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Restricted call: ESRC Centres Competition 2018 (internal deadline 5 January 2018)

The ESRC Centres Competition 2018 is now open.

The aim of this call is to fund experienced research leaders who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked programmes, medium-to-large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. 

The competition is open to innovative new research addressing any major social and economic topic. Although there are no priority areas for this call and inter/multidisciplinary working both within and beyond the social sciences is encouraged, at least 50% of the proposed programme of research is within ESRC remit.

The competition is for proposals ranging from £2 million to £8 million with a term of five years and it is anticipated that ESRC will fund 4 centres (ESRC funding total of £24 million at 80% fEC). Please note that ESRC expects the centres to provide strategic commitment of minimum 5% of the full economic costs of the proposal, as outlined on the pages 4-5 of the call specification. The applicants may want to start considering the strategic commitments early in the process of the proposal preparation.

Anyone interested in submitting a bid should also refer to the following:

To take part in this internal selection process please submit your internal selection form (attached) and a support letter from the Department that will host the project to, by 5h January 2018. 


APEX Awards for cross-disciplinary research

APEX Awards are addressed to established researchers who want to pursue cross-disciplinary research. Awards of up to £100,000 can be held for up to 24 months. They are jointly funded by the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Applications should be within the remit of more than one of the Academies:

  • The British Academy Remit – In any discipline within the social sciences and humanities and does not include primarily practice-based outputs
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering Remit – Applications are welcome from any engineering discipline.
  • The Royal Society Remit - Natural sciences (including agriculture, mathematics, technology, computer science, materials, medical, environmental and engineering sciences, but excluding clinical medicine)

The deadline to apply to this scheme is at 3 pm on 14th December 2017. Please keep in mind that you should submit the full application to the Research Operations Office (though Flexi-Grant) at least five working days before this deadline.

 The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science

The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science is a unique postdoc program. It awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years.

This research fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible. Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences.


January 15, 2018, 11.59 p.m. CET: final deadline for applications via the online form

April 2018: notification and invitation for a personal interview sent to final selection of candidates; notification sent to candidates whose application has been rejected

June 2018: candidates interviewed by a panel in Zurich, Switzerland; final selection of fellows

September 1 to December 31, 2018: fellows commence research projects



 Isaac Newton Trust / Wellcome Trust ISSF / University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme

 Call details are to be found at:

This scheme is aimed at newly independent principal investigators. The primary aim of the scheme is to provide support for newly appointed individuals to allow them to develop projects which will lead to a full application for external funding (e.g. project grant from a Research Council or equivalent).

The scheme is open to newly independent principal investigators appointed between 1st January 2015 and 31st January 2018. The scheme is primarily aimed at individuals whose research falls within the Wellcome Trust remit.  In addition, through partnering with the Isaac Newton Trust, the scheme also covers areas of research pursued within the Schools of the Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine that would not be eligible for Wellcome Trust funding (for e.g. aspects of research in the Departments of Zoology or Plant Sciences).

Application deadline 4th December 2017

Please send your application and supporting documents to   

Project start date: Feb – July 2018


 Hughes Hall 2018 Competition for Research Fellows ‘with a difference’

Are you an early-career researcher in the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated organisation)?

 Does your research cross boundaries between disciplines or into the non-academic world?

 Could you contribute other personal qualities and successes to bring to our community?

 Do you enjoy mixing with academic colleagues and students from other countries, and contributing to a community?

 Would you like to join a progressive college for 3-5 years with all the benefits?

If so, we welcome your application, whatever your discipline.


Application Deadline: 5.00pm GMT Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Open Evening Q&A on 4th December at 6.30pm

for interested candidates

See for more details and to sign up


 Internal Call: Isaac Newton Trust (INT) Research Grants for Early Career Support for University Lecturers in the Physical Sciences and Technology

 Applications are now open for the INT Early Career Support scheme for University Lecturers in the physical sciences and technology. This scheme is for newly appointed lecturers who have been appointed between 1 October 2014 and 31 December 2017. It is designed to aid academics in beginning their research careers.  To facilitate this, the funding can be used as flexibly as possible in giving applicants money for their research as best suits their needs. Applicants must demonstrate how this funding will lead to future applications for external funding.

Proposals are invited for projects of up to £50,000, for a period of up to 1 year. Departmental contribution required: 50% of the award (up to £25,000). The funds have to come from departmental funds, and not another grant. The eligible expenditure includes directly incurred and allocated costs only. The grants can be used to fund PDRA support, equipment, travel and ancillary consumables. PI Time and student fees are not eligible costs on this grant.

The application should include:

·         Proposal with the breakdown of the budget* requested (maximum 2 pages A4)

·         CV and publications (maximum 2 pages A4)

·         Statement of support from the Head of the Department, outlining why they recommend the project for funding and confirming that the department will provide 50% of the project cost.

·         Information about funding received to date, to include:

o    the starting packages received when appointed to the lectureship

o    grant funding to date

·         An explanation of how this proposal relates to your current funding and how it would lead to future large-grant funding (maximum 1 page A4)

 *X5 is not requested at the application stage, but will be needed at the award stage. Please liaise with your Departmental Administrator to make sure the project costs are correctly calculated.

Note: where applicable, a statement in relation to ethical reviews, outlining what permissions the applicant has and what they would need, should be included.

Deadline: Please send the application to by 30 November 2017.


 A call is now open for applications to the EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships schemes.

 Further details can be found at and

Please be aware that applications to these schemes should now be made on the enclosed forms. Applications should be emailed to by 1st December 2017 latest. Applicants should ensure they comply with any internal departmental deadlines for signature before this date.  The next call deadline will be 6th April 2018.

Expressions of interest are not required.     

 Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to


 Restricted Call: EPSRC Future Manufacturing Research Hubs 2018 (internal deadline 15 December 2017)

EPSRC has launched the Future Manufacturing Research Hubs 2018 call, inviting outline applications for multidisciplinary research Hubs. Hubs should address major, long-term challenges facing manufacturing industries, and/or capture opportunities from emerging research areas.

 EPSRC will provide up to £30 million to support three Future Manufacturing Research Hubs: up to £10 million per Hub over seven years, supporting a programme of innovative research in the engineering and physical sciences, related to the challenges in commercialising early stage research. The Hubs will feature high quality, multidisciplinary research, strong engagement with relevant manufacturing industries, and will take a leadership role in their national network.

 More details on the call can be found here.

 If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at


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  • Stage 1 - First Links: funds to cover the travel and subsistence for short term visits usually from the UK to another country.

  • Stage 2 - A Broader Relationship: where there is already a more established relationship, researchers may wish to apply for funds to extend this relationship in the country of choice.

  • Stage 3 - Pilot Studies: where relationships are more mature it may be the case that researchers need financial support to carry out pilot research.

  • Stage 4 - Sustainable Interactions: dedicated schemes to support transnational collaboration or where the funding for international collaboration is embedded in the activities of programmes, often within the UK contribution to specific multilateral organisations.

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