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Research Grant Rounds & Deadlines

The calendar for this years' applications rounds can be found here.

NB All of the Isaac Newton Trust research grant rounds involve a two-step process:

a draft deadline (after which the Director will respond with any  feedback that you might wish to attend to before preparing the final version) and, two weeks later, the final deadline.

a)   Emergency, Project or Equipment Grants

Applications from:

  • individual researchers – to be submitted  by the applicant’s department or equivalent institution: three rounds per annum
  • IRCs - to be channelled via the PVC for Research: one round, in Jan-Feb, per annum

b)  Strategic Research Programmes & Projects

  • There is one round annually, as follows:
  • Draft applications (coversheet, plus one sheet of A4, plus supporting documents) should be submitted by the Trust’s Michaelmas Term deadline.
  • Applications selected in this round will be invited to submit a full application by the Lent Term deadline for a decision in early March
  • Potential applicants whose need to secure funding does not match this timetable should contact the Director.

FAQ - deadlines

What if I miss the draft deadline - can I still submit an application by the final deadline?

Yes, but please contact the Director in advance if this is likely to be the case. We could accept your draft a few days late, providing you accept that any feedback we can offer you (and the opportunity for you to correct/amend your application) may be limited. If you miss the draft stage altogether, then we would accept a final version and would submit it as received to the referees and Trustees, so it must be complete and follow the format we request as closely as possible.

What if I miss the final deadline?

We cannot accept late applications as the time we have for sending them out to referees and Trustees has been pared down to the minimum.

I have an offer of significant external funding and would like to apply for a Strategic Research Programme grant but the offer of external funding has to be secured with matching funding right now and I can't wait till the annual INT application round. Will the Trustees exceptionally consider my application out of the normal timeframe?

Perhaps. The Trustees believe that a gathered field is the best way to judge competing applications for a limited resource, but they also recognise that some opportunities have to be grasped as they arise. Please contact the Director to discuss your situation.




New office address

We have moved to the University's North West Cambridge Development and are delighted to be sharing office space with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at 105 Eddington Place, Cambridge CB3 1AS.  Our telephone numbers and other contact information have not changed.  

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Forthcoming closing dates

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2018 - internal competition is now OPEN. Internal deadline = 15 January 2018; national deadline = 01 March 2018

INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology (start-up grants for new University Lecturers): now OPEN - closing date 30 November 2017

INT/Wellcome Trust ISSF/Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (start-up grants for new University Lecturers and PIs) now OPEN - closing date 04 December 2017

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2017-18 Round 1 is now CLOSED - Lent Term 2018 deadline tbc

Newton Trust Research Grants The 2017-18  timetable can be found here. Michaelmas Term 2017 round is now CLOSED; the Lent Term round for Emergency, Project and Equipment Grants will open in early January 2018.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 30 November 2017 at 4pm

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 4pm

Monday 2 July 2018 at 3pm

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