Every scientist knows that funding is critical to research.


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Special initiative

Synopsis

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

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

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

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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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Category

Special initiative

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The Biosciences KTN is pleased to announce a new call for up to 10 SPARK Awards. The deadline is Midnight 3rd December 2010 so check our website now to access the call documents: The Biosciences KTN is pleased to announce a new call for up to 10 SPARK Awards. The deadline is Midnight 3rd December 2010 so check our website now to access the call documents: www.innovateuk.org/biosciencesktn.   SPARK Awards SPARK Awards are a means to encourage new collaborations between the research community and Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The grants, which are of a fixed value of £5,000, will be paid to the research partner to tackle a problem relevant to the SME. The collaboration supported by a SPARK award can comprise almost any defined piece of work by the research partner for the industrial partner, such as a student project, data analysis, technical consultancy, a feasibility study or literature review. Projects must be in one of the four market sectors addressed by the Biosciences KTN, namely Animal Breeding and Animal Health, Food Technology and Manufacture, Industrial Bioscience, and Plants and Crops.   How to access the call document and application form on the Biosciences KTN website Register/log on to our website to access the call documents and application forms by clicking on www.innovateuk.org/biosciencesktn Once logged in, go to the “Groups” tab and select the “SPARK Awards” group and click “Join this group”. To access the call document and application form go to the More tab and click on the Document Library.  
The Biosciences KTN is pleased to announce a new call for up to 10 SPARK Awards. The deadline is Midnight 3rd December 2010 so check our website now to access the call documents:

Deadline

04/12/2010

Funding Body

Biosciences KTN

Category

Studentship

Synopsis

This invitation is open to all UK Universities and Research Institutes. Pending receipt of satisfactory applications, HGCA will provide part funding towards 3 PhD projects. Selection criteria will include relevance of the proposed research to HGCA...
This invitation is open to all UK Universities and Research Institutes. Pending receipt of satisfactory applications, HGCA will provide part funding towards 3 PhD projects. Selection criteria will include relevance of the proposed research to HGCA’s R&D Strategy, and the applicant organisation’s track record of scientific excellence in the area to be studied.   Funding available from HGCA will be £12,500 per project, per year (based on a 3-year project). The applicant organisation will be expected to provide any balancing funds required. The studentship projects may be conducted solely through a University or may involve BBSRC or Industry partners and be conducted as CASE Studentships.   Related information Details of all current PhDs receiving HGCA support can be found on the Funding & Awards page of the HGCA website. Research summaries are currently available for the majority of these projects.   Application procedure Proposals should be submitted to caroline.nicholls@hgca.com by downloading and completing the application form available on-line on the Funding & Awards page. Proposals will be presented to the R&D Advisory Committee in February where three successful proposals will be chosen for starting around next autumn. This should give ample time to advertise and appoint a suitable candidate over the summer period. Any rejected proposals will not be carried over for the autumn 2011 call but may be re-submitted for the 2011 deadline when they will be considered alongside any new proposals at that time.   Budget The maximum funds available for any PhD project is £12,500 per year for three years. This will be paid on an annual basis from the start of the project. HGCA will accept 4 year proposals but the maximum funding will remain the same at £37,500 which can be split over 4 years.   Further information Caroline Nicholls by e-mail (caroline.nicholls@hgca.com) or telephone (024 7647 8755).  
This invitation is open to all UK Universities and Research Institutes. Pending receipt of satisfactory applications, HGCA will provide part funding towards 3 PhD projects. Selection criteria will include relevance of the proposed research to HGCA...

Deadline

03/12/2010

Funding Body

HGCA

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

Post-doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers This Programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for young pre- and post-doctoral UK researchers and researchers from Europe and North America based in the UK to conduct cooperative rese...
Post-doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers This Programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for young pre- and post-doctoral UK researchers and researchers from Europe and North America based in the UK to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The Programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan, whilst expanding academic exchange between Japan and the United Kingdom. Researchers from all fields of sciences including humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply. Awards will cover visits of 1 to 12 months.   Eligibility Only nationals of the following countries are eligible to apply through the JSPS London Office: • UK • All European Union countries as well as Switzerland and Norway • USA and Canada     Nationals of other countries may be eligible to apply for funding through JSPS Headquarters. Please check their fellowship programmes and eligibility criteria by referring to the following web page:     http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow/fellow.html     Please also note that there are different eligibility criteria for PhD student applicants and Postdoctoral applicants and your status at the time of your proposed tenure start date determines which eligibility criteria is applicable to you.   Duration and Commencement of Awards • Grants are awarded for a period of 1 to 12 months. • Successful applicants are asked to start their awards in Japan between May 2011 and the end of March 2012   Closing Date for Applications 17:30 Wednesday 1st December 2010   For more information please visit http://www.jsps.org/funding/fellow_short.html For application enquiries and submissions please contact:   JSPS London 14 Stephenson Way London NW1 2HD   Tel.: +44 (0)20 7255 4660 Fax: +44 (0)20 7255 4669 E-mail: short-termaward@jsps.org    
Post-doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers This Programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for young pre- and post-doctoral UK researchers and researchers from Europe and North America based in the UK to conduct cooperative rese...

Deadline

01/12/2010

Funding Body

JSPS
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