How to apply for a Programme Grant

Details on the application process for Programme Grants can be found in the EPSRC Programme Grant Scheme Application Guidance Document on our Programme Grant webpages.

Submission Process

Programme Grants are assessed in a different way to standard grants. Applicants must go through a pre-outline and outline stage before being invited to submit a full proposal.

In general there are no deadlines for a Programme Grant submission. Pre-outlines can be submitted, by completing the online form at the bottom of this page, at any time and will be considered by EPSRC on a rolling basis.

Invited outlines will be assessed at an outline panel specially convened by EPSRC. These panels assess outlines from across the EPSRC panel and will be held three times a year with submission deadlines in January/February, May, and September. Outline panel dates can be found on the EPSRC website.

Invited full proposals will be sent to postal peer review for assessment by expert reviewers before prioritisation at a specially convened panel meeting, at which applicants will be interviewed.

From submission of a pre-outline, the whole assessment process can take up to 12 months.

Please be aware we cannot guarantee applications going to specific panels.

Please note: EPSRC reserves the right to modify the process to meet any requirements of the Delivery Plan.

Map of the Process



Deadlines and meeting dates

Outline deadline Outline Proposal Meetings Time given to write the full proposal Interview Panel
January/February March Ten weeks from invitation Applicants will be advised when invited to the full proposal stage (Theme contacts may be able to provide an indicative date during the outline stage.)
May July
September November