Research and Technology Clubs:

DRINC: Apply for funding

Outline call status: Closed
Stage 2 application deadline (invite only): November 2014 TBC

Approximately £3M of funding is available to support a portfolio of projects at 80% fEC. Guidance about the process for submitting outline applications are described in the call text (see downloads).


  1. Applications must fit with the DRINC research challenges, as described in the call text (see downloads)
  2. Applications must fall within BBSRC's portfolio (see related links), but may also include aspects of MRC's, EPSRC's and/or ESRC's remit (see external links) 
  3. It is likely that the aims of this club can best be achieved by an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, collaborative applications which bring together groups with relevant expertise or experience to move research closer to application are particularly encouraged
  4. Projects are typically 3-4 years in duration but projects up to 5 years will be considered


A workshop for the call was held on 3 June 2014 in London to provide an opportunity for applicants to:

For further information please see the DRINC 2014 workshop booklet (see downloads).


Standard BBSRC eligibility rules, as described in section 3 of our grants guide (see related links), apply to this call.

How to apply

This call has a 2-stage application process. Stage 1 closed to all applicants on 9 July 2014 and stage 2 is by invite only.

Stage 1 - Submit an outline application

Stage 2 - Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in November 2014


Outline applications are assessed by the DRINC steering group and not reviewed externally. Applications will be shared with all DRINC industry members to assess industrial relevance. Full applications will be peer reviewed prior to final assessment by the DRINC steering group.

The primary criteria for assessment are the quality of science proposed and the strategic relevance to DRINC. The assessment criteria are described in full in the call text (see downloads).

Special conditions of funding

Recognising the financial support for the programme from industrial members of the club, it should be noted that special conditions will be attached to any research grants from DRINC. A letter from the institution's technology transfer office or equivalent, acknowledging that the institution is able to accept those conditions, will be requested at the full proposal stage. The conditions are provided in full in the call text (see downloads).