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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 

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

EIT Food COVID-19 Innovation Proposals

EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, has open a call for COVID-19 innovation proposals. EIT Food is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis by funding short term, impactful projects that address Food System business and consumer needs.

These are some of the challenges that the proposals could address:

  • Supply chain disruption
  • Consumer behaviour change
  • Food safety risks
  • Improved nutrition.

EIT Food is looking to receive applications for 6 month projects that will deliver significant impact (describe problems and how the action will solve it and a high technology readiness level (TRL 5 and above)) and immediate impact (must deliver outputs by the end of 2020, have a solution/product ready to launch by Q2 2021). The expected budget of the projects will be between 400-800 K Euros and the project should be develop between June-December 2020.

The consortium will need to include two entities from two different countries, one exploitation partner, can include non-EIT Food partners (who will apply to become a Network partner) and needs to be led by an EIT Food partner.


  • Deadline for proposals, 28th May 2020
  • Evaluation by Experts, June 2020
  • Final award, July 2020

If you are interested in this call and want to apply please do not hesitate to contact me so I can provide you with further information and support.

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.

Biodiversity Research Funding Opportunity with AXA – closing date 7th May 2020

Public Engagement Starter Fund University of Cambridge researchers can apply for small grants for research-based public engagement activities. Application deadline: 15 May.

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.