Research and Collaborative Activities

UKRI COVID-19 Grant Extension Allocation (CoA) - Phase 1 is closed.

For further detail please contact:  Sara Lamas Oliveira Marques

The UKRI COVID-19 Grant Extension Allocation (CoA) provides organisations with resources to sustain UKRI grant-funded research, research and technical staff and research infrastructures during the period of pandemic disruption and its immediate aftermath. The CoA aims to ensure that UKRI grant outcomes and value of investment continue to be met. Further clarification on the UKRI’s policy is provided on the UKRI Frequently Asked Questions webpage

Imperial has been awarded £7.8m which will be distributed to Departments in 3 distinct phases. The terms under which Imperial is dispersing this funding are noted in the Governance Plan (Pdf) (Internal access only).

Phase 2 to follow.

Frequently asked questions

1. If CoA funding is accepted can a no cost extension be requested?

If a project finishes before 30 September 2021 you should not request a no-cost extension if you want to benefit from CoA. A grant cannot have both a no-cost extension and CoA funding. The only two exceptions are detailed below:

  • Non-ODA projects ending before 30 September 2021 will not be able to benefit from a no-cost extension and receive CoA support if UKRI has not approved the no-cost extension by 31 July 2020, with the exception of no-cost extension requests to accommodate parental leave or sickness. 
  • ODA projects ending before 30 September 2021 will be able to benefit from a no-cost extension and receive CoA support if a no-cost extension has been submitted by 31 October 2020, or if the no-cost extension is to accommodate parental leave or sickness.

 If any of these exceptions applies to a project, please flag the respective staff member(s) on the CoA Phase 1 staff list provided and insert an explanation on column AE.

 2. Can an eligible project receive CoA funding if a no cost-extension has already been requested but not yet approved?

Yes, but you should notify UKRI as soon as possible that CoA support has been awarded. The original no-cost extension request should be formally withdrawn because a grant cannot benefit from both a no-cost extension and CoA support.

3. Can furloughed staff benefit from the CoA?

The CoA can be used to return staff to full employment from furloughing.

4. Will I receive any non-staff costs associated with the 4-month contract extensions?

No, departments need to find alternative sources of funding for non-staff costs such as consumables, travel and facilities access. Phase 2 and 3 of the CoA might provide opportunity for this depending on whether the project meets high enough priority.

5. Do Departments need to cover UK Visa fee costs for staff on CoA 4-month contract extensions?

No, these costs will be provided for you

6. Can staff be added to the CoA Phase 1 staff list?

 Yes, it is possible but please contact Sara Lamas Marques to confirm eligibility.

7. Is there flexibility within the Imperial CoA to support research partners at other UK institutions where grants are led by Imperial?

Phase 1 covers all eligible staff at Imperial irrespective of which Institution leads the grant and Imperial will not seek to claim CoA funding from other organisations where they similarly agree to work within their own CoA allocation. If a specific collaboration agreement exists that requires funding to be provided to another institution, this should be considered as part of Phase 2. 

 8. Can someone be extended at a lower FTE for a period longer than 4 months?

It is possible to request an extension at a lower FTE as long as it fits within the CoA spending period which ends 30 September 2021. To request such an extension please highlight the staff member on the CoA Phase 1 staff list and insert the request and explanation on column AE.


Imperial-CNRS Collaboration Fund - Open to applications

Deadline: 1 November 2020

For further detail please contact: Heather Kerst.

The goal is for these collaborations to support Imperial academics to initiate and pursue collaborations with CNRS colleagues and ideally to lead to new science and to future applications for external funding.  Proposals are encouraged where appropriate to include an industry partner or industry engagement within the proposal or to involve Ph.D. students and early career researchers. For further information including the guidance document and application form please view the Imperial - CNRS Collaboration Fund webpage.


TUM-Imperial Collaboration Fund - Open to applications

Deadline: 15 November 2020

For further detail please contact: Heather Kerst.

To support collaborative endeavours, the College has recently been awarded funding from Research England as part of the International Investment Initiative (“I3”). The award provides seed funding to build research capacity under the overarching theme of “Data 4.0 – Leading the fourth industrial revolution with data-driven technologies”. The goal is for these collaborations to support Imperial academics to initiate and pursue collaborations with TUM colleagues and ideally to lead to new science and to future applications for external funding. Proposals to support existing partnerships should clearly state how this fund would add value to the relationship and funding that is already in place. Bids can align with TUM’s Global Incentive Seed Fund, and applicants are welcome to apply with the same or very similar project to both funds (only once per fund), with justification. For further information including the guidance document and application form please view the TUM-Imperial Collaboration Fund webpage.


MIT-Imperial Seed Fund- Open to applications

Deadline: 14 December 2020 (23.59 Boston, USA time). 

For further detail please contact: globalseedfunds@imperial.ac.uk.

For 2020, the MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund will promote early-stage collaboration between faculty and researchers at MIT and Imperial College London focusing on our linked strategic themes of: ‘climate solutions’ and/or ‘transition to zero pollution. Focusing on these two themes for this year’s seed fund is part of a larger effort at MIT and Imperial to organise research and teaching to have a positive impact on these global challenges.  We encourage applications from researchers from across all disciplines of both institutions that address these important global issues. Applicants must submit their proposals jointly using the online portal. For further information including the guidance document please view the MIT-Imperial Seed Fund webpage.


Community Jameel Imperial College COVID19 Excellence Fund - Currently closed to applications

More information can be found on the Community Jameel Imperial College COVID19 Excellence Fund webpage.

Imperial COVID19 Research Fund - Currently closed to applications

More information can be found on the Imperial COVID19 Research Fund webpage.

European Partners Fund- Currently closed for 2020. 

Due to COVID-19, there will be no new calls for this funding opportunity announced in 2020. 


FoNS Strategy Research Funding (FSRF)

The Faculty of Natural Sciences wish to support industrial collaborations to stimulate new research directions and to enhance our research impact, noting the requirement for REF impact cases. From February 2020 the FoNS Strategy Research Fund has allocated its limited resources to foster new initiatives to engage more effectively with external SME partners. Support is provided via two initiatives: (1) SME Engagement Funding and (2) Travel grants to visit potential industrial partners. These schemes welcome multi-disciplinary projects, but the Faculty will allocate its FSRF to support FoNS researchers only. For any questions related to the FSRF funding, please contact Ester Buchaca-Domingo. More information can be found on the FoNS Strategy Research Fund webpage

Grantham Affiliates Funding Opportunities

In order to promote new ideas and collaborations in priority areas for engagement and research, the Grantham Institute is periodically offering a number of funding opportunities to Grantham Affiliates. These opportunities will be announced on the Grantham website, as well as through Grantham’s Affiliates' newsletter.  Please contact Laila Read if you would like more information on any of these opportunities, or Alyssa Gilbert to discuss a specific proposal. More information can be found on the Grantham website


Creating Impact

Research Council supported Impact Acceleration Accounts - Open to applications

Supporting the development of research towards economic and societal impact. More information can be found on the Research Council supported Impact Acceleration Accounts webpage.

BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account - Open to applications

Supporting the mobility of talented early career researchers and industrialists. More information can be found on the BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account webpage.

Imperial Confidence in Concept - Currently closed to applications

Supporting the translation of research into novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics. More information can be found on the Imperial Confidence in Concept webpage.


Personal Support

ISSF Springboard Fellowships - Currently closed to applications.

Faculty Fellowships provide a flexible funding opportunity for non-clinical, early career researchers for a period of up to 18 months. The fellowship is intended for those who have not yet submitted a Fellowship application but are in the process of doing so. Applications are open to researchers across all Faculties provided the proposed area of research is within the remit of Wellcome. More information, including closing dates and internal departmental deadlines, can be found on the ISSF webpage. For any further questions please contact Dr Kimberley Trim.

President's PhD Scholarship Scheme - Currently closed for 2020 applications.

Imperial College's President's PhD Scholarship Scheme is an exciting opportunity that supports up to 50 outstanding students from anywhere in the world to study for a PhD in any of the College’s Faculties and Business School. More information can be found on the President's PhD Scholarship Scheme webpage

Imperial College Research Fellowships - Currently closed to applications

Imperial's prestigious Imperial College Research Fellowships sustain the brightest and best early career researchers from across the world, providing a level of commitment and support that is rare from a UK university. More information can be found on the Imperial College Research Fellowships webpage