Working with Industry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

This page contains upcoming deadlines for funding opportunities that can be applied for in collaboration with one of Chemistry’s academics. If you are interested in partnering with Oxford Chemistry for a joint application, please contact Rachel MacCoss for more information.


Upcoming Deadlines:

EPSRC Industrial CASE Awards

iCASE awards provide funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice.  The aim of these awards is to provide PhD students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations.

BBSRC Industrial Partnership Awards (IPA)

Full: 29 Apr 2020 - 16:00 (as per Responsive Mode)

Science-led, responsive mode grants where an industrial partner contributes at least 10% in cash of the FEC.  Additional in-kind contributions from industry are welcome.


Full: 29 Apr 2020 - 16:00 (as per Responsive Mode)

Applications involve collaborative research with at least one company and one science-based partner where at least 50% of the full project cost comes from industry (can be in-kind).  Applications should be for pre-competitive research that would not be undertaken in this form without LINK support.

BBSRC Follow-on Funding (FoF)

Call opens: 22 January 2020

Deadline: 17 March 2020

Next: 5 August 2020

Deadline: 7 October 2020

Pathfinder (FoF):  Apply any time.  Funds between £7-10k and for up to 6 months.

Standard FoF:  Funds for up to £250k for 12-18 months.

Super FoF:  Funds for £250k-2M for 12-24 months.

Proof-of-concept model designed to support the translation of fundamental research into practical application, including commercialisation.  The programme enables activities essential to preparing a robust business plan and secure, where appropriate, further funding and support to progress.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

No deadline.  

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Each KTP is a 3-way partnership between a company, university and a graduate.  The university employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company.  A KTP can last between 6 months and 3 years.  It is part-funded by a grant.  The amount companies need to contribute is different for SMEs and larger companies.

RSC-BMCS Researcher Mobility Fellowships

Deadline: 31 Oct 2018

These grants of up to £5k encourage short placements between academic institutions and industry, in either direction, and will be awarded to support fellowships of up to 3 months in duration.

Royal Society Industry Fellowships

Deadline: 28 April 2020

Next: 4 August 2020

Deadline: 6 October 2020

This scheme is for collaborative projects between academics and industry with the aim to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology in the UK.  The collaboration must involve a transfer between UK private industry and a UK university.  The scheme covers the fellow's basic salary while on secondment (NI and pension will still be paid for by employing institution) and research expenses up to £2k/year.  Awards can be for any period of time up to 2 years full-time or pro-rata (ie 50% part-time for 4 years). 

Royal Society Short Industry Fellowships

Round one: 1 April 2020 - 28 May 2020

Round two: 3 September 2020 - 2 November 2020

This scheme is to enable scientists employed in industry or academia to have shorter dynamic engagements between academia and industry, working on a mutually beneficial and collaborative project.  Secondments can be held for a period of 3-6 months full time, or up to 12 months part time.