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Applying for Grant Funding

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Research Associates and Senior Research Associates may be the named applicant for small grants and manage the grants they win, providing:

The manager/supervisor provides an email to confirm that he/she:

  • considers it appropriate to allow the Research Associate to be the applicant named on the grant application
  • undertakes to review the management of the grant on a regular basis
  • agrees to take financial and management responsibility should a problem arise

The applicant:

  • is eligible under the sponsor’s rules
  • is currently employed by the University of Cambridge in the Department of Engineering with an end date (or funding end date if the contract of employment is open-ended) that lies beyond the end date of the new proposed grant
  • completes training under the policy against bribery and corruption before submitting the grant application
  • understands that permission to be an applicant for a small grant under this policy does not give them Principal Investigator (PI) status for grants outside this policy

The application:

  • has a total grant value of less than or equal to GBP30k excluding VAT
  • requests grant funding that will be used to pay only costs such as travel, equipment, consumables, facilities, design services and technical services
  • does not risk confusing the definition of PI status with sponsors, under the REF, etc.

Anyone wishing to make a grant application should contact to benefit from advice and ensure the application is correctly processed.