Funding Call

PETRAS Opportunities Fund Call

Internal call for proposals


Revised PETRAS Opportunities Fund Call 

This call has now closed. 

The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity invites proposals from its existing academic partner universities (including those brought in by SRF and Demonstrator awards, see for list of our academic partners) for: (i) collaborative short-term partnership and engagement activities, and (ii) medium-term collaborative research projects, in the cybersecurity of devices and networks at the edge of the internet research to be undertaken jointly with user partners. 

Through this revised call, the Centre is making funds available of up to £900k to support a range of partnership and engagement activities, as well as short to medium-term collaborative projects (max. 6 and 12-month durations, respectively).  

The call aims to provide a more spontaneous way of engaging both with user partners and with other PETRAS universities, supporting emerging opportunities for secondments, joint short/medium-term research collaborations and projects, international collaborations etc. Please refer to Suggested Eligible Activities Section for further details (see below for web link).  


The EPSRC SDTaP Call required that part of the PETRAS core funding should be held in a designated account to support the Centre’s academic members to undertake collaborative projects, partnership, impact, and engagement activities, which would stimulate and strengthen PETRAS’s engagement with industry (particularly SMEs), and government, and responding to user-inspired challenges. This purpose has been extended to include HEI – HEI collaborations concerned with maximising value from inter-project synergies, in collaboration with User partners.  

Hence, PETRAS is utilising a proportion of its core funding to establish this internal call and provide a platform to fund short and medium-term opportunities to enable its existing academic partners engage in such joint projects and partnership engagement activities.  

PETRAS embodies a socio-technical approach to cross-cutting challenges (please see & for further details) and particularly welcomes proposals that take a cross-disciplinary viewpoint. However, all proposals within the remit of the Centre will be considered.  

How to Apply  

All applications to be completed electronically via the following submission system by the call deadline (20th January 2021, 9:00 am): 

The deadline to submit your Opportunities Fund questions and queries is 13th January 2021. Due to office closures, questions will not be answered between 18th December 2020 and 5th January 2021 inclusive.  

Please ensure you have read the guidance documents before applying:  

PETRAS Opportunities Fund Guidelines [pdf] 

PETRAS Opportunities Fund Call FAQ Document [pdf] 

PETRAS Opportunities Fund application form questions (not editable)[pdf] 

Note that all applicants must seek approval from their organisation prior to submission.  

Get in touch  

For any enquiries not covered in the FAQ document, please email: 

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