Sources for research funding in 1998

July 17, 1998

Each month this section will list funds available for academic researchers. Details should be submitted to research@thesis.co.uk

EUROPEAN UNION. www.cordis.lu and www.echo.lu www.europa.eu. int/comm/dg12/.

Standards,measurements & testing.

Contacts: Philippe Quevauviller. Fax: +32-2-295.80.72 Open call for accompanying measures.

Deadline: July 30 Biotechnology E-mail: life-biotech@ dg12.cec.be. Contacts: R&D: St phane Hogan - Fax: +32-2-299.18.60 Demonstration: Alfredo Aguilar - Fax: +32-2-295.53.65 ELSA: Jose Elizalde - Fax: +32-2-296.05.40 Advanced practical workshops. Contact: Alessio Vassarotti - Fax: +32-2-299.18.60 Deadline: September 15 Training and mobility of researchers Contact: Jurgen Rosenbaum Fax: +32-2-296.21.33.E-mail: tmrinfo@dg12.cec.be http://www.cordis.lu/tmr/home.html Marie Curie Research Training Grants (postgraduate, postdoctoral & return grants) - See below

Measures for SMEs Contact: Giorgio Clarotti Fax: +32-2-295.71.10 E-mail: sme-helpdesk@ dg12.cec.be Technology stimulation measures for SMEs: (Cooperative research) Marie Curie Research training grants Postgraduate, post-doctoral and return grants in all areas of the following programme. Information on Internet: www.cordis.lu /tmr/home.htm Standards measurements and testingDeadline: September 1. Contact: Philippe Quevauviller. Fax: +32-2-295.80.72

RESEARCH COUNCILS Funding details on councils' web sites Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council www.bbsrc.ac.uk Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council www.epsrc.ac.uk Medical Research Council www.mrc.ac.uk Natural Environment Research Council www.nerc.ac.uk Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council www.pparc.ac.uk Economic and Social Research Council www.esrc.ac. uk

BRITISH ACADEMY Information is available on the website at http:// britac3.britac.ac.uk or contact the British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, 0171 969 5200.Small Personal Research Grantsup to Pounds 5,000: Closing dates. September 30, November 30, February 28 and April 30. Grants available for research in the humanities and the social sciences.Larger Research Grants over Pounds 5,000: Closing date. September 30. Available for research in the humanities only. There is no fixed upper limit for larger research grants, but grants are typically made to support a research assistant for 12 months.Archaeology grantsup to Pounds 20,000, for archaeological fieldwork, and related general and scientific post-excavation work. Closing date: November 15.Overseas Exchange Programmes:research visits and visits in connection with joint projects, to Central and East Europe, Russia, China, Japan, and certain other countries. Humanities and socialsciences Conference Grants:Travel grants for British scholars delivering papers at conferences overseas: social sciences only. Costs of inviting foreign participants to conferences in the UK: humanities and social sciences.

Closing dates (except for China): end of September, December, February and April. China: end of February and August

Association of Medical Research Charities www.amrc.org.uk Enquiries to: amrc@mailbox.ulcc.ac.uk 29-35 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB. Telephone: 0171 404 6454 Fax: 0171 404 6448

European Science Foundation 1 quai Lezay-Marnesia, 67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France. Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 25, fax +33 (0)3 88 37 05 32 Standing Committee for the Social Sciences (SCSS) - Exploratory Research Grant Scheme The SCSS has launched a scheme of small grants to offer social scientists "seed money" to build and strengthen research contacts, to test innovative ideas and to develop potential collaborative research projects. It would be particularly interested in proposals on: Entrepreneurial Cultures in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Europe.

The Ageing of the European Population and its Socio-Economic Consequences.

Social Networks, Trust and Community Building in Europe.

The scheme offers grants each to a maximum value of FF 200,000. A grant will be valid for 12 months (from 1 January to 31 December 1999). The award of a grant will not carry any implication that successful research collaborations would lead to further funding by ESF.

Deadline: August 31.

Decisions in November.

Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 42. Fax:+33 (0)3 88 37 05 32. Email: beagda@ esf.org. Web: www.esf. org /social.htm

A limited number of research fellowships, mainly to support visits directly relevant to the scientific programme or network and from one European country to another, are available within the following activities.Within programmes priority is given to visits involving at least one country contributing to the a la carte budget.

Details available at http:// www.esf. org.

Medical sciences

Immunogenetics of Allergy: towards prevention and care (1997-1999) Eligibility: young scientists (pre- or postdoctoral level). Duration: typically a few days, maximum three months.

ESF contact: Blanche Schaller (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 18.Email: bschaller@esf.org) Life and environmental sciences Alpine Biodiversity (1997-2000). ESF contact: Pat Cosgrove Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 06. Email: pcosgrove@ esf.org Biophysics of Photosynthesis (1993-1999).ESF contact: Pat Cosgrove Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 06. Email: pcosgrove@ esf.org Fossil Insects (1996-1999) ESF contact: Joanne Dalton (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 22. Email: jdalton @esf.org)

Groundwater Pollution (1998-2001). ESF contact: Philippa Pirra (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 29. Email: ppirra@esf.org) Plant Adaptation (1997-2001). ESF contact: Joanne Dalton (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 22. Email: jdalton @esf.org) Response of the Earth System to Impact Processes (1998-2002) ESF contact: Catherine Lobstein (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 30. Email: clobstein@esf.org) Tropical Canopy Research (1994-1998). ESF contact: Catherine Lobstein (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 30. Email: clobstein @esf.org)

Physical and engineering sciences Applied Mathematics for Industrial Flow Problems (1997-2001). ESF contact: Catherine Werner (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 18. Email: cwerner @esf.org) Artificial Biosensing Interface (1994-1998) ESF contact: Catherine Werner (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 18. Email: cwerner @esf.org) Control of Complex Systems (1995-1999) ESF contact: Pat Cosgrove (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 06. Email: pcosgrove@ esf.org)

Electronic Structure Calculations of Elucidating the Complex Atomistic Behaviour of Solids and Surfaces (1998-2002) ESF contact: Catherine Werner (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 18. Email: cwerner @esf.org) Fermi-Liquid Instabilities in Correlated Metals (1998-2002) ESF contact: Chantal Durant (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 . Email: cdurant @esf.org) Highly Structured Stochastic Systems (1997-2000) ESF contact: Catherine Werner (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 18. Email: cwerner @esf.org) Molecular Magnets (1998-2002). ESF contact: Catherine Werner (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 18. Email: cwerner @esf.org)

Nanomagnetism and Growth Processes on Vicinal Surfaces (1998-2001). ESF contact: Pat Cosgrove (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 06. Email: pcosgrove@ esf.org)

Probabilistic Methods in Hyperbolic Dynamics (1998-2002). ESF contact: Chantal Durant (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 . Email: cdurant @esf.org) Structuring, Manipulation, Analysis and Reactive Transformation of Nanostructures (1998-2002). ESF contact: Catherine Werner (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 18. Email: cwerner @esf.org) Vapour-phase Synthesis and Processing of Nano-particle Materials (1995-1999). ESF contact: Pat Cosgrove (Tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 06. Email: pcosgrove@ esf.org) Further information about ESF fellowships from the ESF's web site: www.esf. org / update

Novartis Fellowship Trust Central Research, Hulley Road Macclesfield Cheshire SK10 2NX. Telephone: 01625 421933

European Fellowship Awards for Academic Staff 1998/99 Senior Novartis Fellowships Purpose: to enable academic staff to undertake research in continental Europe, by supplementing salaries.

Value of the awards: Pounds 15,000 per annum plus travelling expenses.

Applications should be submitted on forms obtainable from: the secretary, Mrs Pat Wilson. Closing date: November 1 Collaboration in Europe for Academic Research Groups 1998-2000 (ACE awards) Purpose: to stimulate new collaboration with research groups at European institutions in the life science fields of chemical, biological or medical sciences.Value of the awards: Pounds 2,000 per annum

Applications for the awards are invited from UK/Irish institutions, jointly with their Continental partners. Applications should be submitted on forms obtainable from: The Secretary. Closing date: November 1

Leverhulme Trust 1 Pemberton Row, London, EC4A 3EX Tel: 0171 822 6938, Fax: 0171 822 5084. Director: Barry Supple Enquiries: josbourne@ leverhulme.org.uk Types of awards available: grants to institutions: for research, but also education and academic interchange. Grants to individuals: research fellowships and grants, special research fellowships,emeritus fellowships and study abroad studentships. Submissions: In accordance with policies and procedures brochure (available on request).

Wellcome Trust 183-193 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE Tel: 0171 6118888, Fax: 0171 6118545, Director: Bridget Ogilvie. Enquiries: Mrs L Arter. http:// wisdom.wellcome. ac.uk/ wisdon/fundhome.html Types of awards available: short-term and longer-term awards (project and programme grants), research training and career development, funds for travel abroad; meetings and symposia, awards for equipment; capital grants for buildings.

Submissions: in the first instance a summary of research and CV should be sent to the trust. Most competitive schemes have advertised deadlines.

Restrictions: the trust does not fund Aids or cancer research.

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD Room 734, St Christopher House, Southwark Street, London SE1 0UD Tel: 0171 921 3885 Fax: 0171 921 1803 Types of awards: research studentships, taught course studentships, CASE Awards.

JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION Joseph Rowntree Foundation Research and Development Programme http:// www.jrf.org.uk/ jrf.html The broad areas covered are housing, social policy, and social care and disability. Contact the relevant research team at: The research department Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Homestead, 40 Water End, York YO3 6LP.

Fax: +44 1904 620072 Housing Research Team, tel. +44 1904 615912 Social Care Research Team, tel. +44 1904 615913 Social Policy Research Team, tel. +44 1904 615911 Email: resdept@jrfound. org.uk

TOSHIBA CORPORATION Toshiba Fellowship Programme, Toshiba Corporation Europe Office, Audrey House, Ely Place, London EC1N 6SN Tel: 0171 242 7295 Fax: 0171 405 1489 www.toshiba-europe.com/ eu/fellowship Types of awards: Research fellowship for outstanding young British scientists to live and work in Japan. Up to two fellowships per annum are available. A fellowship will be for two years or shorter by mutual agreement. Specific enquiries can be addressed to the Fellowship Office - email toshibaline@teo.com

The Mental Health Foundation 37 Mortimer Street London W1N 8JU Phone 0171 580 0145 Fax 0171 631 3868 www.mentalhealth.org.uk Main Programmes The awards grants to innovative projects and research through four committees, outlined below. Priority is given to projects which will have a wide impact.

Scientific Research Committee funds basic science, biomedical and clinical research into the scientific causes and treatment of mental illness. It prioritises research projects of up to Pounds 70,000 over up to 3 years, which are likely to lead to a significant advance in the understanding or treatment of mental illness. A particular focus is given to supporting young researchers. Further details will be publicised in October 1998 and will be in the field of dementia.

Learning Disabilities Committee funds research, pioneering projects and dissemination. A new programme, Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GOLD) will start this year. A detailed policy sheet will be available in July.

Scottish Committee considers all applications for grants for Scottish projects concerned with mental health and with learning disabilities, except for scientific research applications which are considered by the London based Scientific Research Committee. Priority will be given this year to work with young people aged 14 to 25 with either severe mental health problems or severe Learning Disabilities.

General Funding Policy The MHF funds projects of a pioneering nature and targets its limited resources so that a significant contribution can be made to the improvement of services for people with mental illness or learning disabilities or to the understanding of the causes of these conditions. The MHF prefers to fund: salaries and specific revenue costs of the new project.

The following are eligible to apply for awards: All relevant voluntary organisations, including small organisations who work directly with people in the community and self-help groups; Research departments and organisations; Statutory organisations, but not for work which is a statutory funding responsibility.

The foundation pays grants directly only to organisations, with the exception of medical student electives. Proposals submitted on the form provided to Funding Administrator. For applications to the Scottish Committee write to: The MHF Scotland, 24 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1EG

The Lancet International Fellowship Awards 1998-99 Two Lancet international exchange fellowships (Pounds 25,000 each) to be taken during 1999.

Applicants must be medical graduates but there are no age limits. The fellowship must be taken for a minimum of six months.

Applicants should send: a cv; a proposal describing where they would like to go; when and for how long; what they plan to do and why; and they would spend the award; letters of support from the department head and the person hosting the visit; the names of three referees. Closing date: July 31. Applications to: Dr. Richard Horton, The Lancet, 42 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3SL.

The British Council Madrid The council invites applications in all subject areas for inclusion in the 1999/2000 programme (1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000). Further information from Science Department, The British Council, Paseo General Martinez Campos 31, 28010 Madrid, Spain.

Tel: 00 34 91 337 3559/5031. Fax: 00 34 91 337 3560/3573. Email: science@ bc-madrid.sprint.com general.enquiries@ bc-madrid.sprint.com Deadline: 15 October .

The Commonwealth Fund One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021-2692 USA Tel: (212) 535-0400 Fax: (212) 606-3500 Web: www.cmwf.org Email: mm@cmwf.org Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy, 1999 - 2000 Fellows from the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand can spend four to 12 months in the United States on research relevant to health care policy and practice in the US and the fellow's home country.

Details available at www.cmwf.org .

Deadline: October 1.

UK applicants can request an application package from Robin Osborn, Director, Tel: 212 606-3809. Fax: 212 606-3875. Email: ro@cmwf.org

Human Frontier Science Programme The program promotes through international collaboration basic research to elucidate the complex mechanisms of living organisms, including man. Applications are solicited for the support of research grants, fellowships and workshops.

Basic research: Brain Functions.

1. Elementary Processes 2. Perception & Cognition 3. Movement & Behaviour 4. Memory & Learning 5. Language & Thinking Biological Functions through Molecular Level Approaches 1. Expression of Genetic Information 2. Morphogenesis 3. Molecular Recognition & Responses 4. Energy Conversion Types of Support Research grants will be awarded for programmes that involve collaboration among teams in different countries; fellowships are available to postdoctoral scientists, early in their careers, who wish to work in a different country; support provided for international workshops.

Research Grants Grants for basic research carried out jointly by research teams in different countries. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries.

Fellowships Long-term and short-term fellowships for researchers early in their careers and from the eligible countries who wish to do postdoctoral research in foreign countries, or for young researchers from outside the eligible countries who wish to do research in one of the eligible countries.

Workshops Grants for international workshops organised by researchers from the eligible countries and held in Strasbourg.

Eligible Countries Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Submissions/deadlines Research grants and long-term fellowships: Application deadline September 1 (award announced in April).

Short-term fellowships: Applications can be submitted throughout the year.

Workshops: Letters of intent can be submitted throughout the year.

Contact: Human Frontier Science Program, Bureaux Europe. 20, place des Halles, 67080 Strasbourg, Cedex, France Tel: 33 (0)3 88 21 51 21 Fax: 33 (0)3 88 32 88 97 Email: info@hfsp.org

Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience invites grant applications for basic studies in the field of glycoconjugates.

Qualification: An applicant must (a) have a doctor's degree or its equivalent, (b) have a documented capability of performing independent studies and (c) be a member of a research institute where he or she can carry out the proposed project.

Deadlines: applications will be accepted must be received on or before September 1 at the foundation. Decision letters will be airmailed no later than February 1, 1999, and the successful proposals will be funded on April 1, 1999.

Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience: Sen-i Kaikan Suite 5F, 3-1-11 Nihonbashi-honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023, Japan.

Tel: 81-3-3246-0224, Fax: 81-3-3246-1265, Email: info@mizutanifdn.or.jp , Web: http:// mizutanifdn .or.jp

The International Union Against Cancer The UICC Fellowships Programme provides fellowships abroad to qualified investigators, clinicians, and nurses, who are engaged in cancer research, clinical oncology, or oncology nursing.

Translational Cancer Research Fellowships (TCRF) fund 12 month long projects designed to accelerate the translation of basic, experimental, and applied research insights into their clinical applications in the form of new drugs and treatments, and of vaccines and other effective prevention or intervention strategies. The first fellowship was awarded in March and funded by NOVARTIS (Switzerland), who will also fund the 1999 fellowship.

Application closing date: December 1. Selection results: the following April. Number of fellowships: 1 a year. Value: $ 55,000 American Cancer Society International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators fund 12-month basic, translational or clinical research projects in the areas of epidemiology, prevention, causation, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and psycho-oncology that foster a bi-directional flow of knowledge, experience, expertise, and innovation to and from the US. Application closing date: October 1. Selection results: the following April. 8-10 grants a year. Average value: $ 35,000 International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowships fund 1-3 month research or clinical projects, with UICC stipend support for one month, for appropriately qualified investigators or experienced clinicians to teach or acquire up-to-date research techniques, advanced clinical management, diagnostic and therapeutic skills, and transfer appropriate technology. Application closing date: none. Selection results: within 60 days of receipt. 120 awards a year. Average value: US$ 3,000 Application material: write to the UICC Fellowships Department, 3 rue du Conseil-General, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland fax: (41 22) 809 18 10. Email: fellows@uicc.org. Web: http:// www.uicc.org/ fellows/

National Institutes of Health, USA The NIH supports the research of scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the US and abroad. The NIH is comprised of 24 separate institutes, centres, and divisions and is one of eight health agencies of the Public Health Service which, in turn, is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Extramural Research Programme Recent grant announcements (full details on web: www.nih.gov/grants) include: Liver and Biliary Diseases Among Women and Minorities Inquiries: (Ref: PA-98-086) Thomas F. Kresina, Ph.D.

Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 45 Center Drive, MSC 6600 Bethesda, MD 20892-6600 Tel: (301) 594-8871 Fax: (301) 480-8300 Email: tk13v@nih.gov Hepatitis C: Natural History, Pathogenisis, Therapy and Prevention Inquiries (Ref: DK-98-017) As above.

Genetic Architecture of Complex Phenotypes Inquiries: (Ref: PA-98-078 Dr. Irene Anne Eckstrand, Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, National Institute of General Medical Sciences 45 Center Drive, MSC 6200, Bethesda, MD 20892-6200.

Tel: (301) 594-0943 Fax: (301) 480-2228 Email: Irene_Eckstrand @nih.gov Basic Behavioural and Cognitive Science Research: Approaches to the study of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse requests applications for research projects in the basic behavioral and cognitive sciences that can address the complex relationship between drug abuse/addiction and HIV/AIDS transmission and progression.

Letter of intent receipt: December 15. Application receipt date: January 15, 1999 Inquiries: (Ref: DA-99-002) David Shurtleff, Ph.D. Division of Basic Research National Institute on Drug Abuse, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10A-31, Rockville, MD 20857. Tel: (301) 443-1887. Fax: (301) 594-6043 Email: ds171a@nih.gov HIV/AIDS and the Severely Mentally Ill Inquiries: (Ref: PA-98-080) David M. Stoff, Ph.D., Office on AIDS Research, National Institute of Mental Health, Parklawn Building, Room 18-101, Rockville, MD 20857. Tel: (301) 443-4625. Fax: (301) 443-9719.

Email: dstoff@nih.gov Funding listings are compiled by Sarah Knowles.0171 782 3225.Email: sarah.knowles@ newsint.co.uk.

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