For enquiries related to managed calls, please email researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk unless a specific named contact is given.

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

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.

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids

 

EPSRC UNDERPINNING MULTI-USER EQUIPMENT CALL

EPSRC has launched an Underpinning Multi-User Equipment call, through which up to £20m of its capital budget has been made available to refresh and update underpinning multi-user equipment. Only one application per Institution is allowed, with a maximum value of £2 million.  An internal selection process has been agreed, to manage this institutional restriction. 

Imperial's Expert review Panel selected one bid to go through to EPSRC. Final submission deadline is 22 November 2016.


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.


Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship

The RAEng Research Fellowships are offered to outstanding researchers in engineering and are designed to promote excellence by providing support for high-quality engineers who are developing their interests in academic research as a stepping stone to a successful research career. These Fellowships are aimed at outstanding researchers from all branches of engineering who are about to complete their PhD or who have up to four years postdoctoral research experience.  RAEng has limited the number of applications that Imperial may submit to three applications; or four applications if one of the four candidates belongs to a group that is persistently underrepresented within the engineering profession.  To manage this restriction, a 2 stage process was agreed. 

  • Stage 1 – Departmental nominations
  • Stage 2 –  Interview of shortlisted candidates

Three candidates were successful at interview and submitted their applications to RAeng by the deadline of Monday 12 September 2016.


Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize

Rosetrees Trust launched a funding call to stimulate collaborative research between Medicine and Engineering.  The aim of this opportunity is towards developing collaborative studies between researchers in different fields, in the hope that by stimulating new research collaborations this Prize will result in breakthroughs that have potential to improve human health.  The award is for up to £250,000 over three years.  The College has been invited to submit one application to this call, and thus the following internal selection process was agreed.

A single bid was selected by the College for submission by Tuesday 28 February 2017.


Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment grant

Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment grants provide support for multi-user items of equipment, including equipment required to create a central resource for a number of disparate scientific programs.  Up to five years' support is available. Expenses may include staff, equipment, access charges, research management and support costs, inflation allowance and clinical research costs.  The expectation is that bids will request between £75,000 and £1m.  The scheme has a preliminary application deadline of Friday 13 January 2017 and an invited full application deadline of Monday 3 April 2017. 

Preliminary and full applications must be accompanied by an institutional statement of support signed by an appropriate senior authority. Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research), has offered to sign these letters, to demonstrate strong institutional backing. 


Wellcome Trust Biomedical Resource and Technology Development grant

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Resource and Technology Development grants are for researchers who want to establish or maintain resources or technology for the benefit of the wider scientific community. Bids may be up to £1.5m. Up to five years' support is available. More information, including candidate eligibility criteria, can be found here.

Preliminary and full applications must be accompanied by an institutional statement of support signed by an appropriate senior authority. Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research), has offered to sign these letters, to demonstrate strong institutional backing. 


NIHR Global Health Research Units and 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 Units and Groups.  A total of £60 million is available for successful institutions looking to expand their existing global health work or for new entrants to the field. More information, including the background to these initiatives and the scope of Units and Groups, can be found here.

Institutions may lead on max. two Global Health Research Unit applications and 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 Thursday 26 January 2017.