Current managed calls
If you are aware of an institutional limit on an external bid that is not listed below, please contact email@example.com
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 invited to provide the following material to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadlines stated below:
- A version of the letter that is complete and ready to be signed
- 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.
- A copy of the application form in its latest state
Deadlines by Panel are:
- Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board: LoS deadline is Thursday 11 April
- Infection & Immunity Board: LoS deadline is Wednesday 1 May
- Population & Systems Board: LoS deadline is Thursday 9 May
- Neurosciences & Mental Health Board: LoS deadline is Thursday 16 May
Queries may be directed to email@example.com
Please note that Imperial will not be submitting to Research England`s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Funding call.
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 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.
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 7 submissions for each of the July 2019 and January 2020 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.
EPSRC Strategic Equipment process
The EPSRC Strategic Equipment process is now open. 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 and agree to be named as a co-I, which EPSRC requires him to be. Those interested in applying are invited to submit the following to email@example.com by noon Thursday 7 March 2019 (for Round 1) or noon Thursday 11 July 2019 (for Round 2) :
- Business Case (max. 2 pages) outlining the strategic need for the equipment and including information on the Item, Vendor, Description of equipment and its primary functions, Cost, Usage, Support, Strategic Case, Ensuring Maximum Value, Contribution from Other Sources, and Alternative options in the case that the proposal for equipment is not supported (within the 2 pages).
For further detail please contact Dr Suzanne Husein
MRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships
We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the MRC Doctoral Prize Fellowships scheme, targeted at MRC-funded PhD students who have submitted in the last 12 months. Further details are available in the attached guidance and projects list document below and also available here.
- Three fellowship posts are available.
- Projects have been identified, and candidates will need to select one from the project list provided.
- Deadline for applications is Monday 3 June 2019.
- Salary will be at Spine Point 17 within the Research Associate Grade (£39,135 pro-rata).
- Additional £6,000 will be available towards running costs.
- Applications are to be submitted by the candidate using the online application form, after reading the guidance doc.
- The guidance doc and projects list is available online here.
- Candidate may be internal or external to Imperial.
- Candidate must be available to start the fellowship no later than August 2019.
- Candidate must have previously been funded by the Medical Research Council [MRC] as a PhD student.
- Candidate must have submitted their PhD within the 12 months prior to start of the fellowship.
- Candidate must meet the MRC Residence Criteria; i.e. have been resident in the UK for the previous three years [for non-EU candidates this period cannot be for educational purposes], and have no restriction on their stay in the UK.
- If viva has not taken place, the candidate must have a date scheduled for the viva prior to the start of the fellowship.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Monday 3 June 2019. For further detail please contact Nousheen Tariq
Selected and ongoing bids
Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Scheme
The Academy of Medical Sciences sent Imperial an advanced notice of the timings for this year’s Springboard Scheme. The College was only permitted to submit three applications to the scheme; therefore, an internal process is in operation to select the three candidates.
The scheme offers a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. The grant includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s mentoring and career development programme.
The Academy defines eligible candidates to the scheme as must:
- Hold an established academic research position at your institution;
- Be in your first independent (salaried) position (i.e. group leader level), and be within 3 years (FTE) of appointment to this position;
- Have sufficient time remaining in your current post to complete the proposed Springboard project.
They also state that candidates must not:
- Hold a clinical contract;
- Be in receipt of substantial research funding as the Principal or Co-Investigator exceeding £75,000 per annum (excluding personal salary).
Please note that the Academy’s scheme is not formally open, however, we had advance notice that the submission deadline to the Academy is 15 May 2019. Therefore, the timing and College process is such that the internal competition needed to run in March, April.
Turing Artificial Intelligence Fellows
The Alan Turing Institute, in partnership with the Office for AI and UKRI, launched the first call for Turing Senior AI Fellowships and Turing AI Fellowships. The initiative coverd a broad view of AI, including applications of foundational disciplines across mathematical sciences, statistical sciences, computational sciences and engineering. For more information, including the person specifications, eligibility criteria and allowed costs, refer to the Call Document and the FAQs and Guidance Document.
Due to the Institutional limited of a maximum of 3 outline applications, an internal selection process was put in place. Interested applicants submitted outline application material to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 8 March 2019.
Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Awards
The Leverhulme Trust announced the launch of their 2019 Research Leadership Awards scheme. This scheme runs approximately every three years and provides up to £1M for talented academics who have launched a university career but who need to build a team to address a distinct research problem. Each award runs for 4 or 5 years in duration and provides for staff salaries and associated costs. The College is permitted to submit only one bid to this competition. In order to determine the application to go forward from the College, the College ran an internal process to select the application to go forward to Leverhulme. Departments were permitted to submit one application to this process. The College bid was then selected by the Cross College Research Proposals Review Group (CCRPRG). Departmental submissions deadline was Monday 11 March 2019.
NIHR Research Professorships
The National Institute for Health Research released a call for Research Professorships. 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. This is a restricted call, the College was limited to submitting 2 bids for the NIHR Research Professorships, plus an additional nomination for a Global Health Research Professorship. Departments were invited to submit a maximum of 2 candidates for consideration for an NIHR Research Professorships by Monday 22 October. An additional 3rd candidate may be put forwards, if they were applying to the Global Health Research Professorship stream.
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 Dr Suzanne Husein
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 Dr Mark Bambury
World Cancer Research Fund International – Regular Grant Programme 2018/2019
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International Regular Grant Programme call has closed. 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 was 5pm Thursday 4 October 2018. A maximum of five applications will be accepted from one institution in any one grant cycle.