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The Conceptions Fund provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers (ECRs) at the University of Cambridge to run their own creative interdisciplinary project around the theme of reproduction.

This scheme is currently open for applications and the next deadline is 31 January 2023.

The project may involve a programme of invited speakers, a novel research proposal, the production of a short film or outreach material, or other creative activity, and must be:

  • interdisciplinary and involve at least 2 members from different departments (preferably from different Schools) within the University of Cambridge or its affiliated institutions (applications from external institutions are not eligible);
  • fully costed, as funding will be capped;
  • completed within 9 months of receipt of funding.

Applicants should be a current postgraduate student, research fellow, postdoctoral research associate or other junior member of staff at the University of Cambridge or its affiliated institutions (Babraham Institute, Wellcome Sanger Institute and CUH). Awards are up to £5,000 per project, but applications for smaller amounts are also welcomed.

Funded projects


Application deadlines

There are two funding rounds each year (in January and May). The application deadlines for 2022 - 2023 are:

Lent Term: 31 January 2023

Easter Term: 31 May 2022

Applicants will hear whether they have been successful within 3-4 weeks of their application.


How to apply

Please make sure you are familiar with the Conceptions Fund guidance (below) before you submit your application.

Applications may be made using our online form (you will need to be logged in to Google to use this), or by emailing the Word application form below to All applications must be accompanied by a 2-page CV for each applicant and a letter of support from a University Teaching Officer, Principal Investigator or person of equivalent seniority.



After you have received an award

If you receive an award from the Conceptions Fund, you will need to return the post-award report form below within one month of completing your funded activity: