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 Mid-Range Equipment opportunity (Round 2)

For further detail contact Dr Suzanne Husein s.husein@imperial.ac.uk

The MRC Mid-Range Equipment (Round 2) opportunity is expected to launch in late-October 2022 with an application deadline in mid-January 2023 (anticipated to be 12 January 2023).   Round 2 is expected to be for items of equipment above £100k and in all scientific areas within MRC remit. The maximum MRC contribution that can be requested is £800k. MRC has limited the number of bids the College may submit to eight full applications.  Eligible applications include (1) those that were previously submitted to the Round 1 Expression of Interest and full application stage and (2) new applications. Those interested in applying to Round 2 of the MRC Mid-Range Equipment call are required to complete the MRC mid-range equipment R2 Expression of Interest template and submit this to the Research Office (researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk) before midday Monday 7 November 2022 in order to be considered in the management of the institutional cap.   Kindly note that this is a hard deadline and late submissions will not be accepted.

BBSRC Alert 2022 Mid-range equipment

BBSRC has released a call to purchase items of multi-use, mid-range research equipment Purchase mid-range equipment for biosciences research: ALERT 2022 – UKRI.  

While an institution may submit more than one proposal, applications must be in the context of the institutional environment. Multiple applications for similar equipment will not be considered favourably and institutions are encouraged to discuss and prioritise applications.  Therefore we request that if there is an intention to submit a proposal for this call, that applicants initially discuss with their department and then complete the Summary Sheet ALERT 22 and send to the Research Office (researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk) by midday, 7 November to allow identification of any overlapping and competing bids. If your application involves multiple items of equipment that form a connected whole, please also provide a copy of the required approval from BBSRC to progress with this bid. At the latest, we will let PIs know by 14 November if there are any overlaps identified.

Transforming UK Food Systems Through Trade

UKRI has launched a cross-council call to support one interdisciplinary research project to model the suite of factors that influence food imports to the UK market, and the associated interventions that could be implemented to transform the UK food system to improve the dietary health of UK citizens and the health of the environment: Transforming UK food systems through trade – UKRIImperial can only lead on one application (no limit on partnering on other applications)

An internal demand management process is therefore required. Please send a brief case for support (max 4 pages) to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by midday 16 November outlining how your proposal meets the expectations of the call (a reduced version of what required in the UKRI Case for Support):

  • introduce the topic of research and explain its academic and wider context
  • Introduce the team members involved
  • identify the overall aims of the project, the expected deliverables or outputs and the individual measurable objectives
  • describe the programme of work, indicating the research to be undertaken and the milestones that can be used to measure its progress.
    • how your proposal contributes to the aims of the Transforming UK Food Systems Programme
    • describe how your proposal has the potential to transform the UK food system
    • describe how your proposed research is interdisciplinary with appropriate economics expertise and takes a food systems approach
    • describe how the research has potential for environmental, health, economic and societal benefits for the UK
    • describe how the research addresses UK government research priorities
  • describe the resources or facilities that will be available within the team to underpin the research
  • describe a clear strategy for how the partnership will work together to deliver their goals and how it will grow and mature collaborations over the funding period

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

 

EPSRC CDT 2023 call

For further detail please contact Suzanne Husein

On 30 May 2022, UKRI published financial allocations for the next three years (April 2022 to March 2025).  This included a commitment to collective working in talent funding across £2b of talent initiatives (predominantly doctoral students and fellowships), with this funding being shown outside of Research Council core budgets.  EPSRC has now confirmed a new investment in Centres for Doctoral training (CDTs) for students to start in academic year 2024-2025.  EPSRC is developing the details of this initiative and are expected to announce further information later in October 2022.   When the call is launched, an institutional cap on outline submissions will be imposed by EPSRC.  More information can be found on the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) webpage.