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Equipment Grants

Purchase of new items

The purchase of items of equipment is not a high priority for the Trust, however, Trustees are willing to consider applications for urgently-needed new equipment where:

  • The equipment is of major strategic value to the University or new equipment for teaching
  • the equipment will have multiple uses, for more than one lab or Department and
  • is not otherwise available in Cambridge
  • at least two-thirds of the cost has been secured from other sources
  • there will normally be large-scale external funding and
  • an internal contribution, largely from the Departments concerned

The Trust is also willing to give a loan for equipment and for technical support in cases where applicants can be confident that these costs can be repaid from future external grants.

The Trust does not encourage applications for equipment grants in connection with projects that are funded by the Research Councils (applicants should instead apply to the University Capital Fund).

Use of shared resources

The Trustees will also consider requests for assistance with unavoidable costs of use of shared equipment where:

  • usage is charged at the 'internal' rate (where such exists);
  • such costs are excluded from  the applicant's grant funding;
  • the applicant's Head of Department makes a strong case as to why the usage cannot be subsidised in full by the Department (as might be hoped for early career researchers lacking their own grant funding for this purpose)

Equipment Grants FAQs

Is there a cap on the amount I can apply for?

Trustees expect to contribute no more than one third and have not  normally made grants of more than about £50k where the purchase price is £200k+

Do I need to send in a quote from the manufacturer for items to be purchased?

If you have one, please send us a copy with your application. Trustees are especially pleased if you have managed to negotiate a discount.

How to apply

 If the equipment purchase/usage is needed for a specific research project, then the application should follow the pattern of an application for a Project Grant. If you have any questions about the eligibility of your request, please contact the Director


Forthcoming closing dates

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2018 - successful candidates and reserves in the internal competition have now been informed (national deadline = 1 March 2018)

Newton Trust Research Grants (all categories)  - the Lent Term 2018 round is now closed. The July 2018  timetable can be found here.

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2017-18 Lent Term round  is now OPEN - the deadline is 1 March 2018

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

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 4pm

Monday 2 July 2018 at 3pm

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 4pm

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