Eligibility

How will EPSRC make decisions on eligibility of the applicant?

Acceptance of the applicant to the scheme will be judged by EPSRC before the application is sent to expert peer review and is made on the basis of the content of the cover letter.

In addition to our standard eligibility checks, EPSRC will use the Eligibility guidance to establish whether an applicant is eligible, based on the information in their covering letter.  If eligibility is not clear from the contents of the covering letter, or we believe that the applicant is not eligible, we will reject the application.

We expect Research offices to advise applicants on eligibility. If multiple ineligible applications are received from a single institution, EPSRC may seek to engage with the university before additional applications are made.

How will EPSRC determine fit of the project resources to the scheme?

Acceptance of the project to the scheme will be judged by EPSRC before the application is sent to expert peer review and is judged on the level of resources requested in the application.

EPSRC staff will use the Eligibility guidance to establish the fit of a project to the scheme. If it is decided the project does not fit within the scheme, we will ask the applicant to withdraw the proposal and resubmit as a Standard mode proposal.

We expect Research offices to advise applicants on eligibility. If multiple ineligible applications are received from a single institution, EPSRC may seek to engage with the university before additional applications are made.

I am on a fixed-term appointment, am I eligible to apply for a New Investigator Award?

Yes, provided the eligibility criteria are met and you are recognised as a full academic by your institution (Please see EPSRC Eligibility of Investigators).  We would expect this recognition to form part of the host institution letter of support. The grant duration must not exceed the period of your appointment with the university.

I have been employed by more than one UK University. Am I eligible to apply for a New Investigator Award?

Yes, assuming all other eligibility criteria are met.

I have been Co-Investigator on a previous proposal. Can I apply for a New Investigator Award?

Yes, if this is your first proposal as a Principal Investigator (PI).   

Am I eligible if I have applied as a Principal Investigator on a component of a joint proposal?

No, that grant will count as your first application to EPSRC and you would therefore be ineligible to apply for a New Investigator Award. However, if you were a Co-Investigator on a single, multi-institution proposal you would still be eligible.

I have submitted an EPSRC grant proposal through an outline stage but was unsuccessful, am I still eligible to apply for a New Investigator Award?

Yes, if you were not invited to submit a full proposal you are still eligible for a New Investigator Award. If your outline was successful and you submitted a full proposal that will count as your first application to EPSRC as a PI and you are not be eligible for a New Investigator Award.

I currently hold a Research Fellowship. Am I eligible for the New Investigator Award scheme?

Current or past holders of EPSRC Fellowships are not eligible, except previous holders of EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows and University Research Fellows who receive their £150K additional grant from EPSRC are not eligible.

If you hold any other research Fellowship, you can only apply if your university gives you the same stature as a permanent academic member of staff, as described in the EPSRC Funding Guide under "Eligibility of Investigators". As a scheme to help academics set up their first research group, we would not expect applications from holders of large fellowships covering multiple researchers.

I have received Grant funding from other sources, am I eligible to apply?

This scheme is designed for early career academics in the process of setting up their first research group. As such EPSRC will not permit applications from those who have previously been in receipt of significant grants (usually defined as those which included PDRA time, capital equipment or were in excess of £100,000).

I have previously worked overseas, where I received research grant funding from local sources, am I eligible to apply?

The eligibility guidance is the same for applicants with non-UK based career history. 

I have been in receipt of funding from industry, am I eligible to apply?

EPSRC welcome applications from those who have previously worked in industry and are making a transition to academia. The same eligibility guidance around previous career history will apply.

Which other grants can I hold and still apply for a New Investigator Award?

EPSRC recognise that there are schemes, with a purpose other than funding research in itself, which it may be beneficial to apply to prior to applying for a New Investigator Award.

If you hold or have held any of the following and meet the other eligibility criteria, you may apply for a New Investigator Award:

  • Industrial CASE Studentship
  • Overseas Travel Grant
  • Basic Tech Grant
  • EPSRC Studentship (through DTP or CDT)
  • Workshop Grant
  • Cooperative Awards in Science and Technology (CASE) for New Academic
  • EPSRC postdoctoral fellowship

From time to time EPSRC may run calls for grants which will not affect New Investigator Award eligibility. Where this is the case it will be listed within the call guidance.