For enquiries related to managed calls, please email unless a specific named contact is given.

If you are aware of an institutional limit on an external bid that is not listed below, please contact

Open calls

NERC Standard Grant rounds (July and January closing dates)

In 2015, NERC introduced a Demand Management quota system, whereby institutions whose 6-round success rate for Standard Grants (response mode, including New Investigator grants) fell below 20% received a cap on the number of proposals they could submit for that financial year's rounds. Imperial is currently subject to this demand management quota, and will be affected by an institutional cap of 11 submissions for each of the July 2017 and January 2018 rounds. To manage the cap and increase the quality of proposals being submitted to avoid future restriction, an internal review group has been established to aid in the support (and selection where required) of bids. 

For further details of how to submit your proposal to the internal NERC Proposals Review Group and the key dates for the next upcoming round under Demand Management measures, please visit our dedicated NERC Standard Grant Demand Management page.

MRC/EPSRC/NERC/BBSRC Very- and Ultra-High Field NMR for the physical and life sciences 

To maintain the UK's leading position in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) for research and development, ca. £20m capital is being made available to procure ultra-high field NMR systems (≥0.95 GHz) and upgrade existing very-high field NMR instruments (≥800 MHz) to support the UK's fundamental and applied research across a range of disciplines within life and physical sciences. More information about the call can be found on the EPSRC website

Full applications to this call are due to RCUK by 19 September 2017 and must be accompanied by an institutional letter of support signed by Professor Nick Jennings.  To that end, please find below details for obtaining this letter and please circulate throughout your networks and to any candidates. 

The following should be emailed to by 10am Tuesday 5 September:

  • A version of the letter that is complete and ready to be signed. The letter may be edited for style and expanded, but otherwise all content should be provided and complete
  • Confirmation of the commitments that are attached to the bid and outlined in the letter (e.g. time, space, funds). This confirmation must be from the budget holder and show that this provision has been approved

Queries should be directed to Dr Suzanne Rolfe.

Leverhulme Trust Research Centres

The Leverhulme Trust have announced that the Leverhulme Research Centres 2018 funding round will open on 4 September 2017 for which the College can only submit one application. I would appreciate it if you could forward the below to any possible interested parties in this scheme, we would expect applicants to have agreement from their Head of Department before submitting to our internal competition.

Leverhulme Research Centres

They are running a two-stage submission process and the deadline for submission of outlines is 16:00 9 January 2018.

A Leverhulme Research Centre may be single-site (one higher education institution) or multi-site (‘hub and spoke/s’). Each UK University is permitted to make only one bid as the principal applicant (‘hub’). Additional involvement in partnership(s) with other universities is permitted (as ‘spoke’).

There will be an internal competition to determine the bid to be submitted by the College. Interested parties should first seek approval from their Head of Department. Once approved, potential applicants to this scheme should submit a two page outline to be assessed in an internal competition to determine the College’s preferred bid to this scheme.

In line with the Trust’s responsive-mode of working, the choice of research topic is left open, with the exclusion of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications. The Trust has a strong reputation for funding cross-disciplinary research embracing the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The chosen area should be sufficiently large-scale to support an ambitious but realistic research agenda, for between five and ten years.

The outline should address:

  • A description of the area of research: the reasons for why this is important, the key research questions to be addressed, and how the Centre will contribute to this general subject area;
  • How the proposed Centre meets the Leverhulme Trust remit:
    • Cross-disciplinary research embracing the sciences, social sciences and the humanities;
    • No duplication of existing activity either Research Council funded or within university research centres;
    • Substantial added value to the area of research;
    • Curiosity-driven and perhaps higher-risk research.

Outlines for the internal competition should be submitted to, by Monday 6 November, the successful application will be informed of the outcome by 22 November.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Mark Bambury

Ongoing calls

Selected and ongoing bids



EPSRC has launched an Underpinning Multi-User Equipment call, through which up to £20m of its capital budget has been made available to refresh and update underpinning multi-user equipment. Only one application per Institution is allowed, with a maximum value of £2 million.  An internal selection process has been agreed, to manage this institutional restriction. 

Imperial's Expert review Panel selected one bid to go through to EPSRC. Final submission deadline is 22 November 2016.

ESRC Large Grants

In May this year, ESRC announced its 2016 Large Grants scheme and asked for Expressions of Interest to be submitted in early July. Based on the higher level of demand than expected, ESRC has now retrospectively asked for this to be a limited call. Imperial was limited to a maximum of two full proposals as lead. There were no restrictions on the number of bids on which Imperial can be a partner.

A single bid was selected by the College for submission by 13 October 2016.

Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize

Rosetrees Trust launched a funding call to stimulate collaborative research between Medicine and Engineering.  The aim of this opportunity is towards developing collaborative studies between researchers in different fields, in the hope that by stimulating new research collaborations this Prize will result in breakthroughs that have potential to improve human health.  The award is for up to £250,000 over three years.  The College has been invited to submit one application to this call, and thus the following internal selection process was agreed.

A single bid was selected by the College for submission by Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment grant

Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment grants provide support for multi-user items of equipment, including equipment required to create a central resource for a number of disparate scientific programs.  Up to five years' support is available. Expenses may include staff, equipment, access charges, research management and support costs, inflation allowance and clinical research costs.  The expectation is that bids will request between £75,000 and £1m.  The scheme has a preliminary application deadline of Friday 13 January 2017 and an invited full application deadline of Monday 3 April 2017. 

Preliminary and full applications must be accompanied by an institutional statement of support signed by an appropriate senior authority. Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research), has offered to sign these letters, to demonstrate strong institutional backing. 

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Resource and Technology Development grant

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Resource and Technology Development grants are for researchers who want to establish or maintain resources or technology for the benefit of the wider scientific community. Bids may be up to £1.5m. Up to five years' support is available. More information, including candidate eligibility criteria, can be found here.

Preliminary and full applications must be accompanied by an institutional statement of support signed by an appropriate senior authority. Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research), has offered to sign these letters, to demonstrate strong institutional backing. 

NIHR Global Health Research Units and Groups

The National Institute for Health Research has launched an initiative to support world-class global health research that will deliver measurable benefits to patients and the public in low and middle-income countries through new NIHR Global Health Research Units and Groups.  A total of £60 million is available for successful institutions looking to expand their existing global health work or for new entrants to the field. More information, including the background to these initiatives and the scope of Units and Groups, can be found here.

Institutions may lead on max. two Global Health Research Unit applications and two Global Health Research Group applications.  An internal process was agreed in order to manage this restriction.

The College bids have now been selected for submission to NIHR by Thursday 26 January 2017.

Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award

The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched its Springboard scheme. These awards offer a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s mentoring and career development programme.

Imperial may submit to three applications to this call. In order to meet the restriction, an internal selection process has been agreed.

Departments may nominate up to three candidates per Department. These nominations must be received from the Head of Department or their delegate and be ranked. The following material is requested for each candidate

  • Eligibility check form
  • Application form

Nominations should be sent to and be received by 12pm noon Thursday 8 June 2017. Contact Suzanne Rolfe ( with any queries.


EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowships 

EPSRC has launched an Research Software Engineer Fellowships call. RSE fellowships are awarded for up to 5 years and are intended for individuals in the software field who demonstrate leadership and have combined expertise in programming and a solid knowledge of the research environment. Up to £4m is available to support 4-8 RSE Fellows.

EPSRC has restricted institutions to submitting only two bids. Therefore, an internal selection process has been agreed in order to manage this restriction.

Applicants interested in submitting an outline bid for internal review should please submit the following material to before Monday 15 May 2017 (12.00pm):

  1. Outline Case for Support: (up to four sides of A4), including
  • A summary of your career to date;
  • A brief explanation of why you feel the RSE Fellowship is appropriate for you, what you would hope to achieve personally from the Fellowship and how it will transform your career;
  • A brief explanation of the area of software engineering you will work in, including the research area/s you will support, and it’s importance;
  • A brief explanation about how you demonstrate leadership potential and how you will become an ambassador for the Research Software Engineer role

2. CV (up to two sides of A4)

3. Justification of the resources requested (up to two sides of A4)

4. An indication of the type of support that would be provided to the candidate and how this support would empower the fellow to transform the RSE provision at the host university (up to one side of A4)

The Head of Department must be copied into the internal submission to Contact Suzanne Rolfe ( with any queries.