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The University has a fund which provides support for large bids. You can find further information on the Large Bid Fund and guidance how to apply here:

The team in the Research Strategy Ofiice can assist you, as we are aware the application process can be time consuming. The RSO can offer support with facilitation, coordination and input into large complex bids, particularly to promote cross-disciplinary grant applications.

Please get in touch if you are interested and we can help.

Restricted call: MRC New Units (internal selection deadline 1 December 2022)

Restricted call: MRC New Units (internal selection deadline 1 December 2022)

MRC will soon open their new call for units. The call is now expected to open on 21 November 2022, which is when full details will be made available. We do not anticipate major changes from what is outlined below, however.

The new award will be an annual opportunity with identified themes, with two awards made each year. This first round’s themes are as follows: 

  • Mental health
  • Multimorbidity
  • Advanced therapeutics

The full scope of these themes will be announced when the opportunity opens. 

This new challenge-led approach will focus on distinct, disruptive, or interdisciplinary activity with the potential to prove transformative to the field within 14 years. These major investments should be outward facing, promote collaborative research, and foster the right conditions to train the next generation of researchers and technologists. 

Applications can be from a single research organisation or in partnership and may include industry collaboration. International co-investigators can be included if they provide expertise that is not available in the UK.

The opportunity will provide budgets of up to £3 million per annum at 80% full Economic Cost (fEC) for up to 14 years. Funding will be allocated over two periods of seven years with a review in year six. The full economic cost of a unit can be around £25 million for the first seven years.

Each proposal will require clearly defined institutional support, including: provision and maintenance of lab space, access to existing facilities, HR services, and underpinning of key staff positions. 

For more details, please see the pre-announcement website, which should be updated by the MRC once the call opens on the 21st November.


University Internal selection:  

Organisations are encouraged to prioritise their involvement in applications and to realistically restrict the number submitted. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure.

To take part in the internal selection process please complete our online submission form (if asked to log-in, please use Raven details) by 01 December 2022.

Please find attached an example of the questions asked in the online form, to ease preparation.

Funder deadline: 21 February 2023, 4pm UK time 

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at


Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants  (internal selection deadline 5pm Monday, 14 November 2022)

Restricted call: ESRC New Investigator Grants  (internal selection deadline 5pm Monday, 14 November 2022)

The ESRC have announced their New Investigator Grant scheme. This scheme is suitable for early career researchers who have yet to make the transition to be an independent researcher. Proposals are welcome in any topic which falls within ESRC’s remit, including projects at the “interface with the wider sciences”, provided that social sciences accounts for at least 50% of the proposed research. The ESRC will award grants of between £100-300K (covered at 80%fEC). For full details please see the call specification.

This call has a rolling deadline. The ESRC aims to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of submission, but the recommended project start date is 8 months after submission.


University Internal selection

The ESRC expect the University to run an internal selection process to ensure that we submit only bids from outstanding individuals with the potential to become the research leaders of the future. The University may only submit a limited number of applications. To meet these requirements, this call will be overseen by a cross-school Committee, as decided by University’s Research Policy Committee.

There are three internal calls every year (in March, June and October).  Only applicants whose proposals have been approved through the internal selection process will be allowed to proceed with submission of their applications to ESRC.

Interested applicants should submit an online application by 5pm on Monday 14 November 2022.

You will be required to upload the following:

  • Your research project proposal (template provided in the attached) 
  • A letter of support from your Head of Department

This letter is very important to the success of the application as it is needed to confirm the details of the departmental support and the applicant’s eligibility. The letter must also specify a department/faculty based mentor, and a reviewer, both of whom have agreed to provide feedback on the full proposal, should the applicant be selected to proceed. The reviewer may be from within or outside the applicant’s department/faculty. Please note that naming a reviewer is an internal requirement, and the reviewer will not be named on the full application to the ESRC. The mentor and the named reviewer will be expected to provide feedback on the full proposal prior to submission to ESRC. This will be coordinated by the School Research Facilitator.

  • An X5 PDF report

The report should show the preliminary costing for the project, including the cost of the applicant’s salary and research assistance (if required). The X5 should not be submitted for ROO approval at this stage; the costing is for indicative purposes only, to inform the internal selection. It will be possible to modify it after the internal selection.

If you have any questions, please write to