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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


UKRI has announced the Cross research council responsive mode pilot scheme: Round 1. This new pilot scheme will fund 36 awards of up to £1,200,000 for projects advancing breakthrough interdisciplinary ideas that transcend, combine or significantly span disciplines. Interdisciplinary research applications that fall within a single research council boundary are ineligible for this scheme.

Eligible Principal Investigators and Co-investigators are those with a contract of employment at lecturer level or equivalent that either (1) extends to beyond the duration of the proposed grant (or, if not employed by the submitting organisation, a formal non-salaried arrangement that extends to beyond the duration of the proposed grant), or (2) an assurance from the submitting organisation that, if the proposal is successful, a pre-existing contract of employment (or pre-existing formal commitment to provide support if not employed at the organisation) at lecturer level or equivalent will be extended beyond the end date of the grant.

UKRI will hold webinars for this scheme on 13th and 22nd June, 2023 (register here). Please note that applications are also open for the Interdisciplinary Assessment College to support the new cross research council responsive mode pilot scheme through panel assessment.

For more information about this scheme, please visit the scheme page.

University Internal Coordination

There is no limit on the number of applications the University can submit. However, the funder has required institutions to ensure applications from their organisation fit the scheme’s objectives.

Therefore, this call will operate with a centralised, light touch coordination process to ensure that applications fit the scheme objectives and, in particular, are inter-disciplinary and are suited to a cross-council scheme and not suited to a single council. Please consult the considerations under the "Scheme Objectives" ("We are seeking" and "We are not seeking") section under the "What we're looking for" heading of the scheme webpage.

To take part in the internal coordination process, please complete the online form by 26th June, 2023 (NB: if asked to log-in, please use your CRSID/Raven details; note that a Form cannot be saved and returned to). You will be asked to submit a short project summary that justifies why the proposed work is suitable for this scheme and how it addresses the scheme's objectives. 


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Funder deadline: 20th July, 2023 (outline stage); 8th February, 2024 (full stage)