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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

Open Calls

MRC New Unit funding opportunity (Round 1)

For further detail contact Dr Suzanne Husein s.husein@imperial.ac.uk

Round 1 of this MRC unit scheme is now open for MRC Centres of Research Excellence.

There is no institutional limit to bids imposed by the funder, however, interested applicants are asked to contact Dr Suzanne Husein (s.husein@imperial.ac.uk) at the earliest opportunity, for cross-College collation of interest and possible management as needed.  Outline bids to MRC require a letter of support from the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise). 


Recurring calls

AXA Chair and Fellowship

For further detail contact Dr Louise Sherlock

There are two 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 round to each 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

AXA Chair

The Chair scheme is primarily to attract an individual to the College and Departments should initially approach researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk 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.

AXA Fellowship

Interested candidates' Departments should initially approach researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk 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 Suzanne Husein.

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.

Upcoming Round 1:
  • Noon Tuesday 4 October 2022 – Candidates to submit their business case to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk (attn. Suzanne Husein)
  • Tuesday 18 October 2022 –CCRPRG, with co-opted expertise, to review business cases and form recommendations for selection. Decisions announced as soon as possible after this date
  • No EPSRC deadline for outline submissions (EPSRC advise that applicants should target submission by Christmas to meet anticipated Outline Panel date)
  • Tbc by EPSRC (Anticipated to be February 2023) -  EPSRC Outline Panel date
  • Tbc by EPSRC – EPSRC deadline for full applications
  • Tbc by EPSRC – EPSRC Interview Panel date (provisional)
Round 2:
  • Noon Tuesday 14 Mach 2023 – Candidates to submit their business case to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk (attn. Suzanne Husein)
  • Tuesday 28 March 2023 –CCRPRG, with co-opted expertise, to review business cases and form recommendations for selection. Decisions announced as sson as possible after this date
  • No EPSRC deadline for outline submissions (EPSRC advise that applicants should target submission by late-May to meet anticipated Outline Panel date)
  • Tbc by EPSRC (Anticipated to be June 2023) – EPSRC Outline Panel date
  • Tbc by EPSRC - EPSRC deadline for full applications
  • Tbc by EPSRC - EPSRC Interview Panel date (provisional)
Round 3:
  • Noon Tuesday 6 June 2023 – Candidates to submit their business case to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk (attn. Suzanne Husein)
  • Tuesday 20 June 2023 –CCRPRG, with co-opted expertise, to review business cases and form recommendations for selection. Decisions announced as soon as possible after this date
  • No EPSRC deadline for outline submissions (EPSRC advise that applicants should target submission by Late-August to meet anticipated Outline Panel date)
  • Tbc by EPSRC (Anticipated to be September 2023) -  EPSRC Outline Panel date
  • Tbc by EPSRC – EPSRC deadline for full applications
  • Tbc by EPSRC – EPSRC Interview Panel date (provisional)

Additional information can be found on the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process webpage

Upcoming calls

Below are the calls that have been pre-announced and are expected to need management. 

ESRC centres

ESRC has announced upcoming calls for Centre funding. ESRC centres are world-leading centres of excellence that carry out interdisciplinary, cutting-edge and impactful research in the social sciences and beyond.

The opening date will be in February 2023. 

Planned process

The open Centres call has a limited submission, and the highlight centres are likely to require institutional oversight - there will therefore be an internal process managed by Imperial’s Research Office. PIs for either the open call or the highlight call(s) should submit the following documents to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by midday 17 March

  • A max 4-page case for support.  (This should cover the same main areas as will be required for ESRC, details of which will be in the call guidance when it is released.)
  • A letter from Head of Department (This should clearly state what support will be provided for the proposal, both financial (confirming the ESRC requirements in the call guidance are being met) and strategic.) 

Members of the Cross-College Research Proposals Review Group will determine the extent to which submitted proposals can address the ESRC selection criteria, and meet the commitment requirements of the call. PIs should therefore ensure their case for support and departmental support letter cover these aspects clearly. CCRPRG members will select applications to the open call in line with the limit imposed by ESRC and check highlight call applications for any overlap.