February 12th, 2014
Innovation Follow-on Call: Enabling innovation in the UK and developing countries – JeS now open
This call opened on JeS 24th May 2017 and closes at 16.00 hours on 12th July 2017
The Innovation Follow-on call will fund translational, knowledge exchange and commercialisation activities that aim to achieve outcomes that deliver economic, societal and/or environmental impact. £1.65M NERC funding is available to support projects which deliver tangible and demonstrable benefits to end-users, particularly businesses, both in the UK or if internationally, in the countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. A maximum of £125,000 (£100,000 NERC contribution economic cost) may be requested. All Innovation Follow-on Call projects must involve project partners/end-users. These can be private, public or third sector organisations and institutions.
The fund is open to current or past research council grant-holders and proposals must build on the outputs of recent or previous NERC-funded research activity, or build on a research council-funded research activity which falls within NERC’s remit. Please see eligibility guidance on theRCUK website – external link.
 This replaces the previous Follow-on Fund and Innovation Project (Open) calls.
 Proposals aiming to work in a DAC list country, will be funded as part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ODA funded activities must focus on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth, economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective (further advice will be available in the announcement of opportunity). http://www.esrc.ac.uk/files/funding/funding-opportunities/esrc-dfid/degrp-call-3/countries-of-focus-dac-list-of-oda-recipients-oecd/.
Pathfinder grants available
The Follow-on Fund is a ‘proof of concept’ fund to support the commercialisation of ideas arising from NERC-funded research. It picks up where research grants finish and enables those research outputs to be further developed so their commercial potential can be realised.
Before applying to the Follow-on Fund it is recommended that you have a good understanding of the market environment for your technology, a clear idea of who you believe will be interested in it, and why, and that you have a credible plan for driving your project towards an appropriate commercial outcome. If you are uncertain on any of these issues you are strongly advised to apply for a Pathfinder grant. This funding is available all year round but early application this calendar year provides a better chance of applying for the Follow-on Fund call which will be opening late spring and closing in September 2017.
Examples of activities that NERC has supported include technology licensing, launching technology-based products or services, selling know-how based consultancy services, and the commercialisation of NERC-funded datasets.