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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:


Fitzwilliam Museum and University of Cambridge Museums:  Mr Luke Syson (Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum)

Research and Engagement Fellow: Legacies of Slavery

Two years’ salary support for a Research Associate for a project aligned with, and responding to, the University’s enquiry into the Legacy of Slavery.

Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies:  Professor Barak Kushner

Cambridge University Japan and the World Covid Bridging Research Associate, 2021-2022

Contribution to salary costs of one twelve month research associate award for teaching and research in the Japanese Studies Section

Joint Schools INT/Biomedical/Wellcome ISSF:  Schools of Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine: Professor Paul Lehner

Contribution towards final year of the ISSF fund

Joint Schools INT/Schools of Physical Sciences & Technology:  Professors John Dennis and Nigel Peake

Contribution towards costs for 2021-22

Joint Schools Cambridge Humanities Research Grants (CHRG): Professors Chris Young & Tim Harper

Contribution to CHRG for 2021-22


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

PdA: 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

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 Emergency Grants Easter Term 2022:

The deadline for final applications to INT is: 20 May 2022

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2022:

The national competition for 2022 is now closed.  Candidates will be notified by the Leverhulme Trust during May 2022

INT Academic Career Development Fellowships in:


Politics of the Environment

Closing date for applications is 10 June 2022

For Colleges

*NEW* Widening Participation & Induction Fund

Deadline for College Applications:  5pm on 1 June 2022

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 7 July 2022

Thursday 24 November 2022

Tuesday 14 March 2023

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