working together

Pump priming initiatives aim to generate new capabilities and understanding at the College, supporting Affiliates in bringing together expertise across faculties and departments, together with external stakeholders, to develop novel, interdisciplinary research ideas.

The Institute will support up to three pump-priming awards per annum, offered primarily as six or twelve month Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) positions. Funds will only be available for direct costs associated with staff time, consumables or travel.   

Applications are now now closed.


Applications for a pump priming award of around £55,000, for a 12-month project on one of the following topics:

  • How can we improve resource efficiency? Research can tackle any resources, and can have global, or more regional or local scope. Solutions can be found in science, engineering, policy and behaviour.
  • How can joined up decisions in government save money and deliver multiple benefits to the environment and other aspects of the Sustainable Development goals?
  • How can we make sure we leave our natural systems in a better state in the future than they are today? How would we measure those improvements? The scope of this type of research can be in any type of ecosystem, or can be taken from a broader perspective.
  • What individual choices matter for the environment, and how can the best be promoted and captured?



It is expected that teams being funded will submit a substantial bid for external funding within 12 months of this support being awarded. This should enable the area of research to be established beyond the initial support from the Institute. Successful applicants are also expected to produce a clearly designed plan for further developing the area of research, and for appropriate stakeholder engagement and research translation. 

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

To apply, download the application form here: Grantham Pump Priming Application Form [word].