The Isaac Newton Trust provides financial support for high-quality research and educational projects across all subjects in the University of Cambridge. Since its foundation in 1988, the Trust has funded many hundreds of researchers, mainly at postdoctoral level.
We have helped to secure millions of pounds in grant income and donations from external bodies by providing matching funding in a supple, responsive and innovative way.
The Trust has only modest resources (its annual spend on research is currently no more than about £4m in total) – for details of our budget and how we spent it last year, please see our Annual Report
Our grants, while generally small in comparison to those from the major external funding bodies, often create opportunities for individuals and projects that might otherwise be missed.
The Isaac Newton Trustees review their funding activities continually against an ever-changing background of research funding and educational needs.
1) Read our ‘Guiding Principles’ which apply to most of our research grants, across all categories
2) See the summary outline of our research grant funding categories
3) Find out more about the category that interests you
4) Consult the comparative table of research grant categories
5) Then go to How to apply
Go to ‘Guiding Principles’
Isaac Newton Research Grants: timetable 2018-19
Emergency, Project and Equipment Grants: there are three rounds per year
|APPLICATION TIMETABLE||Michaelmas 2018||Lent 2019||Easter 2019|
|Submission of draft applications to Head of Department
|28 September 2018||11 January 2019||26 April 2019|
|Deadline for submission of draft applications to the Newton Trust||5 October 2018||18 January 2019||3 May 2019|
|Deadline for submission of final applications to the Newton Trust||19 October 2018||1 February 2019||17 May 2019|
|Trustees’ award meeting
|29 November 2018||14 March 2019||4 July 2019|
|Announcement of application outcome
(letters sent to departments by this date)
|7 December 2018||22nd March 2019||12 July 2019|