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Research Grants

Purposes

The Trustees will be looking for evidence of one or more of the following criteria being met in the application:

  • 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 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
  • 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

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.

And, for applications for emergency cover:

  • 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 - this grant is simply a stop-gap.

What we will support

  • Up to 50% of the cost of a project or RA salary to no more than £30,000 in total
  • No more than 3 years duration
  • Contributions to RA salaries no higher than pt 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)