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 calls


Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Awards

The Leverhulme Trust have now announced the launch of their 2019 Research Leadership Awards scheme. This scheme runs approximately every three years and provides up to £1M for talented academics who have launched a university career but who need to build a team to address a distinct research problem. Each award runs for 4 or 5 years in duration and provides for staff salaries and associated costs. The College is permitted to submit only one bid to this competition. In order to determine the application to go forward from the College, the College is running an internal process to select the application to go forward to Leverhulme. Departments will each be permitted to submit one application to this process. The College bid will then be selected by the Cross College Research Proposals Review Group (CCRPRG). Departmental submissions should sent to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by Monday 11 March 2019.

Submissions will include a three-page case for selection to include:

  • A description of the candidates career to date;
  • A description of the research vision, objectives and plan for the period of the proposed leadership award, specifically addressing how the proposed work will shape the research landscape in their area;
  • A brief description of the resources required;
  • A demonstration of their leadership and achievements in research to date;
  • A 2-page CV;
  • A statement of support from Head of Department detailing the candidate’s suitability for the scheme and any support to be provided by the department.

Please note that Imperial will not be submitting to Research England`s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) Funding call.


AXA Chair

There are two opportunities per year to put someone forward for an AXA Chair position. Imperial is only permitted to submit one candidate per year, and the process is managed centrally. Departments interested in using the scheme to attract an individual to the College 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.


NERC Standard Grant rounds (July and January closing dates)

In 2015, NERC introduced a Demand Management quota system, whereby institutions whose 6-round success rate for 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, and will be affected by an institutional cap of 7 submissions for each of the July 2019 and January 2020 rounds. 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 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 Standard Grant Demand Management page.


EPSRC Strategic Equipment process

The EPSRC Strategic Equipment process is now open. 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 Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), to offer institutional approval to bids and agree to be named as a co-I, which EPSRC requires him to be. Those interested in applying are invited to submit the following to researchoffice.fundingstrategy@imperial.ac.uk by noon Thursday 7 March 2019 (for Round 1) or noon Thursday 11 July 2019 (for Round 2) :

  • Business Case (max. 2 pages) outlining the strategic need for the equipment and including information on the Item, Vendor, Description of equipment and its primary functions, Cost, Usage, Support, Strategic Case, Ensuring Maximum Value, Contribution from Other Sources, and Alternative options in the case that the proposal for equipment is not supported (within the 2 pages).

 For further detail please contact  Dr Suzanne Husein 

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids

MRC New Investigator Research Grants

Application deadlines for the MRC New Investigator Research Grant scheme have now passed. Applications required a letter of support from the President or the Provost, and these have been provided to candidates as required.  For further detail please contact Dr Suzanne Husein.  


NIHR Research Professorships

The National Institute for Health Research released a call for Research Professorships.  The award aims to fund research leaders of the future to promote effective translation of research.  For more, including the eligibility criteria and the support offered, see here.  This is a restricted call, the College was limited to submitting 2 bids for the NIHR Research Professorships, plus an additional nomination for a Global Health Research Professorship. Departments were invited to submit a maximum of 2 candidates for consideration for an NIHR Research Professorships by Monday 22 October.  An additional 3rd candidate may be put forwards, if they were applying to the Global Health Research Professorship stream.

For further detail please contact Dr Kimberly Trim or Dr Suzanne Husein 


AMS Springboard Scheme

These awards offer a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers.  This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s mentoring and career development programme.  

An internal process was put in place due to the institutional limited on the number of eligibility checklists that Imperial may submit (6) and subsequently the number of applications from eligible College candidates (3). After review 3 eligible Imperial candidates proceed with the submission of their proposal to AMS. The deadline for full applications to AMS was July 31st 2018.

The selection panel meeting will take place in November/December and results will be communicated afterwards.

 Any queries regarding this call should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury.


Schmidt Science Fellows In partnership with the Rhodes Trust

Imperial College London was selected to nominate 5 outstanding young scientists for the Schmidt Science Fellows program.  This is a post-doctoral fellowship “intending to transcend the traditional confinements of science, enabling interdisciplinary thinking to tackle pivotal challenges and create a long lasting positive societal impact”.

An internal process was put in place to nominate these five, who will submit their applications to the funder by end of October 2018, with decisions announced in Spring 2019. Applications were open to all Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Computing PhD fellows internal submissions had to be made by the relevant Head of Department by 7 August 2018.  After review, 5 candidates have been chosen to proceed with their application to the Schmidt Science Fellows programme.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury


EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies

EPSRC launched a call for Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Targeted Therapeutic Delivery Technologies. Funding is available to support large-scale, interdisciplinary research collaboration to address research challenges in targeted therapeutic delivery technologies (within Healthcare) through a critical mass approach.  

The Deadline for full proposals was the 13 March 2018, The Full Proposal Peer Review took place in April – June 2018, with the Full Proposals Expert Interview Panel held in Mid July 2018.

 Any queries should be directed to Dr Suzanne Husein


Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment scheme and Biomedical Resource and Technology Development scheme

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), offered to provide letters of institutional support for applications to this call, this process was overseen by the Research Office.  Deadline for submission to the Wellcome Trust was Friday 6 April 2018.  Decisions are expected in July 2018.

 Any queries should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury


World Cancer Research Fund International – Regular Grant Programme 2018/2019

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International Regular Grant Programme call has closed. The Regular Grant Programme funds research on the effects of diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity on cancer. For more, see here.   The deadline for submission of outline applications to WCRF was 5pm Thursday 4 October 2018.  A maximum of five applications will be accepted from one institution in any one grant cycle.