Current sources for research funding

July 9, 1999

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available for academic researchers.

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Call for research


The LIC is responsible for the development of a national research strategy for library and information services and for overseeing its implementation. To support this the LIC provides funds for research activities. The commission will consider proposals for full- scale projects carried out over one to three years, as well as smaller projects or feasibility studies of six months or less. The following types are included:

*syntheses of previous research which produce new insights;

*projects which involve "horizon-scanning";

*projects involving international comparisons.

The commission will look favourably on projects which address cross-sectoral issues relevant to the new Museums, Libraries and Archives Council which will be created on April 1 2000. Proposers should download an application form from the website (where details of the research themes can also be found) or obtain one from the Research and Development Team.

Proposals should be submitted by 12.00 noon on July 21.

Applications are restricted to organisations and individuals based in the UK.

Contact: Research and Development Team

Library and Information Commission

19 - 29 Woburn Place

London WC1H 0LU

Tel: 0171 3 8702/4

Fax: 0171 3 8701



Support for research using high-end


EPSRC, on behalf of the research councils, proposes to provide additional funding to a small number of existing groups with expertise, either individually or as consortia, to provide core support for UK research users of high end computing. Proposals are invited from groups or consortia to provide this support. Support will be funded under standard EPSRC research grant arrangements for up to five years, although this will be subject to review after three years.

Call for Proposals to Provide the Core

Support Activity

In addition to the above, the research councils propose to provide additional funding to a small number of groups with relevant expertise to provide a small core activity. The collective role of the centres will be to enable UK researchers to exploit hardware and software developments rapidly and make efficient use of available tools and techniques.

Key activities of the centres will be:

*to monitor international high-end computational developments in hardware and software;

*to disseminate information to the user


*to promote and provide advice and training in code development, maintenance and porting;

*to promote and provide advice and training on good practice in data management;

*to keep the community up-to-date with tools developments;

*to provide specialist training and mentoring for PDRAs supporting codes in research groups. However, applicants are invited to propose other activities that would benefit the UK user community. Proposals are now invited from institutions or consortia with an existing activity in high-end computing to develop or continue centres to provide core support for high-end computing. Contact: Dr Nicola

Clarkson, Cross-

Programme Group, EPSRC, Polaris House, North Star Avenue,

Swindon, Wilts SN2 1ET

Tel: 01793 444263

Fax: 01703 444547


Deadline: September 30. Further information and detailed instructions on how to complete the application form can be found on the website.


1999 Call for

Proposals - Tackling Environmental Resource Management (TERM) PHASE 2 (1998-2000)

The TERM phase II programme invites social scientists and/or research groups based at European universities to apply for grants under second round. Grants are available for the organisation of summer schools,

workshops and for exchanges. Organising research groups should comprise researchers from different European countries (minimum four countries). The budget available for the organisation of a summer school is FF 200,000. For a workshop the available budget is FF 100,000 - 150,000. In addition there is funding available for exchanges. The TERM phase II programme runs for three years (1998-2000). In this second round a maximum of three summer school proposals and three workshops can be supported. The duration of the grants will be 12 months. Decisions will be announced in November 1999 for grants to be held in calendar year 2000. The main criteria for assessment of the application are the "European added value" of the workshop or summer school and the extent to which the activity fits in the TERM programme. Specific Priority Themes: A. The comparative dynamics of consumption and production processes; B. Environmental management and policy instruments under uncertainty; C. Forms of international environmental cooperation and their development; D. Perception, communication and the social representation of environmental change. Application forms and guidelines available on the website. Deadline: August 15. Contact:

Marianne Yagoubi,

European Science Foundation, TERM II programme, 1 quai Lezay-Marnesia, 67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France

Tel:+33(0)3 88 76 71 01

Fax:+33(03) 88 37 0532 Email:



Research Committee


Applications are invited for approximately 220 three3-year studentships to start on October1 2000

Each of the seven BBSRC Research Committees and the Bioinformatics Panel has a limited number of project-based studentships in specific topic areas available to start on October 1 2000. In the case of the BMS Committee and the Bioinformatics Panel, studentships will be awarded by BBSRC and EPSRC. Applications are accepted from eligible supervisors (principally, established members of academic staff in universities in Great Britain and in the BBSRC-sponsored institutes) for standard research studentships or CASE studentships to carry out projects within the identified priority areas. Applicants may submit only one application as a principal supervisor (although applicants wishing to submit an application in bioinformatics should see the relevant section in the guidance notes), but may be a co-supervisor on other applications.

Deadline: August 6.

Applications will be accepted only within the specified areas. Refer to the website for details of the studentship topic areas for each Committee and Programme Managers' contact details.



Long Term Fellowships These fellowships are awarded for prolonged visits (4 to 24 months) and are particularly intended for advanced training through research. The fellowships provide the travel costs and a stipend for the fellow and his/her family. If the applicant is already at the receiving institute, travel is not paid. The stipend rates depend on the country being visited, marital status, etc.

Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent before the start of the fellowship but not necessarily when applying. Long-term fellowships are aimed to support those who have recently completed their Ph.D. Normally this means young scientists with up to approximately, four years' post-doctoral experience. Fellowships must commence within one calendar year of the relevant closing date. Deadlines: February 15 and August 15. Contact: Prof. Frank Gannon, EMBO, Postfach 1022.40, D-69012 Heidelberg, Germany Tel: ++49 6221 383031 Fax: ++49 6221 384879 e-mail:



European Scientific

Dissemination Award 5premiEG/5awardEG.html

This award aims to stimulate works which bring the general public, and pre-university students in particular, nearer to scientific and technological breakthroughs, as well as integrating interesting aspects of different disciplines. Original and un-published essays should be written in Catalan, Spanish, English or French. Five copies of must be submitted. The covering page should display the title and the name of the author together with his/her address and telephone number. Winning entries will be co-published by Bromera Publishers and the University of Valencia within a collection of scientific essays. Details can be found on the above website.

Deadline: September 17. Entries to: Principal's Office, University of Valencia, Carrer Antiga Senda de Senent 11, E-46071 Valencia, Spain.


The research projects and events supported by the Anglo-German Foundation are usually comparative in nature and carried out or organised jointly by teams in Britain and Germany who submit a single application. In the first instance, please contact Projects Director, Dr Ray Cunningham, with a brief outline (description and cost estimate) of your proposal -- see contact details below. If your proposal is deemed to fall within the foundation's remit and to have a reasonable prospect of approval, you will be sent an application form together with further guidelines on its completion. The Anglo-German Foundation considers applications for funding for research projects, seminars, workshops and conferences on any issue relevant to the beneficial development of industrial society. At present, the following areas are of special but not exclusive interest: employment and unemployment; public spending and taxation;

the future of the welfare state; adjustment to European and global change

the environment. Refer to the website under 'Research Projects' to get an idea of the kinds of projects that the Foundation funds.

Minor grants: up to Pounds 4,000 (or the equivalent in DM or in both currencies). Applications can be submitted at any time after consultation with Dr Cunningham. Major grants: up to Pounds 50,000 (or the equivalent in DM or in both currencies) Applications for large grants have to be submitted to the Foundation's Board of Trustees. Awards in excess of Pounds 50,000 may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Deadline: July 31. Contact: Anglo-German Foundation, 17 Bloomsbury Square,

London WC1A 2LP; fax: 0171- 405 2071; tel: 0171- 404 3137. Email:

Funding listings

are compiled by Sarah Knowles 0171 782 3225 Email:

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