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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 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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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. 

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