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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

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

European Commission Framework Programme 7: European Research Council/Ideas   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: European Research Council/Ideas invites proposals for its advanced investigator grants for life sciences. ...
European Commission Framework Programme 7: European Research Council/Ideas   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: European Research Council/Ideas invites proposals for its advanced investigator grants for life sciences. Grants are intended to promote substantial advances in the frontiers of knowledge, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines. Proposals that involve the establishment of a new research activity in the EU or the associated countries by a principal investigator who is moving from a third country into the EU or associated country are encouraged. Each project must include at least one independent legal entity established in an EU member state or associated country. Grants are normally worth up to 2.5 million euros for up to five years; however, a additional 1m euros may be granted for start-up costs for an investigator moving from a third country, co-investigator projects or major investigator purposes. OJ 2010/C 298/07. ERC-2011-ADG_20110310.   Closing date: 10 Mar 11  Deadline information: Deadline time: 5pm Brussels time.   Award type: Directed grants for individual investigators, Directed grants to institutions, research groups etc   Award amount max: €3,500,000 Award amount min: - Award budget total: €661,400,000   Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.IdeasDetailsCallPage&call_id=385   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)   Disciplines ---------------------------------------------- Life Science (Bioscience), Biological Sciences, Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine (RAE Unit 11), Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14)      
European Commission Framework Programme 7: European Research Council/Ideas   Description: The European Commission Framework Programme 7: European Research Council/Ideas invites proposals for its advanced investigator grants for life sciences. ...

Deadline

10/03/2011

Funding Body

European Commission

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

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 a...
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. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.   Value - 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.   Duration - 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. Application procedure - Application materials can be accessed from the Trust’s website after 4 January 2011. Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 4.00pm on 10 March 2011. Statements from three nominated referees should also be submitted online as part of the application procedure.   The Trust will report results to applicants by the end of May 2011.   The Trust is currently reviewing its activity in support of Early Career Fellowships and revised scheme notes will be available on the website from November 2010  
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 a...

Deadline

10/03/2011

Funding Body

Leverhulme Trust

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

The ERC Advanced Investigator Grants (ERC Advanced Grants) encourage substantial advances at the frontier of knowledge by supporting excellent, leading advanced investigators to pursue ground breaking, high-risk/high gain research.   Normally,...
The ERC Advanced Investigator Grants (ERC Advanced Grants) encourage substantial advances at the frontier of knowledge by supporting excellent, leading advanced investigators to pursue ground breaking, high-risk/high gain research.   Normally, the maximum grant will be EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional EUR 1,000,000 can be made available to cover (a) eligible “start-up” costs for Principal Investigators moving from a third country to the EU or an associated country, (b) 'Co-Investigator projects' and/or (c) the purchase of major equipment.   Profile of the ERC Advanced Grant Applicant Applicants for the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant are expected to be active researchers and to have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application. There is little prospect of an application succeeding in the absence of such a record, which identifies investigators as exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.   Thus, in most fields, Principal Investigators of Advanced Grant proposals will be expected to demonstrate a record of achievements appropriate to the field and at least matching one or more of the following benchmarks:   • Normally 10 publications as senior author (or in those fields where alphabetic order of authorship is the norm, joint author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, and/or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed conferences proceedings of their respective field. • Normally 3 major research monographs, of which at least one is translated into another language. This benchmark is relevant to research fields where publication of monographs is the norm (e.g. humanities and social sciences). • Other alternative benchmarks that may be considered (individually or in combination) as indicative of an exceptional record and recognition in the last 10 years: • Normally 5 granted patents • Normally 10 invited presentations in well-established internationally organised conferences and advanced schools • Normally 3 research expeditions led by the applicant • Normally 3 well-established international conferences or congresses where the applicant was involved in their organisation as a member of the steering and/or organising committee • International recognition through scientific prizes/awards or membership in well regarded Academies   If a Principal Investigator so chooses, their achievements over a longer period than the past ten years can be considered in the following circumstances which should be highlighted in the CV.   For maternity, the track record considered can be extended by 18 months for each child born before or during the last ten years. For paternity, the track record considered can be extended by the actual amount of paternity leave taken for each child born before or during the last ten years. For long-term illness, clinical qualification or national service the track record considered can be extended by the amount of leave taken for each incident which occurred during the last ten years.   The track record considered should not in any case surpass 14 years and six months. No allowance will be made for part-time working (two years of part-time working count as two full-time years).   Deadline: 10 March 2011, 17.00.00 (Brussels local time)  
The ERC Advanced Investigator Grants (ERC Advanced Grants) encourage substantial advances at the frontier of knowledge by supporting excellent, leading advanced investigators to pursue ground breaking, high-risk/high gain research.   Normally,...

Deadline

10/03/2011

Funding Body

ERC
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