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School of the Biological Sciences


The University has been awarded funding by several Research Councils to run internal funding schemes. Please contact the Bioscience Impact Team if you are interested in any of these schemes.

Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 2016

The fund supports pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated institution such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and NIAB) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations. This is achieved by providing funding 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. setting up courses/workshops).

Further particulars can be found here: 

Website here -  

The deadline for applications is 6th June 2016.

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Pauline Essah ( )



BBSRC Impact Acceleration Account - pump-prime funding call now closed

This funding is intended to provide a short burst of pump-priming to projects to support a wide range of activities that may assist in developing an idea before applying for further translational funding or approaching a potential commercial partner.

The funding can also be used for early stage commercialisation activities or knowledge exchange projects.  


MRC Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund

(closed for 2015, next application round anticipated summer 2016)

This award aims to support early interactions between researchers in academia and industry. Activities funded under this award include an Exchange Fellowship Scheme and our Entrepreneurs in Residence programme.


MRC Confidence in Concepts

(closed for 2015, next application round anticipated summer 2016)

Confidence in Concepts provides funding to support the earliest stages of multiple translational research projects. It is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.


EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account

The EPSRC IAA funds a number of streams of activity including Partnership Development Awards, Enterprise Fellowships and Follow-on Funds, for further details please see the EPSRC IAA webpages.