Source for research funding

December 3, 1999

Each week this section lists funds available for academic researchers. Items for inclusion should be submitted to


New small grant scheme

to promote public

understanding of science

The scheme will provide grants, each of up to a maximum of Pounds 10,000, to support the development of resources such as website and multimedia presentations, publications, presentation packages for public talks, interactives, demonstration kits and/or portable exhibitions for use by scientists in a wide range of activities to promote public access to research and public understanding of scientists and the processes of science. The scheme is open to research scientists and postgraduate students supported by the BBSRC and to those working in the eight research institutes sponsored by the BBSRC. Application forms can be downloaded from the website. BBSRC welcomes applications based around collaborations with community and special interest groups, and with science communicators, for example, through partnerships with learned societies, museums, libraries and interactive science centres. Applicants wishing to discuss their ideas are invited to telephone BBSRC Public Affairs Branch on 01793 413204 or 413301. Deadline: December 31.


Academic Research


Programme (ARC)

The ARC Programme was established to facilitate collaborative links between research groups at publicly funded institutions in the UK and Germany. The programme is jointly financed and managed by The British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The programme is open to all disciplines. ARC supports goal-orientated, time-bound projects for a maximum period of three years. Grants are offered as contributions towards international travel and living costs only. For further information please contact: (British Research Groups) The British Council Science and Public Affairs, Hahnenstraße 6 50667 Koln; Tel: 0049 221 20644 22 /30; Fax: 0049221 206 44 55; Email:; (German Research Groups) DAAD Referat 313 Kennedyallee 50 53175 Bonn; Tel: 0049 228 882 236; Fax: 0049 228 882 551; Email: Deadline: December 31.


Ageing Women and Breast Cancer

Applications are invited for research focusing on the unique problems of older women with breast cancer. The purpose of this program announcement is to expand the knowledge base on breast cancer in older women through studies in the fields of biology, clinical medicine, epidemiology, and the behavioural and social sciences. Application kits may be obtained from the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910; USA; Tel: (301) 435 0714; Email: Applications are also available on the Internet at grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html. No deadline. Enquiries to: Rosemary Yancik, Cancer Section, Geriatrics Program, National Institute on Aging, Gateway Building, Suite 3E3, 7201 Wisconsin AvenueBethesda, MD 20892- 9205, USA; Tel: (301) 496 58; Fax: (301) 402-1784; Email:


Small Explorer Program

Announcement of Opportunity

(AO 99-OSS-05) The science objectives covered by this AO include those in the currently defined Office of Space Science themes of the Astronomical Search for Origins, the Sun-Earth Connection, and the Structure and Evolution of the Universe. Participation is open to all categories of organizations, US and non-US, including industry, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Guidelines for proposal preparation are available on the Web by selecting "Research Opportunities" at:, or by written request to Mr. John Lintott, Space Science Support Office, Mail Stop 160, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681-0001, USA. Fax: (757) 864 8894; or email: Obtain scientific information from the Program Scientist, Dr. William Wagner; Email:; Tel: (202) 357 0911. Notice of Intent deadline: December 16; proposal deadline: February 17, 2000.



Research Grants

The HDSA grant awards are provided as "seed monies" for new or innovative research projects that will develop sufficiently to attract funding from other sources. Grants are available to investigators holding an MD or PhD and provide funds of up to $50,000 for a one-year period, in support of basic or clinical research related to Huntington's Disease. Deadline: December 15. Refer to the website or contact: Research Grant Department, Huntington's Disease Society of America, 158 West 29th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001-5300, USA; Tel: (212) 242 1968; Fax: (212) 239 3430.



Grant Awards for Research into

Diabetes 1999/2000

Currently, the Foundation's areas of primary interest and focus are: islet cell transplantation; macrovascular disease; neuropathy; behavioural medicine; the scientific basis of diabetes prevention or cure. Applications are now being invited for the following grant awards to researchers, related to finding the cause, prevention, treatment or cure of diabetes and its complications: Targeted Research maximum support of Pounds 20,000 per year for up to 3 years. Additional Staff maximum support of Pounds 6,000 per year for up to 2 years. Equipment maximum support of Pounds 6,000 for one year. Plus one award from either one of the following two categories: Career Establishment maximum support of Pounds 6,000 per year for up to two years. Pilot Study maximum support of Pounds 6,000 per year for up to two years. For application guidelines and forms, contact Grants Dept, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, Northney Marina, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 0NH; Tel: 01705 637 808; Fax: 01705 637 308; Email:

Deadline: December 15.



Within the UK, HGCA has the major responsibility for funding research on cereals and oilseed crops and their uses. Research proposals addressing priority areas in the published strategies are welcome from research groups that can demonstrate, among other things, a track record of high quality R&D, appropriate facilities and awareness of industry challenges. Proposals for research projects and technology transfer projects are sought, and the application forms can be downloaded from the website. Deadlines for receipt of proposals - cereals: December 17; February 25, 2000; May 12, 2000; oilseeds: April 28, 2000. To discuss ideas for research proposals contact Dr Shona Campbell (; or Dr Roger Williams ( and for technology transfer proposals contact Dr Paul Meakin (

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