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 Dr 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)

Deadline: 24 Apr 2018 (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.



Deadline: 24 Apr 2018 (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)

Deadline: 11 Oct 2017

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.


MRC Industrial CASE Studentships

MRC has revised this process.  Studentships will now be allocated directly to research organisations.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

No deadline.  

Additional guidance from

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.


Royal Society Translation Award

Deadline: 6 July 2017

Scheme for scientists who wish to investigate the potential to commercialise an aspect of their research.  There are 3 areas supported in the current round: 1) electro-technology, 2) biomedical science and 3) the built environment, energy and clean technology or nano science/nanotechnology.  Up to 3 awards of up to £50k and are not expected to exceed 24 months.


Royal Society Industry Fellowships

Deadline: 13 Oct 2017

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). 


Innovate UK Delivery Plan for 2016/2017 released.