Global Challenges Research Fund Calls

EPSRC Internal GCRF Funding


Creating Impact

  • Excellence Fund for Frontier Research - CLOSED to applications. Supporting research ideas which are potential breakthrough programs that have the potential to put Imperial in a leadership position, even if the ideas have not yet received outside funding.

  • The Francis Crick Institute (managed by Academic Partnerships, College login required) - OPEN for 2018
    • The programme of Attachments offers Imperial staff the opportunity for their research group to be seconded to the Crick, to establish a satellite group in a Crick lab or to spend up to a year with the Crick on sabbatical. The deadline for applications is 6 April 2018.
    • The new Networking Fund has been set up to support staff to develop connections across disciplinary boundaries with researchers at the Crick. The fund holds £40k and will support networking activities of typically between £2-5k. The call for applications has a rolling deadline, the first of which is 23 February 2018 for consideration in March.

  • Strategic Support Fund (managed by Faculty of Medicine) - Supporting novel interdisciplinary biomedical research in the Wellcome Trustremit.

  • European Partners Fund - OPEN. Support is available for Imperial academics to initiate and pursue collaborations with European colleagues and ideally to lead to new science and to future applications for external funding, for example H2020. Please refer to the European Partners call document (pdf) for further details of this opportunity and complete the European Partners Fund application form‌ (Word)‌.

  • Global Engagements (PDF) - Support is available for collaborative international activities that enable the cross-border pooling of research capabilities - CLOSED. Results from previous rounds are now available. 

  • FAPESP-Imperial Research Engagement (SPRINT) scheme - CLOSEDImperial and FAPESP, the research funding agency in the State of São Paulo, have opened the next call for proposals under the FAPESP-Imperial Research Engagement Scheme. Please refer to the FAPESP-Imperial Research Engagement scheme call guidance (PDF) for details on the application process and download the FAPESP-Imperial Research Engagement scheme application form (word) here.  Brazilian collaborators will need to respect the FAPESP call details. For queries about the Brazilian context and partners, contact the International Relations Office (international.relations@imperial.ac.uk).  For queries about the application process, contact Dr Suzanne Rolfe, Research Office (s.rolfe@imperial.ac.uk)

  • MIT-Seed Fund (PDF) – CLOSED The MIT-Imperial Seed Fund aims to kick-start early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’ research ideas that might not otherwise be pursued. The Fund will support early-stage collaboration among academics, researchers and students at MIT and Imperial by facilitating exchange between participating research groups through provision of grants to cover travel, workshops, meetings, hackathons, networks and other activities to explore research directions. Deadline for applications is 18 September 2017 (23.59 Boston, USA time). For queries, contact globalseedfunds@imperial.ac.uk globalseedfunds@imperial.ac.uk‌.


Personal Support


FoNS Strategy Research Funding (available for FoNS researchers only)

The Faculty of Natural Sciences wish to support new multidisciplinary and industrial collaborations to stimulate new research directions and to enhance its research impact. Therefore, the FoNS Strategy Research Fund will be used to allocate resources to foster new interdisciplinary partnerships within College and to engage more effectively with external SME partners. Support is provided via four initiatives; (1) Collaborative Initiatives Kick-start funding, (2) SME Engagement Funding, (3)  Networking/workshop activities fundingand (4) Travel grants. More information can be found here

Any queries should be directed to your Strategy Research Manager.


Grantham Affiliates Funding Opportunities

In order to promote new ideas and collaborations in priority areas for engagement and research, the Grantham Institute is periodically offering a number of funding opportunities to Grantham Affiliates. These opportunities will be announced here, as well as through Grantham’s Affiliates' newsletter.   

Please contact Laila Read (l.read@imperial.ac.uk) if you would like more information on any of these opportunities, or Alyssa Gilbert (a.gilbert@imperial.ac.uk) to discuss a specific proposal.


Data Science Institute: Thomson Reuters Data Science Fund

In 2016, Thomson Reuters established a research fund at the Data Science Institute with a view to engaging in scientific research and development. Currently, proposals are sought from across the College for research projects within the field of Big, Open and Linked Data.

Thomson Reuters have developed a set of tools to enable exploration and analysis of big, open, linked data. PermID is a unique open identifier for companies, people and financial instruments that facilitate linking data across sources. The Thomson Reuters Intelligent Tagging (TRIT) tool can be used to identify a range of entities in unstructured text and tag these with PermIDs. By using both these tools with a wealth of news articles and curated, authoritative data sets, Thomson Reuters have created a Knowledge Graph of in excess of 5 billion triples, connecting organisations, people, supply chains, financial instruments and quotes. More information can be found here: http://thomsonreutersfinancial.lookbookhq.com/trknowledgegraph/factsheet

We would like to welcome applications that utilise and/or enrich this data.

Queries related to research field should be directed to Douglas Mcilwraith d.mcilwraith@imperial.ac.uk

Queries regarding funding and application submission should be directed to Alice Ashley-Smith a.ashley-smith@imperial.ac.uk


Faculty Fellowships

Faculty of Medicine has launched the new Faculty Fellowships opportunity, to provide flexible funding for up to 18 months for non-clinical, early career researchers who have not yet submitted a Fellowship application but for who an award is in the pipeline because of the quality of the applicant, supervisor and project.  These fellowships are open to researchers across all Faculties. Postdoctoral researchers from disciplines outside of biomedicine can apply for funding, provided the proposed area of research is within Wellcome Trust’s remit. More information, including application closing dates and internal departmental deadlines, can be found on the ISSF webpage.

For further information please contact Dr Steve McAteer (s.mcateer@imperial.ac.uk).