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The Incubator Fund provides seed funding to support novel or exploratory interdisciplinary research into any aspect of reproduction

This scheme is currently open for applications until 31 January 2023.

We welcome applications from all Cambridge Reproduction members for small grants to support innovative interdisciplinary research in any aspect of reproduction. Grants provide seed funding as a basis for development of larger bids.

Applicants should be a current postgraduate student or member of staff at the University of Cambridge or its affiliated institutions (e.g. Babraham Institute, Wellcome Sanger Institute, CUH, etc.).

Funded projects


Application deadlines

There are three funding rounds each year (once per term). The application deadlines for the academic year 2022 - 2023 are:

Lent Term: 31 January 2023

Easter Term: 31 May 2023

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 Incubator 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 CV for each applicant and a letter of support from your supervisor, line manager or head of department. There is a template statement of support in the documents below.



After you have received an award

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


Incubator Fund sponsorship

We are grateful to the Isaac Newton Trust, which has provided additional funding to the Incubator Fund in 2021.

We are interested in hearing from other potential partners who could sponsor our Incubator Fund. To discuss how you could support innovative interdisciplinary research into reproduction at the University of Cambridge, please contact the Cambridge Reproduction Coordinator.