Help and advice for new academics

Getting started

You can apply for funding for many activities: short-term or long-term research projects; post-doctoral and early career fellowships; travel and networking and working with industry and other collaborators. The First Grant scheme is available to help new academics:

Before applying, check you are eligible to receive EPSRC funding. Our funding guide covers eligibility, together with what you can apply for.

Proposals must be submitted through the Research Councils’ Joint electronic submission system (Je-S). You will need to set up a Je-S account to prepare and submit your proposal.

Where to get help

Colleagues

Before submitting a proposal, EPSRC recommend that you get advice from established colleagues. Writing research proposals is a learned skill, and a good case for support is your chance to convince reviewers why your proposal should be funded. Many universities have mentoring schemes for new members of staff.

University administration office

Your administration office will be able to advise you on setting up a Je-S account and the application process, and may offer training sessions in writing proposals.

EPSRC staff

Please contact us if you have any questions about funding and schemes. We will also be happy to talk to you about your ideas for research projects, and can advise you about EPSRC’s remit and potential sources of funding. You can either ask your colleagues who they usually talk to, or search EPSRC staff contacts to find the person responsible for your research area.

Vitae

The national programme for researcher development, Vitae, provides information about working in higher education, career options, skill development, and keeping your life in balance. They run a programme of events and activities for research staff.

See research staff on the Vitae website for more information.

What next?

When EPSRC receive your proposal, it is sent to reviewers for comments. If there is sufficient support, your proposal will be considered with others at a Peer Review panel.

There’s more guidance on our website, including advice on writing proposals and choosing reviewers, what information to include, and the review process.