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Exchange Grants The purpose of Exchange Grants offered by NinE is to encourage networking between scientists with a focus on developing an integrated quantification of nitrogen fluxes in Europe. To be considered suitable for funding, applications s...
Exchange Grants The purpose of Exchange Grants offered by NinE is to encourage networking between scientists with a focus on developing an integrated quantification of nitrogen fluxes in Europe. To be considered suitable for funding, applications should match one or more of the Programme’s objectives. Depending on the progress in NinE in integrating the science of nitrogen issues, later calls may also include focus on specific gaps in understanding.   Application procedure The deadlines for submission of applications are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October each year.   Application forms should be submitted online Application Form   If you wish to apply for support for a visit of 15 days or less, please use the Short Visit application form.   Applicants should be prepared to complete online: Details of their own institute and of their host’s institute (address, contact details) The title of their planned project Planned starting date of visit and duration (in weeks) Estimated travel costs (maximum 500 EUR).   Applicants will also need to have ready to upload a document (.pdf or .doc format, not exceeding 5MB) with the following information:   A short description (approx. 1000 words) of the proposed project work and the aim of the visit, indicating the scientific motivation and justification, the relevance to NinE themes, planned time schedule, detailed work plan, and expected results or benefits of the proposed project A curriculum vitae of two A4 pages Five most recent publications A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant’s work A letter of acceptance from the host at the receiving institute   Incomplete applications will not be considered.   Please note that you may encounter problems with the online application form if you are using Netscape as a browser. If this happens, please change to Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. You will also need to enable your computer to accept cookies while completing the form.   Evaluation of applications The evaluation of applications will be coordinated by the Grants sub-committee of the NinE Scientific Steering Committee, which will make recommendations for approval by the SSC. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:   a) Undertake work applicable to NinE b) Apply to stay in a European country other than the country of origin c) Return to the institute of origin upon termination, so that the applicant’s institute may also benefit from the broadened knowledge of the visiting scientist. d) The scientific quality of the project and its relevance for achieving NinE aims e) The CV of the applicant and the scientific quality of the hosting group   Priority will be given to applicants who come from or intend to visit countries that financially support the Programme (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). Priority will be give to applications where both the origin and the host institute are located in countries supporting the programme.   Level of support ESF Exchange Grants are supported with a weekly subsistence allowance of 400 EUR plus actual travel expenses up to a maximum of 500 EUR. Travel will be refunded on the basis of actual costs and on the basis of APEX-type airfares and 2nd class train travel.   The grants do not cover insurance, taxes or retirement scheme contributions.   A first payment of 80 per cent of the allowance will normally be made in advance of the visit. Final payment of the grant is subject to the submission of a final scientific report, original travel tickets and a signed host statement form(s), and to approval of the report by the NinE Steering Committee. Reports should normally be submitted within one month of completion of the visit.    
Exchange Grants The purpose of Exchange Grants offered by NinE is to encourage networking between scientists with a focus on developing an integrated quantification of nitrogen fluxes in Europe. To be considered suitable for funding, applications s...

Deadline

15/01/2011

Funding Body

ESF

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Special initiative

Synopsis

Short Visits The purpose of short visits offered by NinE is to encourage networking between scientists with a focus on developing an integrated quantification of nitrogen fluxes in Europe. To be considered suitable for funding, applications should ...
Short Visits The purpose of short visits offered by NinE is to encourage networking between scientists with a focus on developing an integrated quantification of nitrogen fluxes in Europe. To be considered suitable for funding, applications should match one or more of the Programme’s objectives. Depending on the progress in NinE in integrating the science of nitrogen issues, later calls may also include focus on specific gaps in understanding.   Application procedure The deadlines for submission of applications are 15 January, 15 May and 15 October each year.   Application forms should be submitted online Application Form   Applicants should be prepared to complete online: details of their own institute and of their host’s institute (address, contact details) the title of their planned project planned starting date of visit and duration (in weeks) estimated travel costs (maximum 500 EUR).   Please note that the online system will allow applications for a maximum of 15 days. If you wish to undertake a visit of more than 15 days, please use the Exchange Grant application form.   Applicants will also need to have ready to upload a document (.pdf or .doc format, not exceeding 5MB) with the following information: A short description (approx. 250 words) of the proposed project work and the aim of the visit The NinE objectives to which this visit is relevant A curriculum vitae of two A4 pages   Incomplete applications will not be considered.   You may encounter problems with the online application form if you are using Netscape as a browser. If this happens, please change to Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. You will also need to enable your computer to accept cookies while completing the form.   Evaluation of applications The evaluation of applications will be coordinated by the Grants sub-committee of the NinE Scientific Steering Committee, which will make recommendations for approval by the SSC. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:   a) Undertake work applicable to NinE b) Apply to stay in a European country other than the country of origin c) Return to the institute of origin upon termination, so that the applicant’s institute may also benefit from the broadened knowledge of the visiting scientist. d) The scientific quality of the project and its relevance for achieving NinE aims e) The CV of the applicant and the scientific quality of the hosting group   Priority will be given to applicants who come from or intend to visit countries that financially support the Programme (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom). Priority will be give to applications where both the origin and the host institute are located in countries supporting the programme.   Level of support ESF Short Visit Grants are reimbursed on a per diem basis of 85 EUR plus actual travel expenses up to a maximum of 500 EUR. Payment of the grant is subject to the submission of a final scientific report, original travel tickets and a signed host statement form(s), and to approval of the report by the NinE Steering Committee. Reports should normally be submitted within one month of completion of the visit.  
Short Visits The purpose of short visits offered by NinE is to encourage networking between scientists with a focus on developing an integrated quantification of nitrogen fluxes in Europe. To be considered suitable for funding, applications should ...

Deadline

15/01/2011

Funding Body

ESF

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Responsive mode

Synopsis

Summary: Under the auspices of our Living with Environmental Change strategic priority, and as part of the wider Living With Environmental Change partnership, we invite applications, within our remit, for research to: • Identify the likely effects...
Summary: Under the auspices of our Living with Environmental Change strategic priority, and as part of the wider Living With Environmental Change partnership, we invite applications, within our remit, for research to: • Identify the likely effects of climate or other environmental changes on the soil-water interface, and their consequences for the quantity or quality of food production or water supply • Inform policies or practices for mitigating or adapting to those effects   Scope: Multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary applications are encouraged, especially applications that: • Employ mathematical modelling or systems approaches • Address social or economic issues associated with the proposed biological research Applications for research involving inputs from industrial or other stakeholders would be particularly welcomed.   Eligibility: This highlight call is subject to our usual responsive-mode eligibility criteria. The call is also open to RERAD's Main Research Providers (MRPs) that do not have higher education institution (HEI) status (listed below), within the scope of the existing co-funding collaboration in food security and living within environmental change between BBSRC and the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD) - see related links above. Eligible institutions include: • Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland • Macaulay Land Use Research Institute • Moredun Research Institute • Scottish Crop Research Institute Prospective applicants from those institutions who are considering submitting an application in response to the call are also asked to contact us as soon as possible.   How to apply : Applications should be submitted in the usual way, through Research Councils UK's Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system, before our responsive mode grant application deadline of 4pm on 26 January 2011.   In addition, applications involving RERAD's non HEI MRP's (listed above), must be sent as an outline to the RERAD contact (see external contacts below) by 6 December 2010, for checking and approval, before a full application is submitted to us through the Je-S as outlined above. Research in this area addresses the interests of some other LWEC partners, besides ours. Each of the applications submitted in this area will be considered for co-funding by these partners on a case-by-case basis, but co-funding will not be considered in the applications' assessment. For background and additional details please see full application information in the downloads section.   Jef Grainger jef.grainger@bbsrc.ac.uk tel: 01793 413139   Chris Rich, RERAD chris.rich@scotland.gsi.gov.ac.uk tel: 0131 244 0820  
Summary: Under the auspices of our Living with Environmental Change strategic priority, and as part of the wider Living With Environmental Change partnership, we invite applications, within our remit, for research to: • Identify the likely effects...

Deadline

11/01/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

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Special initiative

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BBSRC and the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD) are collaborating to co-fund research into food security and living with environmental change.   RERAD deadline: 17 December 2010, BBSRC deadli...
BBSRC and the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD) are collaborating to co-fund research into food security and living with environmental change.   RERAD deadline: 17 December 2010, BBSRC deadline: 11 January 2011   This collaboration is currently anticipated to be in place in the first instance until the end of April 2012. It is open to Scottish Government research institutes who do not have Higher Education Institute (HEI) status, namely:   * Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) * Macaulay Land Use Research Institute * Moredun Research Institute * Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland Research Institute (BioSS)   Scientific objectives The fund promotes applications for research within 2 areas: * Food security * Living with environmental change   Eligibility The aforementioned Scottish Government's research institutes can apply alone or collaborate with BBSRC institutes and the HEI sector to submit a joint application. It is only these research institutes that must follow this process.   BBSRC standard research grant terms and conditions apply. The eligibility criteria are the same as those for BBSRC institute staff.   How to apply 1. By 17 December 2010, Principal Investigators (PIs) must submit a project outline and total cost to the RERAD. 2. RERAD will check your application falls within the Food Security or Living with Environmental Change programmes, and aligns with Scottish Government policies. 3. RERAD will notify PIs and BBSRC within 2 weeks of submission. 4. Once you have RERAD approval, submit your full application through our Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system by our next 'responsive mode' deadline (11 January 2011).   Joint applications can be submitted to RERAD as one project outline and total cost, but must then be submitted to the Je-S system on separate forms, and not combined.   You may apply to the BBSRC New Investigator, Industrial Partnership Award and Strategic Longer and Larger Award (LoLa) schemes.   If applying for a LoLa you must submit your project outline and total cost to RERAD at least 3 weeks before the next LoLa deadline
BBSRC and the Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Directorate (RERAD) are collaborating to co-fund research into food security and living with environmental change.   RERAD deadline: 17 December 2010, BBSRC deadli...

Deadline

11/01/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

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Responsive mode

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Assists early-career researchers - newly employed university lecturers, lecturer level equivalent fellows whose awards were secured in open competition, and researchers in Research Council Institutes at the unified Research Council Band E or ...
Assists early-career researchers - newly employed university lecturers, lecturer level equivalent fellows whose awards were secured in open competition, and researchers in Research Council Institutes at the unified Research Council Band E or its equivalent - to secure their first major element of research funding.   Applicants must not have received competitive research funding from any source, as a Principal Investigator, that included post-doctoral research assistant staff support costs.   BBSRC Committees assess applications against the same criteria as other responsive mode proposals; however, research potential rather than track record will be taken into account. This scheme operates in responsive mode. Application deadlines are the same as other responsive mode applications.
Assists early-career researchers - newly employed university lecturers, lecturer level equivalent fellows whose awards were secured in open competition, and researchers in Research Council Institutes at the unified Research Council Band E or ...

Deadline

11/01/2011

Funding Body

BBSRC

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Responsive mode

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The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for its protected ornamentals research and development strategy. The protected ornamentals sector panel encompasses production of protected pot plants, pack bedding and indoor cut flowers, as...
The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for its protected ornamentals research and development strategy. The protected ornamentals sector panel encompasses production of protected pot plants, pack bedding and indoor cut flowers, as well as associated plant propagators. Priorities under this panel are efficient use of all available energy sources, reducing labour costs per unit of production, and crop protection. Disciplines: Biological Control of Insects, Crop Insurance, Crop Science, Horticulture, Pest Control Strategies, Pesticides, Sustainable Agriculture, Labour Economics, Plant Breeding, Plant Sciences, Biological Sciences (RAE Unit 14), Agriculture (RAE Unit 15), Economics and Econometrics (RAE Unit 38), Energy Efficiency, Agriculture, Economics, Biological Sciences
The Horticultural Development Company invites applications for its protected ornamentals research and development strategy. The protected ornamentals sector panel encompasses production of protected pot plants, pack bedding and indoor cut flowers, as...

Deadline

05/01/2011

Funding Body

Horticultural Development Company

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Special initiative

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International Opportunities Fund (IOF).  The aim of the IOF scheme is to facilitate international collaboration for research and research-related activities that are aligned with NERC strategic priorities, and are not typically supported throug...
International Opportunities Fund (IOF).  The aim of the IOF scheme is to facilitate international collaboration for research and research-related activities that are aligned with NERC strategic priorities, and are not typically supported through NERC's usual funding schemes.   This may include, for example, international programmes and networks; collaborative secondments and exchanges; major international workshops or conferences; pump-priming to attract inward investment to UK research institutions; or international project offices.   The specific IOF scheme objectives are as follows:   • To fund high impact, outcome focused activities in areas of NERC strategic themes and challenges as expressed in the NERC strategy Next Generation Science for Planet Earth, 2007-2012.   • To fund activities that require international collaboration at the centre of their approach, adding value to UK capability and delivering outcomes that cannot be delivered by the UK alone.   • To fund activities that have lasting outputs that are expected to have benefits beyond the duration of the IOF award (eg establishing long-term collaborations, pump-priming for ongoing, self-sustaining activities and/or developing high-impact knowledge).   • To fund activities that are not typically supported through other NERC funding schemes.   • To promote collaboration between UK researchers and those from NERC target countries as represented in the Belmont Forum* of Global Environmental Change Research Funders and RCUK overseas offices. (Collaborations that target countries not represented on the Belmont Forum or with RCUK overseas offices will be considered, but a clear rationale for their prioritisation should be given.)   Awards - IOF awards may be up to 3 years in duration (with the option of submitting a proposal for a 1-2 year extension in future rounds).   The total amount of funding available for this scheme is anticipated to be approximately £1·3m per annum. A maximum of £300k (100% FEC) per award may be requested from this call and NERC anticipates funding up to 4-6 awards. The NERC funding contribution will be 80% of FEC (with the standard exceptions paid at 100% FEC).   Co-funding and/or in-kind support from overseas or international partners is a requirement of an IOF proposal.   There is no minimum award size restriction. However, the size of the award should be appropriate to the activity that is being proposed, and only substantial projects that deliver high and lasting impact, and that leverage NERC funding, will be considered during the assessment process.   Eligibility - Usual NERC eligibility criteria for investigators on research grants apply. International project partners are not eligible for direct funding from NERC. However, eligible UK organisations may submit a proposal that includes support for international partners; for example, there may be aspects of support (e.g. travel or visiting researchers) provided from the UK award. Individuals may submit no more than one application as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator to this call. Project studentships are not permitted with IOF call proposals.   Applications to this call must be made via the je-s system.      
International Opportunities Fund (IOF).  The aim of the IOF scheme is to facilitate international collaboration for research and research-related activities that are aligned with NERC strategic priorities, and are not typically supported throug...

Deadline

14/12/2010

Funding Body

NERC

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Special initiative

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The Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme is a partnership that brings together the Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic & Social Research Council...
The Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme is a partnership that brings together the Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to deliver a planned seven year interdisciplinary research programme, with a total budget of £40·5m. The ESPA programme is part of the Living With Environmental Change partnership.   ESPA's goal is to ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty reduction and inclusive/sustainable growth.   To achieve this goal, ESPA will invest in cutting-edge research that delivers improved understanding of how ecosystem function, the services they provide, the full value of these services, and their potential role in achieving sustainable poverty reduction. Crucially, ESPA funded research must provide evidence and tools to enable decision makers and end users to manage ecosystems sustainably and in a way that contributes to poverty reduction.   This announcement of opportunity invites proposals for research consortium projects that will address this agenda.   Awards may be between three to five years in duration, with a total value of the project (the 100% full economic cost) between £500k and £4m, with exceptional projects able to bid for up to £5m.   The call has a total budget of £16m.   All projects are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the web-based form by the closing date of 8 December 2010. These will not be assessed, but submission of an EOI is a condition of submitting a full proposal.   The deadline for full proposals is 16:00 on 19 January 2011.
The Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme is a partnership that brings together the Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic & Social Research Council...

Deadline

08/12/2010

Funding Body

NERC
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