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Cambridge Global Challenges


This scheme is aimed at newly independent principal investigators appointed at University of Cambridge between 1st January 2015 and 31st January 2018. The primary aim of the scheme is to provide support for newly appointed individuals to allow them to develop projects which will lead to a full application for external funding (e.g. project grant from a Research Council or equivalent).

The scheme is primarily aimed at individuals whose research falls within the Wellcome Trust remit.  In addition, through partnering with the Isaac Newton Trust, the scheme also covers areas of research pursued within the Schools of the Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine that would not be eligible for Wellcome Trust funding (for e.g. aspects of research in the Departments of Zoology or Plant Sciences).

The grants can be used to fund PDRA support (up to salary point 45), equipment and ancillary consumables. PI time, travel costs, laboratory refurbishment and student fees are not eligible costs on these grants,

Research grants of up to £85,000 in total are available under this scheme for up to two years , starting between February – July 2018. Please note that your department is expected to provide one third of the project cost (of a total of up to £85k).

Please note that:

  • Previously unsuccessful applicants may submit an application if they can demonstrate how the new proposal is materially different from the previous submission in a covering letter;
  • Applications from previous award holders are ineligible;
  • Please note the unsuccessful applicants to this scheme cannot apply to the Isaac Newton Trust for support for the materially same project;
  • Successful applicants cannot apply separately to the Isaac Newton Trust for matching funding for their Joint Research Grant.


Please send your application and supporting documents to

Call details and application form are to be found here.

Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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