Co-ordinated University Bids

Some funders and schemes place a limit on the number or type of proposals that may be submitted from each institution. Some may require an institution to send in a ranked/priority list. Normally Research Services will liaise with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and he in turn with Heads of Academic Divisions where institution-wide decisions need to be made. This web page contains information about internal Oxford processes and timelines for research proposals of this kind.

A special protocol/procedure applies in responding to calls by third parties for doctoral scholarship programme bids. These include, but are not limited to: calls by the Wellcome Trust for doctoral programmes or centres; by RCUK for DTCs, CDTs, etc; the Newton Fund for international PhD partnering; or the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships. Oxford protocol - calls by third parties for doctoral programme bids (276kb)  

Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard funding for early career researchers (deadline: noon, 21 June 2017)

The University of Oxford has been invited to nominate three applicants for Round 3 of the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Springboard Scheme. Springboard offers a bespoke package of support to biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. This includes funding of up to £100,000 over two years and access to the Academy’s acclaimed mentoring and career development programme. Dr Molly Crockett from the Department of Experimental Psychology and Dr Maike Bublitz from the Department of Biochemistry have been supported by the scheme in previous years.

Applicants must hold an established academic research position, be within three years (FTE) of their first independent (salaried) position and have sufficient time remaining in their current post to complete the proposed Springboard project. Researchers who hold a clinical contract or are in receipt of substantial research funding as a PI (more than £75,000 pa excluding their salary) are not eligible to apply.

Full applications are to be submitted by 21 August 2017. The Medical Sciences Division is running an internal competition to select institutional applicants and agree these with AMS for full application. Those wishing to apply will need to submit an eligibility check form along with a completed Springboard EOI form (171kb)  to by noon on Wednesday 21 June. Questions about the scheme should be directed to

Further details on the scheme and eligibility requirements can be found on the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard page. The Springboard Champion for the University of Oxford is Professor Irene Tracey.


Fondation Bettencourt Schueller: Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences (internal deadline: noon, Friday 30 June)

The University of Oxford has been invited to nominate up to three candidates for the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences. The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation will award €300,000 to an outstanding researcher from the European Union under the age of 45 and currently working in an EU laboratory outside France*. The originality and importance of their research, potential to improve human health, and ability to mobilise a team around a particularly promising research project offering hope in strategic sectors, will be evaluated by the Foundation’s Scientific Council and by international experts.

The University is running an internal competition to select institutional applicants and agree these with the Foundation for full application. Eligible applicants should submit a completed expression of interest form to by noon on Friday 30 June: Liliane Bettencourt Prize EOI form (28kb)

Selected nominees for full application will be recommended to the Foundation by 10 July 2017.

The Foundation’s Liliane Bettencourt Prize rules and guidance (531kb) is provided for reference; please read this carefully. Questions about the scheme should be directed to

*Nationals of EU and EFTA states under 45 years of age at 1 January 2018 are eligible, ie nationals of EU states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships 2017/18 (deadline: 31 July 2017)

The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched their annual call for applications to their fellowship scheme, with a deadline of 6 September 2017. 

Scheme information

The RAEng Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for high-quality early career engineers to encourage them to develop successful academic research careers.

The RAEng is particularly keen to encourage applications from strong candidates who are considered to belong to a group that is persistently underrepresented within the engineering profession (eg gender or ethnicity).

Applications are welcomed from outstanding early career engineering researchers who are about to finish their PhD or have up to four years postdoctoral research experience prior to 6 September 2017 (maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances can be taken into consideration). The scheme provides funding for five years to encourage the best researchers to remain in the academic engineering sector. In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme offers:

  • freedom to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering
  • time to establish a track record in the field
  • the services of a mentor (a fellow of the Academy) to offer advice and to facilitate the formation of industrial links
  • restrictions of teaching and administrative duties

Further information, including the eligibility criteria and guidance notes, can be found on the RAEng website.

Internal selection process

Oxford’s internal selection process will take place as follows:

  1. Completed internal application forms (below) and CVs (max three pages) to be submitted to by noon on Monday 31 July
  2. An internal, multidisciplinary panel will prioritise the proposals received
  3. The chosen applicants must then submit their final applications to the RAEng using the online application system by 4 September

Application form

The RAEng uses an online application system. For Oxford’s internal prioritisation process please complete the RAEng Research Fellowships 2017 application form (16kb)  – the application form requests some of the same information as for the online system. A three page CV should also be submitted.

Advice for applicants

  • Applications should make clear the novelty of the proposed research
  • Proposals should be ambitious and detail a broader programme of work, rather than a project or a direct continuation of a PhD project
  • Applicants whose research is not 'classic' engineering (eg computer science or medical imaging etc) should stress the engineering side to their work
  • Independence from your supervisor and/or group should be demonstrated


Contact Martin Edmunds with any queries.

BBSRC Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Seminars (No deadline)


This initiative provides universities and institutes with funding to deliver seminars on knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC). The aim of these seminars is to raise awareness of how knowledge exchange and commercialisation of BBSRC bioscience research can deliver benefits to the economy, the public and has an impact on society.

The BBSRC will support a maximum of one seminar per year per institution, and therefore coordination across the institution is essential.

Please contact Phil Clare ( in the first instance if you are interested in applying to this scheme.

More details can be found here on the BBSRC website.

Recommended seminar format and content

  • A half day, with networking or debate
  • Involve senior academic staff and academic-related colleagues in developing the programme and encouraging attendance
  • Speakers could include university industrial liaison staff, knowledge exchange professionals, technology transfer specialists, patent lawyers, KTP advisors, KTP office, business development staff and senior managers
  • Success stories by academic colleagues demonstrating the benefits and impact of KEC

Possible sessions

  • Highlight the principles underlying BBSRC KEC policy
  • What are intellectual assets?
  • What is the university strategy with regards to intellectual assets management?
  • University knowledge exchange strategy and policies
  • What is IP and its relation to intellectual assets?
  • Understanding patenting of IP in biological research
  • Licensing and collaboration agreements
  • When to disclose or disseminate to achieve greater impact?


We will contribute up to £2,000 in grants towards costs of external speakers, room booking, time spent in organising the event and other reasonable costs. The cost of lunch and refreshments is not eligible.

A BBSRC speaker may be available, free of charge, on request.