Royal Society Research Grants 2021 for Early-stage Scientists in the UK (Up to £20,000)

Royal Society Research Grants 2021 for Early-stage Scientists in the UK (Up to £20,000)

Deadline: July 6, 2021

Applications are open for the Royal Society Research Grants 2021. This is a scheme for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career or returning from a career break and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables.

The scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise. The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research.


The scheme provides up to £20,000 of funding for 12 months, covering:

  • Equipment;
  • Consumables;
  • Travel expenses and subsistence for essential field research.


  • Your research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.
  • Hold a PhD or equivalent qualification;
  • You are based at an eligible UK organisation and a UK resident at the time of application;
  • Are within the first five consecutive years of an independent research post, at the time of application. This can be either your first permanent independent academic research post or a named limited-tenured/fixed-term academic research post, obtained in open competition (note that tenure must cover the duration of the award);
  • Are a fully independent researcher with access to your own lab space and with the ability to recruit and be registered as the primary supervisor of PhD students and research assistants (Career Development or Tenure Track Fellowship holders will be considered only if these requirements are met).


This scheme is currently open to applications and will close at 3pm on July 6, 2021.

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For more information, visit Royal Society Research Grants.