As an international research centre, the Isaac Newton Institute hosts visitors not just from within the UK and Europe but from all over the globe. To help facilitate your attendance at an event held at our main building in Cambridge, INI has the capacity to reimburse relevant travel costs (effective from 1 January 2022).

The tables below give guidance as to the maximum amount that can be claimed for a single, standard class return fare (via air, rail or road) from various points of origin.

For all enquiries and claims based on this advice, please contact


The travel support detailed on this page will come to an end from 30 June 2022.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funding opportunities described on this page have been offered to all programme participants throughout 2022. However, as the recovery has accelerated and visitor numbers are expected to exceed pre-2020 levels, we are now phasing out this support in order to better allocate resources to those most in need.

Extensive funding support is still available to those in need of childcare during their stay, to those with a disability, and to visitors from DAC-listed countries.

UK domestic
Western/Northern Europe £250
Central/Eastern Europe
Middle East £450
South America £880
North America £940
Asia/Far East £1,100
Oceania £1,300

Suggested fares for journeys from nearby transport hubs to the Institute are as follows:

Heathrow / Gatwick / Stansted / Luton airports £103
Cambridge / Cambridge North railway stations £10


Why is INI offering this funding?

The Institute wants to encourage participants to attend the programmes in person, and therefore this funding is designed to help encourage the return of face-to-face interactions to pre-pandemic levels.

Who is eligible?

All participants* will be able to request travel funding.

*(with the exception of those based in Cambridge, Simons Fellows or those in receipt of Organiser Fellowships who already have travel funding as part of their fellowships.)

What can we claim for?

Each programme participant will be able to claim for one standard class return journey to the Institute. Please note that travel insurance costs associated with any booking are not eligible for reimbursement.

How much can I claim?

The tables above show the maximum amount that can be claimed.

Are there any restrictions?

In line with University guidance, all travel must be standard class, and by the most economical method available.

Can I travel business or first class?

In line with University guidance, all travel must be standard class, and by the most economical method available.

Can I pay for my family to travel to Cambridge as well?

Travel funding can support only the programme participants. However, INI does have specific funding to support participants with children or other caring responsibilities.  See here for more information:

How many trips can I make and claim funding?

Each participant can claim for one return trip to the Institute per programme.

How do I claim?

To claim travel funding, contact INI’s finance team at

What information do I need to provide?

You will be asked by INI’s finance team to complete an expense sheet, and provide receipts/proof of travel.  Receipts can be accepted electronically.

Can INI help cover the costs of travel-related COVID tests?

We may be able to assist you with COVID testing costs associated with travelling to the UK, though this is dependent upon an ever-changing international situation. Please contact the Programmes team to notify us if you wish to discuss this further.

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