launch date: 01 July 2021. Anticipated call close: 16:00 on 28 July 2021. Latest possible start date: 01 November 2021
Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators must be at lecturer level (or equivalent) or above and meet the standard UKRI eligibility criteria. However, applications are encouraged from investigators that may not consider themselves to have a track record in engineering biology; this includes both early-career researchers who have yet to establish a track record as well as individuals from other disciplines who are looking to explore the potential impact of engineering biology across disciplines.
Transition awards – An open call for 10 awards, up to 24-months each, that will simultaneously provide investment to maintain and support existing capability while enabling the community to align scientific focus with the NEBP and provide opportunities for the growth of new clusters.
Anticipated launch date: Mid-late July 2021. Anticipated call close: September 2021