EPSRC standard research grant
UK Research and Innovation
Standard research grants are for researchers at UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations and NHS bodies.
- collaboration with other researchers, industry, the public sector and other relevant partners
- high-risk and high-return research into new concepts and techniques.
Projects can range in size from small, short-term grants to multi-million-pound research programmes lasting several years.
There is no limit on the size of the grant or length of the project.
We will award 80% of the full economic costs of the project, and your organisation must agree to find the balance.
Research grants are open to UK higher education institutions, research council institutes, UKRI-approved independent research organisations, Public Sector Research Establishments and NHS bodies with research capacity.
Find out more about institutional eligibility.
You can apply if you are resident in the UK and meet at least one of these criteria:
- are employed at the submitting research organisation at lecturer level or equivalent
- hold a fixed-term contract that extends beyond the duration of the proposed research project, and the host research organisation is prepared to give you all the support normal for a permanent employee
- hold an EPSRC, Royal Society or Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship aimed at later career stages
- hold fellowships under other schemes (please contact EPSRC to check eligibility, which is considered on a case-by-case basis).
Holders of postdoctoral level fellowships are not eligible to apply for an EPSRC grant.
Clinical applicants must be employed or be on a fixed-term contract longer than the proposed project at an NHS trust, hospital, board, primary care trust or general practice.
Find out more about individual eligibility.
We will not accept uninvited resubmissions of projects that have been submitted to UKRI or any other funder.
This funding opportunity is also subject to our policy on repeatedly unsuccessful submissions.