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This funding scheme will enable EPSRC-funded early career researchers to investigate and develop early-stage opportunities for impact from their research. The scheme is open to postdoctoral researchers and recent PhD graduates at University of Cambridge.  Funding can be used, for example, for feasibility studies, prototype development, software development, investigating potential markets and applications, or other projects with potential for economic and/or social impact.  Successful applicants will also receive mentoring and development support as part of the scheme.

A maximum of £25K funding per project, for 100% direct costs only, is available.  All projects must have a link to prior EPSRC-funded research.

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis and must be submitted on the application form, by email to by the deadline of 12th February 2021.

Who can apply

Applicants must be postdoctoral researchers, or have recently completed a PhD at University of Cambridge.  Recent PhD students must have submitted their thesis before starting the project.

Applicants must have the agreement of their Principal Investigator to undertake the project and should seek this at an early stage.  The funding will be allocated to the PI for administrative purposes but must be used for the project outlined in the application.

Eligible Costs

Funding of up to £25 000 per project is available within the following categories of expenditure:

  • Staff costs for the applicant for up to 3 months

  • Materials and consumables

  • Equipment access

  • External consultancy eg for market research or business planning

  • Other costs where justified as necessary for the project

This grant pays 100% direct costs only, overhead costs are not eligible.

All projects must demonstrate a clear link to EPSRC-funded research and have a maximum duration of 3 months.  Projects are expected to be completed by 30th June 2021.

Successful applicants will be offered individual mentoring by an industry mentor through the Postdoc Academy mentoring scheme and will be expected to join three short development sessions across the timeframe of the award, which will be held with other postdocs in the award cohort.

Application process

Proposals should be emailed to by 5pm on 12th February 2021.

Please obtain an X5 costing for your proposal from your departmental research grants administrator or equivalent, and check if there is an internal deadline for departmental approval of your proposal before submission.    

Guidance on planning impact projects is available at

Please contact with any queries about this scheme.