Internal funding opportunities

Departmental funds

Departments usually have some funds available to held fund travel to conferences and for collaborative visits, short-term emergency support etc. Please contact your Departmental Administrator for further information.

Erasmus funding for academic teaching staff

Erasmus is the European Commission's flagship educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers, and institutions and was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility within Europe. Erasmus funding is not only available for students but for staff as well. Members of academic teaching staff employed by the University of Oxford may be eligible for funding to undertake a short period of teaching at another institution that participates in Erasmus.

Details about the Erasmus Staff Mobility Scheme can be found on the website of Personnel Services. Please note that an agreement between two institutions holding an Erasmus University Charter needs to be in place by the summer before the academic year in which the staff mobility is due to take place.

Further information can be obtained from the Erasmus Co-ordinator.

IT Innovation Challenges

The IT Innovation Challenges, part of the University’s IT Capital Plan, support small start-up digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University. They aim to fund innovative projects which will enhance the staff or student experience at Oxford through digital means. Successful projects may go on to become full services or work with Oxford University Innovation on spin out opportunities.

Staff IT Innovation Challenge: each term a 'challenge' is set to encourage people to focus their thoughts and submit ideas for others to discuss. There is also an 'open' category where you can submit any idea you feel could bring benefit to the University. The Staff Challenge is available to any member of University staff (but not open to college-only employees). Projects can be any length but will last no longer than 12 months. Projects can be of any value, starting as low as a few hundred pounds, but can cost no more than £60k in total.

For further information please visit the Innovation Challenges website

John Fell OUP Research Fund

The John Fell OUP Research Fund is administered by the Planning & Resource Allocation Section (PRAS). The purpose of the Fund is to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly in interdisciplinary fields. It will make seedcorn and start-up grants, and provide staff and funds to stimulate applications to external agencies. The Fund will thus build on the success of the former Research Development Fund. Please see the John Fell Fund web page for deadlines and further details.

Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs)

These posts are generally affiliated with particular colleges, and are advertised via their websites. Some posts are advertised in the Appointments section of the Gazette and/or in the Research section of the University job site.

Medical Research Fund

The Medical Research Fund supports research conducted in the clinical departments of the Medical Sciences Division through provision of a bridging salary scheme, a pump-priming salary scheme, and a clinical pre-fellowship scheme. Please see the MSD website for further information.

MRC Confidence in Concept Fund (deadline: noon, 17 October 2016)

The MRC CiC will support the earliest stages of translational research projects. It is intended to accelerate the transition from discovery research to translational development projects by supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach. 

The final round of the 2016-18 CiC will have a one-stage application process with an application deadline of noon on Monday 17 October 2016.

More information can be found on the Medical Sciences Division website.

Oppenheimer Fund: Academic exchanges (deadline: 30 October 2016)

The Oppenheimer Fund provides funding for senior members of the University who wish either to visit one or more universities in South Africa or to senior members of South African universities who wish to visit Oxford. 

Grants may be awarded up to the cost of a return flight (up to £850) and one month of living expenses (£1200 for visits to South Africa or £1400 for those to Oxford).

Applications for one month visits will be considered, but applications for visits of over one month where a source of co-funding or additional funding has already been secured or identified will be prioritised.

Applications for new collaboration projects between Oxford and South Africa are particularly encouraged.

Exchange applications from graduate students or for the sole purpose of attending a conference (or similar short event) will not normally be considered.

Applications for grants from the Fund should include:

  • A statement of the purpose of the proposed visit. This should give an outline of the research to be carried out during the visit and expected goals; these should be summarised in terms accessible to a layperson. The statement should also include details on how the visit will build links between Oxford and South Africa;
  • Duration and estimated costs, including details of any other available sources of funding;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of support from the institution you will be visiting.

For visitors to Oxford, your host should also confirm in the letter that they will assist in arranging suitable affiliation to a college/department and access to any necessary research materials. The host should also assist in finding you accommodation in Oxford.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf document containing all elements requested.

The Oppenheimer Fund accepts applications twice a year. The next deadline for applications is 30 October 2016. Enquiries about the Fund should be sent to: Pete Mandeville, Graduate Admissions and Funding, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD; peter.mandeville@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund

The new Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund was set up thanks to a donation from the Blakey Foundation. The fund supports staff and postgraduate research students visiting the University of Yangon and potentially other Burma/Myanmar institutions to take part in guest teaching, supervision, joint research, staff training and curriculum development activities.

Full details of the types of applications that the fund supports, the application procedure, and requirements of grant recipients can be found in the Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund guidance note (40kb) and the Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund application form (35kb)

The latest deadline for applications was Monday 11 July.

More information can also be found on the Oxford-Burma Visiting Fund page.

Oxford - FAPESP collaboration scheme

FAPESP (the state funding agency in São Paulo, Brazil) and the University of Oxford signed a Cooperation Agreement for Research on 20 January 2015 to enhance existing collaborations, and to facilitate the development of new collaborations. The scheme will fund joint research projects, specifically the costs associated with the convening of joint research workshops and the exchange of faculty and researchers, under the terms and conditions of the SPRINT, 1st Edition 2015.

The previous call for proposals' deadline was 27 April 2015. See FAPESP-Oxford Collaboration Scheme overview (222kb). Results of this call are advertised here.

All questions related to this call for proposals and the scheme must be directed to Nina Tomlin, Senior Strategy Officer, International Strategy Office (tel. 44 (0)1865 270250)). 

Oxford-Canterbury (NZ) Exchange Programme

The Oxford-Canterbury Exchange Programme, pursuant to the latest Memorandum of Understanding (240kb) signed by Oxford and Canterbury in 2011, enables academic staff from Oxford University to visit the University of Canterbury for up to 3 months to give lectures to students and contribute generally to the teaching programme. The University of Canterbury now funds all Fellowships with assistance from its Erskine Bequest.

Please note: Oxford departments, rather than the central University, will be responsible for meeting the financial commitments agreed to. Also, any Oxford academic thinking of applying for a Fellowship must contact the relevant department at Canterbury and obtain a supporting letter from the Head of Department. Further information on this can be found on the Programme Overview page.

The deadline for applications for the 2017 round of funding was 29 April 2016.

Oxford-Harrington Scholarship Programme

In November 2014, the Oxford-Harrington Scholarship Programme was launched to support researchers at the University of Oxford to translate discovery science into medicines that improve human health. This new collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland will leverage their combined expertise and resources to advance drug discovery projects. It is expected that up to two awards will be made in the first half of 2016 to Oxford researchers working on projects with potential for development into new therapies.

The Oxford-Harrington Scholarship Programme will provide consultancy based support to researchers working on novel drug discovery research problems that have demonstrable potential to become new therapies, but may not be far enough along the drug development path to receive support from financial investors. Oxford-Harrington Scholars will have access to the Harrington Discovery Institute's Innovation Support Center for strategic project management that includes dedicated drug development experts from industry that will be charged with advising on and materially helping the translational and drug development efforts of Oxford-Harrington Scholars.

The latest deadline for applications was 1 April 2016. Please see the Medical Sciences Division's website for further details.

Oxford Martin School research funding

Navigating progress: managing the risks and rewards of scientific advances 

The deadline for Expressions of Interest for this theme was 16 November 2015. The outcome of the 2015-16 will be announced before the end of Trinity Term 2016, with a view to new programmes starting in Michaelmas Term 2016. The next funding theme will be announced before the end of Trinity Term 2016.

More information is available on the Oxford Martin School website.

Oxford-UCB Prize Fellowship in Biomedical Research

The Oxford-UCB Prize Fellowship supports outstanding researchers and clinicians in their early career at the University of Oxford. The fellowship combines scientific excellence with the opportunity to make a significant difference for patients. It provides unique career development opportunities, including into biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and access to world-leading institutes including those in the US. 

The next deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 3 October 2016. 

Further information on the scheme is available on the Medical Sciences Division website.

Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund (deadline: noon, 24 October 2016)

This an internal grant scheme to support Public Engagement with Research activities – applications from those new or experienced in Public Engagement with Research are welcome. Funds can be requested to: develop or pilot new Public Engagement with Research projects; improve existing Public Engagement with Research activity; or evaluate ongoing Public Engagement with Research activities.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 24 October 2016, decisions will be announced November 2016 and the funding for this scheme must be spent by 30 June 2017.

Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund Guidelines (329kb)
Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund Application Form (39kb)

Returning Carers' Fund for academic and research staff

The Returning Carers' Fund is a small grants scheme intended to support the return to research of women and men who have taken a break of at least six months for caring responsibilities.

For further details and deadlines please see the Equality and Diversity website.

Scholarships and Prizes

The Fees and funding web pages include useful information about scholarships and prizes available to undergraduate and graduate students.

The Oxford Humanities Research Centre (TORCH): internal funding opportunities

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) seeks to stimulate and support research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

For information on specific funding opportunities, please see the TORCH website.

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund

The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) is a block grant provided to the University, which is managed by a small central committee. The Wellcome Trust ISSF is open to all academic members of staff across the University. The ISSF Committee especially welcomes cross-divisional bids.

Applications are invited across a broad range of themes. Projects must meet the strategic priorities of the Wellcome Trust ISSF. Details of the themes and strategic priorities can be found on the strategy page of the ISSF website.

The latest call for applications closed on 3 May 2016. Further information can be found on the ISSF website.