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Research funding schemes supported through MPLS Division.

MPLS Programme Grant Facilitation Fund

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

John Fell Fund (JFF)

Intended to foster creativity and a proactive approach to research opportunities in all subject areas, particularly interdisciplinary fields. It makes seed corn and start-up grants, and provides funds to stimulate applications to external funding bodies.

Networking and Interdisciplinary Fund (NIF)

Offers modest awards to enable networking and interdisciplinary activities, predominantly across MPLS

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)

Supports strategically important activity across the University of Oxford in biomedical and clinical sciences, public health, social sciences and the medical humanities.


Financial support for one visiting postdoctoral scholar from the People’s Republic of China per year over five years. Visiting Fellows will be given the opportunity to work on a new, collaborative energy research project with academics in MPLS over the course of 12 months.

Schmidt Science Fellows

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 30 April 2020 and 30 September 2021.