skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

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. 

Funding Resources

EPSRC has a blog called PM (Portfolio Manager) Perspectives, where they provide some useful guidance for new researchers:

Getting started with the Peer Review Process: https://epsrc.ukri.org/blog/pmperspectives/ and Writing your case for support: https://epsrc.ukri.org/blog/pmperspectives2/


INTERNAL FUNDING CALL – ESRC IMPACT ACCELERATOR ACCOUNT – FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

***Social Science Impact Fund***

A call is now open for applications to the Social Science Impact Fund.

Funding is available for knowledge exchange and impact activities at any stage of the research lifecycle but is primarily used for work that supports the use of social science research (this does not need to have been funded by the ESRC) with non-academic stakeholders beyond the university. The maximum award is £20,000 and the deadline for applications is 30 September 2019. Awards are expected to start on or as close as possible to 1st November and to run for a maximum of 12 months.

This is the only call that will be made for the Social Sciences Impact Fund for academic year 2019/20 and the Steering Group expect to make this call annually. Please note that additional funding may become available through other dedicated funding streams (eg. GCRF).

Funds are also available for rapid-response discretionary awards of up to £2,000. There is no deadline for this stream of funding and the Steering Groups aims to make decisions within ten days.

Applications will be adjudged against the following, in no particular order:

* Quality of the impact plan: including relevance and timeliness of proposed activity, clear objectives that align with aims, clear identification of the beneficiaries, stakeholders, and partners, and their potential involvement with the activities, achievable milestones over the life of the project, and metrics or indicators against which long-term success could be gauged;

* Project management: A clear description of how the project will be managed;

* Added value: the application must describe how the award will be expected to develop or enhance the prospect of impact and be additional to existing Research Council or other funding for impact activities, additionally the way in which the award will benefit both the applicant and target audience;

* Budget: A clear outline and rationale for the activities included in the proposal. Co-funding of activities is encouraged, but not required;

* Where partners or collaborators are involved in activities and outputs, a clear statement of any commitment in kind or in terms of co-funding by those organisations should be provided in a letter of support.

For further guidance with examples of impact activity and a link to the online application form please go to:

https://www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/research-funding/internal-funding-opportunities/institutional-sponsorship-grants/esrc-impact


CAMBRIDGE CREATIVE CIRCULAR PLASTICS CENTRE (CIRPLAS) SMALL GRANTS SCHEME -CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) addresses contemporary challenges from the manufacturing of more sustainable materials to driving innovations in plastic recycling. CirPlas invites proposals for small grants to support projects that contribute towards the Centre's goals. For more information about the Centre, please see the CirPlas website: https://www.energy.cam.ac.uk/Plastic_Waste 

SCOPE

This fund supports new, small, collaborative multi-disciplinary projects that take a circular economy approach to the elimination of plastic waste.

Projects may have outcomes that are academic and/or make an impact beyond academia. 

  • Projects must be inter- or multi-disciplinary: i.e. combine expertise from the home disciplines of at least two Departments, preferably in different Schools.
  •  The scope of eligible activities is very broad. Examples include: a case study or proof of principle experiment; the production of a prototype; the testing of a prototype; a field visit; an outreach programme; a web-based tool.

ELIGIBILITY

The call is open to early career researchers at the University of Cambridge.

  • PhD students may participate, but the project lead must be an early career PI or a Post Doc who has the support of their PI.
  • Early career PIs are those who attained their PhD less than five years ago.
  • Projects must have a minimum of two applicants from different disciplines.
  • With the exception of staff time, most costs are likely to be eligible. Examples include: travel and subsistence, venue hire and catering for events, materials and consumables, and communications costs.

FUNDING

Five awards of up to £2000 each are available. 

  • If international travel is required further funds of up to £1000 may be requested.
  • All costs will need to be fully justified.

REPORTING

Projects will start from June and will be completed by December 2019.

  • Final reports are due on 17 January 2020. 
  • Participants will be expected to deliver a presentation on their project at a CirPlas event early in 2020.

SUPPORT

Each funded project will be allocated a mentor from the Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) team.

DEADLINES AND SCHEDULE 

  • 17 May 2019 - Call opens 
  • 10 June 2019, 14:00-17:00 - Ideation and team formation event
  • (Rayleigh Seminar room, Maxwell Centre, West Cambridge register here 
  • 24 June 2019 at 09:00 - Proposal submission deadline
  • 28 June 2019 - Competition results announced
  •  17 January 2020 - Projects completed (finance reports finalised)
  •  31 January 2020 - final reports submitted
  •  February or March 2020 - report back presentation

The CirPlas Small Grant application form is attached. Please return the completed form to cirplas@ch.cam.ac.uk by the deadline of 9am on Monday 24 June 2019.

Please acknowledge financial support from the UKRI Plastics and Research Innovation Fund (PRIF) in any output from the project.

For further information please contact Shafiq Ahmed (sa345@cam.ac.uk) or Lara Allen (lva20@cam.ac.uk)

Energy@Cambridge Coordinator
Cavendish Laboratory
Maxwell Centre
Tel: 01223 (3)36056


 

THE CAMBRIDGE-AFRICA ALBORADA RESEARCH FUND 2019 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Fund supports pairs of researchers (post-doctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated institution such as the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Babraham Institute and NIAB) and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations.

The Fund awards grants of between £1,000 and £20,000, for:

  • research costs (such as reagents, fieldwork and equipment)
  • research-related travel between Cambridge and Africa 
  • conducting research training activities in Africa (e.g. setting up courses/workshops).

The deadline to submit an application for collaborative research funding is MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2019.

Please visit

https://www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/initiatives/the-alborada-research-fund/2019-call-for-funding/

Enquiries should be addressed to:

alborada-fund@cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk


 

RESTRICTED CALL: ESRC NEW INVESTIGATOR GRANTS (INTERNAL DEADLINE 17TH JUNE 2019)

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.

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCESS:

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 March 2020 Panel deadline, are required to submit the following documents to

ESRCNEWINV@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK by MONDAY, 17TH JUNE 2019 (17:00): 

  • 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 the details of the departmental support and the applicant’s eligibility.
  • · The letter must also specify a department/faculty based MENTOR, and a REVIEWER, both of whom have agreed to provide feedback on the full proposal, should the applicant be selected to proceed. The reviewer may be from within or outside the applicant’s department/faculty.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NAMING A REVIEWER IS AN INTERNAL REQUIREMENT, AND THE REVIEWER WILL NOT BE NAMED ON THE FULL APPLICATION TO THE ESRC.


 

INTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY (7 FIXED-TERM POSTS) (DEADLINE 27TH OF MAY 2019)


The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking 
to appoint a cadre of Senior Research Associates under The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. This new Programme aims to unlock the potential of the University to partner with business, government and finance institutions on real-world challenges and opportunities that must be addressed in order to build a sustainable economy. The ambition is to foster new cross-disciplinary thinking on sustainability leading to practical insights, tools and recommendations for decision-makers to carry into their organisations alongside important advances in fundamental knowledge. From 2020 the Programme will be based at CISL’s new premises on Regent Street, Cambridge, which will provide a vibrant, collaborative atmosphere for transdisciplinary research, education and industry and policy engagement.


Fellows will typically be appointed for three years. Applicants must 
hold a contract of employment with the University (that will not end during the period of the Fellowship) and be able to take up this opportunity as a secondment (or related model) from their home institution.

Funding for the Fellowships has been secured through philanthropic donations from companies, foundations and individuals. £80,000 p.a. is available for each Fellowship and, which may be used to cover the costs of a minimum 40% secondment, and additional research support to be employed by CISL.


In this round, seven Fellows will be recruited applicants must a submit 
research proposal of relevance to one of the following topics:

  • THEME
  • TOPIC
  • DONOR
  • Industrial transformation
  • RADICAL INNOVATION AND DISRUPTION
  • PAUL & MICHELLE GILDING
  • TRANSFORMING THE PULP AND PAPER INDUSTRY
  • SAPPI
  • PATHWAYS TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
  • UNILEVER
  • Social inclusion
  • RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
  • ASDA
  • LUXURY AND INCLUSION
  • CHANEL
  • INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOUNDATION
  • Health
  • AIR QUALITY AND NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES 
  • ASTRAZENECA

A second round of recruitment is planned for September 2019 and includes themes such as micro-nutritional deficiencies (Royal DSM), connected communities (Sainsbury’s), climate risk and disclosure (Heathrow), purpose and leadership (Anglian Water).

Candidates interested in applying to this call need to follow this link http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/20980/ and upload a cover letter, full CV, completed Research Proposal Template containing a 1,000 – 2,000-word research proposal with a 100-word summary, and proof of institutional support to the University’s Web Recruitment System by the 27TH OF MAY 2019.

CISL is concurrently also advertising these Fellowships as full-time Senior Research Associate positions, which are currently listed on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. Internal candidates should apply using the same system but stating in their application template that they would like to be considered for this opportunity on the basis of a secondment (or related model).

Further information about the role and application processes are contained in the attached document.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact RESEARCH@CISL.CAM.AC.UK or:

Dr Theo Hacking
Director of Research Strategy (Interim)

Tel: 01223 (7)68849

Dr Jake Reynolds
Executive Director, Sustainable Economy

Tel: 01223 (7)68830


 

RESTRICTED CALL: AXA FELLOWSHIPS

The AXA Research Fund has announced the call for AXA Fellowships [2] for Post-Doctoral Fellows (maximum PhD+5 years), in two distinct themes:

  • Towards an Improved and Better Supported Mental Health
  •  Cyber Risk: Creating a Safer Cyberspace

Funding available: 125.000€ over 2 years

Further information and the list of eligible topics for each theme can

be found in the call guidance documents:

Mental Health guidelines

Cyber Risk guidelines

UNIVERSITY INTERNAL SELECTION PROCESS:

The University can submit one application for each of the themes. Therefore, this call is restricted and coordinated according to the University’s Restricted Calls Procedure.

If you are interested in applying, please submit the selection form attached and letter confirming departmental support to

RESEARCHSTRATEGY@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK by THURSDAY 2 MAY 2019.

Funder deadline: May 20, 2019 at 04:00 pm (CEST).

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

researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.


The UNIVERSITY DIVERSITY FUND (UDF) is open to applications from staff and students.

The UDF provides grants of up to £1500 to projects that aim to embed diversity and inclusion - whether it is in education, research or administration - and address inequalities in the University.

The UDF aims to support initiatives across the University that contribute to raising awareness of issues related to equality and diversity, challenge discrimination and inequalities, increase the representation of under-represented groups, and facilitate implementation of good practice.

University staff and students are welcome to apply if they have a project that meets the above criteria and seeks to contribute to the University's equality and diversity strategy and priorities for action in the area of 'race'.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If you have a project that fits the criteria and you would like to apply to the Fund, please read the attached FURTHER INFORMATION, fill in the APPLICATION FORM and send it to equality@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications is WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 2019 AT 5PM.

For more information, please consult

https://www.race-equality.admin.cam.ac.uk/strategic-initiatives-overview/university-diversity-fund

You may also contact the Equality & Diversity Section at equality@admin.cam.ac.uk or by phone at 01223 65147.

Dr Joanna Jasiewicz
Equality and Diversity Consultant
(0)1223 760424
joanna.jasiewicz@admin.cam.ac.uk


RESTRICTED CALL: UKRI FUTURE LEADERS FELLOWSHIPS (ROUND 3)

UKRI will soon open the third round of the Future Leaders Fellowships call.

This scheme aims to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential to become future research and innovation leaders.

More information on the scheme can be found on the website and in the overview document.

UNIVERSITY INTERNAL PROCESS:

Fellowships are structured as 4+3 years, and require the host organisation to provide tapering salary support for the Fellow from year 3 (more information on the funding structure can be found on pages 12-13 of the application form guidance). The host organisation must also provide a route to an open-ended academic appointment. Please contact your School’s HR Business Manager for further guidance on this.

INTERNAL COORDINATION:

UKRI have written to the University to thank us for reducing the number of full applications submitted to Round Two (~6 applications were submitted). They estimate that the numbers received for Round Two will mean a success rate of around 20%, and thus encourage Universities to make a similar effort for Round Three, and submit only the highest quality applications in the third and future rounds.

To take part in the internal process, all Departments are asked to identify only the best quality applications and agree potential applicants with their Schools. THE SCHOOLS WILL THEN INFORM US AT

RESEARCHSTRATEGY@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK BY 15 APRIL 2019 OF THE AGREED APPLICANTS AND THEIR INTENTION TO SUBMIT.

The PVC Research will consider the likely number of applications to be submitted and we will contact the Schools to confirm the number of applications which can be submitted from their list. Heads of Department will then submit the internally agreed Expressions of Interest to the UKRI by the EoI deadline of 02 May 2019.

Only the candidates who have submitted an Expression of Interest may submit a full application.

PVC SUPPORT LETTER:

Expressions of Interest are followed by a full application which requires a letter of support signed by both the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research and relevant Head of Department from the University. Therefore, this will be coordinated according to the University’s Procedure for VC and PVC Research Support Letters.

Once the application is agreed with the School, please send both the draft support letter and support letter form to us at RESEARCHSTRATEGY@ADMIN.CAM.AC.UK by 07 MAY 2019.

Both the letter and the form templates can be downloaded from the VC and PVC Research Support Letters Website. Please refer to the full application guidance (p 28, point 3.2.10) and to the University guidance on support letters for further information on what it should include.

The PVC Research reserves the right to refuse to sign support letters which do not meet these submission deadlines.

OVERVIEW OF INTERNAL PROCESS:

* 15 APRIL 2019: Deadline for Schools to pass on list of agreed

applicants to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk (following

Department/School discussions)

* 02 MAY 2019: Funder deadline for HoDs to submit agreed Expressions of

Interest via Je-S [5]

* 07 MAY 2019: Deadline for PVC letter requests to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk

* 30 MAY 2019: Funder deadline for full applications

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

E: sarah.lamont@admin.cam.ac.uk


2019 VISITING FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BENNETT INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

The Bennett Institute is recruiting for Visiting Fellow from within the University for the academic year 2019/20.

The Fellowship is to support scholars, from within the University of Cambridge, who are seeking to develop the public policy dimensions of their research, and who wish to explore ways of promoting their findings in the policy world. The Fellowship allows individuals to reflect more deeply upon public policy aspects of their work, and provides opportunities for meaningful engagement with policy-makers and a chance to explore the potential of their research to achieve a wider impact.

Applicants should possess a PhD and hold an academic position at the University.

For full details and how to apply, please see the attached advert.


RESTRICTED CALL: LEVERHULME TRUST RESEARCH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (INTERNAL DEADLINE: 1ST FEBRUARY 2019)

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

FOLLOWING:

· 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.

INTERNAL SELECTION PROCESS

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 researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk 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

researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

RSS Feed Latest news

2019 VISITING FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BENNETT INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY

Mar 12, 2019

The Bennett Institute is recruiting for Visiting Fellow from within the University for the academic year 2019/20.

Post-Brexit Options for the UK: New Legal Analysis

Nov 22, 2018

On 16 November 2018 the Cambridge Public Policy SRI (Strategic Research Initiative) and the CBR, the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, held a conference at Peterhouse College in Cambridge on Brexit with the aim of encouraging interdisciplinary discussion amongst academics and further research on the implications of the UK leaving the EU for public policy.

Britain’s Broken Economic Model and Why Brexit isn’t the Cure

Nov 15, 2018

Simon Deakin, Director of the Centre for Business Research and Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge, tells the Cambridge Public Policy SRI (Strategic Research Initiative) why Brexit isn’t the cure for Britain’s broken economic model.

View all news

About Us

We aim to support public policy research across Cambridge University, working with colleagues in science, social science, the arts and humanities, to apply new thinking to public policy problems and promote research and analysis into the public policy process. We hope to connect and raise the profile of existing public policy related work across the University and support collaborative research that includes policy development in a range of subject areas. 

Contact us if you are interested in joining the initiative or would like to know more.