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Emergency Grants


  1. To tide over a project and/or young post-doc at the end of a grant before the next grant starts; or
  2. To get a project started when the start of a confirmed grant from another source has been delayed through unforeseen circumstances; or
  3. To underwrite a portion of a grant already applied for.

Who can apply

  1. The named applicant should be a PI or independent researcher
  2. Applications are submitted by the applicant’s  Head of the Department/ Faculty/other institution
  3. Priority will be given to applicants who are early career researchers
  4. Research-active recent retirees may also apply

What we are looking for

  1. The quality of the project; the importance of retention of a particular  RA to this project; the career prospects of an exceptional RA – all may be important factors;
  2. there must be a clear plan and time-scale for obtaining further funding for the project and/or RA beyond the end of INT funding; or
  3. other funding for the future will have been secured already and this grant is simply a stop-gap.

What we will support

  1. A contribution to an RA salary no higher than pt 43 on the single spine
  2. No more than £30,000 in total
  3. No more than 12 months duration


Do I need matching funding for the period of the INT grant?

Ideally, yes, but the Trustees will waive this condition in some circumstances (ask).

Must I have already secured a grant for the period after the emergency/bridging period?

Ideally, yes, but if you have applied and do not know the outcome (or will apply at the next call), please tell us what you have applied for, when you will know the outcome, and when the other funding would start.

Can I apply for my own salary?

Applicants who currently hold a research fellowship grant may be able to apply for a contribution to their own salary (consult the Director), otherwise, no.

As these are for emergency funding, will Trustees consider my application between meetings?

No, all applications are dealt with by the Trustees at their three meetings per year,  in order to allow all applicants equal opportunity.

If you have other questions on this programme, please contact the Trust.

We will add to these notes and FAQs periodically

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Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants The 2017-18  timetable can be found here. Please note that we have new instructions for applicants -  see the Research Grants tab for details.


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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