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Funding Opportunities

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Please note this list is not exhaustive. Search Research Professional for comprehensive, up-to-date funding information. See Horizon 2020 for information on the EU funding programme for research and innovation. You can also find links to key funding sources on the right, or scroll to the bottom of the page for these if you are using a mobile device.  

 

 

Additional help with funding bids 

The Research Operations Office provides help and advice with funding bids, and can support in coordinating large funding applications. Contact them at an early stage if you are planning to apply for external funding.

Cambridge in America works with philanthropic donors in the US. Please liaise with them if you are seeking funding in the US. In addition to helping source funding, they offer advice on dealing with the very stringent reporting requirements once funding is in place.

The University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations (CUDAR, formerly CUDO) works with philanthropic donors who are interested in funding research at the University. If you feel your project might be suitable you should discuss this with your Head of Department before contacting CUDAR. 

 

Research Grants

 

ESRC

** Internal Call ** New Investigator Grants

The ESRC New Investigators scheme is open to candidates with up to four years' postdoctoral experience. Proposals are welcome in any topic which falls within ESRC's remit, including projects at the "interface with the wider sciences", provided that social sciences accounts for at least 50% of the proposed research. The ESRC will award grants of between £100-300K at fEC, though as with other Research Council grants they will cover 80% of this cost. This call has a rolling deadline, and applications will be reviewed 3 times / year: in ESRC Panel meetings in March, July and November each year. Roughly 35 awards will be made per year. For full details please see the call specification.

Internal selection

The ESRC expect the University to run an internal selection process. There will be 3 internal calls every year, ahead of the panel meetings in November, March and July. Only applicants whose proposals have been approved and selected through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission of their applications to ESRC. Applicants who wish to submit an application ahead of the March 2020 Panel deadline, are required to submit the following documents to :

  • Internal selection form;
  • Letter of support from your Head of Department confirming the details of the departmental support and the applicant's eligibility.

The letter must also specify a department/faculty based mentor, and a reviewer, both of whom have agreed to provide feedback on the full proposal, should the applicant be selected to proceed. The reviewer may be from within or outside the applicant's department/faculty. Please note that naming a reviewer is an internal requirement, and the reviewer will not be named on the full application to the ESRC. The mentor and the named reviewer will be expected to provide feedback on the full proposal prior to submission to ESRC. This will be coordinated by the School Research Facilitator.

If you have any questions, please email .

Internal deadline for March 2020: 17th June 2019 (17:00 GMT)

 

International Research Foundation for English Language Education

Joint-funded research programme

This supports applied research projects in relation to the international English language testing system. Funding is worth up to £45,000 per project for one to two years.

Deadline: 30 June 2019

For more information see: www.ielts.org/teaching-and-research/research-proposals

 

Leverhulme Trust

**COMING SOON** Early-career fellowships

These fellowships enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position.
Closing date: 28 Feb 20 (forecast, recurring)
For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships

 

**COMING SOON** Major research fellowships in the humanities and social sciences

These fellowships enable well-established researchers in the humanities and social sciences to complete a piece of original research. Fellowships are awarded for two to three years.
Closing date: 02 May 20 (forecast, recurring)
For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/major-research-fellowships

**COMING SOON** Research leadership awards

These awards support researchers with established university careers who wish to build a research team of sufficient scale to address a distinct research problem. Awards are worth up to £1 million.
Closing date: 10 May 22 (forecast)
For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/research-leadership-awards

 

Autistica

** COMING SOON** Improving outcomes – language and communication

This call supports research on communications and language related to autism. Proposals must align with Autistica’s research strategy and project themes may be, for example, pilot intervention or feasibility intervention studies, psychoeducational tools or evaluation of current or modified service delivery. Involvement of autistic adults and families in the design and production of research is encouraged where appropriate. A minimum of two awards, worth up to £200,000 each over two years, are available. 

Deadline: Not known

For more information see: https://www.autistica.org.uk/our-research/apply-for-funding

 

Wellcome Trust

Innovator awards

These support researchers who are transforming ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Awards are worth up to £500,000 for up to two years, or up to £750,000 for up to three years for multidisciplinary collaborations.

Deadline: None

For more information see: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/innovator-awards

Collaborative awards in humanities and social science

These support teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach. Awards are worth up to £1.5 million for between three and five years.

Deadline: 02 Jul 2019 

For more information see: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/collaborative-awards-humanities-and-social-science

**COMING SOON** Seed Awards in Arts and Humanities

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seed awards in humanities and social science. These enable researchers to develop ideas that go on to form part of larger grant applications. Activities can include pilot and scoping studies, preliminary data gathering, proof-of-principle studies, planning sessions and meetings of collaborative networks. For the current funding round, applications must explore the ethical, social and political challenges of using artificial intelligence in healthcare and biomedical research. Awards range from £25,000 to £100,000 over 12 to 18 months. 

Deadline: 26 June 2019 (forecast, TBC)

For more information see: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/seed-awards-humanities-and-social-science

Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its small grants in humanities and social science. This supports programmes of activities that enable researchers to establish and develop networks, explore new areas of research and increase the impact of their work. Support can include research expenses for small-scale projects, personal support or salary expenses or conference and meeting costs. Grants are usually worth up to £30,000.

Deadline: None

For more information see: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/small-grants-humanities-and-social-science

  

UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund collective programme

The UKRI GCRF Collective Programme is a series of calls designed to enhance the overall impact across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios:  Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure; Education; Food Systems; Global Health; Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change; Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement. The programme is an interdisciplinary programme delivered by UK Research and Innovation and steered by the GCRF Challenge Leaders. Applicants from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply for each call and proposals should be challenge-led and interdisciplinary in nature notwithstanding which council is leading.

Deadline Various

For more information see https://www.ukri.org/research/global-challenges-research-fund/gcrf-collective-programme/

 

 

Department of Health and Social Care including NIHR (GB)

**COMING SOON** Global health research programme – research and innovation for global health transformation

This programme supports interdisciplinary applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of patients and the public in low- and middle-income countries. Awards are worth between £3 million and £5m each over three to four years. 

Deadline: 01 Aug 19 (forecast, recurring)

For more information see: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news/nihr-announces-30-million-of-new-funding-to-support-mental-health-research-worldwide/9320

 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Discipline hopping in information and communication technologies

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites applications for its discipline hopping in information and communications technologies scheme. This enables ICT researchers to spend time in new and different research disciplines or user environments in order to foster new interactions, encourage a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research, and develop new skills and collaborations. Each award principally covers 80 per cent of the cost of the PI’s salary as well as travel, subsistence, some technical effort and the costs of an academic in the host location. 

Deadline None

For more information see https://epsrc.ukri.org/funding/calls/disciplinehopping07/

Standard Research Grants

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites proposals for its standard research grants. These support a variety of projects ranging in length and value within the areas of engineering and physical sciences. Applications may include research projects, feasibility studies, instrument development, equipment, travel and collaboration, and long-term funding to develop or maintain critical mass. High-risk, high-return research proposals relating to new concepts or techniques are particularly encouraged. Grants have no limit on value or length.

Deadline: no deadline

For more information see: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/applicationprocess/routes/standardresearch/

** COMING SOON ** AI and data science for engineering, health, science and government research programme

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, through the Strategic Priorities Fund, invites applications for its AI and data science for engineering, health, science and government research programme. This supports the utilisation of AI and data science to transform engineering and urban planning through the use of digital twins, revolutionise healthcare, develop tools for criminal justice and interpret data generated through research in the physical and life sciences. 

Deadline: Unknown 

For more information see: https://www.ukri.org/news/major-new-ai-and-data-science-programme-to-transform-engineering-urban-planning-and-healthcare/

 

 

Research Councils UK 

**COMING SOON** Industrial strategy challenge fund 

Research Councils UK, in collaboration with Innovate UK and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, invite applications for its industrial strategy challenge fund. This supports UK’s world-leading research developed together with businesses and charities to tackle major industrial and societal challenges. Expressions of interest are currently being sought to help RCUK to identify new challenges to be included in the next round of funding. The next challenges will focus on at least one of the four grand challenges identified in the government’s industrial strategy – building a Britain fit for the future.

Closing date: unknown

For more information see: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/126/overview

 

 

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - University of Cambridge Internal Call

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

Research England has approved the University’ strategy for quality research (QR) and has confirmed the allocations from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) for the academic year 2018-19. These funds will be available to support a wide range of initiatives compliant with the ODA guidelines (the list of ODA eligible countries is available here).

Scheme 3: Response Fund: to allow rapid response to emergencies, this fund will be used to provide funding for urgent research needs, to respond to emergencies in developing countries, such as disease outbreaks (e.g. recent ZIKA outbreak), natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes or refugee migrations due to armed conflicts and violence. Applications may be made for grants of up to £30,000 (other amounts would be considered, if properly justified and funding available).

Applications should include:

  • An application form
  • A (short) letter of support from the Head of the Department confirming their support and agreement to hold the grant, if awarded

Applications should be submitted to GCRFTeam@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

 

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Global Challenges Research Fund highlight notice – education in conflict and protracted crises

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites proposals for its highlight notice for education in conflict and protracted crises. This supports the development of research networking proposals which explore the contribution of arts and humanities research to education and learning in contexts affected by conflict or protracted crises. It supports the development of sustained international boundary crossing collaborations with low- and middle-income countries which receive official development assistance or with organisations which play an important role in supporting international development or education and learning in LMICs. Funding is worth up to £60,000, out of which £30,000 is strictly for international activities.

Deadline: No deadline

For more information see: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/highlightnotices/

Lead Agency Agreement with National Science Foundation

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, in collaboration with the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences Directorate of the US National Science Foundation, invites applications for funding under their lead agency agreement. This supports interdisciplinary research of mutual interest and aims to facilitate the peer-review and joint funding of US-UK collaborative research. Projects costing up to £280,000 will be funded by the AHRC at 80 per cent full economic costing over five years. 

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/rcuknsftwowayleadagency/

Research Grants - Standard route

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under its research grants scheme, invites applications for its standard route grants. These support research projects by enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research related to the arts and humanities. Standard route grants are worth between £50,000 and £1 million for up to five years.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/researchgrantsstandardroute/

Research Grants - Early-Career Route

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under its research grants scheme, invites applications for its early-career grants. These enable individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organisations through the conduct of research related to the arts and humanities, and support researchers at the start of their careers in gaining experience of managing and leading research projects. Grants are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 over a maximum period of five years.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/researchgrantsearlycareers/

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme—Strategic Themes

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme: themes. This encourages innovative applications that seek to explore new, unanticipated, pathways to impact which have emerged from projects supported as a part of the following AHRC themes: science in culture; translating cultures; digital transformations in the arts and humanities; care for the future: thinking forward through the past.

The aim of the call is to strengthen the impact and legacy of the themes and the council welcome collaborative applications that build on the outcomes from multiple projects within or across the aforementioned areas. Grants are worth up to £100,000 each over 12 months.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/highlight-notice-plans-announced-for-ahrc-s-follow-on-funding-for-impact-and-engagement-scheme/

Science in Culture Large Grants

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites outline proposals for its large grants under its science in culture theme. This theme aims to develop the reciprocal relationship between the sciences and arts and humanities, and to encourage mutual exchanges that offer scope for developing new areas of research, methodologies, research frameworks styles of thinking or ways of working across disciplines. These large grants support ambitious, transformative research agendas and strategic partnerships between research organisations and across disciplines, sectors and internationally. Grants are worth between £1 million and £2m each over a period of three to five years. 

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/fundedthemesandprogrammes/themes/scienceinculture/

 

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

The Leverhulme Trust invites proposals for its research project grants. These support innovative and original research projects on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Proposals may be in any field, except for medical research or clinical medicine. Grants are worth up to £500,000 each and may be held for up to five years. Applicants are advised to consult the statement on the Leverhulme Trust’s approach to grant-making.

Deadline: none

For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/research-project-grants

 

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

**COMING SOON** Major documentation project grants

The next call is expected to open on 15 October 2019. The following information is subject to change. 

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme invites applications for its major documentation project grants. These support projects in the field of endangered languages that exceed the funding limit of a small grant of £10,000. The programme aims to:

•support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible;

•encourage fieldwork on endangered languages;

•create a repository of language resources for linguistic, social sciences, and the language communities.

Projects may be undertaken by teams or individuals. Researchers of any nationality may apply and projects may be undertook in any part of the world. Applicants must have qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork, including suitably qualified graduate students. The grants are not targeted to a specific career stage. Applicants for multi-person projects must have a proven track record in language documentation and linguistic analysis and have demonstrated the skills to manage such a project. Evidence of positive outcomes of previous grants, including accessible archived data and previous research must be demonstrated. Applications from established PIs are welcomed, however their salary is not eligible for funding.

Grants are worth between £10,000 and £150,000 each for a period of six months to three years. Funding may cover elements such as fieldwork costs, equipment, researchers' salaries, and graduate students' stipends.

Deadline 15 January 2020 (forecast)

For more information see https://www.eldp.net/en/our+grants/documentation+grants/

** COMING SOON** Small documentation grants

The next call is expected to open on 15 October 2019. The following information is subject to change. 

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme invites applications for its small grants. These support a variety of documentation activities for endangered languages. Applications may be submitted for the purposes of assessing and demonstrating the feasibility of a larger project, or to undertake preliminary or supplementary research to prepare for or advance the documentation of the endangered language.

Language documenters of any nationality may apply for funding to undertake projects in any part of the world. Applicants are normally expected to have experience in language documentation work or fieldwork or a suitable academic background but groups and individuals of all backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants must be affiliated with a host institution that has experience in administrating grants. Directors, founders and heads of financial administration at the host institution are not eligible to apply.

Grants are worth up to £10,000 for projects lasting for up to one year, and they normally cover field trips.

Deadline 15 January 2020 (forecast)

For more information see https://www.eldp.net/en/our+grants/documentation+grants/

 

 

Fellowships

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Early-Career Researchers

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications from early-career researchers for its leadership fellows scheme. This enables early-career researchers to develop their leadership experience and capabilities as they establish themselves and develop beyond doctoral and postdoctoral work, and to produce innovative research that moves significantly beyond doctoral projects. Principal investigators must be within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or be within six years of their first academic appointment. They should have the commitment and support of their host organisation, which may be a UK higher education institution, a research institute or an independent research organisation, as well as a committed institution-based mentor. Co-investigators are not permitted, however, research assistants of a postdoctoral standing may be included in applications. Proposals should have a full economic cost of between £50,000 and £250,000. Fellowships cover up to 80 per cent fEC and are awarded for 24 months for full-time researchers. 

Deadline: none

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/leadershipfellowsecr/

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Standard Route

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for the standard route of its leadership fellows scheme. This enables researchers to develop their capabilities as leaders, to carry out work with a potential to generate a transformative impact on their discipline, and to develop and undertake leadership activities that are connected to their research. Principal investigators must be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and either have a doctorate degree or equivalent experience or training. They should have at least two years of postdoctoral experience in an academic or research environment or have an equivalent level of professional or practice experience of direct relevance to the proposed research. Eligible host institutions include UK higher education institutions, research institutes and independent research organisations. Co-investigators are not eligible under this scheme. Grants are worth between £50,000 and £250,000 for a period of six to 18 months.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/leadershipfellows/

 

Studentships

Leverhulme Trust

**Coming soon** Doctoral Scholarships

*** The next call is expected to open in 2020 ***

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its doctoral scholarships. These enable UK universities to award full-time doctoral scholarships in any subject area that has been identified as a research priority. Universities may submit one application only. Graduate students wishing to pursue doctoral study, individual doctoral students and groups or consortia of universities are not eligible to apply. Supporting UK and EU students is particularly encouraged. The scheme offers 10 grants worth £1.05 million each. Each grant funds 15 scholarships, with 5 scholarships to be offered each year over a three year period. Each scholarship is worth £70,000 over 36 months and will cover maintenance at research council levels, tuition fees and research and training expenses.

Closing date: unknown

For more information see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/leverhulme-doctoral-scholarships

 

 

Research networks, groups and conferences

  

Global Challenges Research Fund

** COMING SOON ** Networking Grants

The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, invite applications for their networking grants. These support international networking events aimed at addressing global challenges and promoting interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers in developing countries and the UK. The aim is to enable new networks to be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF and other funding initiatives. Grants are worth up to £25,000 each.

Deadline Unknown

For more information see https://acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/gcrf-networking-grants

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Network Grants

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites applications for its network grants. These support the creation of new interdisciplinary research communities and topics by developing interaction between the research community and appropriate science, technology and industrial groups. The aim is to transfer experimental techniques, models and scientific insights, and to promote mobility between academy, universities and industry. Networks are expected to lead to new collaborative multidisciplinary research proposals and some may develop into virtual centres of excellence, providing critical mass of analytical expertise.There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for, however networks should last for up to three years. 

Deadline: None

For more information see: https://epsrc.ukri.org/funding/applicationprocess/routes/network/networks/intro/

 

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research Networking

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its research networking scheme. This encourages discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem through facilitating a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. Grants are worth up to £30,000 each over two years. An additional £15,000 full economic cost may be provided to cover the costs of any international participants or activities in addition to the scheme limit.

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/current/researchnetworking/

 

Wellcome Trust

Small Grants

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its small grants. These support small scale humanities and social science research projects, scoping exercises or meetings in any area of human or animal health, and projects related to research resources.Grants are normally worth up to £5,000. 

Deadline: None

For more information see: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Humanities-and-social-science/Funding-schemes/Small-grants/index.htm

 

 

Awards and Prizes

University of Cambridge

Caroline Clapham IELTS master’s award

This recognises a master’s-level dissertation or thesis in English that makes a significant contribution to the field of language testing. The award is worth £1,000.

Deadline: 30 Jun 19 (recurring)

For more information see: https://www.ielts.org/teaching-and-research/ielts-masters-award

 

The Leverhulme Trust

** COMING SOON ** Research Leadership Awards

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications to its research leadership awards. These awards support researchers with established university careers who wish to build a research team to address a distinct research problem. Applicants should have held a university post for at least two years and be based in a university in the UK. Each institution is limited to one bid only. Awards are worth between £800,000 and £1 million over a duration of four to five years. Funding should be used to support research assistants and students led by the award holder and associated research costs.

Deadline: Unknown

For more information see https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/research-leadership-awards