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 external calls 

ESRC Interdisciplinary environmental social science leadership team

Deadline for institutional letter submission: 23 August

For further detail please contact Dr Louise Sherlock

ESRC has launched a call for an Interdisciplinary environmental social science leadership team. The call is to apply for funding to establish a team of social scientists and interdisciplinary experts that will provide leadership for climate and environmental social science research. Note that this is not a research grant. Some research activity, such as research synthesis, translational projects, or pilot studies, may be proposed if they contribute to delivering the objectives of the opportunity. 

This is not a call with limited submission, but a letter from the Vice Provost (Research and Enterprise) is mandatory where Imperial is the lead. ESRC also states that long-term institutional commitment is expected, both strategic and financial, which the letter will need to outline along with any partners’ commitments. Email researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk if you are planning on participating in a bid for this grant so we can monitor demand. Additionally, Imperial-led bids will need to submit a letter, together with evidence of the commitments detailed, by 23 August to the same email address. Please refer to instructions on seeking institutional letters of support.


EPSRC Develop Digital Economy Research Communities with NetworkPlus

Deadline for application material (internal submission): Noon Thursday 10 June 2021

Institutions are invited to submit one lead application to the above call.  An internal selection process has been established. To apply to the internal process, the following application material is required and must be submitted by 10 June 2021 (noon) to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk, for review by the Cross College Research Proposals Review Group.  This is a shortened version of the EPSRC requirements for applications:

  1. Case for support (4 pages maximum). See the EPSRC website for information on what the case for support should include, including details of the core team
  2. Workplan (1 page maximum)
  3. Justification of resources (1 page maximum)
  4. Information on project partners (including name, any contribution (cash, in kind) to the bid)

EPSRC Strategic Equipment 2021

Deadline for business case (internal submission): Round 3 - Noon Tuesday 6 July 2021

For further detail please contact Suzanne Husein.  

Round 1 and 2 have closed. EPSRC has announced a new round of the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process. 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 Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), to offer institutional approval to bids. More information can be found on the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process webpage.

Individuals interested in applying to this call should initially submit a 2-page business case to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by deadline noted above, outlining the strategic need for the equipment and including the following information:

  • Item
  • Vendor
  • Description of equipment and its primary functions
  • Cost
  • Usage
  • Support
  • Strategic Case
  • Ensuring Maximum Value
  • Contribution from Other Sources
  • Alternatives 

Applicants are expected to have engaged with EPSRC prior to developing an outline to confirm the suitability of their bid and to provide information to this effect with their submission to CCRPRG.  Contact details for the EPSRC representatives can be found on the EPSRC Strategic Equipment process webpage.


Simons Foundation Investigator Program

Deadline for application material (internal submission): by 4pm Thursday 9th September 2021


The Simons Foundation Investigators Program is now open, and Imperial has been invited to submit up to two nominations in each of the Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Computer Science programmes and up to one additional nomination in Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences.

How to apply:

Stage 1 – internal selection

Nominations should be submitted by the Head of Department or their delegate. Departments should identify their preferred candidates and submit the following documents to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by 4pm Thursday 9th September 2021:

  1. A nomination letter detailing why the nominee should be selected, explaining the distinctive scientific contributions of the nominee of the past five years, including discussion of a few important papers. This should clearly state which category the nomination is for (max 2 pages).
  2. A copy of the nominee’s CV (with detail as specified in the scheme guidance documents)

If there are more than the permitted number of nominations submitted for any category, the September meeting of the CCRPRG will be used to select Imperial’s nominations.

Stage 2 – centralised submission of selected nominations

Decisions will be communicated by 27th September. Official submissions must be made by the Research Office. Selected nominations should follow the instructions accompanying the decision communication and Departments have approximately 3 weeks to supply the full proposal and paperwork required by Simons Foundation to the Research Office by 15th October. Final deadline for nomination submissions is 20 October.


For any further queries regarding the internal process, please contact Sara Lamas Marques


MRC New Investigator Research Grants

The MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme is now open. NIRG applications require a letter of support from the College President. To obtain this letter, candidates are required to provide the following material to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by the deadlines stated below:

  1. A version of the letter that is complete and ready to be signed
  2. Confirmation of the provisions that are being made to the bid and are outlined in the letter (e.g. time, space, funds). This confirmation must be from the budget holder and show that this provision has been approved.
  3. A copy of the application form in its latest state

Deadlines by Panel are:
• Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board: LoS deadline is Friday 20 August
• Infection & Immunity Board: LoS deadline is Friday 27 August
• Population & Systems Board: LoS deadline is Friday 10 September
• Neurosciences & Mental Health Board: LoS deadline is Friday 17 September

Queries may be directed to s.lamas-oliveira-marques@imperial.ac.uk


NIHR Research Professorships

Deadline for application material (internal submission): by 12pm Thursday 9th September 2021


The award aims to fund research leaders of the future to promote effective translation of research. For more, including the eligibility criteria and the support offered, see here.
The College is limited to nominating two bids for the NIHR Research Professorships (of which at least one must be female), plus two additional nominations for a Global Health Research Professorship (of which at least one must be female). 

Departments are invited to submit a maximum of two candidates for consideration for an NIHR Research Professorships and two candidates for to the Global Health Research Professorship stream.

How to apply:

1. Departments should submit the following material to k.trim@imperial.ac.uk by 12 noon (midday) Thursday 9th Sept 2021
               a.NIHR Research Professorships application form – this is an abbreviated version of the 2020 NIHR Stage 1 application form
               b. CV of the proposed nominee (2-page maximum)
2.Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty of Medicine Research Committee during their meeting on Thursday 30th September 2021, and they will make recommendations to the College.
3. Outcomes are expected to be announced on the week commencing 4th October 2021
4.Selected bids submitted to NIHR (deadline TBC)


For any further queries regarding the internal process, please contact Kimberley Trim


Recurring calls

AXA Chair

There are two opportunities per year to put someone forward for an AXA Chair position. Imperial is only permitted to submit one candidate per year, and the process is managed centrally. Departments interested in using the scheme to attract an individual to the College 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. More information about this opportunity can be found on the AXA Chair position webpage.


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 5 submissions for each of the July 2021 and January 2022 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 more information view the NERC Demand Management quota system 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 Standard Grant Demand Management page

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids

ESRC Centres

Imperial College London was invited to select a single bid to be submitted to the 2020 ESRC Centres call. Following review at the Cross-Colege Research Proposals Review Group the bid selected was "Innovations Hub for Integrated Society and Healthy Food Choices" led by Professor Gary Frost. This will be submitted to ESRC in October 2020. 

NERC Strategic Capital Call 2020

NERC invited the College to submit two proposals to its Strategic Capital Call (individual values £500K - £1.5M inc VAT (applicants requesting more than £1M must obtain approval from NERC)), which together must not exceed a combined total of £2M inc VAT. Following an internal selection process the selected bids will progress to funder.

UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowships

The College was invited to submit to the UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellowships call. UKRI will fund up to 10 fellowships in this round.  Host organisations are expected by UKRI to carry out pre-selection of candidates and must not submit more applications than the number of fellowships available. Following an internal selection process the selected bids will progress to funder.

Schmidt Science Fellows 2020

The Schmidt Science Fellows invited the College to submit nominations for fellowships starting 2021, due to a limited submission an internal selection process was undertaken, nominations are expected to be reviewed by a commitee, the selected bids will progress to funder.