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HAPI: Apply for funding

Call status: Closed
Full call opens (invite only): 8 May 2014
Application deadline: 23 July 2014, 4pm

On 13 January 2014, we invite submissions to the second HAPI call. Approximately £4M of funding is available to support a portfolio of projects at 80% fEC. Guidance about the process for submitting outline proposals are described in the call text (see downloads section).

Summary

  • The objectives of the proposed research must fit within the initiative's research challenges and must fall within our remit
  • Outline applications must be submitted in the first instance
  • Projects are typically 3-4 years in duration but funding is available for projects up to 5 years in duration
  • Research proposals must have at least one industry partner
  • 10% of the total (100% fEC) project costs should be provided by the industry partners, 5% should be cash which will be paid directly to the research institutions in the project. We will fund the remaining costs for successful awards at 80%
  • It is likely that the aims of this initiative can best be achieved by an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, we encourage collaborative applications which bring together groups with relevant expertise or experience to move research closer to application
  • Total funding of around £4M is available for this call to support a portfolio of projects at 80% fEC

Consortia building workshop

This was hosted to promote the second call for applications on 20 January 2014. Academic and industry representatives attended to:

  • find out about the call and the research challenges to be addressed
  • understand the industrial context behind the research challenges
  • present elevator pitches to promote your expertise
  • network with potential collaborators
  • ask questions to BBSRC and the HAPI Steering Group
  • discuss potential applications in confidential surgery sessions

Presentations and other documents from the workshop are available below:

Eligibility

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

Some of the Main Research Providers (MRPs) to the Scottish Government, namely the Moredun Research Institute, The James Hutton Institute and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS), are not eligible. 

All projects must have at least one industry collaborator. Industry collaborators are expected to have production, manufacturing or research sites in the UK. Industry partners are not eligible to receive funding and must cover their own costs for participation in the projects.

10% of the total project costs (100% fEC) should be provided by the industry partners, 5% should be cash which will be paid directly to the research institutions in the project. We will fund the remaining costs for successful awards at 80%. Please see financial guidelines in the downloads section for further information.

How to apply

There is a 2-stage application process. Stage 1 is closed to applications.

The information below describes the procedure for the outline stage only:

  • Outline applications must be submitted electronicically via Je-S (see external links)
  • A CV (maximum 2 pages; standard font and margin sizes) should be submitted for the Principal Investigator and each Co-Investigator and a completed case for support document (maximum 5 pages; see call text in downloads for guidance) should be uploaded to Je-S. Please also refer to the Je-S guidance for outline applications in the Je-S help section
  • Applicants should read the financial guidelines document (see downloads) and complete the summary of requested resources table. A completed version of this document should be uploaded to Je-S along with the documents outlined above. Justification of this request is not required at the outline stage. It is expected that the resources requested in a full application, if invited, reflect those in the outline application
  • Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in July 2014. Further guidance will be made available to those applicants invited to submit a full application
  • Pathways to impact will be required at the full proposal stage and these should be formulated to meet the needs of the horticulture and potato industry sectors
  • In addition, at the full proposal stage a letter from the lead applicant's Technology Transfer Office (TTO), or equivalent, will be a mandatory requirement summarising the proposed terms of the collaboration with industry partners. Should the application be funded, a signed collaboration agreement will be required before work starts on the grant

Assessment

Outline applications will be assessed by the HAPI Steering Group and not reviewed externally.

Full applications will be peer reviewed prior to final assessment by the HAPI Steering Group.

Assessment criteria

The primary criteria for assessment are the quality of science proposed and the strategic relevance to HAPI. These are included in the following criteria below:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Strategic relevance to HAPI
  • Timeliness and promise
  • Economic and social impact
  • Value for money
  • Staff training potential of the project

Intellectual property

The primary aim of this initiative is to gain underpinning knowledge which can then be applied to agri-food production, rather than the development of new products/technology itself. Therefore, in line with standard Research Council terms and conditions, the institution awarded the grant will own any intellectual property rights arising from the research grant in the first instance. As all projects must have at least one industry collaborator, the lead applicant's technology transfer office (or equivalent) should discuss the terms of the collaboration with all members of the consortium (academic and industrial) prior to application. A letter summarising the proposed terms of the collaboration will be a requirement at the full application stage. Should the application be funded, a signed collaboration agreement will be required before work starts on the grant.

Industrial partners on grants who wish to contribute background IP or offer in-kind services, must do so on the understanding that the terms and conditions of grant, including the dissemination of results, will remain the same unless agreed otherwise by the funders.

Contact

Faith Smith, HAPI Manager

tel: 01793 442802

Charlotte Bell

tel: 01793 413343