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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. 


 Cambridge funding calls:

Here we will list any current funding calls that we've been asked to advertise.

Churchill College Postdoctoral By-Fellowships

Churchill College seeks to appoint 10 Postdoctoral By-Fellows from among the postdoctoral researchers of the University of Cambridge and its associated research institutes. The appointments will be from 1 October 2014, for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for a further two years.

The Postdoctoral By-Fellowships are intended to strengthen the already significant community of postdocs among the Churchill Fellowship (which also includes Teaching By-Fellows). They provide membership of the SCR, some dining rights at College expense, access to sports and music facilities and opportunities for participation in the academic and social life of the College.

Applicants must hold an established and salaried postdoctoral research position or personal fellowship in the University or one of its associated research institutes, preferably with tenure for at least two years. Applications are welcome in any subject. Appointments will be made on the basis of academic distinction and potential contribution to the academic community at Churchill College. These positions involve no formal teaching requirement, although undergraduate teaching may be available in some subjects, but it is expected that appointees will participate in mentoring our postgraduate students or contribute to the College in other ways.

Application is by CV, which should include a clear statement of the nature and tenure of current appointment, and covering letter of no more than 1000 words, in which applicants should describe their research, explain its importance and indicate what they will bring to the Churchill academic community. Applicants must also arrange for two academic referees to write on their behalf. Both applications and references must be received by Mrs Noelle Caulfield, Fellowship Secretary at Churchill College (, by 15 May 2014.

Funding for short films on current research 

The Public Engagement team is very excited to announce Round 2 of Cambridge Shorts. This project allows early career researchers within the University to work with film-makers and creative professionals to produce short films based on their research. It uses the University Science Festival and Festival of Ideas as platforms to showcase the films. Applications can be made for grants of £2,000.

We are very excited about this project which provides a great opportunity for researchers to work with artists and film makers to make professional quality films using innovative ways to visualise research processes and outputs.

The application deadline is 21 April 2014 and more information can be found on the following website:


External funding opportunities:



Applications for the L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science opened on 1 February 2014. Four outstanding female post-doctoral scientists in the UK or Ireland will be granted a fellowship worth £15,000 each. The finalists will be selected by a panel of eminent scientists chaired by Professor Pratibha Gai, including Professor John Pethica FRS and Professor Dame Janet Thornton FRS. Entries can be made at

The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science were launched in 2007 and provide flexible and practical help to female post-doctoral researchers. The winners may choose to spend their fellowship grants in any way that is helpful to them in furthering their research, from buying lab equipment, to hiring an assistant or paying for childcare costs.

The closing date for applications to the 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science is Friday 14th March 2014.

Care for Creation Bursary- Henry Martyn Centre

The Henry Martyn Centre welcomes applications for part funding from people already accepted to work with A Rocha, an international Christian organization engaged in scientific research, environmental education and community, based conservation.
Application Deadline: March 15th 2014.

For more information please contact
Sue Anderson, HMC World Mission Adviser.
Or visit HMC website:
Visit Opportunities with A Rocha for current openings (

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst

Applications are now open for the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst supported by BBSRC, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Round 1 registration deadline: 7 May 2014
Expression of interest and feasibility studies application deadlines: 14 May 2014
Round 2 call opens: 15 May 2014

The first IB Catalyst call will fund support for major integrated research and development projects involving collaborations between the academic and business communities. The IB Catalyst is modelled on the MRC/TSB Biomedical Catalyst and will encourage major challenge-led research projects derived from the networking activities.

The IB Catalyst will allocate funds of up to £45M in the first year, to support collaborative R&D efforts between business and academia or cross-disciplinary academic collaboration funded by the BBSRC (£20M), TSB (£15M), and EPSRC (£10M).

Total project sizes can range from up to £250k for feasibility studies to up to £10M for experimental development.

The aim is to build this investment to a scale comparable to the £180M Biomedical Catalyst already in existence.

The linking of BBSRC, TSB and EPSRC investments in Industrial Biotechnology will take to the next level a powerful alignment and focus that has been building over the last three years.

For more information visit:

Varley Gradwell Travelling Fellowship

Applications are invited for the Varley-Gradwell Travelling Fellowship in Insect Ecology 2014. Fellowships of up to £2,500 in value are awarded for the support of fieldwork, travel and other activity in the field of insect ecology. Applications are judged on their practicality and potential to make a contribution to insect ecology. Preference is given to those in their early post-doctoral years, but strong applications from those at the post-graduate level have been successful in the past. The fellowship is not available for the support of under-graduate research. The fellowships are tenable for one year commencing on a date to be agreed. They are not renewable. For more information and details on how to apply please contact Claire Harvey at:

CLOSING DATE: 21st April 2014

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.