There are three types of organisation eligible to receive grants: Higher Education Institutions, Research Council Institutes and Independent Research Organisations (IROs).
All UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are eligible to receive grants. For further information please see the RCUK eligibility web page.
All Research Council Institutes are eligible to receive research grants.
Independent Research Organisations may be eligible to receive funding for research from the Research Councils, if such research extends and enhances the national research base.
To be recognised as an eligible Independent Research Organisation (IRO) the organisation must satisfy certain conditions. A link to the conditions on the RCUK website can be found here.
Any IRO that is considering applying for eligibility with a view to seeking funding from STFC is advised to contact STFC Swindon Office in the first instance.. Potential applicants from eligible independent research organisations should also check the eligibility of applicants’ requirements and any additional eligibility requirements for the scheme (research grant or fellowship) to which they are applying.
As from 01 November 2016 the Research Councils introduced a change of eligibility status for Independent Research Organisations (IROs) meaning that any organisation currently approved as an IRO for one Research Council is now eligible for all Research Councils.
NHS Trusts currently eligible to apply as lead applicants will also be eligible to apply as lead applicants for all RCs. Further guidance on eligible costs for NSH Trusts is available on the RCUK website.
In the case of CERN and ESRF the following criteria must be met.: