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Isaac Newton Research Grants:  Timetable 2020

Emergency/bridging grants: before applying to the INT for support of a current RA whose contract ends in the near future, please check whether or not she or he is eligible for a paid extension under the University’s Contract Extension Scheme, which currently takes contracts up to the end of July 2020. Please consult your Departmental Administrator or Research Grants Administrator for information.  Trustees will expect this source of support to be drawn on, or at least taken into account, before a request is submitted to the Trust.

PLEASE NOTE: all decisions are made at Trustee meetings, which happen once a term on the dates given below.  Applications cannot be considered between meetings.

Research Grants:  there is now ONE round per year in Michaelmas Term, except for applications for short emergency cover, which can be accepted for consideration at a Trustee meeting in any Term as the need arises.

Strategic Research Programme & Project Grants:  there is one round per year in the Lent Term (preliminary).  Selected applications will then be asked to submit a full application in Easter Term (final), following the timetable set out below.


  Easter 2020 Michaelmas 2020 Lent 2021
Type of Application Considered   Research Emergencies Research Grants Research Emergencies
    Strategic Final inc Emergencies Strategic Preliminary
Submission of draft applications to Head of Department   01 May 2020* 25 September 2020 08 January 2021
Deadline for submission of draft e-applications to INT   08 May 2020* 02 October 2020 15 January 2021
Deadline for submission of final e-applications to INT   22 May 2020* 16 October 2020 29 January 2021
Trustees' Award Meeting   02 July 2020* 26 November 2020 12 March 2021
Announcement of application outcome                                     10 July 2020 4 December 2020 19 March 2021

*  NB: INT has moved the application deadlines for Easter Term 2020 back by a week

COVID-19: Message from Director

We are exploring with the University and other major funding partners (such as the Leverhulme Trust) what possibilities exist to support our grant holders through this period of exceptional difficulty.  

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