Special Project Grant
For research projects costing more than
£300,000 (except clinical studies).
If you are applying for funding for a clinical study costing
more than £300,000, please use our Clinical
- The principal investigator will be a senior researcher working
in an established research institution in the UK. He/she must have
a strong track record of project grant support, usually from us and
an internationally recognised research profile.
- The proposed research plan must be extensive and imaginative,
but remain focused.
- Up to 5 years, with an interim review at the half way
Award may include
- Staff salaries. For example: technician; research
assistant; postdoctoral salaries. This excludes PhD
- Research consumables, directly attributable to the
- Research equipment essential for the project.
How to apply
Preliminary outline proposal
Prospective applicants must have submitted a
preliminary outline at least 18 months before the expected start
date and received our approval to submit a full application.
In order to decide whether it is appropriate to apply, please
complete the online preliminary application
form following the instructions in the GMS User Guide.
You will be asked to attach a single PDF
document to your online application form containing the following
- Name, department and institute for each co-applicant (maximum
of 10 co-applicants allowed).
- Background to your proposal.
- Research proposals for the next 5 years, including objectives
and the main methods to be used to tackle the research aims.
- Your objectives in the longer term.
- An explanation of why the research requires programme rather
than project grant support.
- Summary of expected costs.
- Relevant current and recent grants held by Principal
Investigator and Co-applicants.
- List of the Principal Investigator's and Co-applicant(s)
Sections 1-6 must not exceed 3 A4 sides.
Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If
this font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior
to formal consideration.
Outline proposals should be submitted at least
18 months before the expected start date of any award. Allow 1
month for outline to be considered.
Once a preliminary application is approved you
will be able to complete a full online
application form following the instructions in
the GMS User Guide.
You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your online
application form containing the following information:
- For resubmissions, include previous feedback and provide a
detailed response explaining how the revised application has
changed from the original submission.
Abstract of the proposed investigation in less than 150
- Background to the project and pilot data.
- Original hypothesis.
- Experimental details and design of proposed investigation.
- Expected value of results.
- List of references relevant to the proposed project.
- List of Principal Investigator's and Co-applicant(s) relevant
- Additional pages for appendices (e.g. charts, graphs, photos);
must be kept to a minimum and should be submitted only if essential
to the understanding of the application.
- Brief CV (2 A4 sides including email address) of named staff
for whom salary is requested.
- Supporting letters from collaborators.
- Quotes obtained for requested equipment.
- Valid copy of ethical approval if relevant.
Sections 2-7 must not exceed 10 A4
sides. The PDF file size must not exceed 20
Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If this
font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior to
There are no closing dates. Please submit the application when
it is ready.
We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 24 hours
and and we will advise when you can expect the result. A
decision will be reached by the Chairs and
Programme Grants Committee (4 meetings a year) after it has
considered external peer review reports. Since Special Project
Grants are rarely awarded without revision, the application should
be submitted 12 months before the expected start date.