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The public nomination period for the 2019 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics is now open:

Fundamental Physics: One 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ($3 million) will recognize an individual(s) who has made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists – theoretical, mathematical and experimental – working on the deepest mysteries of the Universe. The prize can be shared among any number of scientists. Nominations are also open for the New Horizons in Physics Prize, which will include up to three $100,000 awards for junior researchers who have already produced important work in their fields.

Life Sciences: Up to four 2019 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences ($3 million each) will be awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life.

Mathematics: One 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics ($3 million) will be awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. In addition, up to three $100,000 New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes will be presented to early career mathematicians who have already produced important work in their fields.

More detailed information can be found on their website.


The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funding round is now open.  For full details please see the Research Strategy ESRC Impact Acceleration Account webpage.  Please note that the projects must be completed by 31st March 2019.

Projects ranging in value from £10,000 to £20,000 will be supported. Projects should be completed within 12 months of the award of the grant, though most projects are shorter. Bids for testing experimental or innovative approaches are welcome. 

No primary research will be eligible under this funding.

To take part in this internal selection process please submit your application form and a support letter from the Department that will host the project to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk, by 5pm on the 5th February 2018. 

 


 

The Leverhulme Trust has announced the 2018 round of the Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Each award is worth £100,000 over two to three years. The Trust will make around 30 awards. Prizes can be used for any purpose which can advance the prize-holder’s research, with the exception of enhancing prize-holder’s salary. Please note the costs which the Trust considers to be ineligible for this award.

 

The University is restricted to three nominations per category, so this will be handled according to the restricted calls process.

 

Eligible candidates should:

 

-        have been awarded their PhD in the last ten years by the closing date of 17May 2018 (i.e. the PhD award has to have been confirmed by 17 May 2008) though a case can be made for significant career breaks;

-        have a permanent post or long-term Fellowship which extends beyond the date of the Leverhulme award.

 

There are six subject areas which are eligible to apply this year:

 

-        Classics

 

-        Earth Sciences

 

-        Physics

 

-        Polities and International Relations

 

-        Psychology

 

-        Visual and Performing Arts.

 

 These categories are intentionally broad, and the Trust will consider nominations irrespective of departmental affiliation.

 

Nominations

 

If you have any applicants you wish to put forward for this competition, their details should be sent to  researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 19th February 2018 stating their name, department and giving a brief summary of their reasons for nomination (no more than 1 paragraph). You should also state which of the above subject areas they are being considered under. The nominations should be accompanied by a Head of Department / Chair of Faculty support letter confirming the applicant’s eligibility and stating why they should be recommended for this award.

 


Research network grant

British Society for Geomorphology

This aims to facilitate interactions between groups of researchers that will lead to the development of proposals for research council thematic programmes or discovery science grants. Grants are typically worth £2,000 each, and may cover the costs of travel, meeting-room hire and data purchase.Closing date: 01 Feb 18 

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account 

Please note that the projects must be completed by 31st March 2019. Projects ranging in value from £10,000 to £20,000 will be supported. Projects should be completed within 12 months of the award of the grant, though most projects are shorter. Bids for testing experimental or innovative approaches are welcome.  No primary research will be eligible under this funding.
To take part in this internal selection process please submit your application form and a support letter from the Department that will host the project to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk, by 5pm on the 5th February 2018. 

UK-China urban flooding research impact programme

Royal Academy of Engineering

This supports impactful research and enhance the impact of existing research in urban flooding in both countries by encouraging bilateral collaboration between academics and government as well as wider industry. Grants are worth up to £70,000 each for up to 24 months.

Closing date: 08 Feb 18 

Early-career researchers policy lab on the determinants of food choice for healthy and sustainable diets

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

This enables postdoctoral researchers to take part in a policy lab on the determinants of food choice and the combination of interventions across these that will lead to healthier and more sustainable diets. The winning team at the workshop receives a £5,000 award to write a policy-facing report.Closing date: 19 Feb 18

The Leverhulme Trust has announced the 2018 round of the Philip Leverhulme Prizes. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Each award is worth £100,000 over two to three years. The Trust will make around 30 awards. Prizes can be used for any purpose which can advance the prize-holder’s research, with the exception of enhancing prize-holder’s salary. Please note the costs which the Trust considers to be ineligible for this award.

The University is restricted to three nominations per category, so this will be handled according to the restricted calls process.

Eligible candidates should:

-        have been awarded their PhD in the last ten years by the closing date of 17May 2018 (i.e. the PhD award has to have been confirmed by 17 May 2008) though a case can be made for significant career breaks;

-        have a permanent post or long-term Fellowship which extends beyond the date of the Leverhulme award.

There are six subject areas which are eligible to apply this year:

-        Classics

-        Earth Sciences

-        Physics

-        Polities and International Relations

-        Psychology

-        Visual and Performing Arts.

 These categories are intentionally broad, and the Trust will consider nominations irrespective of departmental affiliation.

Nominations

If you have any applicants you wish to put forward for this competition, their details should be sent to  researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 19th February 2018 stating their name, department and giving a brief summary of their reasons for nomination (no more than 1 paragraph). You should also state which of the above subject areas they are being considered under. The nominations should be accompanied by a Head of Department / Chair of Faculty support letter confirming the applicant’s eligibility and stating why they should be recommended for this award.

 If you have any questions, then please write to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk


Environment and sustainability research grants

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

These support research projects investigating some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability, including water and development, energy security and urban migration. Four awards, generally worth £10,000 each, are available.

Closing date: 22 Feb 18 

Conference programme

British Academy

This supports conferences on subjects in the humanities and social sciences held at the British Academy’s premises or other appropriate venues. Funding covers all associated event costs. 

Closing date: 26 Feb 18 

Expedition award

African Bird Club

This supports larger conservation projects on ornithology in Africa. A smaller number of awards, each worth up to £3,000, are available each year.

Closing date: 28 Feb 18 

Born Free Foundation grants

Primate Society of Great Britain

This primarily supports a primate range-state national working on a project involving endangered primates, or human and non-human primate conflict resolution. The award is worth £1,000.

Closing date: 28 Feb 18  (Forecast)

Open access funding for journal articles

Natural Environment Research Council

This supports research relating to sustainable ecosystem management and poverty alleviation by covering the cost of article processing charges. 

Closing date: 28 Feb 18 

UK Royal Society — Newton Advanced Fellowships 2018

The Newton Advanced Fellowships provide established international researchers with opportunities for training, collaboration, and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Awards are up to £37 thousand each year for 3 years. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute. The announcement lists participating eligible institutions in the following countries: Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa. The application deadline is 28 February 2018. 

CONFAP/Newton fellowships

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

These enable researchers based in UK universities and research institutions to work in research institutions in Brazil in collaboration with local colleagues. 

Closing date: 28 Feb 18 

Postgraduate research funding

Douglas Bomford Trust

This aims to advance knowledge, understanding, practice and competence in the application of engineering and technology to achieve sustainable agricultural, food and biological systems. Grants are worth minimum £1,500.

Closing date: 01 Mar 18 

Geoconservation award

Quaternary Research Association

This supports individuals and organisations in delivering conservation projects and activities, organising conservation themed events and sharing good practice on quaternary geoconservation. Grants are typically worth up to £1,000, although larger requests may be considered.  

Closing date: 01 Mar 18 

Collaborative Antarctic science scheme

Natural Environment Research Council

This enables UK researchers to access NERC-British Antarctic Survey research stations and marine science cruises for the purpose of conducting small-scale, fieldwork-based science projects. Scheme covers access to Antarctic logistics and some financial support but no salaries, capital equipment or other direct research costs.

Closing date: 05 Mar 18                

Doctoral training partnerships

Natural Environment Research Council

These provide postgraduate research opportunities within the NERC science remit as well as varied professional and technical skills and personal development training. Funding supports students’ stipends, fees and research training support grants.

Closing date: 07 Mar 18 

Large grants

Natural Environment Research Council

These support adventurous, large-scale and complex research tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding schemes. Grants range between £1.2 million and £3.7m with a duration of up to five years.

Closing date: 13 Mar 18 

Breakthrough technologies to advance crop breeding

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

This supports the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable significant advances in crop breeding. UK components of applications are limited to £200,000 over two years.

Closing date: 14 Mar 18 

Research grants

British Ecological Society

These support innovative ecological research and pump-priming projects, as well as help early-career ecologists to establish an independent research career. Grants are worth up to £20,000 each.

Closing date: 21 Mar 18 

DEADLINE BROUGHT FORWARD: Postdoctoral fellowships

Economic and Social Research Council

*** The closing date for this opportunity has been brought forward. The previous deadline of 30 March has been brought forward to 23 March 2018. All other call details remain unchanged. These fellowships enable those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their careers, to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. ***

Closing date: 23 Mar 18 

Arctic research station

Natural Environment Research Council

This allows researchers to carry out environmental research relevant to the NERC remit at the Ny-Ålesund station on the Svalbard archipelago. 

Closing date: 31 Mar 18 

Small conservation awards

Oriental Bird Club

These support projects involving threatened bird species and their habitats, and those aiming to raise conservation awareness. Grants are worth up to £1,500 each for projects lasting 12 to 18 months.

Closing date: 31 Mar 18 

Research grants

Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

These support research to enhance knowledge of the flora of the British Isles. Grants are worth up to £1,000 each.

Closing date: 31 Mar 18 

COMING SOON: Conservation insight grants

People’s Trust for Endangered Species

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open early 2018 and close in April 2018. The following information is subject to change. These grants support http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/new-investigator/projects focusing on endangered species to find critical scientific evidence to facilitate conservation, answer key conservation questions, and implement key local action which will result in significant positive impacts for endangered species. Grants are worth between £3,000 and £10,000 per year up to a maximum of £20,000 over two years.  ***

Closing date: 01 Apr 18  (Forecast)

Responsive mode research grants

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

These support investigator-led research activities addressing any topic within the council’s remit. Grants may support projects worth up to £2 million each at 100 per cent full economic costing over five years. 

Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

New investigator scheme

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

This assists early-career researchers in securing their first major element of research funding. 

Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

UK-Brazil BBSRC-FAPESP joint research funding

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

This supports applications that cut across national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. 

Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

COMING SOON: Knowledge exchange fellowships

Natural Environment Research Council

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February and close in April 2018. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between the NERC-funded researchers and their user communities, and boost the impact of NERC-funded research. Fellowships cover the fellow’s full salary costs, travel and other direct costs over three years.***

Closing date: 27 Apr 18  (Forecast)

COMING SOON: Governance after Brexit programme

Economic and Social Research Council

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February and have a deadline in early May 2018. The following information is subject to change. This supports research that addresses the implications of Brexit, focusing on key aspects of future UK governance. Grants are worth up to £750,000 each.***

Closing date: 01 May 18 

COMING SOON: Climate change research centre

Economic and Social Research Council

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in March 2018 with an estimated deadline in May 2018. The following information is subject to change. This programme supports social science research relating to climate change. The budget is £5 million over five years. ***

Closing date: 01 May 18  (Forecast)

Environmental challenge 

RELX Group

This prize supports projects that demonstrate sustainable access provision to safe water or sanitation where access is presently at risk. Two prizes are available, with first prize worth USD 50,000 and second prize worth USD 25,000. 

Closing date: 15 May 18  (Forecast)

 COMING SOON: Climate change network plus

Economic and Social Research Council

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in March 2018 with an estimated deadline in June 2018. The following information is subject to change. This programme supports social science research relating to climate change. The budget is £3 million over five years. ***

Closing date: 01 Jun 18  (Forecast)

British Academy/Leverhulme small research grants

British Academy

These support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Grants are tenable for up to two years and are worth between £500 and £10,000. 

Closing date: 06 Jun 18 

International opportunities fund – pump priming and pump priming plus grants

Natural Environment Research Council

This provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science.  Grants are worth up to £250,000 each at 80 per cent full economic cost over a maximum period of three years.

Closing date: 06 Jun 18  (Forecast)

COMING SOON: Industrial CASE studentships

Natural Environment Research Council

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in early May and close in July 2018. The following information is subject to change. These studentships promote collaboration between the research community and the end users of research. Each studentship is worth up to £84,392 over four years. ***

Closing date: 06 Jul 18  (Forecast)

Standard research grants – including new investigator grants

Natural Environment Research Council

These support basic, strategic or applied research in the environmental sciences. Grants are worth between £65,000 and £800,000 each at 100 per cent full economic cost.

Closing date: 16 Jul 18  (Forecast)

Vincent Weir scientific award

Bat Conservation Trust

This rewards and encourages research on the conservation biology of bats by new researchers. The winner receives a monetary prize and a certificate and is invited to attend and present a talk at the BCT Scottish Bat Conference, for which attendance and travel costs are covered. 

Closing date: 01 Aug 18  (Forecast)

No Deadline

Research grants

Economic and Social Research Council

These support individuals or teams to conduct standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects or methodological developments in any area within the council’s remit. Research awards can be made for up to five years. Grants range in size from £350,000 to £1 million at 100 per cent full economic cost. 

New investigator grants

Economic and Social Research Council

These support new researchers and academics at the start of their careers to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 in full economic costs can be awarded. ESRC’s contribution for UK applicants is 80 per cent of FEC. Around 30 to 35 grants are available per year.

Note: Internal selection process

This call is coordinated by the AHSS research grants team. Please contact ESRCNewInv@admin.cam.ac.uk for further information on deadline for applications and upcoming workshops.

COMING SOON: Public engagement call

Natural Environment Research Council

*** This opportunity will be available soon. A large-scale funding call is expected to open soon. The following information is subject to change. This call aims to achieve national impact in public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science. Funding is expected to be up to £1.3 million over 3 years. ***

UK-Thailand researcher links workshop – advanced materials for environmental protection

British Council
This enables researchers to participate in a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, in order to present and facilitate the exchange of knowledge in advances in material science relating to water, air or soil protection and remediation. Funding covers all travel and accommodation expenses.

Closing date: 20 Jan 18  

NERC CENTA PhD studentships
Natural Environment Research Council
These support PhD students in conducting their research projects at a hosting university. Studentships cover tuition fees as well as an annual stipend of £14,553 and a research training support grant of £8,000 over three and a half years.

Closing date: 22 Jan 18  

UK aquaculture initiative –  consortia grants
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
These support collaborative research projects between academia and non-academic project partners that address the needs of the UK aquaculture industry. Up to three grants, worth up to £1.2 million each over three years, are available.

Closing date: 23 Jan 18  

Networking workshop – Peruvian glacial retreat and its impact on water security and resilience to natural hazards
Natural Environment Research Council
This enables UK scientists to attend the workshop on Peruvian glacial retreat and its impact on water security and resilience to natural hazards, to be held in Lima from in March, 2018. Funding covers all reasonable attendance expenses for 15 to 20 participants. 

Closing date: 26 Jan 18  

Endowment fund research grants
Scottish Ornithologists’ Club
These support studies that further the knowledge and contribute to the conservation of birds in Scotland. The total budget is worth £3,400 and funding is available for up to three years.

Closing date: 31 Jan 18 

Transport technology research innovation grants call on maritime autonomy, technology and solutions to reduce shipping emissions
Department for Transport

This supports innovative solutions in maritime autonomy and technology, and the scope of the deployment of green technology to reduce shipping emissions in the context of improving air quality. The total budget is £100,000 to support five to six projects over six months.

Closing date: 31 Jan 18 

Research network grant
British Society for Geomorphology
This aims to facilitate interactions between groups of researchers that will lead to the development of proposals for research council thematic programmes or discovery science grants. Grants are typically worth £2,000 each, and may cover the costs of travel, meeting-room hire and data purchase.

Closing date: 01 Feb 18 

UK-China urban flooding research impact programme
Royal Academy of Engineering
This supports impactful research and enhance the impact of existing research in urban flooding in both countries by encouraging bilateral collaboration between academics and government as well as wider industry. Grants are worth up to £70,000 each for up to 24 months.

Closing date: 08 Feb 18 

Environment and sustainability research grants
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
These support research projects investigating some of the bigger issues of environmental sustainability, including water and development, energy security and urban migration. Four awards, generally worth £10,000 each, are available.

Closing date: 22 Feb 18 

Conference programme
British Academy
This supports conferences on subjects in the humanities and social sciences held at the British Academy’s premises or other appropriate venues. Funding covers all associated event costs. 

Closing date: 26 Feb 18 

Expedition award
African Bird Club
This supports larger conservation projects on ornithology in Africa. A smaller number of awards, each worth up to £3,000, are available each year.

Closing date: 28 Feb 18 

Born Free Foundation grants
Primate Society of Great Britain
This primarily supports a primate range-state national working on a project involving endangered primates, or human and non-human primate conflict resolution. The award is worth £1,000.

Closing date: 28 Feb 18  (Forecast) 

Open access funding for journal articles
Natural Environment Research Council
This supports research relating to sustainable ecosystem management and poverty alleviation by covering the cost of article processing charges. 

Closing date: 28 Feb 18 

UK Royal Society — Newton Advanced Fellowships 2018
The Newton Advanced Fellowships provide established international researchers with opportunities for training, collaboration, and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. Awards are up to £37 thousand each year for 3 years. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute. The announcement lists participating eligible institutions in the following countries: Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa. The application deadline is 28 February 2018.  

Collaborative Antarctic science scheme
Natural Environment Research Council
This enables UK researchers to access NERC-British Antarctic Survey research stations and marine science cruises for the purpose of conducting small-scale, fieldwork-based science projects. Scheme covers access to Antarctic logistics and some financial support but no salaries, capital equipment or other direct research costs.

Closing date: 05 Mar 18 

Large grants
Natural Environment Research Council
These support adventurous, large-scale and complex research tackling big science questions that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding schemes. Grants range between £1.2 million and £3.7m with a duration of up to five years.

Closing date: 13 Mar 18 

Arctic research station
Natural Environment Research Council
This allows researchers to carry out environmental research relevant to the NERC remit at the Ny-Ålesund station on the Svalbard archipelago. 

Closing date: 31 Mar 18 

Small conservation awards
Oriental Bird Club
These support projects involving threatened bird species and their habitats, and those aiming to raise conservation awareness. Grants are worth up to £1,500 each for projects lasting 12 to 18 months.

Closing date: 31 Mar 18 

COMING SOON: Knowledge exchange fellowships
Natural Environment Research Council
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February and close in April 2018. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between the NERC-funded researchers and their user communities, and boost the impact of NERC-funded research. Fellowships cover the fellow’s full salary costs, travel and other direct costs over three years.***

Closing date: 27 Apr 18  (Forecast)

 

No Deadline

Research grants
Economic and Social Research Council
These support individuals or teams to conduct standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects or methodological developments in any area within the council’s remit. Research awards can be made for up to five years. Grants range in size from £350,000 to £1 million at 100 per cent full economic cost.  

New investigator grants
Economic and Social Research Council
These support new researchers and academics at the start of their careers to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 in full economic costs can be awarded. ESRC’s contribution for UK applicants is 80 per cent of FEC. Around 30 to 35 grants are available per year.

Note: Internal selection process
This call is coordinated by the AHSS research grants team. Please contact ESRCNewInv@admin.cam.ac.uk for further information on deadline for applications and upcoming workshops. 

COMING SOON: Public engagement call
Natural Environment Research Council
*** This opportunity will be available soon. A large-scale funding call is expected to open soon. The following information is subject to change. This call aims to achieve national impact in public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science. Funding is expected to be up to £1.3 million over 3 years. ***

EPSRC Impact Acceleration
A call is now open for applications to the EPSRC IAA Follow on Fund.  Please circulate this email within your department/School as appropriate. Funding is available to support early stage commercialisation of EPSRC-funded research. The maximum award is £60 000 (direct costs only). Further details and application forms can be found at www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/internal-funding-opportunities/epsrc-impact-acceleration-account-follow-fund

Completed application forms should be emailed to to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 26 January 2018 latest. Applicants should ensure they comply with any internal departmental deadlines for signature before this date.  The next call for funding will close on 25 May 2018.

 Expressions of interest are not required.     

 Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

Flexible Talent Mobility Account

The University of Cambridge has been awarded a Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA). The FTMA is targeted at talented early-career (postdoctoral or equivalent)* researchers who have the potential to be the next generation of leaders within UK academic and industrial research; it is intended to support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors.

The internal call for Industry Placement Grants aligned with the scope of the FTMA is now open. Applications for up to £15,000 (Direct costs only, 100% fEC) are invited from BBSRC-remit researchers by Friday 12th January 2018. The result of the panel will be communicated shortly after this. All placements must be completed and the funding spent by 27th February 2019.

FTMA grants may be used to support placements between academia and industry for postdoctoral (or equivalent level) researchers.

·       Postdoctoral researchers can apply for funding to conduct a placement with an industrial partner. We will also consider applications from recently-graduated Ph.D. students who are considering their career options.

·       PIs can apply to host an industrial researcher of postdoctoral-equivalent level in their research group.

·       The placement must have well-defined outcomes related to a research problem and/or development of the early career researcher involved.

·       A minimum of 3 months total time is recommended, but the structure can be tailored as long as clear justification is provided, e.g. one continual period, two split periods, or one day per week for several months.

Activities proposed must also align with one or more of the following objectives of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy (LSIS):

·       Science – Continued support for the sciences base, maintaining strength and international competitiveness.

·       Growth – An environment that encourages companies to start and grow, building on strengths across the UK, including expansion of manufacturing in the sector.

·       Skills – Ensuring that the sector has access to a pool of talented people to support its aims through a strong skills strategy.

We welcome applications from non-UK citizens, as part of the funding for the scheme is provided by The Rutherford Fund, which aims to support the retention of talent in the UK.

*The BBSRC definition is aligned to their David Phillips Fellowships: Applicants should hold a Ph.D., but not hold, or have held, an academic position at Lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities).

Application process

Please see attached guidance for further details and the application form.  If you have any questions regarding the FTMA Industry Placement Grants, please contact Dr Vibhuti Patel, vibhuti.patel@admin.cam.ac.uk, (7)64799.

 

 

 

Restricted call: ESRC Centres Competition 2018 (internal deadline 5 January 2018)

The ESRC Centres Competition 2018 is now open.

The aim of this call is to fund experienced research leaders who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, project-linked programmes, medium-to-large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. 

The competition is open to innovative new research addressing any major social and economic topic. Although there are no priority areas for this call and inter/multidisciplinary working both within and beyond the social sciences is encouraged, at least 50% of the proposed programme of research is within ESRC remit.

The competition is for proposals ranging from £2 million to £8 million with a term of five years and it is anticipated that ESRC will fund 4 centres (ESRC funding total of £24 million at 80% fEC). Please note that ESRC expects the centres to provide strategic commitment of minimum 5% of the full economic costs of the proposal, as outlined on the pages 4-5 of the call specification. The applicants may want to start considering the strategic commitments early in the process of the proposal preparation.

Anyone interested in submitting a bid should also refer to the following:

 

 

To take part in this internal selection process please submit your internal selection form (attached) and a support letter from the Department that will host the project to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk, by 5h January 2018. 

 

 

APEX Awards for cross-disciplinary research

APEX Awards are addressed to established researchers who want to pursue cross-disciplinary research. Awards of up to £100,000 can be held for up to 24 months. They are jointly funded by the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Applications should be within the remit of more than one of the Academies:

 

  • The British Academy Remit – In any discipline within the social sciences and humanities and does not include primarily practice-based outputs
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering Remit – Applications are welcome from any engineering discipline.
  • The Royal Society Remit - Natural sciences (including agriculture, mathematics, technology, computer science, materials, medical, environmental and engineering sciences, but excluding clinical medicine)

 

The deadline to apply to this scheme is at 3 pm on 14th December 2017. Please keep in mind that you should submit the full application to the Research Operations Office (though Flexi-Grant) at least five working days before this deadline.

 

 The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science

The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science is a unique postdoc program. It awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years.

This research fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible. Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences.

Timeline:

January 15, 2018, 11.59 p.m. CET: final deadline for applications via the online form

April 2018: notification and invitation for a personal interview sent to final selection of candidates; notification sent to candidates whose application has been rejected

June 2018: candidates interviewed by a panel in Zurich, Switzerland; final selection of fellows

September 1 to December 31, 2018: fellows commence research projects

 

 

 

 Isaac Newton Trust / Wellcome Trust ISSF / University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme

 Call details are to be found at: http://www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/research-funding/wellcome-trust-institutional-strategic-support-fund-issf/funding-calls/joint

This scheme is aimed at newly independent principal investigators. The primary aim of the scheme is to provide support for newly appointed individuals to allow them to develop projects which will lead to a full application for external funding (e.g. project grant from a Research Council or equivalent).

The scheme is open to newly independent principal investigators appointed between 1st January 2015 and 31st January 2018. The scheme is primarily aimed at individuals whose research falls within the Wellcome Trust remit.  In addition, through partnering with the Isaac Newton Trust, the scheme also covers areas of research pursued within the Schools of the Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine that would not be eligible for Wellcome Trust funding (for e.g. aspects of research in the Departments of Zoology or Plant Sciences).

Application deadline 4th December 2017

Please send your application and supporting documents to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk   

Project start date: Feb – July 2018

 

 

 Hughes Hall 2018 Competition for Research Fellows ‘with a difference’

Are you an early-career researcher in the University of Cambridge (or an affiliated organisation)?

 Does your research cross boundaries between disciplines or into the non-academic world?

 Could you contribute other personal qualities and successes to bring to our community?

 Do you enjoy mixing with academic colleagues and students from other countries, and contributing to a community?

 Would you like to join a progressive college for 3-5 years with all the benefits?

If so, we welcome your application, whatever your discipline.

See www.hughes.cam.ac.uk/about-us/positions-available

Application Deadline: 5.00pm GMT Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Open Evening Q&A on 4th December at 6.30pm

for interested candidates

See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-evening-research-fellowships-qa-tickets-39547342165 for more details and to sign up

 

 

 Internal Call: Isaac Newton Trust (INT) Research Grants for Early Career Support for University Lecturers in the Physical Sciences and Technology

 Applications are now open for the INT Early Career Support scheme for University Lecturers in the physical sciences and technology. This scheme is for newly appointed lecturers who have been appointed between 1 October 2014 and 31 December 2017. It is designed to aid academics in beginning their research careers.  To facilitate this, the funding can be used as flexibly as possible in giving applicants money for their research as best suits their needs. Applicants must demonstrate how this funding will lead to future applications for external funding.

Proposals are invited for projects of up to £50,000, for a period of up to 1 year. Departmental contribution required: 50% of the award (up to £25,000). The funds have to come from departmental funds, and not another grant. The eligible expenditure includes directly incurred and allocated costs only. The grants can be used to fund PDRA support, equipment, travel and ancillary consumables. PI Time and student fees are not eligible costs on this grant.

The application should include:

·         Proposal with the breakdown of the budget* requested (maximum 2 pages A4)

·         CV and publications (maximum 2 pages A4)

·         Statement of support from the Head of the Department, outlining why they recommend the project for funding and confirming that the department will provide 50% of the project cost.

·         Information about funding received to date, to include:

o    the starting packages received when appointed to the lectureship

o    grant funding to date

·         An explanation of how this proposal relates to your current funding and how it would lead to future large-grant funding (maximum 1 page A4)

 *X5 is not requested at the application stage, but will be needed at the award stage. Please liaise with your Departmental Administrator to make sure the project costs are correctly calculated.

Note: where applicable, a statement in relation to ethical reviews, outlining what permissions the applicant has and what they would need, should be included.

Deadline: Please send the application to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 30 November 2017.

 

 

 A call is now open for applications to the EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships schemes.

 Further details can be found at http://www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/internal-funding-opportunities/epsrc-impact-acceleration-account-partnership-development-awards and

http://www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/internal-funding-opportunities/epsrc-iaa-knowledge-transfer-fellowships

Please be aware that applications to these schemes should now be made on the enclosed forms. Applications should be emailed to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk by 1st December 2017 latest. Applicants should ensure they comply with any internal departmental deadlines for signature before this date.  The next call deadline will be 6th April 2018.

Expressions of interest are not required.     

 Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

 

 Restricted Call: EPSRC Future Manufacturing Research Hubs 2018 (internal deadline 15 December 2017)

EPSRC has launched the Future Manufacturing Research Hubs 2018 call, inviting outline applications for multidisciplinary research Hubs. Hubs should address major, long-term challenges facing manufacturing industries, and/or capture opportunities from emerging research areas.

 EPSRC will provide up to £30 million to support three Future Manufacturing Research Hubs: up to £10 million per Hub over seven years, supporting a programme of innovative research in the engineering and physical sciences, related to the challenges in commercialising early stage research. The Hubs will feature high quality, multidisciplinary research, strong engagement with relevant manufacturing industries, and will take a leadership role in their national network.

 More details on the call can be found here.

 If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

 

External Sites

Terra Viva GrantsThe Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Research Professional: All RCUK funders searchable database

RCUK Funders

 

 

Other UK Funders

British Academy 
Wellcome - Scheme Finder

International Funding Opps

 

  • Stage 1 - First Links: funds to cover the travel and subsistence for short term visits usually from the UK to another country.

  • Stage 2 - A Broader Relationship: where there is already a more established relationship, researchers may wish to apply for funds to extend this relationship in the country of choice.

  • Stage 3 - Pilot Studies: where relationships are more mature it may be the case that researchers need financial support to carry out pilot research.

  • Stage 4 - Sustainable Interactions: dedicated schemes to support transnational collaboration or where the funding for international collaboration is embedded in the activities of programmes, often within the UK contribution to specific multilateral organisations.

 

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