Strategic Applications


Darwin Plus Strategic is intended for projects that can demonstrate greater ambition and/or collaboration, relative to projects being funded under the other Darwin Plus grant schemes. For this first round, Darwin Plus Strategic will offer grants between £1 million and £3 million for projects lasting between 3 and 5 years

Applications to Round 12 of Darwin Plus Strategic are now closed.

Applications to Darwin Plus Strategic is a single stage process, with an interview for shortlisted candidates.

The applications for Round 12 opened on Monday 24th April 2023.

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 24th July 2023.

The expected start date for successful Round 12 projects is from 1st April 2024.


Before applying, you should first read the following documents:

How to Apply

Once you have read the guidance, complete the Darwin Plus Round 12 Strategic application form on the Flexi-Grant application portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Word version of the application form below useful.

The budget spreadsheet for Darwin Plus Strategic projects, "Biodiversity Challenge Funds budget form (grants over £100,000)," can also be found below.