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Please be in touch with your Research Grants Administrator for departmental deadlines to secure project approvals and process applications, as these will be set by the local administrator.



Funder Deadline Funding Call Call Summary


Rolling deadline. Minimum 4-weeks before funder deadline

Large Grant Contribution Fund

Research grant applications for funding over £2 million for AHSS subject areas can request financial contributions from this fund. Funding may be requested for activities that are complementary to the external funding and contributions from Departments / Schools / Non-school institutions. Activities that add value in the following areas are particularly encouraged: widening participation and inclusion; improving partnerships locally / nationally / internationally; capacity and capability building; working with less advantaged partners. Leveraging funding for existing grant awards is not in the remit of this fund. All applications must include one or more external partners and only applications led by Cambridge PIs are eligible.

Award: Up to 10% of the award value. PI buyout and equipment are not eligible costs for request.

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Anna Cieslik and

Minimum 4 weeks before funder deadline.
Rolling deadline

REF Impact Funding

Internal funding is available from the Research Strategy Office to support the development of the University’s REF impact submission. It is expected that successful applications will fund impact activities that may feed into potential impact case studies only where no other monies are available. Applications will be reviewed by the Impact and Knowledge Exchange Team. 

Submissions may include (but are not restricted to):

  • Support for gathering feedback from public engagement activities
  • Economic health monitoring
  • Surveying/engaging with research users to evaluate impact
  • Independent evaluation of impacts
  • Resource to collate citations in policy documents

Award: Up to £10,000.
Research Facilitation Contact: Please contact your relevant member of the Impact and Knowledge Exchange Team.

Rolling deadline, until 4pm on 4 September 2023 All-Council Rapid Response Impact Acceleration Account Call

The All-Council Rapid Response Impact Acceleration Account Call is now open to support a wide range of impact activities when researchers are confronted by time-sensitive opportunities or need to test new ideas quickly.  Projects can be up to three months in duration.

Awards: up to £15,000 per application 

Research Facilitation Contact: IAA Team

Final deadline for applications: 4 September 2024 at 16:00 
Lent Term
12 May 2023

HSS Research Framework - apply for Phase 2 funding

Humanities and social science researchers from across a wide range of disciplines, many involving collaboration outside the School, have engaged with Phase 1 of the HSS Research Framework and are currently working on activities under each thematic area. Researchers wishing to propose HSS-led follow-on activities as part of Phase 2 (August 2023-July 2025) are requested to prepare a work plan of proposed activities under the broad scope of one or more Framework theme (full guidance is here).

It is not necessary to have received funding in Phase 1 to apply for Phase 2 support.

Researchers may wish to highlight and group together existing activities funded by other means (or unfunded) which relate to the thematic areas as a basis from which continuation activities are proposed. This flexibility aims to ensure that researchers who wish to develop activities under the thematic areas have the opportunity to become involved in Phase 2, enhancing the range of initiatives the Framework as a whole supports and reflecting HSS research relating to the thematic areas in a rounded, inclusive way. 

Award: There are two funding streams 1) the Convening Fund supports projects up to £15,000 per annum (2 years of funding) per thematic strand 2) the Research Assistant Fund supports projects up to £20k per annum (2 years of funding) across all thematic strands.
Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Andrea Salter

22 May 2023

AHRC IAA Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Scheme

The All-Council Rapid Response Impact Acceleration Account Call is now open to support a wide range of impact activities when researchers are confronted by time-sensitive opportunities or need to test new ideas quickly. This call supports interdisciplinary projects, open to PIs and ECRs with PIs as co-applicants.

Proposed projects must support ‘on the ground’ impact and knowledge exchange activities, which enable researchers at all levels to engage with the public, private and third sectors, and provides a sustainable support structure within the University to promote wider and more effective engagement with external non-academic organisations.Project can be up to three months in duration.

Award: The fund will support staff costs, teaching replacement costs, postdoctoral and administrative support, venue hire, equipment, catering costs, travel expenses, accommodation, IT provision, and software development and licenses.
Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Lucy Sheerman

Easter Term
1 June 2023

IARU Early-Career Collaboration Grants

The Early-Career Collaboration Grants scheme has been created to increase opportunities for in-person global collaboration for early-career academics in the wake of the pandemic. Researchers at Cambridge who have submitted their PhD within the last 10 years (excluding Postdocs). 

Visits can take place any time between 1 October 2023 and 1 October 2024. Applicants are asked to submit letters of support from their Cambridge department and their intended host institution along with the application form, and detail plans for how their visit will help to foster additional collaboration between the two universities in the future.
Award: Up to $5,000 USD
Research Facilitation Contact:

2 June 2023 CIND ECR Funding Call 2023

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience Discovery (CIND) brings together researchers working at the intersections of neurocognition, neurocomputation and neurotechnology. We aim to:

  1. Interface between neuroscience, biological sciences, computer science, engineering and the AI and data science community at the University of Cambridge.
  2. Enable collaborations across Cambridge’s cross-disciplinary research community in discovery neuroscience that have strong translational potential in the development of artificial intelligence systems, neurotechnology solutions and clinical applications.

Our main mechanism for enabling collaboration is the provision of pilot funding for interdisciplinary neuroscience research projects. In the current funding call, we invite proposals for Early Career Researcher (ECR) projects, at the intersections of neurocognition, neurocomputation and neurotechnology. This funding will ideally contribute to the professional development of successful applicants, by positioning them to apply for substantial grants and/or positions, as the next step in their research career. Project proposals should articulate specific career progression plans beyond this funding.
Award: Up to £25,000 (direct costs only) for a maximum duration of 9 months during the period of 1 August 2023 to 30 June 2024.

Research Facilitation Contact:

Summer Term
04 September 2023 Impact Funding Call: All Council Harmonised IAA Rapid Response Call 2022-2025

The all-council rapid response IAA call is now open to support a wide range of activities when researchers are confronted by time-sensitive opportunities or need to test new ideas quickly. Funding is open to Principal Investigators employed by the collegiate the University with project proposals within the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC remits. Please note that previous/current UKRI funding is NOT a requirement. Applications from ECRs with PIs as co-applicants are encouraged. 

Funding can support multidisciplinary working within the University and/or engagement of partners, including research organisations, industry and public or third sector organisations that do not hold an IAA.  

  • Project start date: 12 January 2023-18 October 2024 
  • Project duration: up to three months 

Award: Up to £15,000 per application

Research Facilitation Contact: Stephanie Swain at

05 September 2023 (tentative) Cambridge Africa ALBORADA Research Fund 2022 Applications are invited from pairs of researchers (postdoctoral level and above) from the University of Cambridge or an affiliated institutions and sub-Saharan African institutions, across all disciplines, to initiate and/or strengthen research collaborations.
Award: Between £1,000 and £20,000 for research costs, research-related travel (between Cambridge and Africa), research training activities in Africa (e.g. workshops/courses).
Research Facilitation Contact:
08 September 2023 (tentative)

DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies

This scheme funds workshops and seed funding for projects; visits to Cambridge by German scholars; and public engagement activities.

Award: Up to £5,000. The scheme has set rates for workshops, travel and visiting scholars. Please consult the website for further details.

Research Facilitation Contact: Ms Ingrid Hobbis

30 September 2023

ESRC Social Science Impact Fund

The Social Science Impact Fund (SSIF) aims to support the use of research and expertise through the development of relationships with non-academic stakeholders, beneficiaries, and partners. It is aimed at researchers with UTO status working on subjects within the social sciences and based in any academic department at the University of Cambridge.
Award: Up to £20,000. Projects can last up to 12 months in duration.
Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Tina Basi


Michaelmas Term
14 Oct. 2023 (tenative) Isaac Newton Trust - Research Grants and Emergencies

The Trust has only modest resources and must be viewed as a funder of last resort. The Trustees therefore expect all reasonable attempts to have been made by applicants to secure funding from other sources before an application is made to the Trust. The Trust will support:

  • Project Grants - initial partner funding for new research projects; plus grants for unconventional, innovative forms of research & scholarship
  • Emergency Grants - bridging for salary costs / brief underwriting / start-up grants
  • Fellowship Support - providing matching funds or consumables for certain fellowships
  • Equipment Grants - use of shared equipment, or small equipment needs as part of a specific project.   NB  the Trust will no longer offer contributions to the cost of major items of equipment.
  • Strategic Grants - in exceptional circumstances the Trustees may consider an application for support for a large, institutional, perhaps interdisciplinary, programme of strategic value to the University for the promotion of education or research

Applications for Emergency Grants and Fellowship Support will be considered at any of the Trustees' meetings.

Award: variable

Research Facilitation Contact: Dr Nicola Tooke

Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 24 November 2022

Tuesday 14 March 2023

Wednesday 5 July 2023


For full list of deadlines please consult the INT website.

24 Oct. 2023 (tentative)  Cambridge Humanities Research Grant Scheme

This scheme is administered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; research funding of £1,000-£20,000 per project is available. Details and closing dates are announced twice a year and applications are made online. 

Tier 3 of the CHRGS is a matched-funding programme designed to support international collaboration; from Michaelmas 2018, Tier 3 will accept applications from Cambridge PIs collaborating with PIs from any overseas institution that will match Cambridge's contribution.

Award: up to £20,000 depending on the Tier

Facilitation contact: Dr Anna Cieslik

Call opens on 26 September 2022.
29 Oct. 2023 (tentative) CRASSH/SCAS/ProFutura Fellowship 2023-26

The CRASSH ProFutura fellowship is a three-year research fellowship offered in collaboration with the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala and generously funded by the Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ). During the three-year period, the researcher will spend one (1) year at SCAS and two (2) years at CRASSH. The Pro Futura Fellow should preferably be in residence at SCAS during the first year but this can be flexible.

04 Nov. 2023 (tentative) CamPo

The CamPo Scheme is a partnership between the Universities of Cambridge and Sciences Po, a flagship initiative for strengthening international collaboration in the humanities and the social sciences, and for development of lasting partnership and collaboration between the two Universities with the aim to become a leading research hub for the social sciences. The scheme is intended to cover academic disciplines in social sciences, arts and humanities across all six Schools of the university.

The funding is aimed at supporting activities such as:

  1. workshops, lectures, symposia and conferences
  2. research visits (from/to both institutions)
  3. joint research collaborations and travel grants
  4. visiting professorships (short or mid-term) at both Sciences Po and Cambridge.

Award: Up to £15,000 for projects completed by December 2023.

Research Facilitation 

14 Nov. 2023 (tentative) AHRC Impact Acceleration Account Apply for funding to enhance the non-academic impact of arts and humanities research at the University of Cambridge. Applications which support placements for knowledge exchange activities in order to foster partnership working with non-HEI organisations are also welcome. You must: be a researcher in the arts and humanities; be a senior research with a current contract of employment at the University OR be an early career research with support from a senior research as a Co-I; have approval from the respective HoD.
Award: Maximum amount of £10,000 per award.
Research Facilitation ContactDr Lucy Sheerman
Call opens on 20th September 2022
05 Dec. 2023 (tentative)

Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) Collaboration Fund: Connecting Policymakers and Academics

Apply for funding for collaborative and co-productive research and activity with policy professionals. Creative and innovative approaches to co-production and co-creation with policy stakeholders are encouraged. Approaches could include pump priming, co-developing research, analysis or briefing work, and co-convening meetings or workshops with stakeholders. Funding can be used to buy-out academic or policy time, training, research support and expert services. Proposals must be developed with the named policy partner(s) and can include co-investigators from other universities. 

Award: up to £25,000 – funded at 100% fEC

Research Facilitation Contact: Nicola Buckley or CAPE

First deadline 5 December and then rolling quarterly.