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 

Simons Foundation Investigator Program

Deadline for application material (internal submission): by 4pm Thursday 9th September 2021

The Simons Foundation Investigators Program is now open, and Imperial has been invited to submit up to two nominations in each of the Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science programmes and up to one additional nomination in Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences.

How to apply

Stage 1 – internal selection

Nominations should be submitted by the Head of Department or their delegate. Departments should identify their preferred candidates and submit the following documents to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by 4pm Thursday 9th September 2021:

  1. A nomination letter detailing why the nominee should be selected, explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee of the past five years, including discussion of a few important papers. This should clearly state which category the nomination is for (max 2 pages).
  2. A copy of the nominee’s CV (with detail as specified in the scheme guidance documents)

If there are more than the permitted number of nominations submitted for any category, the September meeting of the CCRPRG will be used to select Imperial’s nominations.

Stage 2 – centralised submission of selected nominations

Decisions will be communicated by 27th September. Official submissions must be made by the Research Office. Selected nominations should follow the instructions accompanying the decision communication and Departments have approximately 3 weeks to supply the full proposal and paperwork required by Simons Foundation to the Research Office by 15th October. Final deadline for nomination submissions is 20 October.

For any further queries regarding the internal process, please contact Sara Lamas Marques


MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme (NIRG) and Better methods better research (BMBR)

Application calls for the next round of MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme (NIRG) are now open and will be closing in January. These applications used to require a letter of support from the President or the Provost and the letter signing process was managed by the Research Office. The process has changed and we recently had confirmation from MRC that these letters can be signed by Heads of Department, this is also the case for the Better methods better research (BMBR) scheme. As such, the President or the Provost will no longer be signing letters of support for these schemes. Instead, each Department will now be able to manage their letter signing process for MRC NIRG and BMBR and to provide letters of support to their respective applicants. Applicants are encouraged to contact their Departments to find additional detail.


MRC New Investigator Research Grants

The MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme is now open. NIRG applications require a letter of support from the College President. To obtain this letter, candidates are required 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
  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.
  3. A copy of the application form in its latest state

Deadlines by Panel are:
• Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board: LoS deadline is Friday 20 August
• Infection & Immunity Board: LoS deadline is Friday 27 August
• Population & Systems Board: LoS deadline is Friday 10 September
• Neurosciences & Mental Health Board: LoS deadline is Friday 17 September

Queries may be directed to s.lamas-oliveira-marques@imperial.ac.uk


NIHR Research Professorships

Deadline for application material (internal submission): by 12pm Thursday 9th September 2021

The award aims to fund research leaders of the future to promote effective translation of research. For more, including the eligibility criteria and the support offered, see here.
The College is limited to nominating two bids for the NIHR Research Professorships (of which at least one must be female), plus two additional nominations for a Global Health Research Professorship (of which at least one must be female). 

Departments are invited to submit a maximum of two candidates for consideration for an NIHR Research Professorships and two candidates for to the Global Health Research Professorship stream.

How to apply

1. Departments should submit the following material to k.trim@imperial.ac.uk by 12 noon (midday) Thursday 9th Sept 2021
               a.NIHR Research Professorships application form – this is an abbreviated version of the 2020 NIHR Stage 1 application form
               b. CV of the proposed nominee (2-page maximum)
2.Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty of Medicine Research Committee during their meeting on Thursday 30th September 2021, and they will make recommendations to the College.
3. Outcomes are expected to be announced on the week commencing 4th October 2021
4.Selected bids submitted to NIHR (deadline TBC)

For any further queries regarding the internal process, please contact Kimberley Trim


Recurring calls

AXA Chair and Fellowship

There are two opportunities per year to put someone forward for an AXA Chair or Fellowship position (note Fellowship calls are for specific research areas). Imperial is only permitted to submit one candidate per round to each call, and the process is managed centrally. More information about these opportunities can be found on the AXA Chair position webpage or the Fellowships webpage

AXA Chair

The Chair scheme is primarily to attract an individual to the College and Departments 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.

AXA Fellowship

Interested candidates' Departments should initially approach researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk stating the individual that they wish to put forward/attract, why AXA is the best route to support them, and the strategic benefit to the College of pursuing an application. If the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) is convinced AXA is an apropriate fit for the candidate, and the College has not met its application limit, the department will be informed of the next steps to continue the process.


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 5 submissions for each of the July 2021 and January 2022 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


EPSRC Strategic Equipment

For further detail please contact Suzanne Husein.

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.

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids

BBSRC mid-range equipment (ALERT21)

The College reviewed the applications for this call and provided feedback to PIs regarding potential overlaps. Bids were submitted to the funder in November 2021.

EPSRC Develop Digital Economy Research Communities with NetworkPlus

The College was invited to submit one lead application to the above call.  Due to this limited submission, an internal selection process was undertaken. Nominations are expected to be reviewed by a commitee, the selected bids will progress to  the funder in July 2021. Interviews and decisions are expected December 2021. 

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.

UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowships 2020

The College was invited to submit to the UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowships call. UKRI will fund up to 10 fellowships in the 2020 round. Future rounds are expected. 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.