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

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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 2018 and 31st December 2021. The scheme is 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. Applicants from the Plant Sciences will not be considered for the award unless they can demonstrate how their research falls under the Wellcome Trust science remit.

Applicants are required to submit:

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 25% of the project cost (of a total project cost of up to £85k).

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: Monday, 1st November 2021 by midnight.

Please send your application and supporting documents to Paulina Pieprzyca at

If you have any enquiries prior to submitting your application, please contact Paulina directly at

Project start date: Project cannot commence later than March 2022; and its maximum duration is 2 years.

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:

Best wishes,


Paulina Pieprzyca

Research Programme Coordinator

Research Strategy Office

University of Cambridge

Posted on 13/09/2021