Managed External Calls
When an external funder restricts the number of applications that may be submitted per institution, an internal process is coordinated and put in place by the Funding Strategy team in the Research Office. Each process is defined by the particular restrictions of the call and is communicated to Imperial staff via an email cascaded through relevant Faculties and added to the list below.
Institutional letters of support may also be required for an external bid. Where the call requires this to be from the President, Provost, or Vice-Provost (Research), the Funding Strategy team in the Research Office will coordinate its provision. Find out more on the Institutional letters of support webpage.
Managed External Calls
Open and Recurring calls
BBSRC and NERC Doctoral Landscape Awards
Internal deadline: COB Friday 16 February 2024. For further detail contact the Funding Strategy Team
BBSRC and NERC have launched calls for doctoral landscape awards (previously DTPs) to deliver doctoral training in biosciences and in environmental sciences respectively, for studentships commencing in Autumn 2025. In addition, BBSRC and NERC have collaborated and launched a joint funding opportunity to support doctoral training in both biosciences and environmental sciences. Institutions may lead on a maximum of one BBSRC and one NERC application, or institutions may lead on one joint BBSRC-NERC application only. An internal selection process has been established to identify the single College-nominated bid/s.
- Interested project leads should complete the internal Notification of Intent template and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Friday 16 February 2024.
- Applications will be reviewed by a College Selection Panel (Chair, Professor Mary Ryan) and select the single College bid (to the joint BBSRC-NERC call) or two bids (one each to the NERC and BBSRC calls)
- Deadline for Notification of Intent to BBSRC and NERC is 7 March 2024
NERC Doctoral Focal Awards
Internal deadline: COB Thursday 29 February 2024. For further detail contact the Funding Strategy Team
NERC has launched a call for Doctoral Focal Awards (previously CDTs) to support PhD studentships in environmental science. More details, including the eligibility criteria, funding details and the application process, can be found on the NERC website. Institutions may only be the administrative lead on one application and therefore an internal selection process has been established to identify the single College-nominated bid.
- Interested project leads must complete the internal Outline using the attached template NERC Focal Award 2024 Internal outline template and submit to email@example.com. The submission deadline is COB Thursday 29 February 2024
- Applications will be reviewed by a College Selection Panel (Chair, Professor Mary Ryan) against the NERC assessment criteria (see under ‘Application questions’)
- Selection Panel decisions are expected to be announced w/c Monday 11 March 2024
- Deadline for Outlines to NERC Tuesday 9 April 2024.
AXA Chair and Fellowship
For further detail contact Dr Louise Sherlock
There is one 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 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
2023 round completed. 2024 timing TBC; normally launched in Autumn
The Chair scheme is primarily to attract an individual to the College and Departments should initially approach firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
2023 round completed. 2024 round timing TBC, normally launched in April
Interested candidates' Departments should initially approach email@example.com 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 'Pushing the Frontiers of Environmental Science Research' rounds (July and January closing dates)
For further detail contact Dr Louise Sherlock
In 2015, NERC introduced a Demand Management quota system, whereby institutions whose 6-round success rate for the former 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, which is being applied to the new Pushing the Frontiers scheme. 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 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 Internal Demand Management page.
EPSRC Strategic Equipment
For further detail please contact Mark Bambury.
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 Mary Ryan, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), to offer institutional approval to bids.
- Noon Tuesday 6 June 2023 – Candidates to submit their business case to firstname.lastname@example.org (attn. Mark Bambury)
- End of June 2023 –Decisions announced as soon as possible
- 31 August 2023 - deadline for outline submissions
- w/c 16 October 2023 - EPSRC Outline Panel date
- 20 December – EPSRC deadline for full applications
- Tbc by EPSRC, expected March 2024 – EPSRC Interview Panel date (provisional)
- April 2024 - EPSRC final panel
Additional information can be found on the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process webpage
Below are the calls that have been pre-announced and are expected to need management. A process for these calls will be announced as soon as possible.
Other Managed Opportunities
President's Awards for Excellence in Research
Nominations for the 2023 President's Awards for Excellence in Research are expected to open in January.
Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) 2023 call
For information on the EPSRC CDT call 2023 and the UKRI AI CDT call 2023 please click here.
UKRI Impact Acceleration Account
The UKRI IAA supports translational activities to further develop the outputs of academic research. Click here for more.
Internal Funding Opportunities
For information on managed internal funding opportunities calls, please click here.