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Grants of up to £30k in total for no more than 12 months’ duration

Three calls per annum, Michaelmas, Lent and Easter Terms


Cover for emergent needs and opportunities:

  • short bridging funds for an existing PDRA and/or to sustain a project to the start of a new grant (the INT is not able to bridge the salary of recent PhDs to their first PDRA post)
  • and/or underwriting for a portion of a grant already applied
  • proof-of-concept/preparatory research in preparation for a larger external grant application

Eligible costs

  • PDRA salary costs up to pt 44
  • Technician or other support costs only if specifically required by the subject of the project
  • small contributions to the purchase or hire costs of new equipment if essential, integral and dedicated to this specific research project, access costs for equipment within the University or Cambridge or elsewhere

See On Costs section of University Salary Scales

Who can apply

  • The named applicant should be a PI or independent researcher; where a researcher seeks a contribution to his/her own salary, the applicant should be the Head of institution.
  • The application is submitted by the applicant’s Head of Department or Faculty.

What we are looking for

  • Quality of the project
  • If relevant, the importance to the project or group oretention of a particular RA
  • if relevant, the importance of continuity to the RA’s career development and prospects
  • clear plan and time-scale for obtaining further funding for the project and/or RA. 
  • future funding must have either have been secured or applied for at time of application.  NB:  These grants CANNOT be renewed if the application for future funding is unsuccessful, so Trustees will want to know that the project can be brought to a satisfactory conclusion if the intended further funding is not secured.

How to apply

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 21 November 2024

Thursday 20 March 2025

Thursday 10 July 2025


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