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March 15, 2011

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» 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Summary: The Leverhulme Trust Board are offering up to 30 Philip Leverhulme Prizes for 2011. The Prizes are intended to recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers who are at an early stage in their careers but who have already acquired an international reputation for their work. Prizes are available in the following disciplines:

• Astronomy and Astrophysics

• Economics

• Engineering

• Geography

• Modern European Languages and Literature

• Performing and Visual Arts

The value of each Prize will be £70,000, to be spent within two or three years, and can be used for any purpose to advance the prize holders research within the following exceptions: augmentation of the prize holder’s salary and institutional overheads. Awards will be made in recognition of the past research or artistic achievement of nominees and with the expectation that this achievement reflects outstanding promise for future work.

Prize winners should be under 36 on 17 May 2011 and should hold a post (irrespective of the source of funding) in a UK institution of higher education or research. Nominations are also accepted for those aged 36 to 39 inclusive if they have had a distinct career change or break.

Deadline: 17 May 2011, 4pm

Funder link: Leverhulme Trust

Scheme link: 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

February 8, 2011

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» AXA Research Fund - Call for Projects Campaign

Summary: The AXA research fund has just announced that its Call for Projects campaign is now open! The submitted project must fit into one of these three themes: Environmental risks, Life risks, and SocioEconomic risks. Additionally, the project must take a very innovative or original approach to the field. It is especially important that the innovative nature of the project be highlighted in the application. The projects that will be selected must be both of the highest academic quality and also of such innovation that they could be considered ‘frontier science.’ Therefore, applications submitted to this call should be so innovative that they might have more difficulty receiving funding elsewhere. Although these projects must fit into one of the three themes: Environmental risks, Life risks, and SocioEconomic risks the AXA research fund will welcome applications from any discipline, including but not limited to: Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Fundamental and Applied Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, Political Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, etc… Projects that are oriented towards a clinical only approach will however be considered out of scope.

Deadline: Candidates will have until 23rd May 2011 to complete their application and submit a project proposal which can be located on the AXA research fund website.

Funder link: AXA Research Fund

Scheme link: Call for Projects Campaign

Contact: Should you require any guidance or additional information please contact the Research Office on ext:2991.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

February 2, 2011

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» New Round of Newton International Fellowships

Summary: A new round of Newton International Fellowships – an initiative to fund research collaborations and improve links between UK and overseas researchers – has now opened.

The Newton International Fellowships are funded by the British Academy and the Royal Society and aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the humanities, the natural, physical and social sciences. The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

Newton Fellows will receive an allowance of £24,000 to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 to cover research expenses in each year of the Fellowship. A one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000 is also available.

In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following completion of the Fellowship to support activities which will help build long term links with the UK.

The scheme is open to post-doctoral (and equivalent) early-career researchers working outside the UK who do not hold UK citizenship.

Deadline: Monday 4 April 2011

Funder link: Royal Society

Scheme link: Newton Fellowships

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

January 26, 2011

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» 2011 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Funding Source: The Leverhulme Trust

Summary: Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 70 Fellowships will be available in 2011.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.

Fellowships are normally tenable for either two or three years on a full-time basis, but requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period will be considered if this is appropriate for the nature of the research proposed and the career development of the individual. Fellowships will commence between the beginning of the 2011/2012 academic year and 1 May 2012.

Deadline: 4:00pm on 10 March 2011

Funder link: The Leverhulme Trust

Scheme link: 2011 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

December 14, 2010

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» Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowships

Summary: The Health Foundation has launched a new programme in the emerging field of improvement science. The Improvement Science Fellowships offer funding for three years to develop original, applied research dedicated to improving healthcare in the UK.

Fellows will receive:

- funding for three years for salary and research costs

- personalised leadership development training

- access to the Health Foundation Improvement Science Network, an international network of experts from disciplines within the field of improvement science.

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. Through the Improvement Science Fellowship programme we aim to make a major contribution to the development of the field of improving health services.

Applicants for the fellowship must be experienced in research or healthcare practice relating to improvement science, have a PhD or MD, and be passionate about growing improvement science. We will consider any subject that supports scientific efforts to improve healthcare. This includes disciplines from across health services research, from sociology to statistics, psychology to health economics.

Deadline: 5pm Monday 14 February 2011

Funder link:The Health Foundation

Scheme link: The Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowships

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November 26, 2010

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» International Partnerships (Africa/Middle East/ South Asia)

Summary: In an initiative developed by the British Academy’s Area Panels, awards of up to £10,000 a year for up to three years are available to support the development of ongoing links between research centres or institutions, within the humanities and social sciences, in the UK and in Africa, the Middle East or South Asia. The link would be built around a specific research theme of mutual interest. This could be carried forward through visits in both directions; workshops; seminars and lecture programmes; collaborative research; and joint publications. The programme might form part of either institution’s training programme and will ideally involve participation from more than one overseas institution, and might also involve more than one department/university/group/research centre in the UK.

The scheme is intended to foster links between the UK and Africa, the Middle East or South Asia, with an emphasis on helping scholars to develop research skills and to produce a joint research outcome. Applicants must have identified an academic partner based in an institution in Africa, the Middle East or South Asia, who will act as the co-applicant on the award.

Priority will be given to projects with a training element, such as the support and development of staff or postgraduate students (in the UK and overseas). The scheme is intended to benefit early-career scholars from both the UK and overseas, and projects will be highly regarded where they include junior academics from both sides. Visits might be undertaken for staff exchange, supplying teaching elements to courses and developing joint curricula. Workshops and seminars should form an integral part of the programme, and involve both staff and postgraduate students. It is expected that each programme should produce papers or some other joint research outcome designed for publication. Grants are offered up to a maximum of £10,000 per year for up to 3 years

Deadline: 30 March 2011. Decisions will be announced in late July.

Funder link: British Academy

Scheme link: International Partnerships

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

November 4, 2010

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» 1851 Royal Commission Industrial Fellowships

Funding Source: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Summary: The Royal Commission have announced that eight Industrial Fellowships are available this year. These Fellowships comprise a uniquely attractive package linking Universities, industry and able graduates seeking to develop industrial careers. The aim of the scheme is to encourage profitable innovation and creativity in British Industry – to the mutual benefit of the Fellow and his or her sponsoring company. Projects in any science or engineering discipline will be considered.

For eligibility and further information please visit :Royal Commission

Deadline: 5pm on Thursday 27 January 2011. Appointment to the Fellowship will be made during May 2011. Fellowships commence at the beginning of September in the year of award.

Contact: Email:royalcom1851@imperial.ac.uk Telephone: 020 7594 8790.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

» WAG NAtional Science Academy Grant Scheme January-March 2011

Funding Source:“Welsh Assembly Government/NAtional Science Academy (NSA) Wales”

Summary: In April 2010, Welsh ministers gave the go-ahead for the National Science Academy (NSA) in Wales, a commitment in the One Wales manifesto document. Ministers stated that the NSA would promote the take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM subjects – at all levels to ensure Wales has a continuous pipeline of people graduating from colleges and universities with the appropriate qualifications and skills. The Welsh Assembly Government has allocated a total of approximately £250,000 to the National Science Academy Grant Scheme for January – March 2011. Applicants can apply for between 1-3 months funding and up to 100% of the activity/project cost. There are no definitive limits on the amount per proposal that can be applied for. However, the Welsh Assembly Government is unlikely to fund proposals for less than £2,500 or more than £30,000 for this three month period unless there is a clear and persuasive reason for doing so. Funding proposals must firstly meet two main criteria. Proposals must demonstrate that they: 1) contribute to delivery of the National Science Academy by building on or coordinating STEM activity in Wales. AND 2) have a clear benefit to Wales. If your proposal meets these first two main criteria, it must then also fall under one or more of the following areas a) support STEM activity in Wales. b) help facilitate delivery of specific projects that build on current STEM activity. c) facilitate coordination of STEM projects. d) encourage networks of professionals inWales to contribute to STEM activity. e) facilitate awareness of STEM activities. d) support pilot projects in specific Welsh regions.

Deadline:-16 November 2010

Contact Rachel Stephens

Applications can be sent by Post to Rachel Stephens, Business and Skills Dvision, Department of Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Welsh Assembly Government, Bedwas Road, Caerphilly, CF83 8WT

For further details and an application form please contact Research Office

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

October 13, 2010

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» Discipline Hopping: Engineering and Physical Sciences and Economic and Social Sciences

Summary: The engineering and physical sciences (EPS) and economic and social sciences (ESS) interfaces are of strategic importance to EPSRC. The Cross-Disciplinary Interfaces Programme (C-DIP) aims to enable UK engineers and physical scientists to be world-leading in research and training at existing and emerging cross-disciplinary interfaces. C-DIP aims to be at the leading edge and to strategically intervene at targeted interfaces that are a priority for EPSRC.

C-DIP recognises the importance of understanding respective disciplines and allowing researchers the time and space to explore new ideas when collaborating across disciplines. C-DIP therefore wishes to support Discipline Hopping grants between the engineering and physical sciences and economic and social sciences interfaces. We invite applications from established researchers from across the disciplines who wish to explore a new research area and are passionate about cross-disciplinary working.

Up to £1 million has been earmarked for this targeted activity and, subject to the quality of the submissions received, it is anticipated that we will fund approximately 10 proposals.

Deadline: 4pm on 16 September 2010

Funder link: EPSRC

Scheme link: Discipline Hopping: Engineering and Physical Sciences and Economic and Social Sciences

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form. To create a form please visit EFAS (link http://inform.glam.ac.uk/research-office/efas/)

» AHRC Speculative Research Grants

Funding Source: AHRC

Summary: The broad aim of this route is to support high-quality research where the speculative, experimental or exploratory nature of the work means that results or outcomes are uncertain or cannot be guaranteed, or where a significant degree of risk is involved. It is anticipated that the projects supported through this route will be distinct from those normally supported in the competitive environment of the Standard Route of the Research Grants scheme. The speculative research route provides grants for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) between £20,000 and £200,000 for a varying duration up to a limit of 60 months. This route is not intended for individual research.

No deadline

Funder link: AHRC

Scheme link: AHRC Speculative Research Grants

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form. To create a form please visit EFAS (link http://inform.glam.ac.uk/research-office/efas/)