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Bioscience Impact Team


Many funders now offer dedicated funding schemes to support research translation and impact.

We will provide up-to-date information on relevant internal and external calls in the subsections here, but if you would like general advice on impact and/or translational funding, please contact us.

For information on general research funding opportunities, please see the Research Strategy Office.


External Funding

Ceres Agri-Tech opens second round of Proof-of-Concept Awards

The second round of Ceres Proof-of-Concept Awards are now open for 2021 applications from researchers at the University of Cambridge. If you need proof-of-concept data to start commercialising your agri-tech innovation, we want to hear from you.

Ranging from £5,000 to £20,000, Ceres Proof-of-Concept Awards support the commercialisation of plant agri-tech innovations, e.g. through proof-of-principle work, prototype development or small-scale field or plant trials. Proposals are assessed based on a 6-minute pitch to the Ceres Investment Committee, with decisions made on the day.

To apply, contact us at with an outline proposal no later than 11 Feb 2021; we can help to develop your idea and pitchdeck. For further details, please see the attached flyer and visit our dedicated website page:

Ceres is a collaborative partnership led by the University of Cambridge, linking five UK universities and three top agricultural research institutes. Ceres is looking to meet the needs of the growing agri-tech sector by funding commercially relevant agri-tech projects and providing the commercial expertise needed to accelerate them to market. Our focus is on plant agri-tech, excluding small molecule agrichemicals, veterinary products, and plant variety breeding.