Rainbow Seed Fund

The Rainbow Seed Fund is an evergreen venture capital fund for some of the leading UK publicly funded research organisations. It is independently managed by Midven and provides capital to commercialise the partners’ research.

The partnership consists of:

  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI)
  • Health Protection Agency (HPA)
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Macaulay Land use Research Institute
  • Veterinary laboratories Agency (VLA)
  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE)

The partners employ over 3,000 scientists are in fields including: Bioscience (non-medical), Medical (non-bioscience), Electronics/Telecoms/IT hardware, Informatics and software, Engineering/Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Environment. The annual research budget is in excess of £1.0bn with over 25 research institutes across the country, in addition to links with the European centres of CERN and ESA.

The Fund makes individual investments of between £10,000 and £500,000 and helps to leverage additional human and financial capital over the lifetime of our investment.

Find out more about the fund by visiting the Midven (link opens in a new window)website.


If you think you have an idea which would be suitable for an application to the fund please also contact Jan Lawrence.

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000