How to Apply for BCAI Funding

1. Eligibility

The principal investigator must be a salaried employee of the University of Bristol. The proposed work should fall under the remit of the BCAI.

2. Application process

2.1 Timeline

2.1 Timeline

The management group meets three times a year to consider applications.

 Deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • 10th October (6pm) 
  • 10th February (6pm) 
  • 10th June (6pm) 

In cases of genuine emergency, applications can be considered by the BCAI committee all year round; but a clear case for urgency must be made.

2.2 Application form

To apply please submit a completed BCAI Funding Application Form (Office document, 59kB) to and cc in Gary Foster by the applicable deadline.

2.3 Assessment criteria

As appropriate applications made to the BCAI are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to agricultural sciences
  • Value for money
  • Does the grant increase collaborative opportunities?
  • Potential for future research projects and research grant applications
  • Potential impact of the project
  • Excellence of the research proposed 

2.4 Notification of award

Applicants will be notified as to the success of the award within one week of the committee meeting that follows the submission deadline. Funds will be made available and the project should commence within six months following approval.

2.5 Project reporting

Within one month of completion of the award, candidates are expected to submit a short written report (BCAI - Final Report Form (Office document, 45kB) summarising the outputs of the project ideally, where appropriate, with a photograph. A copy of the report summary and accompanying picture will be placed on the BCAI recent activity page. The support of the Bristol Centre for Agricultural Innovation should be acknowledged in any publication and a copy of the publication sent to

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