Pilot Project Funding Applications

PhenomUK’s 3rd Call for Proposals for Pilot Projects is open from March 25th 2021 and will close on May 21st 2021 with the outcome of the call announced at the end of June 2021.


PhenomUK has the ability to fund small (£5-25k) preliminary and feasibility studies, following a light internal review process. This funding is intended to allow recipients to assess emerging technologies against phenotyping tasks and perform initial investigations of promising technology combinations. With the emergence of powerful machine learning approaches, annotated data sets are becoming an increasingly important resource, and it is anticipated that some projects will generate such data sets.

Note that the terms of the Technology Touching Life grant require PhenomUK to fund projects at 80% FEC, and that all grant recipients are required to produce a short description of their project and results to be disseminated to members via the PhenomUK website.

Projects will be assessed on:

  • technical feasibility
  • potential to advance the capabilities and/or range of application of phenotyping technologies
  • potential to create new partnerships between the engineering and physical science and plant and crop science communities

Applications will be particularly encouraged from early career researchers, including postdoctoral fellows.

All applications should demonstrate that the funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion. Payment of the grant will be made in two tranches, the second, mid -term payment being subject to a review of satisfactory progress.

Applicants are required to nominate two referees and ensure that the supporting statement from their chosen referees is submitted to enquiries@phenomuk.net by the deadline for submission of application.

We are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.


The following are NOT eligible for funding: attendance to conferences organised by a third party or international organisations; funding for replacement teaching or administrative costs; funding of the PI’s time.

Funding is available to PhenomUK members only. All applicants must be members of the network. Membership is free and membership is obtained by registering here.

To apply for funding please download, complete and email the application form below to enquiries@phenomuk.net

DEADLINE: 5 pm May 21st 2021

Terms & Conditions for applications can be found here