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Conservation Research Institute


We provide a selection of the latest research for Conservation funding opportunities in the University and UK: focusing on major initiatives, but also including relevant small research grants, workshop and travel grants, prizes and awards, and individual fellowships and studentships. This is not exhaustive and researchers are directed to Recent open calls 

Wellcome Trust Access to Expertise

Deadline for applications: Saturday 15 August

Apply: Here

Applications are invited for up to £15K to support outsourcing of external expertise (consultancy) for ongoing and new translational research projects in order to accelerate the development of therapeutics and diagnostics. Projects aiming to research and develop drugs, biologicals, gene therapy, or medical devices for human patient treatment, management or diagnosis are all within scope.

These awards will allow the applicant to:

  • Gain evidence of the feasibility (or otherwise) of their translational plans
  • Unblock specific bottlenecks to shift their research to the next phase of translation
  • Strengthen their chances of obtaining downstream funding

Contact your Department Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, Dr Cathy Boucher  or Dr Juraj Rievaj at CATS, or Dr Laura Donnelly at Cambridge Enterprise for advice on consultancy service providers. All University of Cambridge affiliated PIs are eligible to apply and the deadline for applications is 15th August. For further details please watch this video and visit the CATS Website.

Cambridge Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 2020

 The Cambridge-Africa programme is pleased to announce that the call for proposals to the ALBORADA Research Fund, is now open.

 Applications are invited from pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge or an affiliated institution and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations.

The Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund competitively awards grants of between £1,000 and £20,000, for:

·        Research costs (such as reagents, fieldwork and equipment)

·        Research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa

·        Conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. workshops/courses)  

 For more information on the application process and a list of proposals funded since 2013, please visit:

 The deadline for submission is 6th September 2020. Please direct any queries to:

CCI Collaborative Fund

A reminder that applications for the CCI Collaborative Fund is Wednesday 1st July 2020. The Collaborative Fund was set up to support innovative, collaborative conservation projects undertaken by the 10 Cambridge Conservation Initiative partners, of which the Conservation Research Institute is one of them.

Each Collaborative Fund application requires at least three organisations/Departments from CCI to be actively working together on the project, including at least one University Department and one conservation organisation. All collaborating organisations/Departments will be expected to make a major and significant commitment to the project outcomes to demonstrate true collaboration.

Please find here a link to current projects that are looking for university partners (this is attached)

Further information on how to apply to the Collaborative Fund including eligibility criteria and application forms can be found here.

 The recording of the meeting outlining projects can be found here

If you have any questions please email Hawa Sydique on

Tsinghua - Cambridge Joint Research Initiative Fund in Sustainability and Future Emerging Technologies 

Extraordinary call for proposals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:

In 2019 Tsinghua University (TSINGHUA) and the University of Cambridge (CAMBRIDGE) established the Tsinghua - Cambridge Joint Research Initiative Fund, a five-year initiative to strengthen research collaborations between academics in the two institutions. The initiative reflects the commitment of both universities to work together on addressing global challenges, such as climate change, food security or infectious diseases. In its first call in the fall of 2019 the initiative supported 13 currently ongoing projects within the broad theme of sustainability and future emerging technologies.

The initiative recently issued an extraordinary call for funding a number of collaborative projects between academic groups at the two universities that are seeking to contribute to addressing urgent challenges in relation to the Covid-19 global health emergency. The pandemic requires a strong, collaborative international response and open sharing of experience gained in tackling it. Two projects have already been funded under this extraordinary call. However, we are aware that there was significant interest in this call but not all interested researchers were able to submit proposals due to the short timescale for the submission of proposals. Therefore, the call will remain open for a 2nd closing at the end of August.

Please click here for the Application Outline

CCI Collaborative Fund 2020

The new deadline for CCI Collaborative Fund is now Wednesday, 1st July 2020.

A ‘virtual’ engagement event will be held from 11am – 12pm on Wednesday 13 May to help to bring the NGO’s and University together for project ideas. The event will be chaired by Dr David Thomas, Programme Manager, Endangered Landscapes Programme.

We are very excited to have received a great range of project ideas/titles to be presented at the event, and you will find a list of current topics and participants here: Collaborative Fund Project Ideas Participant List

We encourage you to have a look at this list to see if there are any projects you might be interested in collaborating on. If you are just interested in hearing more and/or have particular expertise, please also dial in to see what’s on offer.

To join this meeting go to:   (Meeting ID: 922 4503 5714 Password: 334039)

Inter-Research Science Publisher

The global conservation research community is coming together to recognise the problems the Corona pandemic is creating for some scientists and to find solutions. We are delighted to be part of the project Publication Partners and welcome submissions resulting from it. Publication Partners aims to help conservation scientists who face difficulties trying to complete a manuscript due to the Corona pandemic (e.g. single parents, parents with working partners, those with elderly parents or others in difficult circumstances) by matching them with potential helpers ( see here for details ).

Industry Challenge-Led Pump-Prime Funding Scheme

Cambridge Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) colleagues are invited to apply for up to £20k of ‘pump priming’ funding for challenge-led activities, to support collaborative research between the University and industry. 

Meetings between the KEN community and the Pro-VC for Enterprise and Business Relations in 2017 have identified significant potential to increase collaborative research between the University and industry. This centrally managed fund of £100k will add considerable value to the investment already being made by individual KEN colleagues in challenge-led activities.

Subject to funding availability, the funding scheme is open for application each term. Please pay attention to further notice on the open and closing dates of each call for application. Please click here for the the Application Outline.

COVID Funding Calls Find out how University of Cambridge researchers and experts are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Postdoc Business Plan Competition For University of Cambridge affiliated postdocs. Application deadline: 12 July. 

Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Awards A rolling emergency funding scheme to make awards to Cambridge and African researchers working together to address COVI-19 in Africa. Application deadline: Not stated.

Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19 Proposals invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Application deadline: None. 

Horizon 2020: What It Is and How to Apply for Funding. How UK businesses and researchers can continue to access Horizon 2020 funding even after 31st January 2020.