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Isaac Newton Trust


Major funding interventions to meet the strategic needs of the collegiate University have been part of the Isaac Newton Trust’s activities since its foundation in 1988. Up to 2000, major grants were mostly funded through exceptional Special Donations from Trinity for defined purposes. After that, occasional grants were made from the Trust’s unspent income.  However, in 2015, the Trustees decided that accumulated unspent income had exceeded what could reasonably be held within the Trust’s terms as a charitable funding body and agreed to offer strategic awards through a defined annual funding competition for as long as the resources were available.

The flavour of our Strategic Grant activity can be gained from the following outline:


Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Professor Nicholas Thomas)

Supporting the move of the Museum’s collections to the Centre for Material Culture Conservation

Three-year grant for the salary costs of a research associate in conservation.

Pro-Vice-Chancellors’ Office (Dr Emily Shuckburgh)

Cambridge Zero

A grant towards a framework for research facilitation.


CRASSH: post-doc Fellowships

MaxCam: matched post-doc Fellowships in new Centre with the Max Planck Institute

Academy of Therapeutic Sciences: set-up funding

Cosmology and Astrophysics: matched post-doc Fellowships with Kavli Foundation

IRCs: research activity grants for the University’s interdisciplinary Research Centres

Millennium Maths Project: bridging staff costs

British School at Rome: joint fellowships

OPdA: support for development of training for post-docs at Cambridge

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk: post-doc Fellows

From Climate Conflict to Climate Justice Project

Cambridge Brain Regenerative Therapy Centre: research staff set-up costs

Cambridge Confidence in Concept: doctoral research grants for clinicians

AHRC DTP: matching funds for doctoral training studentships on behalf of the University

British Academy Global Professorships: institutional contributions on behalf of the University

Cambridge Digital Humanities: post-doc Fellowships

Engineering: equipment grant and senior Research Fellowship


Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (CRASSH) (three awards)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: match-funding on behalf of the University began 2006

Joint Schools Grants with the Humanities & Social Sciences began 2009


Building projects: Mathematics, Divinity, Criminology, the Raised Faculty Buildings, Biochemistry, Genetics, Plant Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Lab, DAMTP.

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences: two awards

University Library extension 

Interdisciplinary Research Centres

University new appointments 

Undergraduate Bursaries set up with Colleges

Graduate Bursary scheme

A programme of Grants to Faculties for new appointments began



INT Funding Rounds

INT Research Grants Round for Michaelmas Term 2021

Draft Application to Head of Department by 21 September 2021

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 8 July 2021

Thursday 25 November 2021

Thursday 10 March 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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INT Annual Reports

INT Accounts