Small Grant Competition

Proposals should be submitted electronically by:

15 May 2022 for a decision on 30 June 2022  15 December 2022 for a decision in January 2023

Grant Criteria

Following the success of the previous Small Grant Schemes, we have decided to launch another similar competition, the  HDRF Small Grant Competition, which will provide funding of up to £25,000 in value, tenable for up to 24-months. Applicants are invited to apply for financial support, of up to £25,000, to cover expenses arising from a defined dairy research project of timeliness and promise.  Projects may concern the health and welfare of dairy animals and/or the socioeconomics of dairy production, processing and marketing.  Projects must be based in Scotland. Applications should be made by following the details outlined in the Application Guidelines. Candidates should also make themselves aware of the Terms and Conditions of Grant.  Applications should be submitted electronically on or before the closing date.


Awards are open to postdoctoral scholars (or equivalent) who are ordinarily based at a Scottish research institution, university or are jointly applying with such a body. Applications require the approval of the applicant's employing institution, but are not limited to those of any particular status (e.g. Lecturer, Professor etc). Co-applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but the Principal Applicant must be ordinarily based at a Scottish Institution.  Please note that post-graduate students are not eligible to apply. 

  • Up to a maximum of £25,000.
  • Grants are tenable for between 1 and 24 months.
  • All applications should demonstrate that HRDF funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the HDRF-funded component of the research.
  • Applications will not be considered for less than £500 and the maximum grant is £25,000 over two years.
  • Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this Scheme.
  • Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a Scottish institution-based scholar as lead applicant.
  • Please note that the funding provided through the Small Research Grant Scheme cannot be used to cover the cost of replacement teaching, payment in lieu of salary, or computer kit – funds are available to the award-holder only for direct research expenses.
  • The HDRF will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry.

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