Host organisation statement for First Grants

Please note: the First Grant scheme will close to new applications at 16:00 on 24 July 2017. This will be replaced by the New Investigator Award scheme.

Further information about the New Investigator Award is available.

Applications in Je-S that have not been submitted to EPSRC by the Research Office before 16:00 24 July will no longer be available. Please ensure these are saved offline so that they can be submitted to the revised scheme.

First Grant proposals should be accompanied by a statement from the host university, typically from the applicant’s head of department, that:

  • Describes the university’s commitment to developing the applicant’s research career
  • Confirms the applicants appointment details and, if relevant, period of probation

The host university’s level of support now forms part of the proposal assessment. Peer review is asked to comment on the appropriateness of the support on the First Grant reviewer form.

Career development commitments made for the new academic should be over and above the usual salary and premises costs provided. Please answer the following questions in the statement:

  • How do the applicant’s expertise and interests fit current and future departmental research strategies?
  • How will this proposal help the applicant to develop their research with a UK focus but the potential to be internationally leading?
  • What mentoring arrangements are in place?
  • What development and training opportunities will be provided?
  • How will the applicant be supported to develop their research interests and career if this proposal is successful?
  • What university appraisal process has the proposal been through before submission?
  • What support has been provided during the development of this proposal?
  • How has the applicant demonstrated their ability to manage the resources requested?

The host organisation statement forms an important part of the proposal assessment. Proposals without a supporting statement, or with insufficient evidence of host university support, will be rejected.

EPSRC reserves the right at any time to check that extra resources promised in the host organisation statement are given to the applicant as stated.