New Investigator Award - EPSRC


How to apply

What to include in your proposal

Your proposal will consist of an electronic application form and a number of other documents, including:

  • case for support
  • workplan
  • justification of resources
  • a host organisation statement of support
  • a proposal cover letter describing how your experience and career history fit with the person eligibility guidance.

Find out more about the documents to include in a proposal.


Co-investigators on a New Investigator Award must work in a different discipline to the principal investigator, and be establishing a multidisciplinary link by taking part in the project. Therefore, researchers from the same department or closely related research topic would be unacceptable.

Submitting your proposal

Proposals should be submitted through the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

Select document type ‘New Investigator Award’. You need a Je-S account so that you can prepare and submit your proposal.

Proposal assessment

Applications follow the standard process as defined in the assessment process overview.

New Investigator Award proposals are ranked in competition with each other, but separately to proposals from established researchers at prioritisation panels.

Find guidance on the assessment process.

For assessment criteria guidance and reviewer forms please refer to New Investigator Award reviewer guidance and form.

Last updated: 16 June 2022

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