Sources of Funding

Large Grant Contributions Fund

The University has set up a fund to provide financial contributions to large, collaborative grant applications. This is to encourage and support these applications and maximise the University’s outward-facing impact. The fund will normally be available for applications of £5M+ in STEM disciplines and £2M+ in AHSS disciplines, and may award up to 10% of the total value of the application. All applications must include at least one external partner. 

Funding will be primarily provided for areas that are not otherwise easy to get funds for, such as widening participation, equality, diversity and inclusion, and developing links / working with less advantaged partners. The financial contribution from this fund will be provided as additional and added value, not as a replacement of other financial or in-kind contributions. Departments, Schools and non-School institutions are encouraged to provide financial and in-kind contributions to the same bid.

Full details on the fund, eligibility and how to apply are available online. The fund is now open and applications are welcome at any time on a rolling basis.  

Current opportunities from Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery

C2D3 invites suggestions for interdisciplinary workshops. The aim of the workshops are to promote interactions between researchers across Cambridge, and to identify key interdisciplinary challenges in big data research, that we will adopt and promote via the Interdisciplinary Research Centre networks.

Sources of funding for individuals and research projects

Information on funding can be found using a range of resources including:

Royal Society - In excess of 25 grants are available through the Royal Society. The Grants Schedule provides their funding scheme deadlines and anticipated decision dates. The Royal Society funds researchers at the postdoctoral level and above in the UK and overseas. Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students cannot apply for Royal Society funding. Research must be within the Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics

Research Professional  - a searchable database providing a comprehensive list of current funding calls open to UK researchers. It offers the ability to create and save customised searches and set up email alerts, and is free to use by anyone with a address.

Research Strategy Office - for information on internal funding opportunities and restricted calls

Research Operations Office - for general information on funding and in particular assistance in securing European funding.

European Union - CORDIS - The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) is the European Commission's primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation (FP1 to Horizon 2020). CORDIS has a rich and structured public repository with all project information held by the European Commission such as project factsheets, participants, reports, deliverables and links to open-access publications.

Cambridge University Development and Alumni Relations Office (CUDAR) -  are involved in fundraising for major gifts for academic priorities across the University. If you feel your project may be suitable, you should discuss your Head of Department in the first instance about whether CUDAR could be of assistance.

About us

The Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3) brings together researchers and expertise from across the academic departments and industry to drive research into the analysis, understanding and use of data science. C2D3 is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

  • Supports and connects the growing data science research community 
  • Builds research capacity in data science to tackle complex issues 
  • Drives new research challenges through collaborative research projects 
  • Promotes and provides opportunities for knowledge transfer 
  • Identifies and provides training courses for students, academics, industry and the third sector 
  • Acts as a gateway for external organisations 

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