Internal funding opportunities
Imperial COVID19 Research Fund
Thanks to our generous alumni, we have set up the Imperial COVID19 Research Fund to seed fund novel and essential research into the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of COVID19 infection. This funding opportunity is open to all College Faculties to meet real need for NHS, PHE or an affected community.
Please refer to the Imperial COVID19 Research Fund web page (College login required) for further details on the call. For any further questions please contact Dr Chrystalla Orphanides.
Research Council supported Impact Acceleration Accounts - Open to applications
Supporting the development of research towards economic and societal impact.
BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account - Open to applications
Supporting the mobility of talented early career researchers and industrialists
Research and Collaborative Activities
European Partners Fund- CLOSED for 2020.
Due to COVID-19, it is expected that there will be no new calls for this funding opportunity announced in 2020.
FoNS Strategy Research Funding
The Faculty of Natural Sciences wish to support industrial collaborations to stimulate new research directions and to enhance our research impact, noting the requirement for REF impact cases. From February 2020 the FoNS Strategy Research Fund has allocated its limited resources to foster new initiatives to engage more effectively with external SME partners. Support is provided via two initiatives: (1) SME Engagement Funding and (2) Travel grants to visit potential industrial partners. More information can be found here. These schemes welcome multi-disciplinary projects, but the Faculty will allocate its FSRF to support FoNS researchers only.For any questions related to the FSRF funding, please contact Ester Buchaca-Domingo
Grantham Affiliates Funding Opportunities
In order to promote new ideas and collaborations in priority areas for engagement and research, the Grantham Institute is periodically offering a number of funding opportunities to Grantham Affiliates. These opportunities will be announced here, as well as through Grantham’s Affiliates' newsletter. Please contact Laila Read (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like more information on any of these opportunities, or Alyssa Gilbert (email@example.com) to discuss a specific proposal.
EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships (pdf) – OPEN for 2020
The EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship scheme is intended to help universities attract and retain the very best newly qualified PhDs that received EPSRC studentship funding and help them to launch a career in research. All fellowships must be within EPSRC remit. The competition for 2020 will operate in 2 rounds in recognition of the ramping up of research activities following the Covid-19 pandemic. The deadline for applications to Round 1 is 12.00pm (noon) on Wednesday 1 July 2020. For more information, interested candidates should review the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships (pdf) - a link to the application form can be found in this document. Host Departments should submit a Departmental Shortlisting form to indicate support of their candidates. Any queries can be directed to Suzanne Husein.
ISSF Faculty Fellowships - Open to applications.
Faculty Fellowships provide a flexible funding opportunity for non-clinical, early career researchers for a period of up to 18 months. The fellowship is intended for those who have not yet submitted a Fellowship application but are in the process of doing so. Applications are open to researchers across all Faculties provided the proposed area of research is within the remit of Wellcome. ore information, including closing dates and internal departmental deadlines, can be found on the ISSF webpage. For any futher questions please contact Dr Kimberley Trim.
President's PhD Scholarship Scheme - Open to applications.
Imperial College's President's PhD Scholarship Scheme is an exciting opportunity that supports up to 50 outstanding students from anywhere in the world to study for a PhD in any of the College’s Faculties and Business School.
Open Internal Funding Opportunities
Closed Internal Funding Opportunities
Confidence in Concept (managed by Faculty of Medicine) - Closed for 2019.
This call aims to support fast track more promising research ideas towards clinical testing (open to all Faculties). Please see here for infomation on the 2019 call.
Apollo Therapeutics fund (managed by the Apollo-Imperial Management Group) - Closed for 2019.
This fund provides support for Imperial College or associate NHS trust staff who wish to progress early stage therapeutic innovations through discovery and into pre-clinical development.
Imperial College London and Imperial Innovations Joint Fund - Closed for 2019.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) provided the College with funds to support knowledge exchange from Institutions to Business. Funding was available to support proof of concept projects that aim to further develop the commercial position of an invention or technology.
Research and Collaborative Activities
The Francis Crick Institute (managed by Academic Partnerships) - Closed for 2019.
- The Crick Attachments programme, is for College staff seeking to establish research collaborations at the Crick.
- The Networking Fund encourages joint working and will support researchers to network and develop new collaborations across disciplinary boundaries, with up to £3k available per project.
Strategic Support Fund (managed by Faculty of Medicine) - Closed for 2019.
This fund aims to Support novel interdisciplinary biomedical research in the Wellcome Trust remit.
Global Engagements - Closed for 2019.
Support is available for collaborative international activities that enable the cross-border pooling of research capabilities .The Results from previous rounds are available. The application information and guidelines from the previous Global Engagements are available.
FAPESP-Imperial Seed Fund (SPRINT) scheme - CLOSED for 2019.
Imperial and FAPESP, the research funding agency in the State of São Paulo, have opened the next call for proposals under the FAPESP-Imperial joint seed fund. Joint projects between Imperial researchers and researchers in the State of São Paulo in Brazil will be funded with up to £24,000 over two years, application information and guidelines from the previous call can be found here. For queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MIT-Africa - Imperial Seed Fund - CLOSED for 2019.
The MIT-Africa - Imperial College London Seed Fund call for 2019 had a regional focus on Africa, and will promote early-stage collaboration between faculty and researchers at MIT, Imperial College London and institutions in Africa. The Fund aimed to help kick-start early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’ research ideas that might not otherwise be pursued. The Fund will support early-stage collaboration among academics, researchers and students by facilitating exchange between participating research groups through provision of grants to cover travel, workshops, meetings, hackathons, networks and other activities to explore research directions. Further detail on the 2019 call can be found here. For queries please contact email@example.com
European Partners Fund- CLOSED for 2019.
Support is available for Imperial academics to initiate and pursue collaborations with European colleagues and ideally to lead to new science and to future applications for external funding. Please refer to the European Partners call document (pdf) for further details on the 2019 call. For any further questions please contact Miss Emily Roche.
- Please note, with the establishment of the Imperial-TUM and Imperial-CNRS specific collaboration fund, all applications to support partnerships with TUM or CNRS for activities which fall within the remit of Research England’s I3 (data and its application in science, technology, medicine and business) must be submitted to the Imperial-TUM or Imperial-CNRS Collaboration Fund, rather than being considered in the European Partners Fund scheme
Imperial-Technische Universität München Collaboration Fund - CLOSED for 2019.
To support collaborative endeavours, the College has recently been awarded funding from Research England as part of the International Investment Initiative (“I3”). The award provides seed funding to build research capacity under the overarching theme of “Data 4.0 – Leading the fourth industrial revolution with data-driven technologies”. The goal is for these collaborations to support Imperial academics to initiate and pursue collaborations with TUM colleagues and ideally to lead to new science and to future applications for external funding. Please refer to the Imperial-TUM Collaboration Fund Call Guidance (pdf). For any further questions please contact Bernardo Hourmat.
Imperial-CNRS Collaboration Fund - CLOSED for 2019.
To support collaborative endeavours, the College has recently been awarded funding from Research England as part of the International Investment Initiative (“I3”). The award provides seed funding to build research capacity under the overarching theme of “Data 4.0 – Leading the fourth industrial revolution with data-driven technologies”. Bids that seek to develop or link to the activities of CNRS-Imperial "Abraham de Moivre" International Lab in Mathematics are particularly encouraged (e.g broadening activity to include the interplay between mathematical sciences, data and physics, engineering, medicine and life sciences). Please refer to the Imperial-CNRS Collaboration Fund call document (pdf) for further details of the 2019 call. For any further questions please contact Bernardo Hourmat.
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU)-Imperial Research Collaboration – CLOSED for 2020.
Seed funding was available to fund kick-start early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’ research ideas under the overarching theme of “Data 4.0 – Leading the fourth industrial revolution with data-driven technologies” that might not otherwise be pursued. This call has an indicative budget of £40,000 and SGD$70,000 to be awarded to 3-4 successful Imperial and NTU collaborating teams respectively. Budget requests should not exceed £13,000 from Imperial and SGD$23,000 from NTU per project. Funds can only be spent on activities that fit the purpose of this call. Please see this website for more information and guidance about this call, eligibility and how to apply. For any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Imperial College London-CNRS PhD Joint Programme- CLOSED for 2020.
To support collaborative endeavors, the College and CNRS launched a joint call for proposals to develop cooperation in the area of ‘Mathematics, data and their applications across all areas of science’. Funding was available for five research projects, each project should be underpinned by 1 PhD at Imperial and 1 PhD at CNRS. PhD students will be expected to spend time at both the UK and French institutes over the course of the PhD, and a mobility plan should include visits to France & UK for the academic supervisors/ PIs. Please refer to the Call Guidance (pdf) for further details of this opportunity and complete the Application Form (word) . For any further questions please contact Bernardo Hourmat.
EPSRC Capital Award Emphasising Support for Early Career Researchers - CLOSED for 2019.
The College launched an internal competition to allocate this institutional grant. Funding was available to provide capital equipment to support high quality and ambitious research. Applicants had to be early career academics who are lecturers at the time of application. Candidates are invited to apply for between £25k and £100k per application. Costs for operating and maintaining equipment are not eligible, therefore the support of the Head of Department was essential. Results from previous rounds are now available.
Imperial College Research Fellowships - CLOSED for 2019.
The Imperial College Research Fellowship scheme provides 4 years of dedicated support to early career researchers from across the world as they transition towards research independence. The fellowship offers a competitive salary, as well as research and travel expenses of up to £45,000, and a bespoke package of focussed careers support, training courses, and development opportunities from the College's Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre. For more information, including the eligibility requirements, application process and contact details, please visit this page
MRC Centre GIDA Research Fellow- CLOSED for 2019.
MRC GIDA Fellowships are personal 3-year capacity building training awards for talented early and mid-career researchers to support key transition points in their careers, providing effective career development opportunities to transition to independence. These fellowships offer unique and prestigious research and career development opportunities in the context of a world leading centre of excellence. For more information, including the previous round`s guidance document, potential supervisors and application details, please visit this page. Any queries please contact: email@example.com.
MRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships - CLOSED for 2019.
Applications are targeted at MRC-funded PhD students who have submitted in the last 12 months. For the previous call, three fellowship posts were available, projects had been identified, and candidates needed to select one from the project list provided. Further details are available in the attached guidance and projects list document below and also available here. For further detail please contact Nousheen Tariq