‌The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK's system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities and higher education colleges. The 2014 REF outcome demonstrated the Faculty’s contribution to world-leading, original and significant  research with an exemplary approach to impact (you can read here about the impact case studies of FoNS for the REF 2014). REF2021 will be submitted to Research England in late November 2020. It will then be assessed throughout 2021 and the results are expected to be published in December 2021. The Faculty of Natural Sciences’ preparations for REF are overseen by the Faculty REF Committee, chaired by the Dean, Professor Richard Craster, with representation from each department. The Faculty REF coordinator is Craig Bryce, please contact Craig if you have any queries related to REF2021. 

Five core scientific disciplines - chemistry, lifes sciences, mathematics, physics and environmental policy - form the backbone of the Faculty's teaching and research activities. Our research harnesses the breath of our expertise to meet the changing needs of society, industry and healthcare, and to address the global challenges of climate change, energy, global health and security. We have made significant progress producing groundbreaking research and world-changing collaborations.

The Department of Chemistry has moved to the new state-of-the-art facilities developed at the White City Campus. The new building, the Molecular Sciences Research Hub, will allow researchers to collaborate more easily, both inside and outside College. White City Campus is Imperial's major new campus in west London, bringing together world-class researchers, businesses and partners from academia to work, share ideas and turn cutting-edge research into benefits for society. At White City, extensions to the Imperial Advanced Hackspace network, which give access to cutting-edge prototyping technologies and workshops, will help staff, students, alumni and commercial partners rapidly convert research ideas into breakthrough products.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences is investing in a number of initiatives to support our community to engage with the opportunities available within the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Government Industry Strategy.

Two recent reviews of our EPSRC Funding Landscape 2018 and NERC Funding Landscape 2019 have been conducted. Principal Investigators are invited to read it if they are interested in applying for EPSRC and NERC funding.

Applying for Research Funding

Investigators are encouraged to check our monthly Funding Opportunities document for the latest funding calls.  If you require any information on the calls available or need assistance to apply for funding, please contact your Strategic Research Manager, Dr Sophie Armstrong-Brown.