Funding Information

The UK Acoustics Network Plus (UKAN+) Funding Call Now Open

UKAN+ First Call opened: 4th November 2021
Call closes: 15th December 2021

The UK Acoustics Network plus (UKAN+) was awarded funding to coordinate a portfolio of exploratory projects which will accelerate the acoustic community. The funding will support new, ambitious, speculative research spanning the interdisciplinary science of acoustic related research in the UK.

UKAN+ invites project proposal with a duration no longer than 6 months

Funding provided by UKAN+ will be a maximum of £48k, £24k and £8k as these awards are at 80% FEC. The indicated maximum amounts from UKAN+ should be viewed as maximum amounts, and not as targets.

Scope of the call

The award is to provide funding to address the Acoustics Research Priorities which UKAN+ has identified. The range of interests of members within the world of acoustics provides a productive environment for cross-fertilisation of ideas and initiatives. Interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals are strongly welcomed but they should address key challenges highlighted in the UKAN+ Acoustic Priorities document. Ultimately, the best projects will be those which are ‘high risk, high reward’ and have potential as the basis or act as a springboard for new, exciting translational research with real industrial application, societal potential or which can lead to large-scale proposals for follow-on research funding. The calls should utilise the Acoustics Research Priorities. UKAN+ will not fund research for which funding is available from other sources or which is a direct continuation of an existing research project.

Application Process

Applications are being accepted from 4th November 2021 to 15th December 2021 via the UKAN+ website. Full details of the application process can be found here

The calls are open to UKAN+ members and to the wider research community in the UK who can demonstrate that their research proposal is aligned with the scope of the call. We particularly encourage applications which are cross disciplinary paying careful consideration to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the proposal. Industry partners are not essential, but industry support is welcome where it adds value to the project.

Application is through a simple 3 part application form:


Funding eligibility

Anyone in the UK who is eligible to bid for a full scale UKRI grant is also eligible to apply for the UKAN+ calls. We strongly encourage applications from early career researchers who do not have a long track record of funding. We encourage applications led by early career academics, research fellows and other researchers who are eligible for particular roles in UKRI-funded projects (e.g. as a named researcher) to apply for these grants. PhD students and PDRAs who wish to submit a proposal but are ineligible to lead on a UKRI grant are encouraged to engage with their academic line managers who are eligible to lead such a grant.

Proposals are welcome from public, private and third sector organisations and international partners, provided there is a UK-based academic as lead applicant and the project will contribute to the health of UK acoustics research and/or industry. Applications may come from individuals or groups and be a mix of industry and academia, but must have a single lead academic contact, as the funds are awarded to a single academic partner..


Decisions regarding successful applications will be communicated and announced and if successful, the Lead Academic (PI) will be informed. The contract that all awards will be made on these terms (which are not subject to amendment) can be found here. This must be signed and returned within 3 months to indicate acceptance of the award.