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 

 

MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme (NIRG) and Better methods better research (BMBR)

Application calls for the next round of MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme (NIRG) are now open and will be closing in May. These applications used to require a letter of support from the President or the Provost and the letter signing process was managed by the Research Office. The process has changed and we recently had confirmation from MRC that these letters can be signed by Heads of Department, this is also the case for the Better methods better research (BMBR) scheme. As such, the President or the Provost will no longer be signing letters of support for these schemes. Instead, each Department will now be able to manage their letter signing process for MRC NIRG and BMBR and to provide letters of support to their respective applicants. Applicants are encouraged to contact their Departments to find additional detail.


UKRI Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

This call is now open and further Details about this funding opportunity can be found on the UKRI website.

Due to the strategic nature of these awards, UKRI does not expect institutions to submit more than 2 applications.  For that reason, internal and external selection processes are in place.

With regard to the internal selection process, which is open to interest from within College, kindly note the following information and key dates:

  • Monday 2 May 2022:  Deadline for the interested applicants to indicate their intention to apply (to be submitted via email to the AI Network manager, ai-net-manager@imperial.ac.uk)
  • Monday 30 May 2022: Deadline for the submission of the Case for Support (to be submitted via email to the AI Network manager, ai-net-manager@imperial.ac.uk). Further details of requirements will be shared by the AI Network in due course
  • Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June 2022:  Candidate presentations.  Candidates will be invited to give a presentation during this time window. Presentations will be open to AI Selection Panellists and members of AI Network
  • w/c 6 June 2022: Internal Selection Panel meeting to take place [date tbc]
  • w/c 13 June 2022: Outcomes to be announced
  • Thursday 14 July 2022: UKRI outline submission deadline

For any questions regarding the internal selection process, please contact the AI Network manager at ai-net-manager@imperial.ac.uk


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.