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

Schmidt Science Fellows In partnership with the Rhodes Trust

DEADLINE: 8th November 2017


Imperial College London has been selected to nominate 5 outstanding young scientists for the Schmidt Science Fellows program.  This is a post-doctoral fellowship “intending to transcend the traditional confinements of science, enabling interdisciplinary thinking to tackle pivotal challenges and create a long lasting positive societal impact”.

This Innovative scheme, provides its first class of 10 – 15 fellows an incredible opportunity, each fellow will receive a stripend of $100,000 for the duration of their full time, yearlong postdoctoral research study in any field significantly different to their existing field of expertise and at a different institution than their current host .  Successful applicants will not only be exposed to new science and novel ways of thinking but access to a worldwide network of colleges enabling future collaborations on a global scale.

This exciting opportunity requires extraordinary candidates which fit the essential qualities (Further information see www.schmidtsciencefellows.org/fellows-selection/) .

All applicants:

  • Are required to have a background in natural sciences, engineering, technology or medicine.
  • Must have received or expected to receive a PhD in one of the above fields between the 1st May 2017 and the 30th June 2018.
  • Must be able to demonstrate their ability to be available for the duration of the program (July 2018 – July 2019)

 How to be considered for nomination:

  • Nominations for eligible fellows must come from the relevant Heads of Department (Current cohort of PhD students have been told to contact their Head of Department if they are interested in being nominated)
  • All applications must include:

  1. A letter of motivation from the candidate (no more than 2 A4 pages) which should explain how the nominee fits the eligibility criteria and essential qualities ( please refer to www.schmidtsciencefellows.org/fellows-selection/ for further information)
  2. A statement of support from the Head of Department. Note that this is not an offer of a placement in the department – the fellows will be hosted elsewhere worldwide.

Applications are open to all Science, Technology, and Engineering and Medicine PhD fellows but please note that all submissions need to be returned to Research Officeresearchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk  by Wednesday the 8th November 2017

Please see the following link for further information: www.schmidtsciencefellows.org/

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 11 submissions for each of the July 2017 and January 2018 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.

Leverhulme Trust Research Centres

The Leverhulme Trust have announced that the Leverhulme Research Centres 2018 funding round will open on 4 September 2017 for which the College can only submit one application. I would appreciate it if you could forward the below to any possible interested parties in this scheme, we would expect applicants to have agreement from their Head of Department before submitting to our internal competition.

Leverhulme Research Centres

They are running a two-stage submission process and the deadline for submission of outlines is 16:00 9 January 2018.

A Leverhulme Research Centre may be single-site (one higher education institution) or multi-site (‘hub and spoke/s’). Each UK University is permitted to make only one bid as the principal applicant (‘hub’). Additional involvement in partnership(s) with other universities is permitted (as ‘spoke’).

There will be an internal competition to determine the bid to be submitted by the College. Interested parties should first seek approval from their Head of Department. Once approved, potential applicants to this scheme should submit a two page outline to be assessed in an internal competition to determine the College’s preferred bid to this scheme.

In line with the Trust’s responsive-mode of working, the choice of research topic is left open, with the exclusion of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications. The Trust has a strong reputation for funding cross-disciplinary research embracing the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The chosen area should be sufficiently large-scale to support an ambitious but realistic research agenda, for between five and ten years.

The outline should address:

  • A description of the area of research: the reasons for why this is important, the key research questions to be addressed, and how the Centre will contribute to this general subject area;
  • How the proposed Centre meets the Leverhulme Trust remit:
    • Cross-disciplinary research embracing the sciences, social sciences and the humanities;
    • No duplication of existing activity either Research Council funded or within university research centres;
    • Substantial added value to the area of research;
    • Curiosity-driven and perhaps higher-risk research.

Outlines for the internal competition should be submitted to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk, by Monday 6 November, the successful application will be informed of the outcome by 22 November.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids


ESRC Large Grants

In May this year, ESRC announced its 2016 Large Grants scheme and asked for Expressions of Interest to be submitted in early July. Based on the higher level of demand than expected, ESRC has now retrospectively asked for this to be a limited call. Imperial was limited to a maximum of two full proposals as lead. There were no restrictions on the number of bids on which Imperial can be a partner.

A single bid was selected by the College for submission by 13 October 2016.


NIHR Global Health Research Groups

The National Institute for Health Research has 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 Friday 20th October 2017.

Contact Dr Suzanne Rolfe with any queries.


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 may submit to three applications to this call. In order to meet the restriction, an internal selection process has been agreed.

Departments may nominate up to three candidates per Department. These nominations must be received from the Head of Department or their delegate and be ranked. The following material is requested for each candidate

·     Eligibility check form

·     Application form

Nominations should be sent to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk and be received by 12pm noon Thursday 8 June 2017. 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 has been agreed in order to manage this restriction.

Applicants interested in submitting an outline bid for internal review should please submit the following material to s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk before Monday 15 May 2017 (12.00pm):

1.  Outline Case for Support: (up to four sides of A4), including

·     A summary of your career to date;

·     A brief explanation of why you feel the RSE Fellowship is appropriate for you, what you would hope to achieve personally from the Fellowship and how it will transform your career;

·     A brief explanation of the area of software engineering you will work in, including the research area/s you will support, and it’s importance;

·     A brief explanation about how you demonstrate leadership potential and how you will become an ambassador for the Research Software Engineer role

2. CV (up to two sides of A4)

3. Justification of the resources requested (up to two sides of A4)

4. An indication of the type of support that would be provided to the candidate and how this support would empower the fellow to transform the RSE provision at the host university (up to one side of A4)

The Head of Department must be copied into the internal submission to s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk. Contact Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk) with any queries.