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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:


Extending Borysiewicz Fellowships to Arts & Humanities

Applicant: Mrs Karina Prasad, Postdoc Academy & Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Eilis Ferran

Grant Title:  The Borysiewicz Fellowships Programme

Department: Postdoctoral Academy

Award:  Salary support for five post-doctoral salaries

PDRA positions on UKRI funded AION project

Applicant: Professors Val Gibson and Ulrike Schneider

Project Title:  AION - An Atom Interferometric Observatory and Network

Department:  Physics & School of Physical Sciences

Award:  Salary support for provision of Research Associate staff to fulfil project commitments

Seed funding for fellowship programme with Rosetrees Trust

Applicant: Dr Heike Laman & Chair of School of Biological Sciences

Project Title:  Transition to Independence Fellowship

Department:  School of Biological Sciences

Award: Salary support for one fellowship as seed-funding for a new early career fellowship programme

‘Supporting at-risk academics’ – Cara programme

Applicant:  Prof Kamal Munir, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University Community and Engagement

Project Title: CARA: Supporting at-risk Academics

Award:  A renewal of support for at-risk academics supported by the CARA programme by four years 2022-2026.  

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

Contribution towards costs for 2022-23

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

Contribution to CHRG for 2022-23



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



Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 21 November 2024

Thursday 20 March 2025

Thursday 10 July 2025


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