Creating Impact

  • Excellence Fund for Frontier Research - CLOSED to applications. Supporting research ideas which are potential breakthrough programs that have the potential to put Imperial in a leadership position, even if the ideas have not yet received outside funding.

  • The Francis Crick Institute (managed by Academic Partnerships, College login required) - Closed for 2019
    • The Crick Attachments programme, for College staff seeking to establish research collaborations at the Crick, is now open for applications until Monday 8 April 2019.
    • 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. The next deadline of the rolling call for applications is Monday 11 February 2019.

  • Strategic Support Fund (managed by Faculty of Medicine) - Supporting novel interdisciplinary biomedical research in the Wellcome Trustremit.

  • European Partners Fund - CLOSED 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, for example H2020. Please refer to the European Partners call document (pdf) for further details of this opportunity and complete the European Partners Application Form (word). Deadline for applications was 12pm (noon) Tuesday 30 April 2019.
  • Please note that, with the establishment of the following TUM fund, all applications to support TUM partnership activities must be submitted to the Imperial-TUM Collaboration Fund, rather than being considered in the European Partners Fund scheme.
  • Imperial-TUM Collaboration Fund - CLOSED Support is available to enable Imperial academics to build or reinforce lasting contacts with the very best TUM researchers in their field. The priority for this call, established through cross-faculty consultation, is to support collaborations that fall within the TUM-Imperial agreement to seed research activity in computer science and informatics; medicine and medical sciences; bioengineering; molecular sciences; mathematics; life sciences; physics; energy and new materials; environmental science; and mechanical and aerospace engineering.   Further information can be found in the attached call document (pdf) , please complete the attached application form (word) by 12pm (noon) Tuesday 7 May 2019.
  • Global Engagements (PDF) - Support is available for collaborative international activities that enable the cross-border pooling of research capabilities - CLOSED. Results from previous rounds are now available.

  • FAPESP-Imperial Seed Fund (SPRINT) scheme - CLOSED. 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 can be found here. Closing date for applications is 29 July 2019. For queries please contact
  • MIT-Africa - Imperial Seed Fund  OPEN The MIT-Africa - Imperial College London Seed Fund call for 2019 will have 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 aims 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. Deadline for applications is 17 September 2019 (23.59 Boston, USA time). Further detail can be found here. For queries please contact

Personal Support

  • EPSRC Capital Award Emphasising Support for Early Career Researchers - CLOSED, Wednesday 19 September 2018. 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.
  • President's PhD Scholarship Scheme (College login required) - CLOSED for 2019 entry- Information for supervisors, HoDs and Faculties - 2020 entry will open Autumn 2019.
  • ISSF Faculty Fellowships - 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.  They will be exceptional candidates for external funding, demonstrated by the quality of the applicant, supervisor and project. These fellowships are funded by the Wellcome Institute Strategic Support Fund: they are open to researchers across all Faculties provided the proposed area of research is within the remit of Wellcome. More information, including closing dates and internal departmental deadlines, can be found on the ISSF webpage. For further information please contact Dr Kimberley Trim ( OPEN for applications.
  • MRC Centre GIDA Research Fellow - CLOSED 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 Guidance document, potential supervisors and details on how to apply, please visit this page. Any queries please contact:
  • MRC Skills Development Fellowships are now CLOSED. These fellowships are personal three-year capacity building training awards for talented researchers to support key transition points in their careers. They are suitable for very early career researchers to explore, consolidate and further develop their skills in a priority area in which they are already active or in which they are seeking training. They are also suitable for researchers at different career stages who wish to transform their career by developing new skills in a priority area. Applicants must have a PhD in a related field of study conferred by the start date of the Fellowship. There is no restriction on career stage for applicants but the salary range is fixed and so applicants should ensure this meets their experience and expectations.
    • There are two mandatory stages to the application process:
    1. Expressions of interest (EOI): deadline 4th March 2019
    2. Full application: deadline 1st April 2019.

    Both stages must be submitted via the Imperial College recruitment system, using the guidance and templates provided here for each stage

  • MRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships are now CLOSED. We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the MRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships scheme, targeted at MRC-funded PhD students who have submitted in the last 12 months. Three fellowship posts are available, projects have been identified, and candidates will need to select one from the project list provided. The deadline for applications is Monday 3 June 2019. please note that the salary will be at Spine Point 17 within the Research Associate Grade (£39,135 pro-rata) and an additional £6,000 will be available towards running costs.Applications are to be submitted by the candidate using the online application form, after reading the guidance doc. The guidance doc and projects list is available online here.Further details are available in the attached guidance and projects list document below and also available here.

    The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Monday 3 June 2019. For further detail please contact Nousheen Tariq

    To be eligible:

    • Candidate may be internal or external to Imperial.
    • Candidate must be available to start the fellowship no later than August 2019.
    • Candidate must have previously been funded by the Medical Research Council [MRC] as a PhD student.
    • Candidate must have submitted their PhD within the 12 months prior to start of the fellowship.
    • Candidate must meet the MRC Residence Criteria; i.e. have been resident in the UK for the previous three years [for non-EU candidates this period cannot be for educational purposes], and have no restriction on their stay in the UK.
    • If viva has not taken place, the candidate must have a date scheduled for the viva prior to the start of the fellowship.

FoNS Strategy Research Funding (available for FoNS researchers only)

The Faculty of Natural Sciences wish to support new multidisciplinary and industrial collaborations to stimulate new research directions and to enhance its research impact. Therefore, the FoNS Strategy Research Fund will be used to allocate resources to foster new interdisciplinary partnerships within College and to engage more effectively with external SME partners. Support is provided via four initiatives; (1) Collaborative Initiatives Kick-start funding, (2) SME Engagement Funding, (3)  Networking/workshop activities fundingand (4) Travel grants. More information can be found here. 

Any queries should be directed to your Strategy Research Manager.

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 ( if you would like more information on any of these opportunities, or Alyssa Gilbert ( to discuss a specific proposal.

Data Science Institute Seed Fund: Machine Learning

The Data Science Institute (DSI) was established in 2014 as the College’s 5th cross-Faculty Institute. The DSI provides a focal point for multidisciplinary data-driven research, supplying technology support for partners, and educating the next generation of data scientists.

This year, the Data Science Institute has established a seed fund to be used for pilot projects in data science. The aim of the fund is to enable DSI Fellows to obtain preliminary results and data which can then be used in applications for further research funding from charities, RCUK or government bodies. 

The DSI would like to welcome applications to this opportunity.

DSI Seed Fund in Machine Learning

Queries related to research field should be directed to Marc Deisenroth

Queries regarding funding and application submission should be directed to Alice Ashley-Smith