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Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependant on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. A significant research theme must be identified at th...
These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependant on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. A significant research theme must be identified at the outset which requires for its successful treatment international collaboration between one or more UK universities, and two or more overseas institutions (normally up to a maximum of seven institutions in total). Networks should be newly constituted collaborations. Full justification should be given for the involvement of all participants, with each participant bringing specific – and stated – expertise which can directly contribute to the success of the project. Details of the proposed methodology for the research project should be provided at the outset, as well as a clear indication of the anticipated outcomes (publications, websites), and of the dissemination strategy to be adopted.   Value and Duration The value of an award is normally up to £125,000, the activities involved lasting for up to three years.   Topics Applications for research on any topic within the entire array of academic disciplines are eligible for support. However, an exception is made for areas of research supported by specialist funding agencies and in particular for medicine. In such cases, applicants should consider an application to these alternative funding bodies as being more appropriate. Specific attention is paid to the reasons given by applicants in justifying their choice of the Trust as the most appropriate agency for the support of their project.   Please read the following before submitting and application.   * Eligibility * Costs * Application procedure  
These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependant on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. A significant research theme must be identified at th...

Deadline

21/03/2011

Funding Body

Leverhulme Trust

Category

Travel

Synopsis

The Research Councils UK office in India invites applications for its travel funding for early career researchers programme. The purpose is to create opportunities for early career researchers to visit India as part of broader UK-India networking act...
The Research Councils UK office in India invites applications for its travel funding for early career researchers programme. The purpose is to create opportunities for early career researchers to visit India as part of broader UK-India networking activity. The office will provide limited funds to support a single trip to India for researchers to attend a workshop or other similar events. These funds enable UK based researchers to accompany research council supported researchers centrally involved in organising or planning an event in India.
Applicants should ideally be in the final year of their PhD or in the first three years of postdoctoral research. Applicants must be supervised by or working alongside academics who are working on research currently supported by one or more of the research councils and where funds for this activity are not included in the grant.
Funding will cover visa, return flight, accommodation, meals and transport to and from the airport in the UK and India.
The Research Councils UK office in India invites applications for its travel funding for early career researchers programme. The purpose is to create opportunities for early career researchers to visit India as part of broader UK-India networking act...

Deadline

21/03/2011

Funding Body

RCUK

Category

Synopsis

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, under the genome analysis centre, invites proposals under its capacity and capability challenge. TGAC’s capacity and capability challenge offers UK researchers the opportunity to engage wi...
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, under the genome analysis centre, invites proposals under its capacity and capability challenge. TGAC’s capacity and capability challenge offers UK researchers the opportunity to engage with the centre’s new sequencing and bioinformatics facilities through its early access research programme. Commencing January 2010 and running for 12-18 months, the CCC will deliver a programme of pilot studies that address not only biological research problems but also technical challenges to sequencing and associated informatics.
TGAC is a UK resource for large-scale sequencing of plants, animals and microbes. It provides expertise and resources in genomics for these organisms including:
•high throughput and next generation sequencing;
•new technology platforms;
•bioinformatics;
•innovation, enterprise and skills activities.
Higher education institutions and UK Research Council institutes for which BBSRC has established a long term involvement as major funder as part of the national research base may apply, together with BBSRC approved independent research organisations. Collaborative proposals involving academic and industrial partners are welcome under the CCC, as are links to established sequencing and bioinformatics centres worldwide. Sequencing funded by existing BBSRC research grants can also be directed through the programme.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, under the genome analysis centre, invites proposals under its capacity and capability challenge. TGAC’s capacity and capability challenge offers UK researchers the opportunity to engage wi...

Deadline

18/03/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

European Commission Framework Programme 7: People   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: People invites proposals for the Marie Curie Action international research staff exchange scheme. Each application must represent a...
European Commission Framework Programme 7: People   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: People invites proposals for the Marie Curie Action international research staff exchange scheme. Each application must represent a partnership between at least two independent participants established in different member states or associated countries, and one or more organisations located in countries with which the Community has a science and technology agreement, or who are in the process of negotiation, or in countries covered by the European neighbourhood policy. The indicative budget for this call is 30 million euros and funding for joint programmes is provided for 24 to 48 months. Each researcher may receive 1,900 euros per month for travel and subsistence over a 12 month exchange period. Networking and management costs and overheads may also be covered. For researchers based in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, South Africa or the US, a further 200 euros per month is available to assist with higher costs when travelling to Europe. FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES. OJ 2010/C 283/07.   Closing date: 17 Mar 11 Deadline information: Deadline time: 5pm Brussels time.   Award type: Hosting visits, Travel for research purposes, Directed grants to institutions, research groups etc, Networking/collaboration   Award amount max: €91,400 Award amount min: €45,600 Award budget total: €30,000,000   Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7DetailsCallPage&call_id=382 Application form: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7DetailsCallPage&call_id=382#prereg   Eligibility profile ---------------------------------------------- Nationality of applicant institution: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Norway, Turkey, EU (European Union) Nationality of applicant institution: Armenia, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Belarus, Canada, Chile, China, Algeria, Egypt, Georgia, India, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Morocco, Moldova, Republic of, Mexico, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Tunisia, Ukraine, United States, South Africa Nationality of applicant institution: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia   Disciplines ---------------------------------------------- Any    
European Commission Framework Programme 7: People   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: People invites proposals for the Marie Curie Action international research staff exchange scheme. Each application must represent a...

Deadline

17/03/2011

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites applications for its reinforcing cooperation with Europe’s neighbours in the context of the ERA-Activity E...
European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites applications for its reinforcing cooperation with Europe’s neighbours in the context of the ERA-Activity ERA-WIDE call. Eligible project activities include: INCO.2011-6.1 Eastern Europe and South Caucasus: Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan; INCO.2011-6.2 Mediterranean countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian-administered Areas, Lebanon, Syria. Supporting actions are eligible, and must include at least one independent legal entity. The proposal must target one research centre located in a European Neighbourhoodf Policy country not associated to FP7 at the time of the call. The consortium must include this centre, as well as one or more additional participants from FP7 member states and associated countries. The total indicative budget for this call is 15 million euros. Projects must include at least one independent legal entity. FP7-INCO-2011-6. 2010/C 196/06   Closing date: 15 Mar 11 Deadline information: Deadline time: 5pm Brussels local time.   Award type: Directed grants to institutions, research groups etc, Networking/collaboration   Award amount max: €9,000,000 Award amount min: - Award budget total: €15,000,000   Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7DetailsCallPage&call_id=354 Application form: https://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/welcome.jsp   Eligibility profile ---------------------------------------------- Nationality of applicant institution: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Norway, Turkey, EU (European Union) Nationality of applicant institution: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Algeria, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Moldova, Republic of, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Ukraine   Disciplines ---------------------------------------------- Any  
European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites applications for its reinforcing cooperation with Europe’s neighbours in the context of the ERA-Activity E...

Deadline

15/03/2011

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

People and information exchange

Synopsis

European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites applications for its strengthening joint European S&T centres in third countries - Activity INCO-HOUSE c...
European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites applications for its strengthening joint European S&T centres in third countries - Activity INCO-HOUSE call. This call supports projects addressing INCO.2011-8.1 India coordination and support actions. Eligibility requires at least one independent legal entity. The eligible joint centres must be the result of institutional arrangements based on a bilateral or multilateral agreement, contract or memorandum of understanding between at least one partner - government, ministry or research organisation - of an EU member state or associated country with a counterpart in India. The eligible joint centre must be an independent legal entity whose aim is to facilitate joint science and innovation related activities through the co-funding of projects. The eligible joint centres should not host research projects. The indicative budget for this call is 500,000 euros. FP7-INCO-2011-8. OJ 2010/C 196/06.   Closing date: 15 Mar 11 Deadline information: Deadline time: 5pm Brussels local time.   Award type: Directed grants to institutions, research groups etc, Networking/collaboration   Award amount max: - Award amount min: - Award budget total: €500,000   Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7DetailsCallPage&call_id=352 Application form: https://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/welcome.jsp   Eligibility profile ---------------------------------------------- Nationality of applicant institution: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Norway, Turkey, EU (European Union) Nationality of applicant institution: India   Disciplines ---------------------------------------------- Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Disciplines & Fields, Biomedical, Medical & Health & Safety, Management of Technological Innovation, Science & Technology, Maths, Computing, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (RAE Unit 1), Community-based Clinical Subjects (RAE Unit 2), Hospital-based Clinical Subjects (RAE Unit 3), Clinical Dentistry (RAE Unit 4), Pre Clinical Studies (RAE Unit 5), Anatomy (RAE Unit 6), Physiology (RAE Unit 7), Pharmacology (RAE Unit 8), Pharmacy (RAE Unit 9), Nursing (RAE Unit 10), Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine (RAE Unit 11), Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14), Chemistry (RAE Unit 18), Physics (RAE Unit 19), Earth Sciences (RAE Unit 20), Environmental Sciences (RAE Unit 21), Pure Mathematics (RAE Unit 22), Applied Mathematics (RAE Unit 23), Statistics and Operational Research (RAE Unit 24), Computer Science (RAE Unit 25), Chemical Engineering (RAE Unit 27), Civil Engineering (RAE Unit 28), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (RAE Unit 29), Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (RAE Unit 30), Mineral and Mining Engineering (RAE Unit 31), Metallurgy and Materials (RAE Unit 32), Business and Management Studies (RAE Unit 43)
European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites applications for its strengthening joint European S&T centres in third countries - Activity INCO-HOUSE c...

Deadline

15/03/2011

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites proposals for its FP7-INCO-2011-7 call, strengthening European research facilities in third countries. Activ...
European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites proposals for its FP7-INCO-2011-7 call, strengthening European research facilities in third countries. Activities to be funded include: INCO.2011-7.1 Brazil; INCO.2011-7.2 China; INCO.2011-7.3 India; INCO.2011-7.4 Japan; INCO.2011-7.5 Russia; INCO.2011-7.6 USA: coordination and support actions (supporting action). Each activity has a budget of up to two million euros. Supporting actions require participation by at least one independent legal entity. The eligible joint institutes must be the result of institutional arrangements based on a bilateral or multilateral agreement, contract or memorandum of understanding between at least one partner - government, ministry or a research organisation - of an EU member state or an associated country with a counterpart in a third country concerned. The total budget for this call is 12 million euros. FP7-INCO-2011-7. OJ 2010/C 196/06.   Closing date: 15 Mar 11   Award type: Directed grants to institutions, research groups etc, Networking/collaboration   Award amount max: €2,000,000 Award amount min: - Award budget total: €12,000,000   Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7DetailsCallPage&call_id=353 Application form: https://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/welcome.jsp   Eligibility profile ---------------------------------------------- Nationality of applicant institution: EU (European Union), FP7 Associated Countries Nationality of applicant institution: Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russian Federation, United States   Disciplines ---------------------------------------------- Research & Development (R&D), European Research Policy, European R&D Monitoring, European R&D Standards, European Studies (RAE Unit 48)    
European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: Capacities invites proposals for its FP7-INCO-2011-7 call, strengthening European research facilities in third countries. Activ...

Deadline

15/03/2011

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Conference hosting

Synopsis

The European Science Foundation invites proposals for funding from potential organisers of science meetings, including workshops, schools, and conferences, with a clear connection to the programme. These include: 
•functional genomics technologie...
The European Science Foundation invites proposals for funding from potential organisers of science meetings, including workshops, schools, and conferences, with a clear connection to the programme. These include: 
•functional genomics technologies;
•biomedicine; 
•bioinformatics; 
•systems biology; 
•environmental functional genomics;
•biotechnology; 
•biobanking; 
•impact on society. 
Priority will be given to events taking place in countries that financially support the programme, and also to applications to hold events in Denmark and Luxembourg, where such meetings have not previously taken place. Disciplines & Fields: Biomedical, Medical & Health & Safety, Biotechnology, Mapping, Genetic, Metabolism, DNA Mapping, DNA Sequencing, Genetics, Human Genome, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (RAE Unit 1), Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine (RAE Unit 11), Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14), Computer Science (RAE Unit 25), Bioinformatics / Health Informatics, Genomics, Systems Biology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine, Epigenomics
The European Science Foundation invites proposals for funding from potential organisers of science meetings, including workshops, schools, and conferences, with a clear connection to the programme. These include: 
•functional genomics technologie...

Deadline

15/03/2011

Funding Body

ESF
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