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The next call for applications will open in September 2020. Expected deadline for applications: mid-November.

Isaac Newton Trust / Wellcome Trust ISSF / University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme

This scheme is aimed at newly independent principal investigators. The primary aim of the scheme is to provide support for newly appointed individuals to allow them to develop projects which will lead to a full application for external funding (e.g. project grant from a Research Council or equivalent). 

This scheme is open to newly independent principal investigators appointed between 1st January 2017 and 31st January 2020. The scheme is primarily aimed at individuals whose research falls within the Wellcome Trust remit, which includes its Science stream, as well as its Humanities and Social Sciences stream. In addition, through partnering with the Isaac Newton Trust, the scheme also covers areas of research pursued within the Schools of the Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine that would not be eligible for Wellcome Trust funding (for e.g. aspects of research in the Departments of Zoology or Plant Sciences).


Details of what is required for this application can be found by downloading the form below. You are required to submit:

  • A research proposal (including the cost estimate)
  • Your CV (including publications)
  • Statement of funding to date
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department

Budget available: Research grants of up to £85,000 in total are available under this scheme for up to two years.

Eligible expenditure: Directly incurred and allocated costs only. 

Please note that your department is expected to provide one third of the project cost (of a total project cost of up to £85k).

  • The grants can be used to fund PDRA support (up to salary point 45), equipment and ancillary consumables;
  • PI time, travel costs, laboratory refurbishment and student fees are not eligible costs on these grants;
  • An X5 is not requested at the application stage, but it will be needed at the award stage. Please liaise with your Departmental Administrator to make sure the project costs are correctly calculated.

Successful applicants will be expected to prepare a final report within three months of the end of funding.  This should include research outcomes and details of how this scheme has led to subsequent research funding.

Application deadline 12 December 2019

Please send your application and supporting documents to Paulina Pieprzyca at   

Project start date: Feb – June 2020

The proposals will be judged based on the a) quality of research b) prospect of it leading to a full application for external support.

Please note that:

  • Previously unsuccessful applicants may submit an application if they can demonstrate how the new proposal is materially different from the previous submission in a covering letter;
  • Applications from previous award holders are ineligible;
  • Please note the unsuccessful applicants to this scheme cannot apply to the Isaac Newton Trust for support for the materially same project;
  • Successful applicants cannot apply separately to the Isaac Newton Trust for matching funding for their Joint Research Grant.

Related document

Joint Grants Application Form (PDF)

Joint Grants Application Form (Word)