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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 £4m 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)

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

 'So thrilled about this grant. It's a wonderful scheme to boost young post-docs.

 Thank-you Newton!'

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  - the July 2018  timetable, and forward dates for Michaelmas Term 2018, can be found here.


Recent deadlines

College Teaching Officer Research Leave - the 2018 Round is now closed.

INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology (start-up grants for new University Lecturers) - the 2018 round is now closed

INT/Wellcome Trust ISSF/Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (start-up grants for new University Lecturers and PIs) - the 2018 round is now closed

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2018 Lent Term round  is now closed 

Trustees' meeting dates

Monday 2 July 2018 at 3pm

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

dates for the Lent Term 2019 will be posted following the July meeting

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