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Isaac Newton Trust


The Isaac Newton Trust does:

  • fund research undertaken at the University of Cambridge in all subjects
  • consider applications that broadly fall into any of its priority categories
  • attempt to be responsive and flexible
  • prefer to help projects get off the ground, rather than sustain existing projects
  • wish to see matching funding from outside the University and/or from the School or Faculty
  • expect applicants to approach other funding bodies first wherever possible
  • prioritise 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)
  • assume that senior PIs will have greater access to research funding and will not need to approach the Trust, except for Emergency or Strategic funding
  • prefer to fund post-doctoral (or equivalent) salary costs (Salary Scale Point 44 at maximum)
  • award modest contributions to consumables and travel, where a special case is made
  • occasionally make a contribution to purchasing a key item of equipment - NB the Trust will no longer offer contributions to the cost of major items of equipment.

The Isaac Newton Trust does not:

  • fund research undertaken outside the University of Cambridge
  • 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
  • extend existing awards, except where this can be done at no extra cost to the Trust
  • 'buy out' PI time
  • 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 repeatedly
  • match fund Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowshipsfor which matching funds must come from the host department
  • consider grant applications between rounds (see Research Grant Application Deadlines).

The Isaac Newton Trust does not fund:

  • core University business (eg teaching posts)
  • PhD students (except via the AHRC DTP)
  • Technicians (except in exceptional cases - please ask)
  • Departmental or laboratory overheads or charges
  • Apprenticeship levy, visa charges etc
  • Short-term visitors (except as part of a Strategic Programme)
  • Conferences
  • Publication costs

Further information can be found in our Terms & Conditions.

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

Our Awards

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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