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University Lecturers in the Physical Sciences and Technology are invited to apply to the Isaac Newton Trust (INT) Early Career Research Support scheme.


The aim of the funding
The scheme aims to support recently appointed University Lecturers with start-up funds to kick-start their research careers and attract further external funding. In line with the main goal of the scheme, priority for funding will be given to those University Lecturers who do not already have substantial existing funding. Key criteria for funding include the quality of the proposed research and its potential to lead to an application to an external funder.


Applicants must be University Lecturers who have been appointed in the last three years between 01 October 2019 and 31 December 2022

  • Applicants must be based at Cambridge at the start of the award – the scheme does not cover projects for PIs based outside the University of Cambridge.
  • Lecturers commencing their post at the University after 31 December 2022 are eligible to apply only if their appointment letter was dated within the above-mentioned window and if they will be based at Cambridge at the start of the project.
  • Normally, applications for a second INT/UCAM award will not be supported.


Projects can last up to 12 months, and successful applicants will have 12 months from the award date to start their projects. All projects should end within two years from the award date.


Funding available
Proposals can cost up to £55,000 – where 50% (up to £27,500) will be covered by the Isaac Newton Trust, and the remaining 50% (up to £27,500) must be provided by the hosting Department. The departmental contribution must come from departmental funds, not another research grant. Only directly incurred and directly allocated costs are allowed as eligible expenditure and support can be sought to fund PDRA support, equipment, travel, and ancillary consumables. PI time or student fees are not eligible. 


Internal process
To take part in the internal selection process, please complete the online INT/UCAM ST/SPS Early Career Support Scheme 2022/23 submission form by 21 November 2022 (NB: if asked to log-in, please use your Raven details). For your convenience, a document outlining the questions asked in the form can be found HERE.
Please note that the online form cannot be saved and/or returned to for future editing.


Important note about costing
As mentioned in the online form, X5 costing will be required at the award stage – and it is expected that salary costs will be calculated using X5. PIs planning to apply to this scheme should consult with their Departmental Administrators to ensure their proposed budgets are calculated correctly.


Please note:
-    unsuccessful applicants to this scheme cannot apply to the Isaac Newton Trust directly for support for the same project;
-    successful applicants cannot apply to the Isaac Newton Trust directly for matching funding for this scheme.