Every scientist knows that funding is critical to research.


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Special initiative

Synopsis

The Royal Society International Joint Project programme is designed to enable international collaboration by providing a mobility grant for researchers and members of their research teams to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses. It also ai...
The Royal Society International Joint Project programme is designed to enable international collaboration by providing a mobility grant for researchers and members of their research teams to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses. It also aims to provide seed money for research that will lead to further collaboration and greater funding in the future from larger funding bodies.   Subjects Covered: All areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.   Eligibility: The Project Leaders must be from academia, of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible organisation which, if it is the latter, continues at least for the duration of the project. Collaborations should be based on a single project including two teams or individuals: one based in the UK and the other based outside the UK. A relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application and the collaboration should involve bilateral visits between the UK and the country with which the overseas collaborator is based.   Length of Tenure: 2 years   Value of Grant: Up to £6000 a year for 2 years for travel and subsistence. Within the £6000 available each year, up to £1000 can be used for research expenses (excluding computer hardware).   Countries covered: Currently Joint Projects are available to those in European and Former Soviet Union countries, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and certain countries in Latin America. Please check appendix 1 of the scheme notes for eligible countries.   Cost-share arrangements: Depending on which country your collaboration is with proposals can be submitted either as a ‘direct’ application (to the Royal Society only) or as a ‘parallel cost share’ application. The latter entails the UK team leader submitting a proposal to the Royal Society AND the Overseas team leader simultaneously submitting a proposal to a partner organisation (usually an Academies of Science abroad) with whom the Royal Society has cost share agreement, in which case the travel and subsistence costs are shared between the Royal Society and the overseas Partner. Please note that ‘direct’ applications are still accepted even if a cost share partner is available. Please check appendix 1 of the scheme notes for cost share countries and partners, and appendix 2 for additional information on cost share applications   2010 closing dates: The 2010 Russia cost share is now open and closes 22 November 2010. 2010/R3 (Including Ireland and India cost share) is now open and closes 25 November 2010.  
The Royal Society International Joint Project programme is designed to enable international collaboration by providing a mobility grant for researchers and members of their research teams to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses. It also ai...

Deadline

22/11/2010

Funding Body

Royal Society

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Technology Strategy Board is launching a collaborative R&D competition with up to £5 million available to invest in projects using genomics-based technologies. This initiative seeks to highlight the opportunities created by the decrease in c...
The Technology Strategy Board is launching a collaborative R&D competition with up to £5 million available to invest in projects using genomics-based technologies. This initiative seeks to highlight the opportunities created by the decrease in cost and increase in speed in highthroughput sequencing technology. Projects should be business-led and seek to develop new products or processes.  
The Technology Strategy Board is launching a collaborative R&D competition with up to £5 million available to invest in projects using genomics-based technologies. This initiative seeks to highlight the opportunities created by the decrease in c...

Deadline

18/11/2010

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Fellowship

Synopsis

Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limit...
Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.   Applicants • Must be resident in the UK at the time of application. • Should be able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of research. • May not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for profession or vocational qualifications.   Value - The maximum value of a Fellowship is £45,000. The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Please note that the awards cannot provide funds for salary costs for those otherwise without a salary. Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here.   Duration - Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2011 and 1 May 2012.   Application Procedure - Deadline - 4.00pm on 11 November 2010. The Trust will report results to applicants by the end of April 2011.   Please download a copy of the 2011 Scheme Leaflet before completing your application.    To access the online application system please click on the following link and follow the instructions. Leverhilme Grant Application Systems
Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limit...

Deadline

11/11/2010

Funding Body

Leverhulme Trust

Category

Responsive mode

Synopsis

The Research Grants scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise initiated by research scientists at an early stage of their career (within the first 5 years of the start date of their first permanent academic po...
The Research Grants scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise initiated by research scientists at an early stage of their career (within the first 5 years of the start date of their first permanent academic position). The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research. The scheme also provides support for research in the history of science or to assist with publication of scholarly works in the history of science.   Eligibility: Applicants must be resident in the UK, they should have postdoctoral level or equivalent status at the time of the application and have a permanent or limited-tenure position in an eligible organisation. An applicant who is a post doctorate paid by a grant for which someone else is the principal investigator is not eligible. Applicants must play a major part and take a leading role in the project and not make its fulfilment more than marginally dependent on the services of postgraduate/doctoral students.
For research and publication in the history of science only: Non-tenured researchers and retired scientists resident in the UK may also apply for research support and publication support grants. Applicants must work in association with an eligible institution.   Length of Tenure: The grant is for a period of 12 months   Value of Grant: For all subject categories (1 to 9), up to £15,000 (including VAT) is available for the purchase of specialised equipment, essential consumable materials and services. Up to £5,000 (including VAT) is available for the publication of scholarly works in the history of science.
The grants are not intended to supplement ongoing research. As the Research Grant scheme does not involve staff costs, full economic costing (fEC) does not apply to this scheme.   Important note: Before completing the application form all applicants should check that they comply with the eligibility requirements outlined above. These requirements are strictly adhered to and any applicant who does not meet them will be excluded from the competition.    
The Research Grants scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise initiated by research scientists at an early stage of their career (within the first 5 years of the start date of their first permanent academic po...

Deadline

08/11/2010

Funding Body

Royal Society

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The Technology Strategy Board will invest up to £7m to fund collaborative research and development projects that will lead to new technologies and strategies to help businesses extract greater value from large and diverse sources of data (or informa...
The Technology Strategy Board will invest up to £7m to fund collaborative research and development projects that will lead to new technologies and strategies to help businesses extract greater value from large and diverse sources of data (or information), and which drive a robust data economy. This competition is open to all UK-based companies and research organisations in business-led consortia. Ideas are sought from all economic sectors.  
The Technology Strategy Board will invest up to £7m to fund collaborative research and development projects that will lead to new technologies and strategies to help businesses extract greater value from large and diverse sources of data (or informa...

Deadline

31/10/2010

Funding Body

Technology Strategy Board

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

The BBSRC Industrial Impact Fellowship scheme seeks to enable highly skilled research and technology leaders from industry to transfer their skills and experience from the industrial sector into an academic setting.

The fellowship will ide...
The BBSRC Industrial Impact Fellowship scheme seeks to enable highly skilled research and technology leaders from industry to transfer their skills and experience from the industrial sector into an academic setting.

The fellowship will ideally be for a period of up to 4 years, where matched departmental funding will be viewed favourably by the assessment committee. The scheme is flexible with regard to the particular role proposed in an application, but it is expected that Fellows will take on a significant 'science programme manager' role within an existing BBSRC research programme. For example, the Fellows could manage innovation and business development, acting as liaison with industry partners, overseeing the development of the commercial potential of the research being pursued, etc. It is expected that Fellows will be embedded within a department and complement local technology transfer office (or equivalent) activities.
The BBSRC Industrial Impact Fellowship scheme seeks to enable highly skilled research and technology leaders from industry to transfer their skills and experience from the industrial sector into an academic setting.

The fellowship will ide...

Deadline

30/10/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

New applications in 2010 will follow our standard grant rules on resubmissions. For further information see BBSRC grants guide, paragraphs ...
New applications in 2010 will follow our standard grant rules on resubmissions. For further information see BBSRC grants guide, paragraphs 4.13 and 4.14. This funding is for ‘proof of concept’ at the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition.
It funds work to convert an idea into a robust business plan where a route to commercialisation is clear, for example a spin-out (seed or venture finance) or licensing opportunity.
BBSRC commit £2.9M a year. Typically grants are for £80K-150K normally over 12 months.   How to apply: Applications must be within our portfolio and draw substantially on outputs of recent BBSRC funding.
Complete and submit the application form in the downloads section.    
New applications in 2010 will follow our standard grant rules on resubmissions. For further information see BBSRC grants guide, paragraphs ...

Deadline

30/10/2010

Funding Body

BBSRC

Category

Special initiative

Synopsis

Royal Society Industry Fellowships - Promoting knowledge exchange between academia and industry

The Industry Fellowship scheme promotes collaboration between the UK science base and industry by supporting the exchange of mid-career researc...
Royal Society Industry Fellowships - Promoting knowledge exchange between academia and industry

The Industry Fellowship scheme promotes collaboration between the UK science base and industry by supporting the exchange of mid-career researchers either from the science base to industry or vice-versa. The Fellowships are administered by the Royal Society, co-sponsored by the BBSRC and BBSRC Institute employees are now eligible to apply for a fellowship. The scheme has successfully supported researchers in the biosciences and has involved a range of industry sectors, from large pharmaceutical companies to Biotech SMEs.

Royal Society Industry Fellowships - Promoting knowledge exchange between academia and industry

The Industry Fellowship scheme promotes collaboration between the UK science base and industry by supporting the exchange of mid-career researc...

Deadline

29/10/2010

Funding Body

Royal Society
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