The University is running an internal demand management process for the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Engineering 2022. We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from individual Early Career Researchers who wish to be considered for nomination by the university for this prize. No more than three candidates can be nominated by the University. Please note two (or more) candidates for substantially the same body of work are not eligible.

The Expressions of Interest will be assessed by a university panel to be chaired by Professor Chris Bowen, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design (Research).

Philip Leverhulme Prizes are designed to recognise and facilitate the work of outstanding research scholars of proven achievement, who have made and are continuing to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in their field.

Submitting an Expression of Interest

Your expression of interest should include the following:

Eligibility of the Prize Holder

Please provide a statement on how you fit the eligibility criteria as follows:

Applicants who wish to be considered for nomination for this prize should normally have been awarded their doctoral degree not more than ten years prior to the closing date of 17 May 2022. The award date is considered to be the date on which the degree was confirmed by the awarding institution. However, nominations are accepted for those who do not meet this requirement if they have had a distinct career break. Please note that the only eligible career breaks for this funding scheme are for caring responsibilities or due to illness (this should be no longer than 200 words).

Applicants must hold either a permanent post or a long-term Fellowship (dates must extend beyond the duration of the proposed Philip Leverhulme Prize) at the University of Bath.

Please note that, between 2020 and 2022, an individual may only be nominated for one of the 18 subject areas in which the Trust is offering Prizes – please confirm that you have not previously applied in this time period.

Use of a prize

Please describe how you would anticipate using the prize funds if awarded (no longer than 400 words) Each prize is worth £100,000 and can be used over a 2-3 year period between 1 December 2022 and 1 November 2023. Expenditure from the award may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of the research of the Prize Winner, provided that the items of expenditure fall within the categories classically eligible for the support of the Trust.

Examples include

  • research assistance
  • teaching replacement
  • travel and subsistence
  • consumables (including specialist books, databases and similar materials)
  • technical support, or computing and software.

The principal ineligible items of expenditure are:

  • capital equipment
  • augmentation of the Prize Winner’s salary
  • institutional overheads

International impact

You will need to demonstrate that you have influenced your field sufficiently to have had an international impact. To do this:

  • describe your main research area (20 words)
  • describe your career history i.e. details of awards, grants and prizes, academic or professional activities, membership of professional bodies, teaching, supervision, conferences etc (no longer than 2 sides of A4)
  • describe your significant research achievements to date (400 words)
  • describe your future research plans (400 words)
  • describe what the award of the prize funds would enable you to achieve that your current funding does not allow (400 words)
  • provide your ORCID number
  • provide a list of publications. Asterisk the 4 most significant of these (maximum 2 pages of A4)
  • provide an abstract of each of your 4 most significant publications (no longer than 250 words per abstract)
  • provide the details of two people who have agreed to act as referees and will be able to do so via the Leverhulme’s on-line system (You must check that they are able and willing to provide a reference for you by June 1st 2022 at the very latest. It is recommend that references are about 1 side of A4 or about 500 words long.)

Submit your EOI to by the deadline of 27 April 2022.


  • 10 March 2022: Internal Demand Process announced
  • 27 April 2022: Deadline for Internal Expressions of Interest
  • 4-6 May: Panel meeting
  • 10 May: Latest to receive panel Feedback
  • 17 May 2022: Deadline for the university to nominate the successful candidates