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Isaac Newton Trust / University of Cambridge Early Career Support Scheme for the Schools of Physical Sciences and Technology

Applications are now open for the INT Early Career Support scheme for University Lecturers in the physical sciences and technology. This scheme is for newly appointed lecturers (UTOs) who have been appointed between 1 October 2017 and 31 December 2020. It is designed to aid academics in beginning their research careers.  To facilitate this, the funding can be used as flexibly as possible in giving applicants money for their research as best suits their needs. Applicants must demonstrate how this funding will lead to future applications for external funding.  

Proposals are invited for projects of up to £55,000, for a period of up to 1 year. 50% (up to £27,500) will be provided by the Isaac Newton Trust and the remaining 50% (up to £27,500) must be provided by the home Department. The departmental contribution must come from departmental funds, and not another grant. The eligible expenditure includes directly incurred and allocated costs only. The grants can be used to fund PDRA support, equipment, travel and ancillary consumables. This funding is not transferable, should the applicant relocate to another institution.  PI Time and student fees are not eligible costs on this grant.  

Please also note that recruitment of research support posts with this funding is likely to be subject to the temporary recruitment protocol, imposed within the context of the Coronavirus pandemic. Successful applicants should contact HR for further information on current institutional recruitment processes. 

The application should include:  

  • Proposal with the breakdown of the budget* requested (maximum 2 pages A4) 
  • CV and publications (maximum 2 pages A4) 
  • Statement of support from the Head of the Department, outlining why they recommend the project for funding and confirming that the department will provide 50% of the project cost. 
  • Information about funding received to date, to include: 

Ø  the starting packages received when appointed to the lectureship 

Ø  grant funding to date 

  • An explanation of how this proposal relates to your current funding and how it would lead to future large-grant funding (maximum 1 page A4) 


*X5 is not requested at the application stage, but will be needed at the award stage. Please liaise with your Departmental Administrator to make sure the project costs are correctly calculated. 


Note: where applicable, a statement in relation to ethical reviews, outlining what permissions the applicant has and what they would need, should be included. 

Deadline: Please send the application to by 16 November 2020

Applications from eligible candidates are strongly encouraged, as this will be the final round of this funding cycle.  

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