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 external calls 

EPSRC Strategic Equipment 2021

Deadline for business case (internal submission):

  • Round 1: Noon Tuesday 6 October 2020 (Closed)
  • Round 2: Noon Tuesday 9 March 2021
  • Round 3: Noon Tuesday 6 July 2021

For further detail please contact Suzanne Husein.  

EPSRC has announced a new round of the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process. EPSRC strongly encourages a strategic approach to the submission of business cases and therefore the College has agreed the following internal selection process, in an effort to manage the timing of bids for maximal success and to provide an opportunity for Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), to offer institutional approval to bids. More information can be found on the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process webpage.

Individuals interested in applying to this call should initially submit a 2-page business case to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by deadline noted above, outlining the strategic need for the equipment and including the following information:

  • Item
  • Vendor
  • Description of equipment and its primary functions
  • Cost
  • Usage
  • Support
  • Strategic Case
  • Ensuring Maximum Value
  • Contribution from Other Sources
  • Alternatives 

Applicants are expected to have engaged with EPSRC prior to developing an outline to confirm the suitability of their bid and to provide information to this effect with their submission to CCRPRG.  Contact details for the EPSRC representatives can be found on the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process webpage.


Wellcome Trust Letters of Support

Internal deadline: Midday Monday 7 December 2020

For further detail please contact: Mark Bambury

Letters of Support are required for the Wellcome Trust Multi-User Equipment Grants, Biomedical Resource Grants and Technology Development Grants call.

For each of these calls, a letter of support can be provided by the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Professor Nick Jennings. A draft letter will need to be sent to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by Midday Monday 7 December 2020. Supporting statement from the host organisation, should indicate the contributions, financial or otherwise, that will be provided by the organisation and/or other sources, if appropriate. For contributions from College, please include confirmation of contributions from the relevant budget holders. In addition:

Multi User Equipment Applications

For Multi User Equipment grants letters should include an indication as to how the request for equipment fits with the overall strategic context of the organisation, taking into consideration regional and national contexts, if appropriate.

Biomedical Resource and Technology Development Applications

For Biomedical Resource and Technology Development applications letters should in particular outline the commitment of the host organisation to the longer-term sustainability of the resource.


MRC New Investigator Research Grant Letters of Support

Internal deadline: Multiple dates in January 2021.

For further detail please contact: Dr Sara Lamas Marques

Application calls for the MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme are now open.  These applications require a letter of support from the President or the Provost.  To find out more about this scheme please view the View the MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme.

To obtain this letter, candidates are asked to provide the following material to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by the deadlines stated below:

  1. 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. Please highlight any content crucial to the application and keep to a maximum of 2 pages
  2. Confirmation of the provisions that are being made to the bid and are 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. Kindly note that the letter will be returned unsigned if confirmation is not provided
  3. A copy of the application form in its latest state

 Deadlines for material to be sent to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk :

  • Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board: Monday 4January
  • Infection & Immunity Board:  Monday 4 January
  • Population & Systems Board:  Monday 11 January
  • Neurosciences & Mental Health Board: Monday 18 January

Recurring calls

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 (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. More information about this opportunity can be found on the AXA Chair position webpage.


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 7 submissions for each of the July 2019 and January 2020 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 more information view the NERC Demand Management quota system webpage.

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

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids

ESRC Centres

Imperial College London was invited to select a single bid to be submitted to the 2020 ESRC Centres call. Following review at the Cross-Colege Research Proposals Review Group the bid selected was "Innovations Hub for Integrated Society and Healthy Food Choices" led by Professor Gary Frost. This will be submitted to ESRC in October 2020. 

NERC Strategic Capital Call 2020

NERC invited the College to submit two proposals to its Strategic Capital Call (individual values £500K - £1.5M inc VAT (applicants requesting more than £1M must obtain approval from NERC)), which together must not exceed a combined total of £2M inc VAT. Following an internal selection process the selected bids will progress to funder.

UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowships

The College was invited to submit to the UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowships call. UKRI will fund up to 10 fellowships in this round.  Host organisations are expected by UKRI to carry out pre-selection of candidates and must not submit more applications than the number of fellowships available. Following an internal selection process the selected bids will progress to funder.

Simons Foundation Investigator Programs

The Simons Foundation invited Imperial to submit up to two nominations in each of the Mathematics, (Theoretical) Physics, and (Theoretical) Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs and up to one additional nomination in Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences. Following an internal selection process and a review at the Cross-College Research Proposals Review Group, the selected bids will progress to funder.

Schmidt Science Fellows 2020

The Schmidt Science Fellows invited the College to submit nominations for fellowships starting 2021, due to a limited submission an internal selection process was undertaken, nominations are expected to be reviewed by a commitee, the selected bids will progress to funder.