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Internal funding opportunities

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

UKRI Impact Acceleration Account

Supporting the development of research towards economic and societal impact. More information can be found on the UKRI Impact Acceleration Account webpage.

STFC Knowledge Exchange Institutional Award (KEIA)

Deadline midday 20 June 2023. Contact

Supports impact and commercialisation activities generated from STFC-funded research and PhD projects. £75K is available, to be used by the end of March 2024​. Projects must be connected to prior STFC research investment (including studentships/consolidated grants).

You are invited to submit proposals for projects that increase the impact of STFC-funded research outputs by any of the following:

  • Strengthening user engagement
  • Strengthening the exchange of knowledge through culture, capability development and community building
  • Supporting knowledge exchange and commercialisation at early stages of progressing research outputs and outcomes to the point when they would be supported by other funding
  • Supporting activities that enable impact to be achieved in an effective and timely manner, including secondments, people exchange and training
  • Supporting public understanding of knowledge exchange from core science.

To apply, please read the STFC KEIA Guidance and submit the required paperwork, including the STFC KEIA Coversheet, to by midday 20 June 2023.

Please note that while research staff are eligible to apply as PI, they should name a supervisor (academic staff member) on the application form who can function as a named PI within Imperial’s grant system.


RAEng Research Fellowships

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. The College is permitted to submit up to 4 applicants to RAEng, but 2 of those must be from an under-represented group.

Applicants should include the following papers:

For the internal selection process Departments submit selected candidates to the central College process. Interested applicants should first contact their chosen host Department to enquire further.

Imperial College Research Fellowships - Closed

Imperial's prestigious Imperial College Research Fellowship (ICRF) scheme is designed for outstanding early career researchers looking for an opportunity to focus on research and establish scientific independence, making the leap from a post-doctoral researcher to permanent lecturer. More information can be found on the Imperial College Research Fellowships webpage

Doctoral Training 

President's PhD Scholarship Scheme - Closed for 2023 entry

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

EPSRC Doctoral Support


Support for studentships is available via the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership training grant.  More information can be found on the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership webpage.


Support for studentships is available via the EPSRC Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science and Technology (iCASE) training grant.  More information can be found on the EPSRC Cooperative Awards in Science and Technology (iCASE) webpage.


Support for studentships is available via the EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) training grant.  More information can be found on the EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund webpage.

EPSRC CDT 2023 call

Information on the EPSRC CDT 2023 call can be found on the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) webpage

UKRI Policy internship scheme

The UKRI Policy Internships Scheme for 2023/24 now open. The scheme provides the opportunity for doctoral students funded by the Research Councils of UKRI to undertake a three-month placement at one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations

For students funded under the below training grants held by Professor Mary Ryan, the Internship Funding and Permissions Form should be sent to, in order to obtain the necessary signature from the training grant holder, by 12pm on Wednesday 20th of September 2023. This form should be sent once it is already signed by the applicant and the lead supervisor and should include the training grant reference number.

  1. EPSRC DTP 2018-2019; EP/R513052/1; G01742
  2. EPSRC DTP 2020-2021; EP/T51780X/1; G01744
  3. EPSRC DTP 2022-2024; EP/W524323/1; G01751

 The UKRI deadline for applications is 2nd October 2023 4pm.

If you have any queries, please contact Alex Headley