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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:


External funding opportunities:

Phyllis and Eileen Gibbs Travelling Research Fellowship 2015/16

The attention of women researchers in the department is drawn to the Gibbs Travelling Research Fellowship, for fieldwork projects outside the UK.  Previous award winners include Drs Hannah Rowland, Rose Thorogood and Claire Spottiswoode.  Full details are at:


Invitation to Newton Fund event: 12th March

This is an invitation to a Newton Fund event on 12th March. The International Unit will be visiting Cambridge on this date to run an information session for academics and interested parties on the opportunities on offer under this £375 million fund. In the afternoon, there will be a series of sessions organised around the Government’s Development Goals, as all research funded under the Newton Fund has to fit within these parameters: broadly we will discussing Education, Health, Economic Growth, Governance and Climate and Environment. The aim is to get academics talking to each other about potential collaborations under these banners.

If you are interested in attending, then could you please sign up by emailing by 5 March.

For those of you who are not up-to-speed on Newton this £375 million fund (over five years) is coordinated by the:

  • Academies of Engineering, Medical Sciences and the British Academy
  • British Council
  • Royal Society
  • International Unit
  • Innovate UK (the rebranded Technology Strategy Board)
  • RCUK
  • Met Office

The partner countries (from whom collaboration and a degree of matched funding have to be secured to submit a proposal to any Newton call) are:

  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam

 Current calls can be found here.


Twinning Call

Twinning: €1 million for 3 years for networking between researchers in any discipline, three partners required. Deadline: 7 May 2015

The European Commission has launched the “Call for Twinning” within the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation strand of Horizon 2020, which aims to increase the participation rate of low performing countries through a series of initiatives. The Twinning Call will address the networking gaps and deficiencies between the research institutions of the low performing member state (EU13) and their internationally leading counterparts (EU15). The call deadline is 7 May 2015. Budget for the 2015 call will be €64M and will fund projects of up to €1M for a maximum duration of 3 years.


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.