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About the Trust's Research Grants

The Isaac Newton Trust provides financial support for high-quality research and educational projects across all subjects in the University of Cambridge.  Since its foundation in 1988, the Trust has funded many hundreds of researchers, mainly at postdoctoral level.

We have helped to secure millions of pounds in grant income and donations from external bodies by providing matching funding in a supple, responsive and innovative way.

The Trust has only modest resources (its annual spend on research is currently no more than about £3m in total) – for details of our budget and how we spent it last year, please see our Annual Report

Our grants, while generally small in comparison to those from the major external funding bodies, often create opportunities for individuals and projects that might otherwise be missed.

The Isaac Newton Trustees review their funding activities continually against an ever-changing background of research funding and educational needs.

What is new for 2017-18?

From July 2017 (the start of our financial year 2017-18), we are dividing the single ‘Research Grants’ category into four:

  • Emergency Grants – up to £30,000  (up to 1 year duration)
  • Project Grants – up to £60,000  (up to 3 years duration)
  • Strategic Research Programmes & Projects – up to £1m up to 5 years
  • Equipment Grants (where not part of one of the above options)

If you have already prepared or submitted an application for Easter Term 2017, don't worry - we will discuss any changes with you at the feedback stage.

Why have we done this?

We hope that this will clarify the application process and at the same time help to manage the expectations of applicants.

What can you apply for?

1)  Read our Guiding Principles which apply to most of our research grants, across all categories

2)  See the summary outline of our research grant funding categories

3)  Find out more about the category that interests you

4)  Consult the comparative table of research grant categories

5)  Then go to How to apply

 

Go to Guiding Principles

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants The Easter Term 2017 round closes today 26 May.  Please note that we have new instructions for applicants -  see the Research Grants tab for details.

 

TLTFs & JRFs 2017

Time-Limited Teaching Fellowships 2017: Colleges' application deadline: Friday 23 June 2017

INT/College Junior Research Fellowships: Colleges' application deadline: Friday 30 June 2017 (NB the January round has been withdrawn, so this is now the only application round for these awards).

Details are circulated to eligible Colleges during April.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 6 July 2017 at 3pm

Thursday 30 November 2017 at 4pm

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 4pm

Wednesday 4 July 2018 at 3pm

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