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Research Grants

STFC provides research grant funding to UK Higher Education Institutions and other eligible research organisations for research in the fields of astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics, and for associated technology development, research infrastructure and knowledge exchange.

These pages provide information on the funding opportunities that exist, current and upcoming calls, how to apply for funding, how proposals are assessed and how grants are awarded and managed.

The Research Grants Handbook provides a full description of STFC's grant funding arrangements.

Important note: For data analysis purposes, we ask that applicants do not include the words ‘Cov-19’, ‘Covid-19’ or ‘Coronavirus’ in the Lay Summary, Technical Summary or Title sections unless the application relates to proposed research in this area.

Cross-Council Remit Agreement (CCRA)

The Cross-Council Remit Agreement (CCRA) applies to all responsive-mode research grant and fellowship proposals submitted to any of the seven Research Councils. The aim of Cross-Council Remit Agreement is to ensure that no gaps develop between the Councils’ subject domains and to ensure equality of opportunity for proposals at the interface between traditional disciplines, where many of the major research challenges of our time are located.

All responsive-mode research grant and fellowship proposals that extend significantly beyond a single Research Council’s remit will be assessed by peer reviewers from across the relevant domains, including where appropriate by reviewers with relevant expertise in inter-disciplinary research, thereby ensuring fair and rigorous assessment. Beyond this stage, decisions will be made through a single Council’s peer review process. This will avoid the 'double jeopardy' of parallel review processes within each relevant Council involved.

Full details of the agreement can be found on the UK Research and Innovation website.


For information about the processing of STFC research grants, fellowships and training grants you should use the following contact points.

For questions about Je-S, including registration and submitting applications and grant maintenance requests

For general questions about the peer review process

For questions relating to peer review of specific calls, including extensions to review due dates, contacts can be found on the call closing dates page.

For questions about maintenance and updates to existing grants

Please note that all requests to make changes to grants post award should be made using the JeS Grant Maintenance tool rather than coming direct to STFC staff.

Guidance on making a post award change can be found on the UK Research and Innovation website.

Enquiries about remit, i.e. whether the scientific areas of the proposed work fits within the scope of activities and science areas supported by STFC, should be addressed to:

Gravitational Waves

If your proposal involves research into gravitational waves, please check the following guidance: STFC Gravitational Waves Remit.

Queries regarding general grants policy enquires should be addressed to:

Last updated: 11 December 2020


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