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Research funding schemes supported through MPLS Division.

John Fell Fund

A University-wide fund intended to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, and particularly interdisciplinary fields. The Fund will make seed corn and start-up grants, and provide funds to stimulate applications to external funding bodies.

SCGC Fund for Innovation and Research in Sustainability and Technology (SCGC-FIRST)

This internal University administered fund aims to support visionary and imaginative solutions relevant to global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Broad areas and topics of interest to SCGC include, but are not limited to energy and carbon reduction, environmental impacts, and future plastics. SCGC-FIRST is seeking to support innovative projects that demonstrate distinct advantages in cost and environmental footprint over competing approaches which are already available in the marketplace or opportunities for those to be adapted to the SCGC context. Projects should be outcomes-driven, leading toward potential solutions or inventions. First-round deadline: 20 December 2023.


Part of the Schmidt Futures program, Schmidt AI in Science Fellowships aims to provide funding for fellows developing and applying AI techniques to research in engineering and the natural and mathematical sciences. Oxford will host c.55 postdoctoral fellows (totalling 110 years of research) over six years, and provide them with the tools to increase the scope and speed of their research through the application of AI. In the first instance, funding is available to support 10 1-year fellowships starting from March 2023, with the potential to extend for a second year. Further rounds will be announced annually.

Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)

Managed by the Medical Sciences Division, the Wellcome ISSF supports strategically important activity across the University of Oxford in biomedical and clinical sciences, public health, social sciences and the medical humanities.

MPLS Programme Grant Facilitation Fund

The MPLS Programme Grant Facilitation Fund offers small awards (up to £10k) to support the preparation of large, multi-million, multi-investigator programme grant applications.

MPLS Networking and Interdisciplinary Fund (NIF)

The MPLS Networking and Interdisciplinary Fund (NIF) offers modest awards to enable networking and interdisciplinary activities, predominantly across MPLS.

Hester Cordelia Parsons Fund

The Hester Cordelia Parsons Fund (HCP) invites applications from members of the University for grants that support the costs of research in experimental biological science.

Lockey Fund

The Lockey Committee makes grants for attendance at overseas scientific conferences and symposia.

Glasstone Research Fellowships in Science

Glasstone Research Fellowships in Science were set up to encourage scientists at an early stage of their career to follow their research interests at Oxford.

Returning Carers’ Fund

A fund to support those who have taken a break for caring responsibilities to re-establish their research careers.

Astor Travel Fund

The fund provides grants towards the costs of visits to the USA, visitors from the USA and visiting lectureships.

Other Internal Funding Opportunities

There are a number of other internal funding opportunities for research that are managed outside the MPLS Division. They are listed on the Research Services Internal Funding Opportunities webpage.