If you are aware of an institutional limit on an external bid that is not listed below, please contact researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk

Open calls

EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies

EPSRC has launched a call for Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies. Funding is available to support large-scale, interdisciplinary research collaboration to address research challenges in targeted therapeutic delivery technologies (within Healthcare) through a critical mass approach.  £10M is available to support one IRC. An institutional letter of support is required from Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) for each institution involved in a bid. Should you require a letter, please submit the following documents to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by midday Tuesday 27 February 2018:

  • A version of the letter that is complete and ready to be signed. The letter may be edited for style, but all content should be provided and complete
  • Confirmation of the commitments that are attached to the bid and outlined in the letter (e.g. time, space, funds). This confirmation must be from the budget holder and show that this provision has been approved
  • A copy of the application form in its latest state

 Any queries should be directed to Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk)


EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training 

It is anticipated that EPSRC will announce a call for the next round of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in early 2018.

For information relating to this call please visit our dedicated EPSRC CDT page.


EPSRC Future Manufacturing Research Hubs

EPSRC has launched a call for Future Manufacturing Research Hubs. Funding is available to support up to 3 hubs, up to £10m each, over seven years.  There is no institutional limit to bids and therefore an internal selection process has not been created.

EPSRC has implemented a two-stage assessment process.   Outline bids require an institutional letter of support from Professor Nick Jennings (Vice-Provost, Research and Enterprise), whether involvement is as a lead or partner.  For any applicants requiring a letter, please send the following to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by midday Thursday 11 January 2018:

  • A version of the letter that is complete and ready to be signed. The letter may be edited for style, but all content should be provided and complete
  • Confirmation of the commitments that are attached to the bid and outlined in the letter (e.g. time, space, funds). This confirmation must be from the budget holder and show that this provision has been approved
  • A copy of the application form in its latest state

Queries can be directed to Suzanne Rolfe s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk or EPSRC at ManufacturingPeerReview@epsrc.ac.uk, Gerard Davies (gerard.davies@epsrc.ac.uk) or Richard Bailey (richard.bailey@epsrc.ac.uk).


NERC Standard Grant rounds (July and January closing dates)

In 2015, NERC introduced a Demand Management quota system, whereby institutions whose 6-round success rate for Standard Grants (response mode, including New Investigator grants) fell below 20% received a cap on the number of proposals they could submit for that financial year's rounds. Imperial is currently subject to this demand management quota, and will be affected by an institutional cap of 8 submissions for each of the July 2018 and January 2019 rounds. To manage the cap and increase the quality of proposals being submitted to avoid future restriction, an internal review group has been established to aid in the support (and selection where required) of bids. 

For further details of how to submit your proposal to the internal NERC Proposals Review Group and the key dates for the next upcoming round under Demand Management measures, please visit our dedicated NERC Standard Grant Demand Management page.


AXA Chair

There are two opportunities per year to put someone forward for an AXA Chair position. Imperial is only permitted to submit one candidate per year, and the process is managed centrally. Departments interested in using the scheme to attract an individual to the College should initially approach researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk stating the individual that they wish to attract and the strategic benefit to the College of pursuing an application. If the Vice Provost for Research and Enterprise is convinced of the strategic need, and the College has not met its application limit, the department will be informed of the next steps to continue the process.

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids

ESRC Research Centres Competition 2018

ESRC recently announced a call for outline proposals for its Centres Competition 2018ESRC expects evidence of long term institutional commitment, both strategic and financial. Unlike in previous calls, it has set this commitment at a minimum of 25% fEC (which can include the normal 20% institutions already cover as part of the grant award process) to align with its new Centres policy. 

Imperial is limited to two outline submissions, which will also require a supporting letter from the Vice-Provost Research and Enterprise. An internal process is being managed by the Research Office; Imperial's two submissions have been selected to meet ESRC's deadline of 15 March 2018. For any queries, please contact Louise Sherlock (l.sherlock@imperial.ac.uk)


Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize

Imperial College London was invited to nominate 1 candidate to apply for a Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize.  An internal process was put in place to identify this candidate, who will submit their application to the funder on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

For any queries, please contact Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk)


Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment scheme and Biomedical Resource and Technology Development scheme

The Wellcome Trust have opened calls for Multi-user Equipment and Biomedical Resource and Technology Development. Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), offered to provide letters of institutional support.   Deadline for letter material is Friday 23 March 2018 (12pm noon) for a Trust submission deadline of Friday 6 April 2018.  Decisions are expected in July 2018.


 Leverhulme Trust Research Centres 

The Leverhulme Trust have announced its Leverhulme Research Centres 2018 funding round is open. The College can only submit one application and an internal process was therefore put in place to select this single bid. Deadline of the selected outline submission to Leverhulme is 16:00 9 January 2018.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury


Schmidt Science Fellows In partnership with the Rhodes Trust

Imperial College London was selected to nominate 5 outstanding young scientists for the Schmidt Science Fellows program.  An internal process was put in place to nominate these five, who will submit their applications to the funder by end of December 2017, with decisions announced in Spring 2018.

For any queries, please contact Angela Kingman (a.kingman@imperial.ac.uk)


NIHR Research Professorships

The National Institute for Health Research released a call for Research Professorships.  College was limited to nominating 2 bids for the NIHR Research Professorships, plus an additional nomination for a Global Health Research Professorship.   An internal selection process was established and the College candidates have now been selected for submission to NIHR by 29 November 2017. NIHR shortlisting will take place March 2018.

For any queries, please contact Suzanne Rolfe s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk


NIHR Global Health Research Groups

The National Institute for Health Research launched an initiative to support world-class global health research that will deliver measurable benefits to patients and the public in low and middle-income countries through new NIHR Global Health Research Groups.

Institutions may lead on max two Global Health Research Group applications.  An internal process was agreed in order to manage this restriction.

The College bids have now been selected for submission to NIHR by 20 October 2017. NIHR decisions will be made February 2018.

Contact Dr Suzanne Rolfe with any queries s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk


Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award

The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched its Springboard scheme. These awards offer a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s mentoring and career development programme.

Imperial ran an internal selection process to select the three submissions permitted. The funder will announce decisions in January 2018.

Contact Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk) with any queries.


EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowships 

EPSRC has launched an Research Software Engineer Fellowships call. RSE fellowships are awarded for up to 5 years and are intended for individuals in the software field who demonstrate leadership and have combined expertise in programming and a solid knowledge of the research environment. Up to £4m is available to support 4-8 RSE Fellows.

EPSRC has restricted institutions to submitting only two bids. Therefore, an internal selection process was agreed to manage this restriction. Decisions from the funder are expected December 2017.

Contact Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk) with any queries.