Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre

Scheme Details


Up to £10k of funding is available for pump priming projects, where a significant amount of experimental method development is required and the project is considered speculative or novel in nature and not yet ready for external funding applications. 

Requests for funding should include access charges for instruments at the nmRC.  The project must include the use of at least one instrument from within the Cryogenic and Analytical Transfer suite within the nmRC. Consumables and reasonable costs for transport of materials and items to improve accessibility for international collaborators can also be included in the budget (expected to be less than 10% of the total amount requested).

We anticipate to fund at least five projects. All projects must be complete by 31st May 2022.


The Principal Investigator for the project must currently be working at the University of Nottingham (staff on fixed term contracts may apply as long as the contract ends after 31st July 2022). Academics (at any stage of career) and postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply. 

A co-investigator(s) on the project must include an international collaborator. More than one co-investigator may be included on the application. Please note that a collaborator within the University of Nottingham China or Malaysia campus is not considered an international collaborator within this scheme. 

If you are unsure whether you or your project meets the eligibility criteria, please contact nanocat@nottingham.ac.uk.

How to apply

The application form for NanoCAT can be downloaded here:

NanoCAT 2021 Application Form

Completed applications should be sent to nanocat@nottingham.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 26th November.

Please note that you must discuss your costings with a member of the nmRC prior to submitting an application.  We also highly recommend that you discuss your project with the member/s of staff who runs the instrument to determine feasibility of the project within the timescale.  

Please note that you do not need to complete a costing in RIS for a NanoCAT project. If you do wish to do so, please create a standalone budget.


18th October 2021

26th November 2021

17th December 2021

3rd January 2022

31st May 2022

August 2022

December 2022

Scheme advertised

Deadline for proposals

Funding awarded to projects

Start date of awarded projects

Projects must be closed

Outputs reviewed with project investigators

Outputs reviewed with project investigators



Assessment criteria


All applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

Scoring criteria


Scientific excellence & originality


Effective collaboration


Relevance to EPSRC research areas


External funding & Impact




Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre

Cripps South building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 6340
email: nmrcenquiries@nottingham.ac.uk