Project Grants

For short-term research projects lasting up to three years and costing less than £300,000.

Entry requirements

  • The principal investigator will usually be a post-doctoral researcher at any stage of their career.
  • The centre where the work is to be pursued must be an established research institution in the UK.

Grant duration

  • Up to three years.

Award may include

  • Staff salaries. For example: technician, research assistant, postdoctoral salaries. This excludes support for PhD students, who are not eligible to work on a Project Grant.
  • Research consumables directly attributable to the project.
  • Research equipment essential for the project.

How to apply

Additional information

You will be asked to attach a single PDF document to your online application form containing the following information: 

  1. For resubmissions, include an unedited copy of the original feedback followed by a detailed response, limited to 3 sides of A4, explaining how the revised application has changed from the original submission.
  2. Abstract of the proposed investigation in 200 words or less.
  3. Background to the project and pilot data.
  4. Original hypothesis.
  5. Experimental details and design of proposed investigation.
  6. Power calculations.
  7. Expected value of results.
  8. List of references relevant to the proposed project.
  9. The contribution to be made by each co-applicant and collaborator (maximum of one A4 side).
  10. List of principal investigator's and co-applicant(s)' relevant publications.
  11. Appendices should be a maximum of 3 sides of A4 containing only tables or figures essential to the understanding of the application. Research papers whether published, in press or in preparation may not be attached (although hyperlinks can be provided). 
  12. Brief CV (two A4 sides including email address) of named staff for whom salary is requested.
  13. Supporting letters from collaborators.
  14. Quotes obtained for requested equipment.
  15. Valid copy of ethical approval if relevant.

Sections 2-7 must not exceed six A4 sides. The PDF file size must not exceed 20MB.

Please ensure Arial font size 12 is used. If this font size is not used, the application will be rejected prior to formal consideration.

Decision process

There are no closing dates. Please submit the application when it is ready.

Receipt will be acknowledged within 24 hours and we will advise you when you can expect the result. A decision will be reached by the Project Grants Committee (four meetings a year) after it has considered external peer review reports.

Please allow six months from submission to decision.

Apply online