Scope of the Programme Grant scheme

Programme Grants, which can be awarded for up to six years duration, are a flexible mechanism for providing funding to address major research challenges. Proposals must be submitted on one common Joint electronic submission (Je-S) form, even if they are multi-institutional, so as to give the greatest flexibility in managing the research.

Following a number of reviews, it is evident that giving leading researchers the stability of long-term funding allows them the flexibility to be creative, innovative and able to address some key challenges. Specifically, a Programme Grant is to support a suite of related research activities focusing on one strategic theme. Although it is expected that most proposals will be interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, they can address key challenges in a single discipline. Programme Grants are not just large grants but must be strategic in nature.