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Research Grants


If your request does not fall within the following categories, please check the Trustees' Guiding Principles to see whether the Trustees have a specific policy relevant to your need.  If in doubt, you are welcome to contact the Director for advice:

  • high quality and visionary projects that have already attracted (or are likely to attract) some funding from other sources
  •  innovative research and scholarship, unlikely to be funded from standard sources (for example topics falling between the remit of two Research Councils; interdisciplinary research)
  • seed-corn, start-up, proof-of-concept funding to get a project off the ground in order to make an application for funding from a another source
  • research must be carried out in Cambridge, or if not in Cambridge, should be ancillary or complementary to research in Cambridge (seek advice if in doubt)
  • emergency cover to provide a short bridge for a project and/or post-doc while applying for, or awaiting the start of the next grant and/or to underwrite a portion of a grant already applied for and matching funds for certain fellowships
  • fellowship support where an external, competitively awarded fellowship does not cover the whole salary, or does not include adquate provision for consumables (NB:  INT does not cover bench fees) - for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships and Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Fellowships, see Early Career Fellowships;
  • small contributions to purchase or hire costs of new equipment essential and integral to a specific research project and dedicated to that project;
  • access costs of a researcher using existing equipment within the University or Cambridge or elsewhere.  The following criteria apply to access costs that can be funded by the Trust - 
  1. usage is charged at the 'internal' rate (where such exists);
  2. such costs are excluded from  the applicant's grant funding;
  3. 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)

Who can apply

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

What we are looking for

1) In all cases:

  • The quality of the project
  • relevant expertise of the researchers involved
  • Likelihood of attaining the results in the time available
  • The Referees’ opinions on the above will be particularly important

We particularly welcome proposals for genuinely creative and innovative early-stage research, perhaps too speculative or unconventional to stand much chance of attracting institutional funding.

2) for Emergency Grants:

  • the importance of retention of a particular RA to this project, his/her career development and prospects
  • there must be a clear plan and time-scale for obtaining further funding for the project and/or RA.  ie future funding must have either have been secured or applied for at time of application.  NB:  This grant is simply a stop-gap and CANNOT be renewed if the application for future funding is unsuccessful.

3) for Fellowship Support (see also Early Career Fellowships):

Departmental host PIs may apply on the behalf of early-career researchers who either

  • hold an offer of an externally funded, competitively-awarded fellowship for which the salary offered falls short of the University’s basic salary, or for which a contribution to consumables costs is required (but not bench fees) – and these costs cannot be provided by the host institution; or
  • are applying for such a fellowship and need evidence of matching funds as above.

Note that the INT will not replace funds already promised by host departments as part of the application to the external funder, nor replace funding that must be met by the Department (eg Wellcome Trust Interdisciplinary Junior Fellowships); a copy of the Terms of the competitive Fellowship will be required as part of the application.

What we will support

  • Up to 50% of the cost of a project and/or RA salary to an absolute maximum of £30,000 in total
  • No more than 3 years duration
  • Contributions to RA salaries up to Salary Scale Point 44 on the single spine
  • Technician’s salaries are not normally supported, but might be considered if a suitable case is made
  • Modest contributions to consumables, travel and/or equipment where they are an integral essential part of the project and cannot be funded from other sources (eg are explicitly excluded from external research grants)

INT Funding Rounds

INT Research Grants Round for Michaelmas Term 2021

Draft Application to Head of Department by 24 September 2021

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2022:

Check with your Host Institution for application deadline

Host Institutions send supported applications to INT by 10 January 2022

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 25 November 2021

Tuesday 15 March 2022

Thursday 7 July 2022

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The Trust has provided support for research projects across the University, as well as making major interventions to enable strategic projects that offer considerable long-term benefit to the University since 1988.

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