Every scientist knows that funding is critical to research.


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Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research. Grants are for a minimum of £25,000 for directly incurred costs (total of costs under this heading). The primary criterion for assessment is scientific excel...
This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research. Grants are for a minimum of £25,000 for directly incurred costs (total of costs under this heading). The primary criterion for assessment is scientific excellence, with all applications subjected to an Initial Review stage that makes decisions on which proposals should proceed to external review. Moderating Panels meet annually in June and December to grade the applications and make recommendations for funding.
This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research. Grants are for a minimum of £25,000 for directly incurred costs (total of costs under this heading). The primary criterion for assessment is scientific excel...

Deadline

01/12/2010

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

Consortium grants support focused, co-ordinated and collaborative research into issues that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding mechanisms. Whilst the consortium rounds are supported through responsive mode funding, the size and nature of...
Consortium grants support focused, co-ordinated and collaborative research into issues that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding mechanisms. Whilst the consortium rounds are supported through responsive mode funding, the size and nature of these awards mean that they will often incidentally have a strong strategic element.   Applicants must first submit a concept note for approval by Science & Innovation Managers. The maximum limit on proposals is £3·7m, 100% (Full Economic Cost) for up to five years.   Applications will be sent to external review and applicants may be asked to give a verbal presentation to the moderating panel.
Consortium grants support focused, co-ordinated and collaborative research into issues that cannot be addressed through other NERC funding mechanisms. Whilst the consortium rounds are supported through responsive mode funding, the size and nature of...

Deadline

01/12/2010

Funding Body

NERC

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). Th...
The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed.   Proposals are favoured which: • reflect the personal vision of the applicant; • demonstrate compelling competence in the research design; • surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries; • involve a degree of challenge and evidence of the applicant's ability to assess risk.   Value and Duration The great majority of awards involve a spend of up to £250,000 over a duration of two to three years. If compelling evidence is provided, awards may be made for sums between £250,000 and £500,000 for research over a period of up to five years. The assessment procedures for these large grants are especially stringent, and can involve site visits and discussions with applicants.   Costs Research project grants provide (i) salaries for research staff and (ii) associated research costs.   (i) Salaries for research staff At least 75% of the resources requested must be used to provide funding for research staff (research assistants; postgraduate students) who will work specifically on the project with the applicant, the award being payable directly to the institution at which the applicant is employed. Research assistants should have a research degree or equivalent research experience. The tuition fees and maintenance costs of a PhD studentship or studentships may be included provided they are set at the base rate for Research Council awards for UK students. Support for an overseas student is allowable, but requires explicit justification, addressing how his or her specific skills are to contribute to the project.   The Principal Investigator and co-applicants may apply for the costs of staffing replacement. To be eligible for these, applicants must be currently employed full-time on a continuing basis by their eligible institution. An applicant's study leave entitlement and recent periods of leave will be taken into consideration in the assessment of the proposal. A maximum of a total of one year's staff replacement over the course of a three year grant - and pro rata for shorter grants - may be awarded. The replacement should not be someone currently studying for a research degree. The staff replacement should normally start at the most junior point of the lecturer scale of the institution concerned.   Awards are not made to cover the salary costs of the applicant, or those of the co-applicants.   (ii) Associated research costs These can be included up to a maximum of 25% of the total budget. This percentage is a maximum and not a target. The following are examples of such eligible associated costs: • Technical, computing, clerical and secretarial staff costs or services. • Travel and subsistence costs directly related to the research activity. These can include conference attendance provided that such attendance can be shown to make a direct contribution to the research project. • Consumable costs. Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here.   Applications for continuation of funding for an existing Leverhulme Research Project grant, or continuation of funding for a research fellow currently active on an existing Leverhulme Research Project grant will not normally be considered.   Applications are made through a 2 stage process.   To complete an outline application please click the link below, which will take you to the Trust’s Grant Application System. There are no closing dates for the submission of an Outline Application but there will typically be a period of up to 12 weeks between receiving an email acknowledging your submission and receiving notice of a decision.   Outline application form   Contact Matt Dillnutt regarding outline applications (020 7042 9873); or Nicola Thorp regarding detailed applications (020 7042 9872).  
The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). Th...

Deadline

01/12/2010

Funding Body

Leverhulme Trust

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependent on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. The geographical distribution of the proposed Network...
These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependent on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. The geographical distribution of the proposed Network should reflect locations directly linked to the theme: for example, to the habitat of an animal; the native country of an artist; a local social or political system, or the contribution of a specific scientific facility unavailable elsewhere. 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, and a network grant can last for up to three years. Where additional costs can be justified further funding may be available.   Costs The following are typical costs: • International travel and subsistence. Please note that full advantage must be taken of opportunities for economy travel and accommodation. • The organising and running of local seminars or workshops. • The salary of a Network Facilitator of up to £25,000 per annum (including National Insurance and pension), pro-rated for a post which is less than full-time. The Facilitator may not be the Principal Investigator, nor may they be registered for a PhD, but must be based in the lead UK university. The Facilitator may, in addition to their main duties, which will be predominantly of an administrative nature, contribute to the research activities of the network, if appropriate. • The Trust recognises the variation in costs of living in different countries, and asks applicants to pay close attention to real local costs. However, under no circumstances will subsistence costs in excess of £2,500 per month per person be paid by the Trust. Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here. There is a 2 stage application process. There are no closing dates for the submission of an Outline Application but there will typically be a period of up to 12 weeks between receiving an email acknowledging your submission and receiving notice of a decision.   Outline Application Form To complete an outline application please click the link below, which will take you to the Trust’s Grant Application System.   Outline application form   Contact Nicola Thorp (020 7042 9872).    
These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependent on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. The geographical distribution of the proposed Network...

Deadline

01/12/2010

Funding Body

Leverhulme Trust

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) wish to support between five to eight Collaborative Networks between academia and...
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) wish to support between five to eight Collaborative Networks between academia and users (users are defined as any organisation that has the potential to use and/or exploit the outputs of Research Councils-funded research) in the area of Chemical Biology. Up to £800,000 is available for this initiative (80% Full Economic Costing). The networks should foster collaborative endeavours between academic researchers and user organisations, working across the boundaries of BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC’s remits, in order to tackle significant research challenges in chemical biology. The initiative is open to researchers based at any institution eligible for EPSRC, BBSRC or MRC targeted funding.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) wish to support between five to eight Collaborative Networks between academia and...

Deadline

30/11/2010

Funding Body

EPSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

BBRF aims to support the bioscience research community with the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructures, support high quality bioinformatics and biological resources that align with BBSRC key research priorities as stated in BBS...
BBRF aims to support the bioscience research community with the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructures, support high quality bioinformatics and biological resources that align with BBSRC key research priorities as stated in BBSRC strategic plan, and to also supply long-term funding to provide a stable environment for resource development and provision. Applicants can apply for funding for the following types of applications: 1. Establishment and maintenance of a new resource that would be applicable to a broad BBSRC user community 2. Maturation and subsequent maintenance of a project-based resource into a community-based one 3. Development and subsequent maintenance of an existing community resource to increase its relevance to a broad BBSRC user group 4. Interfacing and integrating resources to better meet user need It is essential to demonstrate strong demand from the UK bioscience community together with an appropriate access policy. The budget for the call is in the region of £6.5M, subject to the quality of applications received. Grants are available for up to 5 years Intention to submit forms must be submitted by 6th October 2010 5pm Full applications must be submitted by 24th November 2010 4pm
BBRF aims to support the bioscience research community with the establishment, maintenance and enhancement of infrastructures, support high quality bioinformatics and biological resources that align with BBSRC key research priorities as stated in BBS...

Deadline

24/11/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The 2010 call for proposals will open on Wednesday 22 September 2010 and close on Wednesday 24 November 2010

Partnering Awards allow leading UK research groups to forge long-term international relationships to enhance their BBSRC research ...
The 2010 call for proposals will open on Wednesday 22 September 2010 and close on Wednesday 24 November 2010

Partnering Awards allow leading UK research groups to forge long-term international relationships to enhance their BBSRC research and provide pump-priming for joint international research projects within BBSRC's remit and especially to projects aligned to BBSRC's strategic priorities.

The scheme is open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers at BBSRC-sponsored research institutes who are in receipt of BBSRC funding.
For the first time, applications for this scheme must be submitted through the Research Council's Joint electronic Submission (JeS) system.

Applications will be sought for:
*       China Partnering Awards - http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/china
*       India Partnering Awards - http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/india
*       Japan Partnering Awards - http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/japan
*       United States Partnering Awards - http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/us

The 2008 and 2009 Japan Partnering Awards were run as a joint funding scheme with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and were limited to applications in the field of systems biology.

For the 2010 call, the Japan Partnering Awards will be run by BBSRC only (in the same manner as the other Partnering Awards) and applications will be accepted from any discipline within BBSRC's remit.
The 2010 call for proposals will open on Wednesday 22 September 2010 and close on Wednesday 24 November 2010

Partnering Awards allow leading UK research groups to forge long-term international relationships to enhance their BBSRC research ...

Deadline

24/11/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The 2010 call proposals will open on Wednesday 22 September and close on Wednesday 24 November 2010

International Workshops allow UK scientists to interact with their equivalents from other countries to identify areas of commonality and ex...
The 2010 call proposals will open on Wednesday 22 September and close on Wednesday 24 November 2010

International Workshops allow UK scientists to interact with their equivalents from other countries to identify areas of commonality and explore the potential for international collaboration.  In the past the International Workshop scheme has provided around 8 awards each year, of around £10k each, for International Workshops within BBSRC's remit and especially in areas related to BBSRC's strategic priorities. Workshops can be held in the UK or within any participating country.

The scheme is open to current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers at BBSRC-sponsored research institutes who are in receipt of BBSRC funding.

For the first time, applications for this scheme must be submitted through the Research Council's Joint electronic Submission (JeS) system.

For further details and full guidance notes see:
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/international_workshops
The 2010 call proposals will open on Wednesday 22 September and close on Wednesday 24 November 2010

International Workshops allow UK scientists to interact with their equivalents from other countries to identify areas of commonality and ex...

Deadline

24/11/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC
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