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Global Challenges Initiative

The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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BBSRC Follow-on Funding Call (deadline: 11th October 2017)

A Follow-On Grant enables researchers who have a sound understanding of the market opportunity for their intellectual assets to execute a defined programme of work of up to two years in length that has clearly defined and complementary technical and business plan development milestones. The aim of the programme is to help researchers maximise the societal and economic benefits of their research.

BBSRCThis programme is a proof-of-concept model where further work on an idea will take it through to the stage at which the route to application is clear, which may include a spin-out or licensing opportunity. The programme enables activities essential to preparing a robust business plan and secure, where appropriate, further funding and support to progress. Funds can be requested for IP searches - in particular freedom to operate (but not to support patent filing costs).

This programme includes:

Pathfinder Follow-on Fund (apply at any time)

  • Projects up to six months in duration
  • Valued at under £25,000 (FEC)

Standard Follow-on Fund (FOF)

  • Projects up to 12-18 months in duration
  • Valued at under £250,000 (FEC).

Super Follow-on Fund (SuperFOF)

  • Projects between 12-24 months in duration
  • Valued at between £250,000 and £2 million (FEC)

Follow-On Fund projects must draw substantially on previous research funding by BBSRC and fall within its portfolio. Proposed applications are not anticipated to extend research grant funding or to be applied research for commercial partners. Please note that Pathfinder Grants help researchers undertake the preliminary work required to put them in a position to apply for a Follow-On Fund Grant. This work typically focuses on evaluating the market potential for their research and the comparative strength of their intellectual assets and, if the technical feasibility of the project depends on it, the achievement of technical milestone 1. 

Please read more and apply here.


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The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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