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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. 

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: and Writing your case for support:

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'.


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

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

For more information, please consult

You may also contact the Equality & Diversity Section at or by phone at 01223 65147.

Dr Joanna Jasiewicz
Equality and Diversity Consultant
(0)1223 760424


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

applicants to (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

* 30 MAY 2019: Funder deadline for full applications

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



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.


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


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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.