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Isaac Newton Trust


The Isaac Newton Trust funds research at the University of Cambridge in all subjects.

What we do: principles

  • attempt to be responsive and flexible
  • prefer to help projects get off the ground, rather than sustain existing projects
  • aim to help secure 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 (see early career researchers)
  • assume that senior PIs will not need to approach the Trust, except for Emergency or Strategic funding
  • prioritise PDRA salary costs
  • make modest contributions to consumables and travel, only if a special case is made
  • occasionally make a contribution to purchasing a key item of equipment.

What we do not do: principles

  • fund research undertaken outside the University of Cambridge
  • provide all the funding for any project
  • act as a primary funder – other awards should be applied for before applying to INT
  • augment existing awards from external funding bodies unless a strong strategic rationale for the necessity is made
  • extend existing awards, except where this can be done at no extra cost to the Trust
  • reconsider unsuccessful applications for the same project (unless there has been a substantial material change in circumstances)
  • revise the amount offered (unless there has been an error)
  • provide long-term funding – we commit to no more than five years at any time and standard Research Grants are almost always for less than three years
  • 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).

We do not fund:

  • overheads or Departmental or laboratory charges
  • core University business (eg teaching & professorial posts)
  • research that falls squarely under the remit of UKRI or other major funders
  • 'buying out' PI time (except for CTO research leave)
  • PhD students (except via the AHRC DTP)
  • Technicians (except in exceptional cases - please ask)
  • 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.

Calling INT Fellows!

INT Funding Rounds

Research Grants including Emergencies

Easter Term 2023 Round Application Deadlines

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2023

Applicants will be notified by the Leverhulme Trust during May.

For Colleges

INT JRF Round for 2024 

Deadline for College Applications:  5pm on Friday 5 May 2023

Widening Participation & Induction Fund

Deadline for College Applications:  5pm on Thursday 1 June 2023

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Wednesday 5 July 2023

Thursday 23 November 2023

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