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Grants of up to £30k in total for up to 3 years duration

There is one call per annum in Michaelmas Term.


  • new projects, perhaps developing existing work in a new direction
  • high quality and visionary projects that have already attracted (or are likely to attract) 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 funding, start-up costs.
  • Research must be carried out in Cambridge, (or if not in Cambridge, should be ancillary or complementary to research in Cambridge e.g. fieldwork)

Eligible costs

  • PDRA salary costs up to pt 44
  • Technician or other support costs only if specifically required by the subject of the project
  • small contributions to the purchase or hire costs of new equipment if essential, integral and dedicated to this specific research project
  • access costs for equipment within the University or Cambridge or elsewhere where usage is charged at the 'internal' rate (where such exists); such costs are excluded from the applicant's grant funding; and the applicant's Head of Department makes a strong case as to why the usage cannot be subsidised in full by the Department

See On Costs section of University Salary Scales

Who can apply

  • The named applicant should be a PI or independent researcher; where a researcher seeks a contribution to his/her own salary, the applicant should be the Head of institution.
  • Established CTOs may apply for research support for a sabbatical term or terms
  • The application is submitted by the applicant’s Head of Department or Faculty.
  • In the case of a CTO applying for research support, the application should come jointly from the College and the relevant Faculty.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are early career researchers
  • Research-active recent retirees may also apply

What we are looking for

  • Quality of the project
  • Relevant expertise of the researchers involved
  • Likelihood of attaining the results in the time available
  • Referees’ opinions

How to apply

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 11 July 2024

Thursday 21 November 2024

Thursday 13 March 2025


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