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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Funding opportunities are updated weekly

Please note this list is not exhaustive. Search Research Professional for comprehensive, up-to-date funding information. 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.

Large Grant Contributions Fund

The University has set up a fund to provide financial contributions to large, collaborative grant applications, to encourage and support these applications and maximise the University’s outward-facing impact.  The fund will normally be available for applications of £5M+ in STEM disciplines and £2M+ in AHSS disciplines, and may award up to 10% of the total value of the application. All applications must include at least one external partner. Funding will be primarily provided for areas that are not otherwise easy to get funds for, such as widening participation, equality, diversity and inclusion, and developing links/working with less advantaged partners.  The fund is now open and applications are welcome at any time on a rolling basis.  

The financial contribution from this fund will be provided as additional and added value and not as a replacement of other financial or in-kind contributions. Departments, Schools and non-School institutions are encouraged to provide financial and in-kind contributions to the same bid.  

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

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Global Challenges Research Fund highlight notice – 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.

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. 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

COMING SOON: Innovation fund – Digital Futures at Work

This fund support projects on how digital technologies are transforming work. Funding is provided at 80 per cent full economic cost for projects costing between £10,000 and £50,000 and lasting up to one year. The next call is expected to open in spring 2022. Closing date: 09 Jun 22 (forecast, recurring)

Educational Testing Service, US

COMING SOON: Young students series research grants

These grants support research related to the Testing of English as a Foreign Language assessments, and that promotes high-quality language assessment related to young English language learners aged between eight and 16. Grants are typically worth up to USD 50,000 each.  The next call is expected to open in March 2022. Closing date: 16 Apr 2022 (forecast, recurring)

Endangered Language Fund, US

COMING SOON: Language legacies grant

This grant supports language documentation and revitalisation and linguistic fieldwork. Grants are worth up to USD 4,000 each for one year. The next call is expected to open on 14 January 2022. Closing date: 12 Mar 22 (forecast, recurring)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Discipline Hopping In Information and Communication Technologies

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. 

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.


NIH: National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders

Notice of special interest – research on the impact of COVID-19 on mission specific sensory and communication disorders

The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders invites applications for its notice of special interest – research on the impact of COVID-19 on mission specific sensory and communication disorders. This supports research on the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the sensory and communicative functions, including hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech and language.

Research Grants - Standard route

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.

Research Grants - Early-Career Route

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.

Science in Culture Large Grants

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. 

Royal Society, GB


These enable established, independent researchers with a strong track record in their respective area to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. The next call is expected to open on 7 September. Maximum award: £110,000. Closing date: 02 Nov 22 (recurring).




Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

These enable postdoctoral students to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks, and research and professional skills across a broad range of social science disciplines. Funding amount depends on the participating organisation. Closing date: 23 Mar 22 (recurring)



There are no relevant studentships that we are aware of at the moment. 


Research networks, groups and conferences

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research Networking

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.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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. 


Awards and Prizes

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.