You may apply to the fund if you are a current employee of the collegiate university holding an academic post, or a research fellowship awarded competitively and intended to enable you to establish an independent research career. Further details are given in Notes for applicants
For small awards (less than £7,500), applications may also be considered from an employee who does not yet hold an academic post or fellowship. These applications must include a letter from the applicant’s line manager confirming that they support the application and that it is consistent with the applicant’s existing duties (eg the requirements of external funding bodies).
If in doubt, you should talk to your departmental administrator and/or head of department (or chair of faculty), and to the relevant divisional office – for divisional contacts, see the Advice tab.