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Application to the STFC IAA

STFC IAA Funding Calls will be announced on a regular basis, usually twice a year, until all of the available funding has been allocated.

Application form and guidance: Applicants should read the guidance for the relevant scheme thoroughly prior to submitting an application. Applicants are encouraged to contact the IAA team in advance. Support will be provided for applicants. If you are unable to access the Word documents below, please contact

Pre-submission feedback: IAA staff are happy to review and provide feedback on draft applications prior to final submission. Please email feedback requests to up to 3 days before the application deadline. Late feedback requests may be considered subject to staff availability, urgency and need.

User Engagement: Applicants must include a letter of support from their user(s)/non-academic partner(s) with their application; this will minimise time delays between the funding decision and project start. The letter should clearly detail that what the partner will contribute to the project is in line with the information provided in the application.

Note: Applicants to the IAA are required to engage users in their projects, if this is not the case, applicants must contact the IAA ( to explain reasons for this before submitting an application, as this will avoid delays in the review of an application.

Applications for STFC IAA funding should be made through the online Internal Research Awards Management System (IRAMS) which can be accessed using your Single Sign-On (SSO) details. Once you are logged in, please choose the correct scheme from the list to start your application. If required, IRAMS guidance in the form of quick reference guide (QRG) documents for applicants, departmental approvers and administrators can be found on the Research Support IRAMS pages.

Please note that some departments may have set an earlier internal deadline, so please check with your local research support team and prepare your application well in advance of the date advertised above. Applications must be reviewed online by departmental approvers and, where approved, submitted for review by the assessment panel before the deadline.

Informal enquiries are welcome from applicants – email