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If your candidate is selected for matching funding

Candidates selected in the internal competition for Isaac NewtonTrust (INT) matching funding will be informed by the INT no later than two-three weeks before the national Leverhulme deadline (27 February 2020)

Host Institutions will be notified at the same time and can then begin work with any successful candidates to prepare an application for submission to Leverhulme by 27 February 2020.  Host Institutions will, in effect, be sponsoring the application and will receive direct communications from Leverhulme if successful.

The internal competition will provide a useful set of documents for the national competition.  Please note, however, that Leverhulme require the submission of additional information from the Host Institution.

Setting the Salary

Leverhume require you to submit, among other things, a statement of the STARTING SALARY of the candidate if successful.  You will therefore need to identify the relevant point on the University single spine based on applicant's age and experience. You should discuss this salary with the applicant before completing the Leverhulme's application so that there will be no surprises if the candidate is selected.

Please note that:

  • the salary + on costs must fit within the Leverhulme + INT combined limit of £50,000 per annum for each of the three years of the award - salary cannot be rolled over from one year to the next;
  • if there is likely to be a shortfall between the cost of the salary (+ on costs) you agree to offer to the candidate and the maximum available from the sum of the awards of the two Trusts (ie £50,000 p.a.) in any year, the Host Institution will be expected to find the difference;
  • the INTdoes not provide research expenses as well as a contribution to the salary;
  • the Leverhulme Trust expects all candidates to have been through a university-level selection process before applying. However, a few departments have recently offered their own matching funding to candidates, so bypassing the internal competition. The INT expects any such commitments to be honoured in the event that the candidate is selected at the national level; applications to the INT for matching funding in retrospect will not be considered.  Please let the INT know where this is the case.


The Leverhulme Trust normally announces its results in May and will notify candidates if they have been successful or not, or, if they have been placed on a reserve list.  If candidates are successful and accept their offers, the Leverhulme Trust will write to the candidate's Host Institution who will need to formally confirm that they are content to offer the candidate a place.  Once the Leverhulme Trust is in receipt of this formal confirmation, they will send the candidate a confirmation letter.   Please send a copy of this confirmation letter from the Leverhulme Trust to the Senior Administrator so that the Isaac Newton Trust can finally confirm the candidate's matched funding.

If you have any queries about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Administrator.

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