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Follow-on Funding Pathfinder

Call status: Open
Application deadline: Apply at any time

Our new pathfinder scheme enables potential follow-on funding applicants to secure small amounts of funding to carry out preliminary commercial activities.

These activities will help to:


To provide funding for commercial activities such as:

These activities will strengthen a future application for full follow-on funding and be useful in targeting the commercialisation of the work.

Award size, duration and conditions

You should discuss your application with your Technology Transfer Office (TTO) or equivalent. The purpose of the application should reflect a considered view of the essential first steps to establish whether the work has commercialisation potential prior to submitting a full follow-on funding application.

In exceptional cases up to £20k can be requested for activities such as Milestone 1 achievement. This would need to be strongly justified by the TTO (or equivalent) statement of support and it should explain why they are unable to fund this work.


Open to eligible researchers in UK universities and Research Council institutes. Applications for follow-on funding pathfinder support must build on the outputs of recent or previous BBSRC-funded research activity.

How to apply

Application is via the Je-S system (see external links) using the case for support and guidance notes below.

Application downloads

Guidance notes (PDF 101KB)

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Case for support (DOC 37KB)

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Applications will be assessed in Swindon Office using external expertise from the follow-on funding assessment committee.

A funding decision will be made within 7 weeks of submission.