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Research grants

Research grants

This is a list of sources of grant funding where there are at least annual calls. Information on one-off or themed funding calls is circulated via e-mail.

EPSRC Standard Grants
Standard research grant funding, with no deadline. Panels meet approx 3 times per year.

EPSRC Programme Grants
Funding for a programme of activities addressing a single strategic research theme, for up to 6 years. Potential applicants must discuss suitability with EPSRC before submitting an outline application (outline panels meet 6 times per year).

EPSRC Platform Grants
Support for up to five years for established world-leading groups to undertake activities such as staff retention, feasibility studies, and networking. Applicants must typically hold over £2 million of current EPSRC research funding in the area that the grant would underpin.

EPSRC First Grant Scheme
For those appointed to first academic appointment within three years, and having completed a PhD within 10 years. Up to £125K (at 100% fec) over 2 years max. Applicants can only apply once, regardless of outcome. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Leverhulme Trust Research Programme Grants
Up to £500K over 5 years. Favours applications that surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries and involve a degree of risk with respect to research objectives.

ERC Starting Grants
For those with 2-7 years experience. Up to €1.5 million for up to 5 years. Annual closing date in early Spring - 3 February 2015

ERC Consolidator Grants
For those with 8-12 years experience. Up to €2 million for up to 5 years. Annual closing date in late Spring - 12 March 2015

ERC Advanced Grants
For those who are leaders in their field of research. Up to €2.5 million for up to 5 years. Annual closing date in Summer - 2 June 2015

MOD Centre for Defence Enterprise Open Calls
For ideas with a potential defence application. Monthly deadelines. Up to £30K for testing/evaluation or proof-of-principle; up to £100K for initial feasibility investigation or proof-of-concept.

Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Grants
An internal fund for those within 2 years of appointment to their first academic post. Information is circulated annually by the Research Strategy Office to Andrea, who will forward it to relevant potential applicants. 2015 closing date has passed.

Royal Society Research Grants
For early stage academics (those within 5 years of the start date of their first permanent or limited-tenured academic position), to enable them to purchase specialised research equipment or consumables up to £15K.

Google Faculty Research Awards
Funding for one year to support a graduate student, structured as an unrestricted gift. Two closing dates annually - 15 April and 15 October 2015.