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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 44 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

Consult the comparative table

Go to: How to Apply


to our Trustees Sir Gregory Winter, jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, on the award of the 2018 Balzan Prize for her contributions in Social Anthropology.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

Thursday 14 March 2019 at 4pm

Thursday 4 July 2019 at 3pm

Forthcoming closing dates

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  - the 2018-2019 timetable may be found here.

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2018 Michaelmas Term round  is now open (deadline 12 November)

The Leverhulme Trust has announced its Early Career Fellowships competition for 2019; the internal Cambridge competition details will be announced by the end of October.

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

 Thank-you Newton!'



Our first Fellows' Day, for early career research fellows partially funded by the Trust, was held on 14 June, with a series of fascinating talks by 15 of our Leverhulme ECF, Humboldt, ESRC and Max-Cam Fellows, followed by networking over drinks.

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

INT/College Junior Research Fellowships - has now closed for October 2019 starts

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