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University-wide shortlisting processes coordinated by the MPLS Division for one-off or annual external funding calls.

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Annual Calls

Royal Society Faraday Discovery Fellowships

Faraday Discovery Fellowships are long-term awards that support mid-career STEM researchers in pursuing original and groundbreaking work. Applications open in mid-August.

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank (academic staff) researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. The call is normally open Spring each year.

Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. The call is normally open early Summer each year.

Philip Leverhulme Prize

The Leverhulme Trust offers prizes of £100k for exceptionally promising early career researchers across a range of subjects each year. The call is normally open Spring each year.

Simons Foundation Investigator Program

The Simons Investigators program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding theoretical midcareer scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term investigations of fundamental questions in their fields. Nominations can be made in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, Computer Science or Theoretical Physics in Life Sciences. The call is normally open Summer/early Autumn each year


The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries.

Nominations are welcome from the most outstanding, intellectually first-rate DPhil students in the natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences), Engineering, Mathematics, or Computing who will complete their DPhil between 15 May 2024 and 30 July 2025.

The call is normally open Spring each year.


Equipment calls (annual and one-off)

EPSRC Capital Award for Multi-User Equipment

A one-off call that the University can submit a single bid requesting multiple items of equipment up to a maximum combined total of £1m.

NERC Strategic Capital Call

Support for purchasing equipment/capital assets in the NERC research remit.

BBSRC ALERT mid-range equipment for biosciences research scheme

Funding for mid-range equipment for research across BBSRC’s scientific areas.


Previous calls

EPSRC/STFC Research Software Engineer Fellowships

The Research Software Engineer (RSE) Fellowship scheme aims to recognise the contribution of RSEs that are driving the development of high-quality research software and demonstrating leadership in embedding the vital role of software in disciplinary and institutional research cultures.

EPSRC/STFC Stephen Hawking Fellowships

Stephen Hawking fellowships support a new generation of visionary scientists working in theoretical physics including related areas of mathematics and computer science.

EPSRC Capital Award in Support of Early Career Researchers

Oxford received a time-limited block grant from the EPSRC for capital equipment for engineering and physical science researchers in the early stages of their career. £600k was awarded, to be spent by 31 March 2020.