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Eligibility of organisations

UKRI has standard organisational eligibility requirements. Check your organisation’s eligibility to apply.

Eligibility of investigators

Investigators must be academic employees – lecturer or equivalent – of an eligible organisation and must be resident in the UK. Any fellows holding fellowships aimed primarily at the postdoctoral level are not eligible to apply.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) fellows, Royal Society fellows and Royal Academy of Engineering fellows holding fellowships aimed at later career stages are eligible to apply.

Holders of fellowships under other schemes should contact the EPSRC to establish eligibility. This may be given on an individual case by case basis rather than as blanket eligibility for all fellows under any scheme.

As long as you are employed by an eligible UK institution and satisfy EPSRC’s current regulations on investigator eligibility you are eligible for research grant or fellowship funding, regardless of your nationality or ethnicity.

Investigators may have an association with multiple organisations that are eligible to receive funding from UKRI’s constituent councils. However they will be considered eligible provided that both of the following apply:

  • the employing organisation is eligible to receive funding from UKRI
  • they are the subject of a formal written agreement between the employing and submitting organisations stating that the submitting organisation will provide the investigator with infrastructural and management support equivalent to that provided to an academic employee (lecturer or equivalent) and that Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) methodology will be employed in the recovery of all costs by the employing and submitting organisations.

The submitting organisation is accountable for the conduct of the research, the use of public funds and for ensuring the proper financial management of grants.

Principal investigator

Principal investigators should normally hold a permanent post but fixed-term employees may be eligible provided that the EPSRC can be satisfied that the host research organisation is prepared to give the individual all the support normal for a permanent employee and that there is no conflict of interest between the investigator’s obligations to the EPSRC and to any other organisation or employer.

The term of employment of a fixed-term employee must extend beyond the duration of the proposed research project.


Co-investigators are expected to meet all the eligibility criteria for principal investigators except for the requirement to hold a contract that extends beyond the end date of the proposal.

Emeritus or honorary staff who have a contract with the research organisation but are unpaid can be listed as a principal or co-investigator however with zero salary costs.

Researcher co-investigator

Research assistants cannot be principal investigators or co-investigators. Research assistants can be identified as researcher co-investigators if they have made a substantial contribution to the development of an application and will be employed on the project for a significant proportion of their time (normally in excess of 50% of contracted hours), if it is funded.

The proposal must seek funds for the researcher co-investigator’s salary for the duration of the project and clearly identify their contribution to the proposal. A research co-investigator must be employed by the same organisation as either the principal investigator or co-investigator. It is the expectation that the research co-investigator will be employed on the grant for the duration of the award.

All Investigators must ensure that they are registered on the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system to submit proposals before trying to submit their proposal.

Clinical eligibility

An individual that holds a permanent post or fixed term contract (which is longer than the proposed project) at an NHS Trust, hospital, board, primary care trust or GP practice is eligible to be an investigator on an EPSRC grant. The proposal must fall primarily within EPSRC’s remit; if unsure whether the research is appropriate please use the remit query process.

The host organisation must be registered on the grants submission platform (Je-S) before a proposal is submitted to EPSRC.

To find out if the organisation is registered for EPSRC funding, you can contact any of these:

  • the local trust’s Research and Development Office
  • Department of Health Research and Development Finance team
  • Je-S helpdesk

Je-S helpdesk


Telephone: 01793 444 164

Please note that it can take up to six weeks to register a new organisation.

EPSRC will only pay for the research costs associated with the proposal. We will not pay for the associated NHS support costs or NHS treatment costs – these should be covered by the appropriate authority.

Find out more about eligible NHS costs.

Scheme eligibility

Certain schemes or funding opportunities may have specific eligibility criteria, and prospective applicants should confirm their eligibility for a scheme before submitting their proposal.

The best way to see if you are eligible is to look at the individual funding opportunity that you want to apply for.

Search the Funding finder for funding opportunities.

Last updated: 28 September 2021

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