Digital Futures Funding Roundup

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A collection of the latest digital funding opportunities across all disciplines. To follow the main links, please ensure you are logged into Research Professional via your institution. Alternatively, direct links to funding pages can be found under the Website heading.

DIGITAL HUMANITIES ASSOCIATE PROJECT

Primary funder name: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Disciplines: Crimes Against Humanity; Political History; Digital Humanities; Jewish Studies

Summary text: This provides training on the use of digital humanities to study the Holocaust. The fellowships is worth USD 3,000 per month for nine months.

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Award amount max: USD 27,000

Closing date: 01 Feb 2021

NGI ASSURE - RESEARCH GOES TO STANDARDISATION

Primary funder name: Next Generation Internet

Disciplines: Computer Engineering & Hardware; Cryptography; Ubiquitous Computing; Cybersecurity; Large Scale Complex IT Systems; Open Source Software

Summary text: This call supports projects developing reusable building blocks for next generation internet. Grants are worth up to €200,000 each for up to 13 months.

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Award amount max: €200,000

Closing date: 01 Feb 2021

DIGI-B-CUBE OPEN CALL

Primary funder name: DIGI-B-CUBE

Disciplines: Medical Devices; Medical & Diagnostic Tests

Summary text: This supports SMEs integrating digital innovations and disruptive technologies across the medical diagnostics and related value chains. Funding is worth up to €150,000 per project.

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Award amount max: €150,000

Closing date: 03 Feb 2021

Emeritus fellowships

Primary funder name: Leverhulme Trust

Disciplines: Agriculture; Arts and Humanities; Soil Sciences; Social Sciences; Physical Sciences and Engineering; Food Science

Summary text: These enable retired senior researchers to complete a research project and to prepare the results for publication. Each fellowship is worth up to £24,000 for a period between three and 24 months.

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Award amount max: €150,000

Closing date: 04 Feb 2021

High-priority areas for research leveraging electronic health records and large-scale data

Primary funder name: NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Disciplines: Medical Effectiveness & Patient Outcomes; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Data Analysis; Neurology; Bioinformatics; Health & Medical Informatics; Mental Health

Summary text: This supports the use of large-scale, real-world data from electronic health records from a variety of systems to understand risk, onset, course and impact of treatments and services for mental and neurological disorders. The maximum project period is five years.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 05 Feb 2021

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT LEGACY AWARDS

Primary funder name: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Disciplines: Universe Sciences; Synchrotrons & Accelerators; Particle Physics; Nuclear Physics

Summary text: These enable STFC grant-funded public engagement programmes to continue to grow and evolve over time based on learning and evaluation. Funding covers 50 per cent of the costs, worth up to £50,000, for first-time awardees, and up to 25 per cent, worth up to £25,000, for second-time awardees.

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Award amount max: £50,000

Closing date: 11 Feb 2021

Asthma health technology fund – stream 1

Primary funder name: Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR

Disciplines: Medical Devices; Asthma; Assistive Technology

Summary text: This supports the development and adoption of scalable, user-centred and evidence-based tools for the diagnosis, monitoring or management of asthma. Grants are worth up to £750,000 each for up to two years.

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Award amount max: £750,000

Closing date: 11 Feb 2021

Innovations partnership scheme grants

Primary funder name: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Disciplines: Nuclear Physics; Synchrotrons & Accelerators; Universe Sciences; Computer Science & Informatics; Particle Physics

Summary text: These aim to transfer technology and expertise developed through STFC funding to the marketplace in partnership with industry and other academic disciplines. Grants are worth up to £360,000 at 80 per cent of full economic costs over up to three years.

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Award amount max: £360,000

Closing date: 18 Feb 2021

FOLLOW-ON FUNDING

Primary funder name: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Disciplines: Nuclear Physics; Synchrotrons & Accelerators; Particle Physics; Universe Sciences; Computer Science & Informatics

Summary text: This provides financial support at the very early or pre-seed stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition. Proposals may be worth up to £110,000 to be funded at 80 per cent full economic cost for up to a year.

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Award amount max: £88,000

Closing date: 18 Feb 2021

innovation partnership scheme capital call

Primary funder name: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Disciplines: Particle Physics; Galactic Astronomy; Cosmology & Extragalactic Astronomy; Nuclear Physics

Summary text: This enables current innovation partnership scheme grant holders to request specific items of capital that could be of benefit to the project, or for components to build a working prototype in order to move the idea ahead to commercialisation. Individual items of equipment must cost £10,000 or more.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 18 Feb 2021

NRP 77 - DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Primary funder name: Swiss National Science Foundation

Disciplines: Classroom Technology; Computer Science & Informatics; Ethical Use of Technology; Sociology of Science & Technology

Summary text: This supports research on the interrelationships and concrete effects of digital transformation in Switzerland that will allow the improvement of its management and governance of ongoing and future digital transformations. Projects are anticipated to be worth between CHF 300,000 and CHF 600,000 each for up to four years.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 20 Feb 2021

NETWORKED CURATOR

Primary funder name: Association of Art Museum Curators

Disciplines: Museums & Curation; History of Art; Digital & Interaction Design

Summary text: This enables non-profit art curators to take part in a course to develop their digital skills, better understand the resources and possibilities of the sector, and empower them to collaborate and actively participate in related initiatives. A travel stipend is provided.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 20 Feb 2021

Smart farming innovations for small-scale producers

Primary funder name: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Disciplines: Agricultural Engineering; Agricultural Management; Agriculture in Developing Countries; Small Farms & Subsistence Farming

Summary text: This supports smart farming solutions that leverage digital technology innovations that have the potential to drive positive impact for small-scale producer entrepreneurs delivered through bundled farmer services and enabled by scalable digital and data platforms. Grants are worth up tp USD 1.5 million each for a maximum period of two years.

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Award amount max: USD 1,500,000

Closing date: 25 Feb 2021

Call for proposals on cybercrime

Primary funder name: Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs

Disciplines: Child Protection & Welfare; Cybersecurity; Rape, Sex Crimes & Sexual Abuse

Summary text: This supports proposals on the areas of cybercrime, and child sexual abuse and exploitation. Grants are worth between €300,000 and €4 million for up to three years.

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Award amount max: €4,000,000

Closing date: 25 Feb 2021

Digital scholarship visiting research fellowships

Primary funder name: University of Edinburgh

Disciplines: Humanities; Digital Humanities

Summary text: These encourage digitally-focused, interdisciplinary research, international scholarly collaboration, and networking activities of visiting research fellows with a specific focus on the digital. A bursary of up to £1,000 is available for up to four months.

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Award amount max: £1,000

Closing date: 26 Feb 2021

Synchronised call – EURIPIDES² and PENTA Clusters

Primary funder name: EUREKA

Disciplines: Microelectronics; Electrical & Electronic Engineering; Nanoelectronics

Summary text: This supports joint research, development and innovation projects in the electronic components and systems value chain in order to promote collaborative industrial innovation. Projects are funded through national public authorities.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 26 Feb 2021

SIGMOBILE test-of-time paper awards

Primary funder name: Association for Computing Machinery

Disciplines: Network Infrastructure; Informatics & Big Data

Summary text: These recognise papers that have had a sustained and significant impact on the mobility of systems users, data and computing community over at least a decade. Awards include an honorarium.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 28 Feb 2021

Digital innovations grant

Primary funder name: Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Disciplines: Knowledge Management; Records & Document Management; Digitising & Digital Archives

Summary text: This encourages new, engaging ideas for developing the foundation’s heritage and education centre’s resources using emerging technology. Grants are worth up to £100,000 each for one year.

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Award amount max: £100,000

Closing date: 28 Feb 2021

Heritage and Education Centre digital innovation

Primary funder name: Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Disciplines: Digitising & Digital Archives; Interactive Media; Museums & Curation

Summary text: This provides support to harness emerging technologies and develop the Heritage and Education Centre’s resources. Funding is worth up to £100,000 for direct costs.

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Award amount max: £100,000

Closing date: 28 Feb 2021

Small Business Research Initiative – improving multimorbidity acute care using data analytics, phase 1

Primary funder name: Innovate UK

Disciplines: Chronic Care; Surgery & Intensive Care; Emergency Medicine

Summary text:  This supports proposals to develop a data-driven solution to improve the care and outcomes for patients with multimorbidity admitted in A&E. Grants are worth up to £10,000 each for up to three months

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Award amount max: £10,000

Closing date: 03 Mar 21

BRAIN initiative – integration and analysis of BRAIN initiative data

Primary funder name: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Disciplines: Data Visualisation; Health & Medical Informatics; Neuroscience; Data Analysis; Medical Devices

Summary text: This aims to develop informatics tools for analysing, visualising and integrating data related to the BRAIN initiative or to enhance understanding of the brain. Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is three years.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 04 Mar 21

Systems biology – from large datasets to biological insight course bursaries

Primary funder name: Wellcome

Disciplines: Machine Learning; Biological Systems Analysis & Modelling; Mathematical Biology

Summary text: These enable researchers to attend a course on multi-omics data and machine learning to infer biological models, to be held virtually in June 2021. Bursaries cover up to 50 per cent of the course fee.

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Award amount max: £375

Closing date: 04 Mar 21

Map the gap – autonomous gap crossing survey, phase 2

Primary funder name: Ministry of Defence

Disciplines: Remote Sensing; Telemetry & Measurement Sciences; Military Technology, Land; Autonomous Systems & Vehicles

Summary text: This supports technologies that demonstrate an unmanned and automated or autonomous system to gather the data required for the crossing of wet gap obstacles. The total budget is £2 million funding two to four bids over 10 months.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 09 Mar 21

BRAIN initiative cell census network – scalable technologies and tools for brain cell census

Primary funder name: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Disciplines: Central Nervous System; Cell & Developmental Biology; Biomedical Engineering

Summary text: This aims to accelerate the integration and use of scalable technologies and tools to enhance brain cell census research. Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is three years.

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Award amount max:  USD 2,000,000

Closing date: 10 Mar 21

Research exhibition grants

Primary funder name: Design History Society

Disciplines: Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory

Summary text: These assist those engaged in design history research that leads to a permanent or temporary exhibition or display, which can take either physical or digital format. 

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Award amount max:  £1,000

Closing date: 15 Mar 21

UK-Ireland collaboration in digital humanities

Primary funder name: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Disciplines: Digital Humanities; Arts and Humanities; Society

Summary text: This supports large, innovative and multidisciplinary research in digital humanities. Funding is worth up to £320,000 per project for UK costs, at 80 per cent of the full economic cost for up to 36 months.

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Award amount max:  £320,000

Closing date: 18 Mar 21

Small Business Research Initiative – improving hip fracture outcomes using data, phase 1

Primary funder name: Innovate UK

Disciplines: Orthopaedic Surgery; Osteoporosis & Other Bone Diseases; Medical Devices

Summary text: This supports projects on improving outcomes for hip fracture patients by developing a system using routinely collected health data and data-analytics techniques. 

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Award amount max:  £15,000

Closing date: 31 Mar 21

Innovation panel competition

Primary funder name: Economic and Social Research Council 

Disciplines: Health & Society; Research Methods in Sociology; Self-Employment & Entrepreneurship; Employment & Unemployment Studies

Summary text: This supports research ideas that need certain data to carry out work, and researchers wanting to develop an experimental or methodological element. Successful applicants access rich household data and are provided a test-bed for new and existing projects without the associated cost, and research support.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 02 Apr 21

Artificial intelligence for Earth grant

Primary funder name: Microsoft Corporation

Disciplines: Water Resources Engineering & Management; Use & Management of Natural Resources; Sustainable Agriculture; Climate Change & Global Warming; Environmental Conservation & Biodiversity

Summary text: This provides access to Microsoft resources to support projects that change the way people and organisations monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 05 Apr 21

Public engagement spark awards

Primary funder name: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Disciplines: Particle Physics; Universe Sciences; Nuclear Physics; Synchrotrons & Accelerators

Summary text: These support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit or align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

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Award amount max: £15,000

Closing date: 22 Apr 21

Responsive mode – standard research grants

Primary funder name: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Disciplines: Environmental Engineering; Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science; Biological Sciences

Summary text: These support curiosity-led research to advance the bioscience portfolio of the council. Projects can range in size up to £2 million and last up to five years.

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Award amount max: £2,000,000

Closing date: 28 Apr 21

UK intelligence community postdoctoral research fellowships

Primary funder name: Royal Academy of Engineering

Disciplines: Physical Sciences and Engineering; Military Sciences

Summary text: These fellowships support the promotion of unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Fellowships are worth up to £200,000 over two years.

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Award amount max: £200,000

Closing date: 04 May 21

Health technology assessment programme – researcher-led workstream, including brain tumours

Primary funder name: Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR

Disciplines: Patient Care & Education; Screening for Diseases; Medical Effectiveness & Patient Outcomes; Health Economics; Medical & Diagnostic Tests; Pharmaceutical Drugs; Biomedical Engineering; Health & Medical Informatics; Brain Cancer; Preventive Medicine

Summary text: This supports research to assess the effectiveness of technologies within the NHS. There are no fixed limits on the duration of projects or funding, and proposals should be tailored to fully address the problem. 

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 05 May 21

Best of the web competition

Primary funder name: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Disciplines: Journalism; Digital & Interaction Design; Communication & Media Studies; Mobile Devices, Apps & Ecosystems

Summary text: This recognises web and app design that advances education or research in journalism or mass communication. The prize amount depends on the funds available.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 15 May 21

CreativeXR programme

Primary funder name: Digital Catapult

Summary text: This supports the development of new virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences within the creative industries. A total of 20 successful applicants will receive up to £20,000 of early stage investment.

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Award amount max: £20,000

Closing date: 17 May 21

Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme – helping SMEs innovate in aerospace

Primary funder name: Innovate UK

Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering & Avionics

Summary text: This enables SMEs to develop innovative aerospace technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business. The total budget is £2.5 million to support projects with total eligible costs worth between £100,000 and £300,000 for a duration of up to 18 months.

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Award amount max: £300,000

Closing date: 18 May 21

Innovator awards

Primary funder name: Wellcome

Disciplines: Medicine & Health; Health & Medical Informatics; Biomedical Engineering

Summary text: These support researchers who are transforming ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Grants are worth up to £750,000 for up to three years.

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Award amount max: £750,000

Closing date: 24 May 21

Future leaders fellowships – business

Primary funder name: UK Research and Innovation

Disciplines: Any

Summary text: This enables businesses to develop the leadership potential of an employee through a challenging innovation or research projects. Funding is typically worth up to £1.5 million over four years to cover salaries and operational costs, but applicants may apply for more or less.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 03 Jun 21

Niche vehicle R&D projects

Primary funder name: Innovate UK

Disciplines: Automotive Engineering; Carbon Dioxide Reduction & Mitigation; Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

Summary text: This enables SMEs activities in the low carbon vehicle technology sector to undertake collaborative R&D activities.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 08 Jun 21

Sustained support for informatics technologies for cancer research and management

Primary funder name: NIH: National Cancer Institute

Disciplines: Cancer Studies & Oncology; Health & Medical Informatics

Summary text: This supports the continued development and sustainment of high value informatics research resources to improve the acquisition, management, analysis and dissemination of data and knowledge across the cancer research continuum. The maximum project period is five years.

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Award amount max: -

Closing date: 08 Jun 21

Newton institutional links grants – UK, Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey

Primary funder name: British Council

Disciplines: Any

Summary text: These enable partners in the UK, Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey to collaborate internationally and gain access to new research environments, facilities, knowledge and expertise in order to enhance the quality of their research and enable them to translate research and innovation into economic and societal benefit. Grants from the Newton Fund range from £50,000 to £150,000 depending on the partner country.

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Award amount max: £150,000

Closing date: 12 Jun 21

Better methods, better research

Primary funder name: Medical Research Council

Disciplines: Medicine & Health

Summary text: This supports research that improves research methods being applied by others anywhere within the remit of MRC or the NIHR. Grants are worth up to £500,000 and cover up to 80 per cent of full economic costs.

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Award amount max: £500,000

Closing date: 17 Jun 21

Catalyst grant

Primary funder name: Digital Science

Disciplines: Software Engineering

Summary text: This supports the development of innovative research software ideas that benefit scientific research. At least three grants, worth up to £25,000 each, are available each year for projects typically lasting for six months.

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Award amount max: £25,000

Closing date: 30 Jun 21

Laboratories to optimise digital health (R01 clinical trial required)

Primary funder nameNIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Disciplines: Mental Illness; Mental Health; Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing; Health & Medical Informatics; Counselling & Talking Therapies; Clinical Psychology

Summary text: This supports research to test strategies to increase the reach, efficiency, effectiveness and quality of digital mental health interventions which may impact mental health outcomes, including suicide behaviours and serious mental illness. The maximum project period is four years.

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Award amount max:-

Closing date: 01 Jul 21

Special Interest Group on Communications and Computer Networks rising star award

Primary funder name: Association for Computing Machinery

Disciplines: Data Communications; Computer Networks

Summary text: This recognises contributions to the field of communication networks. The award includes a travel honorarium.

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Award amount max:-

Closing date: 15 Jul 21

Investigator-initiated research in computational genomics and data science

Primary funder nameNIH: National Human Genome Research Institute

Disciplines: Computational Biology; Genomics; Bioinformatics

Summary text: This supports fundamental genomics research developing innovative analytical methodologies and approaches, early-stage development of tools and software, and refinement or hardening of software and tools of high value to the biomedical genomics community. Funding is for up to five years.

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Award amount max:-

Closing date: 16 Jul 21

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