Funding Opportunities


Although much of academic research funding comes from Research Councils, the EC and charities, there are other potential funding sources worth considering when looking for funding. Many of these can be found on, a funding opportunities database the University subscribes to, but the University also lists centrally other possible internal and external funding sources.

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Due to the scope and complexity of the research areas covered within the Department of Materials it is not possible to maintain a complete list of funding opportunities. Researchers are recommended to use the Advanced Search functionality of to filter for funding opportunities relevant to their specific interests.

Departmental staff are notified via email when popular calls or new initiatives are announced.

For more information please talk to Jo Roberts (Deputy Administrator - Research) or the Head of Department.


The Keith Prout Crystallography Fund

This Department of Materials website currently hosts the webpage about the Keith Prout Crystallography Fund supporting graduate students and postdoctoral workers within 5 years of obtaining their PhD in order to promote work in crystallography.

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom

Oxford has been invited to submit nominations to the second annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. Building on the US awards launched in 2007, innovative young scientists and engineers are sought across three subjects: Chemistry; Physical Sciences & Engineering; Life Sciences. (See full definitions at One nominee in each disciplinary category will be awarded US$100,000 in unrestricted funds and be named a Blavatnik Laureate. In addition, two Finalists in each category will each receive US$30,000 in unrestricted funds. The Awards will be conferred at a ceremony in London.

Oxford can only submit one nomination for each of the three subjects; therefore an internal prioritisation process will run in which Departments can submit a total of one nomination to the internal selection panel. Members of the Department of Materials wishing to apply should submit their application to the Head of Department by 17th May 2019.  Those selected by their department to apply then submit a 200 word rationale for their nomination, a CV, and a 1,000 word research summary to  by 12noon Tuesday 28th May 2019. A multidisciplinary panel will then select the candidates to go forward nationally.

Full details including eligibility guidelines can be found on the Blavatnik website: