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 Establish a total-body PET facility

MRC has released a call for Expressions of Interest to Establish a total-body PET facility.  The College is limited to submitting 1 Expression of Interest.  The institutional bid is being led by Professor Eric Aboagye (Department of Surgery and Cancer).  Those interested in being involved in the institutional submission are welcome to contact Professor Aboagye to discuss further.

Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research

The Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research application process is open.

Imperial College London and associated NHS organisations are eligible to submit one application. To ensure we comply with the rules of the award and are competitive, we will hold an internal selection process to determine which application to submit.

Key dates:

By 12 noon, Weds 28 Sept: Candidates to submit Expressions of Interest to the Research Strategy Team (Kimberley Trim, k.trim@imperial.ac.uk)

By 10 Oct: Candidates informed of outcome.  Successful candidate has approx. 2 weeks to amend their application and complete an additional questionnaire.

By 28 Oct: Final application submitted to the Research Strategy Team for compliance checking and Dean sign-off

12 noon, 1 Nov: Final application submitted to Sir Jules Thorn Trust

Expressions of Interest:

Nominated candidates should submit the following:

  • 2000 word (maximum of four pages font size Arial 11) summary of the proposed research, and explaining why it would be suitable for a translational study, the timescale for clinical applicability, the unmet need which is to be investigated and how the research will meet that need.  The summary should include a word count
  • 250-word abstract of the proposed project
  • Short statements (150 words each) explaining how the Principal Applicant meets the person specification and how they will meet the required time commitment
  • Key references (maximum of 30) supporting the proposed research.  Each reference to include PubMed ID number, title, name of first author and number of citations to date
  • Short CV of the principal applicant, including major publications relevant to the application, a list of current grant awards and a list of grant applications awaiting decision.  CV, publications list and grant list not to exceed 3 pages in total
  • A single page appendix containing figures/diagrams may also be included
  • Draft costs completed on Worktribe. A copy of the Worktribe summary statement will suffice
  • An email from the Head of Department confirming their support

Please view the Guidlines for more information and contact Kimberley Trim, k.trim@imperial.ac.uk with any queries. 


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

MRC Mid-Range Equipment opportunity

MRC has released advanced notice of Round 2 of the MRC Mid-Range Equipment opportunity. Here you can find the Round 1 Guidance for reference.

The call is expected to be launched in late-October 2022 with an application deadline in mid-January 2023.  It is expected that awards would then be made by MRC in May 2023 and that spend would need to be complete by 31 March 2024.Please contact (s.husein@imperial.ac.uk) or the MRC Infrastructure and Capital team (CA@mrc.ukri.org) with any queries.