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NB:  This information has been updated following the Trustees' triennial strategic review July 2019

In exceptional circumstances, the Trustees may consider an application for support for a large, institutional, perhaps interdisciplinary, programme of strategic value to the University for the promotion of education or research. This would normally be in response to the possibility of securing a major grant from an external funding body. The Trustees will fund no more than one or perhaps two projects per annum and reserve the right not to make any awards in any given year. It is expected that grants will not normally be in excess of £500,000.

In the period 2016-19, the Trust was able to support a larger number of major grants by mobilising its reserves; these reserves have now been used up and so we revert to the previous arrangement, which has been in place since the origins on the Trust in 1988, whereby the Trustees are happy to consider occasional approaches for the support of a suitable strategic project.

Examples of the Trust’s most recent Strategic Grants:

Our earlier Strategic Grants include support for major research centres such as the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and CRASSH.

What the Trust will consider

An approach may be made by Heads of Department/Faculty/Institute, Chairs of Schools, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors (individually or in combination as appropriate) for large, institutional, perhaps interdisciplinary, programmes or projects of strategic value to the University for the promotion of education or research.

Please note that

  • the Trust can sometimes be of help when an institutional contribution is required to help to secure external funding; but
  • given our modest resources, the Trust cannot normally be the primary provider of matching funds and other internal and external sources should be thoroughly investigated before turning to the Trust;
  • the Trust is unable to assist with contributions to endowments.

If you are considering making an application in this category please contact the Director in the first instance.  There is no fixed timetable for these grants.