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Research Grants: Guiding Principles

Most of the points below apply to all our research awards, but details vary, so please consult the Comparative Table to find out which rules apply in each category.

The Isaac Newton Trust

  • funds research in Cambridge
  •  in all subjects
  • will consider applications that broadly fall into any of its priority categories
  • attempts to be responsive and flexible
  • prefers to help projects get off the ground, rather than sustain existing projects
  • wishes to see matching funding from outside the University and/or from the School or Faculty in most cases, as appropriate (Comparative Table),
  • expects applicants to approach other funding bodies first wherever possible
  • prioritises early career researchers (normally within 10 years of approval for the PhD) as being in most in need of support (see also the dedicated tab for more about opportunities for early career researchers)
  • assumes that senior PIs will have greater access to research funding and will not need to approach the Trust, except for Emergency or Strategic funding
  • prefers to fund post-doctoral (or equivalent) salary costs
  • makes only modest contributions to consumables and travel, where a special case is made
  • will occasionally make a contribution to purchasing a key item of equipment

The Isaac Newton Trust does not

  • provide all the funding for any project
  • act as a primary funder – other awards (internal and/or external as appropriate) should at least be applied for before it is clear that the Trust’s help is required
  • augment existing awards from external funding bodies unless a strong intellectual and/or strategic rationale for the necessity is made
  • reconsider unsuccessful applications for the same project (unless there has been a substantial material change in circumstances), nor revise the amount offered (unless there has been an error)
  • provide long-term funding – we commit to no more than five years ahead at any time and standard Research Grants are almost always for less than three years
  • have the resources to tide over post-doctoral researchers on a routine basis
  • consider grant applications between rounds (see deadlines).

The Isaac Newton Trust does not fund

  • core University business (eg teaching posts)
  • PhD students (except via the AHRC DTP)
  • Technicians (except occasionally where necessary as part of an equipment bid)
  • Departmental or laboratory overheads or charges
  • Short-term visitors (except as part of a Strategic Programme)
  • Conferences
  • Publication costs

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We have moved to the University's North West Cambridge Development and are delighted to be sharing office space with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at 105 Eddington Place, Cambridge CB3 1AS.  Our telephone numbers and other contact information have not changed.  

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Forthcoming closing dates

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2018 - internal competition is now OPEN. Internal deadline = 15 January 2018; national deadline = 01 March 2018

INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology (start-up grants for new University Lecturers): now OPEN - closing date 30 November 2017

INT/Wellcome Trust ISSF/Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine (start-up grants for new University Lecturers and PIs) now OPEN - closing date 04 December 2017

Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRGs) 2017-18 Round 1 is now CLOSED - Lent Term 2018 deadline tbc

Newton Trust Research Grants The 2017-18  timetable can be found here. Michaelmas Term 2017 round is now CLOSED; the Lent Term round for Emergency, Project and Equipment Grants will open in early January 2018.

Trustees' meeting dates

Thursday 30 November 2017 at 4pm

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 4pm

Monday 2 July 2018 at 3pm

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