Research funding sources

July 28, 2000

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The HFSP aims to promote international collaboration in interdisciplinary, basic research in the life sciences; to encourage researchers who are early in their careers and are expected to play an important role in originating and pursuing creative research; and to stimulate novel and interdisciplinary research. Research grants are available in the following areas: basic research for the elucidation of brain functions; basic research for the elucidation of biological functions through molecular level approaches. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences. Young Investigators' Grants: awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (eg assistant professor, lecturer or equivalent). Programme Grants: awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Deadline: September 1 (for both types of grants). Contact the secretariat by email: Copies of the guidebooks and application forms are available to download.


Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations: nanotechnology

The EPSRC, MRC, BBSRC, Ministry of Defence and DTI have proposed that two IRCs be established in nanotechnology, one having a strong bio-nanotechnology element. The essential elements of an IRC are a 'critical mass' of researchers, a concentration of advanced instrumentation, and excellent multi-disciplinary research and training opportunities. A range of new opportunities has been identified in nanotechnology, many of which are relevant to biology and medicine, under the general headings of: extreme nanotechnology; nanofabrication; metrology; nanostructured materials; functional nanotechnology; nanomechanical devices; molecular nanotechnology; nanoclusters. Deadline: September 30. Outline bids should be restricted to four sides of A4, and should cover: the key research themes to be addressed; the collaborating groups, and the particular skills they bring to the proposal; proposed leadership and management arrangements; postgraduate training opportunities; equipment needs. Further details can be obtained from Dr Peter Smith; tel: 01793 444335; email


Expedition Research Grants

These grants fund field research with a geographical bias, carried out in remote or challenging environments. Financial support ranges from Pounds 500 to Pounds 3,000. Research must have a significant geographical component, although this can encompass other disciplines such as ecology, environmental studies, geographical relationships, surveying, mapping etc. Next deadline: August 25. Application packages can be downloaded. For a hard copy, email the grants coordinator:



The fund encourages all theoretical and experimental research that is relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Candidates must apply for the fellowships under the guidance of a sponsor - a senior member of the scientific research community. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States. Deadline: August 15. Contact: Cancer Research Fund, 675 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10017, USA; email: fellowship@


Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts

The AHRB has established a partnership with the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation to provide joint funding for two Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts. The scheme allows higher education institutions to appoint researchers in practice-based arts for a period of up to three years. The scheme aims to support the development of individual researchers and promote research-based art. The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will co-fund up to two of the awards, which will support practice-based research in the Japanese creative and performing arts. Deadline: August 31. Further details on the website, or contact Alison Henry for further details by email at: or telephone 0117 931 7417.


Research Grants

As funds are limited, these grants are only given for research directly concerned with the rare genetic condition, tuberous sclerosis. It is advisable to discuss any proposals first with the research coordinator, Ann Hunt. Application forms and the terms of the grants can be obtained from the research coordinator, forms are also available to download. All applications are peer reviewed by medical and scientific advisers before submission to the TSA committee for decision. Next deadline: August 31. Contact: Mrs Ann Hunt, Research Coordinator, Church Farm House, Church Road, North Leigh, Oxfordshire OX8 6TX; Tel/Fax: 01993 881238; email: research@

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