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Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

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

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
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