New Investigator Award

The New Investigator Award scheme is to support individuals who hold an academic lectureship position, have not previously led an academic research group or been the recipient of a significant grant (usually defined as those which included PDRA time, capital equipment or were in excess of £100,000 (FEC)).


No closing dates apply to the scheme. The New Investigator Award scheme can only be applied to once, whether previous applications were successful or not, except when permission to resubmit an application is invited after peer review. Proposals are considered in competition with other New Investigator Awards at Standard Research prioritisation panels.

Scope and Nature of New Investigator Awards

Projects should be self-contained and comprise a single research vision with clearly defined objectives and outcomes. The duration of the project should be appropriate to deliver these (typically 1-3 years). Complex, multi-facetted research projects with many objectives are not appropriate for this scheme.

As with all EPSRC grants, applicants should request the appropriate suite of resources to carry out the proposed research. Request for resource should be clearly articulated in the justification of resources part of the grant application.

The “New Investigator Award Expectations” document provides some guidelines for applicants to consider during the initial formulation of their proposals with regards to the expected scope and features of their application.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2020