The first grant scheme is to help new academics apply for research funding at the start of their careers.
Capped at £125,000 (calculated at 100 per cent full economic costs - with EPSRC contributing at 80 per cent fEC) and a maximum duration of 2 years. No closing dates
The First Grants scheme is one of the mechanisms that provide support for new academics at the start of their careers. If you want to submit a proposal for a project which needs resources above these limits, you are can submit the proposal via our standard responsive mode mechanism.
If you are taking up a professorship or other senior academic position at a UK university and have already established significant research credentials in industry or outside the UK, the first grant scheme is not appropriate for you.
You can only apply for a first grant once, whether your proposal is successful or not. Proposals are considered in competition with other first grant proposals at responsive mode prioritisation panels.
When applying through the Je-S system please ensure that you apply under the scheme title “First Grant – Revised 2009”.
Applicants are permitted to include the effort of DTA students on First Grants in some cases. Please see the FAQ section for further information.