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Funding Opportunities

is the Department’s Research Grant Administrator; if you have any queries relating to research funding and preparing your application please do not hesitate to contact her.

Below we list any current funding opportunities that we've been asked to advertise.

 College Fellowships:



 Cambridge funding calls:

NCBS-inStem-Cambridge Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application deadline: 31 January 2015

The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, and the University of Cambridge have announced the NCBS-inStem-Cambridge Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowships allow for the joint-appointment of 4 Postdoctoral Fellows per year to work in Cambridge for approximately half the period of a 4 year term, and covers full salary costs. Further details and information on how to apply are available here.

External funding opportunities:


Update: Restricted Call: ESRC Future Research Leaders 2014/15

 The ESRC have now launched their Future Research Leaders Call, the deadline for which has again been postponed and is now 20 January 2015 (16:00).

The new call includes changed matched funding arrangements that require the University to consult internally before the formal launch of the internal selection process.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read the new guidance and should particularly note that:

  • Due to the changed submission deadline, the eligibility requirements for the call have also changed so that applicants may have up to four years and four month’s academic research experience following the submission date of their PhD on 20 January 2015.
  • Although proposals for the call continue to be welcome in any topic which falls within the ESRC’s remit, proposals are particularly encouraged in the following areas:
    • Big data (i.e. social media data, business data and new forms of data)
    • Secondary analysis of longitudinal datasets
    • Biosocial research.

ERC Advanced Grant Information Session – Thursday 22 January

The European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant scheme is available to academics who are 7 – 12 years following their PhD. The scheme is aimed at academics from any discipline  and is judged on the excellence of both the applicant and the project. Funding of up to €2M is available for projects up to 5 years and the call deadline is 12 March 2015.

The Research Operations Office (ROO) is organising an information session on how to apply to the scheme:-

Date: Thursday 22 January 2015

Time: 10:30 – 11:30am

Venue: Mill Lane Lecture Room 1

The session will include a brief overview of the scheme by Bethan Jones, the ERC Officer at ROO and will have input from current grant holders and ERC review panel. There will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

If you are interested in attending the session, please register your interest by emailing by 20 January.


Research Professional funding opportunities database

The comprehensive Research Professional funding opportunities database offers researchers the opportunity to search for research funding in all disciplines from a wide range of sponsors in the UK and overseas.

The University of Cambridge subscribes to the Research Professional database and use is free of charge for all University members. From any computer within the University network, you can start searching directly by going to and choosing Self-registration or Campus Access.