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 calls


 Please note that Imperial will not be submitting to Research England`s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Funding call.


World Cancer Research Fund International – Regular Grant Programme 2018/2019

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International Regular Grant Programme call is now open. The Regular Grant Programme funds research on the effects of diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity on cancer. For more, see here.  

The deadline for submission of outline applications to WCRF is 5pm Thursday 4 October 2018.  A maximum of five applications will be accepted from one institution in any one grant cycle. Should you be interested in responding to this call, please contact Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk) to discuss further.


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 8 submissions for each of the July 2018 and January 2019 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 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.


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 for 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.

World Cancer Research Fund International – Regular Grant Programme 2018/2019

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International Regular Grant Programme call is now open. The Regular Grant Programme funds research on the effects of diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity on cancer. For more, see here.    

The deadline for submission of outline applications to WCRF is 5pm Thursday 4 October 2018.  A maximum of five applications will be accepted from one institution in any one grant cycle. Should you be interested in responding to this call, please contact Suzanne Rolfe (email) to discuss further 

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids

AMS Springboard Scheme

These awards offer a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers.  This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s mentoring and career development programme.  

An internal process was put in place due to the institutional limited on the number of eligibility checklists that Imperial may submit (6) and subsequently the number of applications from eligible College candidates (3). After review 3 eligible Imperial candidates proceed with the submission of their proposal to AMS. The deadline for full applications to AMS was July 31st 2018.

The selection panel meeting will take place in November/December and results will be communicated afterwards.

 Any queries regarding this call should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury.


Schmidt Science Fellows In partnership with the Rhodes Trust

Imperial College London was selected to nominate 5 outstanding young scientists for the Schmidt Science Fellows program.  This is a post-doctoral fellowship “intending to transcend the traditional confinements of science, enabling interdisciplinary thinking to tackle pivotal challenges and create a long lasting positive societal impact”.

An internal process was put in place to nominate these five, who will submit their applications to the funder by end of October 2018, with decisions announced in Spring 2019. Applications were open to all Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Computing PhD fellows internal submissions had to be made by the relevant Head of Department by 7 August 2018.  After review, 5 candidates have been chosen to proceed with their application to the Schmidt Science Fellows programme.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury


EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies

EPSRC launched a call for Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies. Funding is available to support large-scale, interdisciplinary research collaboration to address research challenges in targeted therapeutic delivery technologies (within Healthcare) through a critical mass approach.  

The Deadline for full proposals was the 13 March 2018, The Full Proposal Peer Review took place in April – June 2018, with the Full Proposals Expert Interview Panel held in Mid July 2018/.

 Any queries should be directed to Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk)


EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training 

An internal process was developed to select the Centres for Doctoral Training proposals which should be submitted to EPSRC for consideration.  Successful applications from the outline stage, were invited to submit a full proposal due the 31 July 2018. Funding decisions are expected by December 2018.

For information relating to this call please visit our dedicated EPSRC CDT page.


ESRC Research Centres Competition 2018

ESRC recently announced a call for outline proposals for its Centres Competition 2018. ESRC expects evidence of long term institutional commitment, both strategic and financial. Unlike in previous calls, it has set this commitment at a minimum of 25% fEC (which can include the normal 20% institutions already cover as part of the grant award process) to align with its new Centres policy. 

Imperial was limited to two outline submissions. An internal process was managed by the Research Office; Imperial's two submissions met ESRC's deadline of 15 March 2018 for outline submissions. Full Proposals are due by the 13 September 2018. Peer review of full proposals will inform the full stage shortlisting panel discussions by 5 February 2019 which will identify shortlisted applicants to be invited for interview on the 6 and 7 March 2019. Funding decisions to applicants will be available late March 2019.

For any queries, please contact Louise Sherlock (l.sherlock@imperial.ac.uk)

For further information, please see here.


Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment scheme and Biomedical Resource and Technology Development scheme

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), offered to provide letters of institutional support for applications to this call, this process was overseen by the Research Office.  Deadline for submission to the Wellcome Trust was Friday 6 April 2018.  Decisions are expected in July 2018.

 Any queries should be directed to Suzanne Rolfe (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk)


 Leverhulme Trust Research Centres 

The Leverhulme Trust have announced its Leverhulme Research Centres 2018 funding round is open. The College can only submit one application and an internal process was therefore put in place to select this single bid. Deadline of the selected outline submission to Leverhulme is 16:00 9 January 2018. Following shortlisting, those reaching the second stage will be contacted by the end of March and invited to submit a detailed proposal by 7 September 2018, along with a statement of support from the applying institution. The authors of short-listed bids will be invited for interview on 5 or 6 November 2018. It is anticipated that decisions on this (second) round of Leverhulme Research Centres will be made by the Trust Board on 28 November 2018.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury