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Internal Funding Opportunities

In addition to the schemes detailed below, the SRI may be able to help in supporting ideas for research projects, particularly in organising workshops to promote collaborative thinking around new research projects related to public policy, or seeking funding to support grant development. Contact the SRI Coordinator for futher details. 

The ESRC is inviting proposals from UK-based academics for their UK IN A CHANGING EUROPE (UKICE) SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS scheme.

The role of the senior fellowship is to provide evidence and analysis, which leads to impact and dissemination across the broad range of issues and policy areas affected by Brexit, its implementation and consequences, and the UK’s future relationship with the European Union more broadly. Applicants to the call will be individuals of the HIGHEST

INTERNATIONAL STANDING IN THEIR FIELD. The maximum amount available for each fellowship is £600,000 at 100% full economic cost (fEC) of which the ESRC will pay 80%. Funding will be available for a maximum of 36 months.

For more information, please see the call website and specification document.


The ESRC encourages research organisations to consider carefully the number and quality of proposals that are submitted. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.

To take part in the internal coordination process please submit the attached internal selection form to by

14 JANUARY 2019.

Funder deadline: 16:00, 7 February 2019

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at



The Leverhulme Trust have announced their Research Leadership Awards. These awards are designed to: “_support talented scholars who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team of sufficient scale to tackle a distinctive research problem. This creates an opportunity for the development and demonstration of research leadership; that is, for the direction of a modest team or group, whose research may significantly change the established landscape in a particular field of inquiry_”.

Eligible applicants must have held a university post for at least two years but will not yet have developed their academic career such that the trajectory of their research contribution has become firmly established.

Funding available: £800k - £1 million over 4-5 years for staff salaries and associated costs only.

Proposals are welcome in any research area, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE


· studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals

· research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications 

· research areas currently identified as a priority by the research councils or other significant public funders

· policy-driven research where the principal objective is to assemble an evidence base for immediate policy initiatives 

· research where advocacy is an explicit component

· research aimed principally at an immediate commercial application

· proposals in which the balance between assembling a data bank or database and the related subsequent research is heavily inclined to the former 

Further information can be found in the Application Help Notes.


The University can only submit ONE application, so this will be handled according to the University’s Restricted Calls policy.

Interested applicants should return to by 1ST FEBRUARY 2019:

· the attached internal selection form

· current CV including publications (max. 2 sides of A4)

· a support letter from the Head of Department confirming their support

and stating why they should be recommended for funding.

Funder deadline is 10th May 2019.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at



The British Council in China recently announced the UK-China-BRI Countries Partnership Fund.

This initiative, led by the British Council and Ministry of Education, aims to proactively support multi-lateral higher education links between the UK, China, and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Countries, including ASEAN countries. Seed-funding between £60,000-£80,000 will be provided to institutions from the UK to partner with China and BRI countries that would boost higher education exchanges and create opportunities for individuals (students, academics, researchers), while delivering real benefit to the education sector of the countries involved. 

For more information, please see the call guidelines (also attached).


Although there is no limit on submissions, all applications must receive VC APPROVAL. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.

To take part in the internal coordination process please submit the

following to by 3 DECEMBER 2018:

  • · An internal expression of interest form (see attached)
  • · A support letter from the Head of the Department/Centre/Institute that will hold the grant, confirming their support for the project and agreement to host the grant

Funder deadline: 30 December 2018

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at



Applications are now open for the Kahane Foundation Grants to support projects within the following areas:

  • Accessibility: Allowing people with impairments access to everything society has to offer.
  • Social Mobility: Providing young people with inclusive and innovative education, thereby fostering self-sufficiency.
  • Migration/Integration: Offering migrants a chance to be part of
  • inclusive communities and providing equal access to health care, education and social welfare.


Priority is given to projects focused on Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. (Applications in the fields of culture, arts, nature and sports will not be considered).

The Kahane Foundation does not specify the maximum or minimum funding value which can be requested. However they specify that funding requests with low matching funding contributions to the total budget are less likely to be awarded.

For further information, please refer to the Call Website and the FAQ page.


Institutions can submit ONE APPLICATION. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.

If you are interested in applying, please submit the attached internal selection form together with a support letter from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant, confirming their support to the project and agreement to host the grant to RESEARCHSTRATEGY@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK BY 16 NOVEMBER 2018.

Funder deadline: Friday 14 December 2018.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at


Research England has approved the University’ strategy for quality research (QR) and has confirmed the allocations from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) for the academic year 2018-19. These funds will be available to support a wide range of initiatives compliant with the ODA guidelines (the list of ODA eligible countries is available here).


The University will make this funding available through 3 different schemes:

SCHEME 1: PUMP-PRIMING FUND: to support mono-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research activities that address problems of developing countries and aims to develop sustainable and innovative solutions.

The funded projects will include activities that generate impact from: research that promotes economic development and welfare in ODA countries; pump-priming activities that will inform more substantive research into and impact on developing countries and potentially leads to large applications for funding from GCRF and other sources; where relevant, meeting the full economic cost of eligible research funded by other delivery partners etc.

Applications may be made for grants of up to £80,000 (other amounts would be considered, if properly justified and funding available).

Application deadlines are MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2018 (ROUND 1) and MONDAY 14 JANUARY 2019 (ROUND 2).

Applications should be submitted to


SCHEME 2: TRAVEL AND NETWORKING FUND: to support building partnerships with research and delivery partners in developing countries, as well as facilitating coordination with GCRF project partners in the UK, multinational, public and philanthropic research institutions and Funds will allow researchers to organise networking meetings, and other events to develop partnerships and co-create research programmes with partners, as well as travel out from Cambridge and visit Cambridge to develop collaborative projects in development related research.

Applications may be made for grants of up to £15,000 (other amounts would be considered, if properly justified and funding available).

Application deadlines are MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2018 (ROUND 1) and MONDAY 14 JANUARY 2019 (ROUND 2).

Applications should be submitted to

RESPONSE FUND: to allow rapid response to emergencies, 
this fund will be used to provide funding for urgent research needs, to respond to emergencies in developing countries, such as disease outbreaks (e.g. recent ZIKA outbreak), natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes or refugee migrations due to armed conflicts and violence.

Applications may be made for grants of up to £30,000 (other amounts would be considered, if properly justified and funding available).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications should be submitted to

Applications should include:

  • An application form
  • A (short) letter of support from the Head of the Department confirming their support and agreement to hold the grant, if awarded

The project applications will be reviewed by an internal review pane and applicants will be informed of the outcome.


All funds should be spent by the 31st July 2019. These very tight deadlines are outside the University’s control.

Please note that due to the requiring for expenditure to be incurred during this period, all awarded projects’ expenditure will be monitored in a regular basis.


Successful applicants will be required to submit a detailed final report in line with Research England’s requirements by the end of the project. The GCRF Team will provide guidelines as soon these are known.

We hope that this fund will provide an useful source of additional support for some of your activities.

Please contact us at, if you have any queries about these schemes.

A call is now open for applications to the GCRF Global Impact Acceleration Account (GIAA) Impact Fund and Rapid Response Impact Fund schemes.

Please be aware that applications to these schemes should now be made on the enclosed forms:

GCRF GIAA Impact Fund Application Form

GCRF GIAA Rapid Response Impact Fund Application Form

Applications for the GCRF GIAA IMPACT FUND scheme should be emailed to by 9TH NOVEMBER 2018 latest. Applicants should ensure they comply with any internal departmental deadlines for signature before this date.

Applications for the GCRF GIAA RAPID RESPONSE IMPACT FUND scheme are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed within 10 working days.

Please email completed applications to

Expressions of interest are not required. Please be advised that you are strongly recommended to contact IAA team to discuss your potential application.

Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to


ESRC has announced the ESRC Management Practices and Employee Engagement Call As part of ESRC’s commitment to a longer-term strategic, coordinated portfolio of productivity investments, ESRC are inviting proposals from researchers at eligible UK research organisations to carry out research on management practices and employee engagement, and their relationships with productivity.

Research projects to the call should sit across the following areas:

* Variation in management practices, employee engagement, drivers of that variation and relationship with productivity outcomes

* Exploring manager and employee engagement, including motivations, trust and absorptive capacity.

* Adopting, diffusing, scaling and sustaining beneficial innovations and changes in management practices.

* Opportunities for improvements in productivity, mental health, physical health and wellbeing through innovations in management practices.

Up to £4.5 million total (80% FEC) research council contribution is available for this call (subject to final HMT approval). Proposals can bid for up to £900,000 for up to three years. It is anticipated that up to five proposals will be funded under the call.

Call specifications can be found here.


Institutions can only lead on one application. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.

If you are interested in leading an application for this call, please submit the attached internal selection form together with a support letter from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant, confirming their support for the project and agreement to host the grant to RESEARCHSTRATEGY@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK by 28 AUGUST 2018.

If you are interested in contributing to an institutional proposal, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the PI of the bid after the selection process.

Funder deadline: 18 September 2018

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at


Philomathia Research Programme: Call for Proposals [Deadline: 10 May 2018]

Since 2013 the Philomathia Foundation has generously supported a series of research projects throughout the School through the Social Sciences Research Programme. A second award from the Foundation will support a series of further projects from 1 October 2018, each led by a Principal Investigator and with a Philomathia Research Associate at its centre.

Proposals are now invited for the next phase of projects in the programme. Phase 2 funding has a broad focus on the following themes: Public Policy, Global Cultures and Diversities, Material Culture, Health, Medicine and Society, Digital Society, and Big Data. Applications are encouraged from all Departments/Faculties in the School.

Phase 2 is built upon the success of Phase 1 and is intended to sustain and grow the Social Sciences Research Programme. To provide an idea of the work undertaken to date, the projects funded by Phase 1 were:

  • (In)fertility, Education and Reproductive Health
  • The Measure of Inequality: Social Knowledge in Historical Perspective
  • The consequences of the politics of austerity in the European Union
  • Realising Genomic Medicine: Intellectual property issues Beyond the ‘Old’ DNA Patent Debates
  • The Law of Energy Transitions

Further information about these projects can be found here:


Each postdoctoral appointment will run for three years from date of appointment, with appointments starting 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible after. Candidature is normally restricted to junior scholars, i.e. not more than five years past date of PhD submission. The fund will cover the salary costs of the Fellow on the Grade 7 scale. The usual practice is to appoint at the base level of Grade 7 although a case can be made to appoint elsewhere on the scale.

Once projects have been awarded, the Philomathia Research Associates will be appointed through open advertisement using normal Faculty and Department recruiting procedures.

Selection criteria

Selection of projects will be overseen by a School Committee on behalf of the Council of the School, drawn from a competitive gathered field. The field is intentionally broad to elicit projects which will further the core values of the programme.


Faculties/Departments wishing to host a project are asked to form initial expressions of interest covering the following points:

  • Detailed research programme, with a clear line of independent inquiry for the postdoctoral researcher;
  • Explanation of how this project will develop and/or enhance existing research, in particular its potential to resonate with the University’s Strategic Research Initiatives or other thematic priorities;
  • Arrangements for mentoring and career development of the postdoctoral researcher;
  • Sustainability of the project beyond the duration of the postdoctoral appointment;
  • Confirmation that office space and other direct or indirect resources necessary will be made available;

Expressions of interest should be no more than 3 sides of A4 and should be sent to to arrive no later than 10 May 2018. Any questions about the scheme should be directed to



The ESRC have announced their New Investigators scheme. The call is open to high-quality candidates who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience. Proposals are welcome in any topic which falls within ESRC’s remit, including projects at the “interface with the wider sciences”, provided that social sciences accounts for at least 50% of the proposed research. The ESRC will award grants of between £100-300K at fEC, though as with other Research Council grants they will cover 80% of this cost. Awards will be for up to five years, though they will be typically three years in duration, with a special case being made for the need for five years’ worth of funding. For full details please see the call specification.

This call has a rolling deadline, and applications will be reviewed 3 times / year: in ESRC Panel meetings in March, July and November each year. Roughly 35 awards will be made per year.


The ESRC expect the University to run an internal selection process to ensure that we submit only bids from outstanding individuals with the potential to become the research leaders of the future. The University can submit only a limited number of applications. To meet these requirements, this call will be overseen by a cross-school Committee, as decided by University’s Research Policy Committee:

There will be 3 internal calls every year, ahead of the panel meetings in November, March and July. Only applicants whose proposals have been approved and selected through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission of their applications to ESRC.

The applicants who wish to submit an application ahead of the November 2018 Panel deadline, are required to submit to


The attached internal selection form;

A letter of support from your Head of Department. This letter is very important to the success of the application as it is needed to confirm that the project is supported by the Department, the applicant’s eligibility and details of any proposed departmental support (for example the provision of a mentor and a programme of research skills training).

 If you have any questions, then please write to


SRI PP Restricted call: UKRI CDTs in Artificial Intelligence

The UKRI has announced the Centres for Doctoral Training to develop UK's skills in Artificial Intelligence call. The call is expected to support 10 – 20 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) focused on areas relevant to Artificial Intelligence (AI) across UKRI's remit. This is a cross-UKRI activity which builds on collaborative work between the Research Councils and Innovate UK to develop a clear picture of the training needs in AI, related technologies, their applications and implications. Therefore, bids are welcomed and encouraged from applicants working in areas across the remit of all seven Research Councils addressing UK training needs in the development, applications and implications of novel and existing artificial intelligence technologies.

This process is being delivered by the EPSRC on behalf of UKRI, but please note that this is a separate call to the EPSRC main CDT one.

As part of this UKRI CDTs in Artificial Intelligence call, Universities are invited to apply against two priority areas:

  • · Enabling Intelligence (a priority area within the EPSRC main CDT
  • call)
  • · Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AIAI), a
  • new priority area relevant to all Research Councils (bids for this
  • priority will not be required to include research training in EPSRC’s
  • remit).

 Further details of this call, including eligibility criteria can be found here.


 The PVC Research and the Heads of Schools have agreed to treat this call as restricted.

The University will submit 3 applications to this call and therefore it will be coordinated as per University's restricted calls procedure.

To apply to this call, please send the attached internal selection form together with a support letter from the Head of the Department which will host the Centre, confirming their support to the Centre to




The ESRC IAA  competition. For full details see the Research Strategy ESRC Impact Acceleration Account webpage.


Funding is available for 15 projects a year up to a value of £20,000 each.  Projects must be completed within 9 months of the award of the grant, though most projects are expected to be shorter.


Grants up to £20,000 from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

Application forms and guidance are available on the Research Strategy ESRC Impact Acceleration Account webpage.  The support of the Head of Department is required for all applications.  Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Steering Group, comprised of senior social science researchers.


Closing date: two awarding periods annually. See website for current deadlines.


If you have any questions, then please write to  

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