This funding aims to support researchers in their endeavours to develop their own novel research track

Scope of Prize

The global pandemic has created significant challenges for our early career researchers, in particular those looking to develop their own independent research line. In response to this SULSA has developed a new call, which builds on the success of the PECRE fund.

This funding aims to support researchers in their endeavours to develop their own novel research track. The funds can be used for a variety of activities within these categories:

  • Travel
  • Training in new techniques/skills
  • Consumable costs
  • Facility access

The project should fulfil at least one of the following aims:

  • Building a new collaboration (international, cross-discipline, cross-sector)
  • Upskilling of the applicant
  • Generation of pilot data and/or developing a pathway to commercialisation

You can apply for up to £4,000 and we hope to award a minimum of 8 projects.

Eligibility and Conditions


  • The lead applicant must be a postdoctoral research associate/fellow* and be a minimum of 2 years’ post completion of their PhD
  • The lead applicant must be employed by a SULSA University
  • Co-applicants can be from the industrial, public health or education sector for example (other sectors will also be considered). You require at least 1 co-applicant

* this excludes early PIs and Lecturers


  • Projects must have defined milestones
  • Your project must be completed within 15 months of being awarded, or (if less) the duration of your contract at your host institution
  • The project must show a pathway to further funding from external sources
  • You must have your application signed by your PI to demonstrate their support
Pathways to Impact

SULSA follows the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and we are committed to considering the value and impact of all research outputs (including datasets and software) in addition to research publications, and consider a broad range of impact measures including qualitative indicators of research impact, such as influence on policy and practice when assessing applications. We believe that the scientific content of a paper is much more important than publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which it was published. Furthermore, external activities such as public outreach and participation in external groups will be considered.

Additional Information

Judging Criteria:

  • Project feasibility, objectives and proposed outcomes
  • Novelty and importance of the research described
  • Track record of the applicant (based on the pathway to impact detailed above)
  • Impact for the applicant and broader community
  • Support of your networks
  • Sustainability (potential to leverage further funds)

Submitting Your Application:

Please submit your application (all documents merged into a single PDF) to at SULSA by 5pm on Friday 15th January 2021 (extended from Friday 8th January due to recent lockdown measures)

Notification of Outcome:

Successful applications will be notified by email before Monday 1st February 2021.

Payment of Funds:

If successful, funds will be transferred to your lead Institution. Funds must be spent within 12 months of the date of transfer. Upon request funds can be divided up between applicant’s host institutions.


You must provide the SULSA administration with project updates and outcomes when requested for reporting purposes. If this project leads to a published article, or leverages grant funding, please contact the SULSA administration to make them aware.

How to Apply