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DRINC: Apply for funding

Call status: Closed
2014 call: Outline application deadline: TBC

The 2013 deadline for outline applications has now passed. Guidance about the process for submitting full proposals will be provided to successful applicants. The next call for outline applications to DRINC will open in Spring 2014.


  1. Applications must fit with the DRINC research challenges, as described in the call text (please see in 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
  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

Total funding of approximately £3M is available to support a portfolio of projects at 80% FEC.


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

How to apply

There is a 2-stage application process:  

  1. Outline applications must be submitted in an electronic form using the Je-S system (see external links)
  2. 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 help section of the Je-S site (see external links)
  3. The proforma should include a summary of requested resources. Detailed 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
  4. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application in November 2013. Further guidance will be made available to those applicants invited to submit a full application
  5. Pathways to impact will be required at the full proposal stage and these should be formulated to meet the needs of the food and drink industry  


Outline applications were assessed by the DRINC Steering Group and not reviewed externally. Applications will be shared with all the industry members of DRINC to assess their industrial relevance.

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

Assessment criteria

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

  • Scientific excellence
  • Strategic relevance to the diet and health research industry club
  • Timeliness and promise
  • Economic and social impact
  • Value for money
  • Staff training potential of the project 

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 which is available in the downloads section above. 

External contact

Jayne Brookman, DRINC coordinator

mob: 07957 543753


Jennifer Postles

tel: 01793 413366