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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. 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

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. 

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. 



** 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. A minimum of two awards, worth up to £200,000 each over two years, are available. 


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.

** 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. 


Nuffield Foundation

**COMING SOON** Strategic Fund

This fund supports interdisciplinary projects that address key issues facing UK society and the public policy agenda in the next decade. Grants are worth between £1m and £3m. The next call is expected to open in 2020. Deadline: 09 Dec 2020 (forecast)


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) collective programme

This 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. It is an interdisciplinary programme 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. 



Action on Hearing Loss

**COMING SOON** Pauline Ashley Fellowship

This fellowship enables young researchers to make the transition from a postdoctoral scientist to an independent investigator and lead their own programme of research, attract funding and build a new research team. The fellowship is worth £120,000 over two years. The next call is expected to open in early 2021. Deadline: 28 February 2021 (forecast)


Arts and Humanities Research Council

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Early-Career Researchers

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. 

Leadership Fellows Scheme - Standard Route

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.



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

Leverhulme Trust

**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. Deadline: 10 May 22 (forecast)


Royal Society

APEX Awards

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. Awards are worth up to £100,000 each over two years. Deadline: 29 Oct 2020 (recurring)


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.