Sources for research funding

September 25, 1998

Each month this section will list funds available for academic researchers. Details should be submitted to

Breast Cancer Research Trust

Grant of up to Pounds 10,000 annually available. Projects related to early diagnosis, prevention or primary treatment are preferred.

Send a large stamped addressed envelope for application form to Dr Trevor Powles, Medical Breast Unit, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5PT .

Deadline: October 31.


Call for research proposals: Inactivation of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies.

The Department of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive are issuing a joint call for outline research proposals to provide further basic understanding and improvement of the processes involved in the inactivation of the agents of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).

Research areas might include:

* theoretical and modelling approaches on the processes and prediction of inactivation

* physical and structural studies of the agent, before, during and after inactivation

* kinetic studies of inactivation

* improved validation of inactivation via bioassay or alternative diagnostic procedures zadjuncts or alternatives to existing inactivation methods

* factors influencing resistance to inactivation

Research brief and application form from: Research Initiative Inactivation TSEs, Research and Development Division, Department of Health, Rm 401A, Skipton House, 80, London Road, London SE1 6LW E-mail: rkirby.doh. Deadline: October 23.

The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation

Two research fellowships in clinical diabetes. Departments or individuals in the UK working in the field of diabetes are eligible to apply. Deadline October 30.

Contact: Mrs BA Lilley The Novo Nordisk UK Research Foundation Novo Nordisk House Broadfield Park, Brighton Road, Pease Pottage, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT

Natural Environment Research Council

Upper Troposphere /Lower Stratosphere Ozone Programme (UTLS OZONE) Second call.

Objectives: to further understanding of the causes for observed middle latitude ozone changes in the past, present and future by quantifying the impact of human activity, through emissions of source gases from the surface and from aircraft, on the chemical composition of the atmosphere within the context of natural variability.

Researchers are invited to submit full proposals in areas directly relevant to scientific issues in the UTLS OZONE Science Plan (see http://utls. Details in research grants booklet available at

Applications should be sent to Mrs N Stevens, Awards and Training Section, NERC, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1EU, clearly marked OZONE 2 on the envelope. Deadline November 2.

Fight for Sight

Three-year research fellowship. Applicants must have a PhD and be under 35 years old.

Project Grants: Applications invited from researchers in academic departments for projects up to three years.

Phd studentships: Applications sought from PhD supervisors. Studentships start October 1999. Closing date: November 3. Contact:Dr Claire Walker, Fight for Sight 4 Bath Street, London EC1V 9DX. Tel: 0171 490 8644. Fax: 0171 490 8635. Email:

European Science Foundation

European Medical Research Councils.

Call for Proposals

ESF Workshops Spearheading European Basic Biomedical and Clinical Research - 1999 Awards for exploratory workshops with the aim of identifying emerging fields requiring immediate action at a European level.

Workshops should:

* initiate the exchange of knowledge and experiences between European research teams in an emerging area of research;

* help establish new collaborative links between scientists of various disciplines (basic, clinical, etc.);

* provide an opportunity for scientists to explore the possibility of preparing research funding applications for submission to the EU or other European funding bodies or to the ESF itself.

Applications may concern any emerging field of biomedical and clinical research.

There is no specific application form. It is therefore important to follow carefully the guidelines given below:

* Five copies of the application in English should be submitted and provide the following information:

* Summary (max. 1,000 words) and abstract (max. 50-70 words) of proposed research topic and intended outcome;

* Clear justification of the need for European collaboration;

Name and CV of scientific co-ordinator;

* List of proposed participants (with a European dimension);

* Workshop programme (to include time for discussion);

* Estimate of costs (maximum of FF 100 000, incl. travel, accommodation, meals, etc);

* Proposed date and location of workshop.

* Suggestion of two international experts (with keywords describing their specific expertise and two references to their relevant recent publications) for your proposed area of research.

Closing date November 10.

Applications to: Dr Ingrid Wunning, Senior Scientific Secretary for Biomedical Sciences, ESF, 1 quai Lezay-Marnesia, 67080 Strasbourg Cedex France Tel:+33 (0)3 88 76 71 18. Fax:+33 (0)3 88 37 05 32 Email:

The Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation

The foundation will support research into solid organ transplantation, particularly where there is unmet medical need. Those eligible for operating grants are established members of academic staff in universities, transplant centres and research institutes. The aim of the research must be to improve the outcomes of recipients of organ transplants.

Further details at Or write to: ROTRF, Postfach 222,6045 Meggen, Switzerland. Tel: + 41 41 377 53 35 Fax: + 41 41 377 53 34

Alzheimer's Disease Society

Research Fellowships

Applications for personal research fellowships are invited from younger scientists including psychologists working in academic or medical institutions in the United Kingdom. Support will be given for work in the social, psychological, biological or clinical fields relevant to dementia. The society particularly welcomes applications for psychosocial research . Applicants should either hold a PhD and be considering a postdoctoral research programme or, if in the psychosocial field, be of an academic standard so that the fellowship will lead to submission of a doctorate.

Deadline: November 16.

Tel: 0171 306 0606, email 101 762.422@ or write to Jeremy Quinn, Alzheimer's Disease Society, Gordon House, 10, Greencoat Place, London SW I P I PH.

Funding listings are compiled by Sarah Knowles. 0171 782 3225Email: sarah. knowles@

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