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BSI Flexible Funding Scheme

Our Flexible Funding Scheme is designed to seed collaborations that have the potential to lead to significant outputs.

The funds can be used flexibly e.g. for travel, training course fees, small items of equipment and consumables, and aim to foster new interdisciplinary collaborations in their early stages.
Apply for Funding
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Applications for our Flexible Funding Scheme are invited for proposals that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Maximum award: £2K
  • Fit the research remit of the BSI i.e. fundamental, interdisciplinary research at the boundaries between biosciences and the other physical sciences (including mathematics, computer science and engineering)
  • Are for research that is expected to lead to significant outputs, impact or attract further funding.


How to Apply

Application forms should be sent to using the form below. There is no closing date for this scheme, applications will be assessed by the BSI Executive Board at their regular meetings according to the criteria below.

Assessment criteria

  • Fit to BSI remit (see BSI research strands webpages). Please note all applications must be interdisciplinary biosciences research or have demonstrable applications to biosciences (weighting 30%);
  • Quality of the scientific proposal (weighting 40%);
  • Benefit to professional development of academic(s) involved, including development of professional network (weighting 30%).

Download the Flexible Funding Scheme Form here: BSI FFS 2023 Form

There is no closing date for this scheme.


Further details

We expect recipients of Flexible Funding to acknowledge the support of the BSI on any outputs produced. We also ask for a short oral or written report during the project and again after it has been completed.