Sources for research funding

November 20, 1998

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

http://www.britcoun. org/hungary OMFB website: http://www.omfb.hu British-Hungarian Science and Technology Programme 1999-2002 The purpose is to help develop scientific and technical collaboration between British and Hungarian research groups, especially where this leads to wider partnerships within Europe and with EU funding. Research groups from public sector institutions of higher education and research may apply. Each proposal must have a named British and Hungarian project coordinator. Priority will be given to disciplines in the EU Fifth Framework Programme and to:

* environmental protection

* biotechnology

* agricultural sciences

* energy

* information technology

* medical science

* science and technology policy Application forms from the Science Assistant at the British Council and the National Committee for Technological Development, H-1052 Budapest Szervita ter 8.

Hungary Tel: +36-1 117 0677. Fax: +36-1 266 0801.

Deadline: December 10 .

AVERT (Aids Education and Research Trust) UK-based Postgraduate Research Studentships for medical research on HIV and Aids.

The purpose is to enable graduates to undertake full-time medical research over three years on a project leading to a PhD in the field of HIV and AIDS. AVERT is interested in research which furthers the understanding of:

* immunological/ virological response to HIV infection

* clinical features and pathogenesis of HIV infection

* delivery, effectiveness and impact of treatments for HIV infection and Aids.

AVERT does not accept applications from individual students. Students who wish to be nominated, should approach the head of the department or establishment where they would like to study. Applications should be made on the appropriate form from: AVERT, 4 Brighton Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5BA.

Tel +44 (0)1403 210202. Fax +44 (0)1403 211001 Email: avert@dial. pipex.com Deadline: December 15.

The Mental Health Foundation http://www. mentalhealth.org.uk/ Applications invited for research projects which address the impact of non-pharmacological interventions on the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. The following areas have been identified for funding:

* Interventions which address the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

* Evaluation of initiatives which focus on hearing the voice of people with dementia. Applications may be up to a maximum of Pounds 300,000 but we expect to fund a range of projects and smaller applications are encouraged.

Funding is also available for research studentships (PhD) in any area of dementia research which is consonant with the above aim of improving quality of life of people with dementia.

Deadline: December 21.

Details on the website or contact Kate Rogers on 0171 535 7445. The Mental Health Foundation, 20/21 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QL. Fax 0171 535 7474.Email: mhf@ mentalhealth.org.uk Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) www.esrc.ac.uk Understanding the Evolving Macroeconomy Research Programme Outline research proposals invited and the aim is to study the behaviour, governance and management of the UK economy in a rapidly changing world economic environment. It is organised around two related themes:

* Economic growth and fluctuations. The aim is to improve understanding of how to improve the performance of the UK Economy.

* Economic Policy: Design, Governance and Practice.

The aim here is to investigate how domestic and international institutional arrangements might be improved to assist private sector decision making and economic management.

The programme has been allocated a budget of Pounds 5 million over the period 1998/99 to 2003/04. Project awards will be administered by higher education institutions or other research institutions recognised by the ESRC, according to the rules laid down in ESRC's research funding booklet (www.esrc.ac.uk/ resfund.htm) Queries should be directed to the programme officer, Mohammed Quraishi, Senior Science Manager, Research Division, ESRC.

Tel 01793 413052). E-mail: mohammed. quraishi@esrc.ac.uk Deadline: December 21.

National Institutes of Health, USA www.nih.gov Bioengineering Research Grants The objective is to encourage research in basic bioengineering areas. Applications for BRG awards should focus on an area of bioengineering research where progress is likely to make a significant contribution to improving human health.

Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 5/95) Application kits are available from the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910.

Tel: (301) 435-0714, email: grantsinfo@nih. gov.

The PHS 398 application kit is also available at www.nih.gov /grants/ funding/funding.htm.

No deadline.

Research into Ageing Three types of award: Research project grants - to support salaries, some equipment and travel, and consumables).

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Fellowships - for postdoctoral workers.

Prize PhD Studentships - to encourage able young scientists to train in ageing research.

Medics and scientists working in the UK are eligible. Applications for research project grants and PhD studentships require the submission of a one A4-page outline. The synopsis should include: the title of the project, its research location and its supervisor; a description of its objectives and method; estimated level of grant required and its likely duration.

Applications for fellowships are submitted directly through the appropriate application form, available on request. The Research Advisory Council meets twice a year - in November and March. In November, applications for project grants and studentships are considered; in March, applications for fellowships and project grants are considered.

Deadlines: Receipt of project grant synopses December 7. Receipt of fellowship forms December 14. Receipt of project grant forms, January 11 1999 Applications should be sent to Dr Jemma Borg, Research Administrator, Research into Ageing, Baird House, 15/17 St. Cross Street, London EC1N 8UW.

Epilepsy Research Foundation Supports basic clinical and scientific research into the causes of epilepsy and possible prevention and cure.

Research Grants are available for between one and three years.

Contact: Ms Williams 0181 400 6108.

Deadline: December 1 Wellcome Trust and Government Initiative Joint Infrastructure Fund The Pounds 600 million fund seeks to transform the scientific research environment within UK universities. The fund covers science and engineering within the remits of the Wellcome Trust, the BBSRC, the EPSRC, the ESRC, the MRC, the NERC, and the PPARC. Minimum bid level of Pounds 750,000.

Deadline: December 4.

For enquiries biomedical and biological sciences contact: Dr. Richard Lane or Dr. Sian Thomas. Tel: 0171 611 7266. Fax: 0171 611 77. Email: JIF@wellcome. ac.uk For enquiries relating to the remit of the EPSRC, ESRC, NERC (non-biological sciences) and PPARC contact: EPSRC - Mr. John Farrow. Tel: 01793 444111. Fax: 01793 444547. Email: john.farrow@ epsrc.ac.uk ESRC - Mr. Paul Rouse. Tel: 01793 413014. Fax: 01793 413001. Email: paul. rouse@esrc.ac.uk ERC - Mr. David Brown. Tel: 01793 411797. Fax: 01793 411756. Email:dab@ nerc.ac.uk PPARC - Ms. Rowena Sirey. Tel: 01793 442090. Fax: 01793 442036. Email: rowena_sirey@ pparc.ac.uk Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council http://www. bbsrc.ac.uk/ The BBSRC invites applications from eligible scientists for 10 David Phillips Research Fellowships, 6 Advanced Research Fellowships and 2 Senior Research Fellowships to start in 1999.

Guidance notes and application forms may be downloaded from the web site or from: The Secretariat and Liaison Group, BBSRC Office, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wilts SN2 1UH Tel: 01793 413200 Fax: 01793 413201 Deadline: November 30.

BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellowships These support outstanding young scientists in the initial stages of an independent research career. Applicants must be postdoctoral scientists with up to five years active postdoctoral research experience.

BBSRC Advanced Research Fellowships These are designed to support scientists in independent research. Applicants must be postdoctoral scientists with a minimum of five years active postdoctoral research experience.

BBSRC Senior Research Fellowships Designed for scientists permanently employed in university research and teaching. Intention is to allow them to devote themselves to research at a highly productive period in their careers. Candidates will be recognised as outstanding scientists and will have proved exceptional research and interpretive ability at an international level.

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 www.ROTRF.org Or write to: ROTRF, Postfach 222,6045 Meggen, Switzerland Tel: + 41 41 377 53 35 Fax: + 41 41 377 53 34 The Patrick Berthoud Fellowship in the field of Neurological Disease Applications are invited from people in clinical neurological training in the UK who have obtained their membership and have the status of Specialist Registrar or Clinical Lecturer.

The Fellowship would be held for three years (subject to review) in a UK research institute. Part of the Fellowship shall be spent in a US research institute to widen the experience gained from working in the UK centre.

Up to Pounds 50,000 per annum is expected to be available. Application forms and further information may be obtained from the Grants Administrator, The Patrick Berthoud Charitable Trust, Charities Aid Foundation, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4TA.

The British Ecological Society 26 Blades Court Putney London SW15 2NU Tel: 0181 871 9797 Fax: 0181 871 9779 Email: general@ ecology.demon.co.uk Web: www.demon.co.ukbes Electronic versions of application forms are available on the website. Applications for awards are welcomed from all ecologists. Awards are not restricted to those resident in the British Isles.

Early Career Project Grants Value of the award: up to Pounds 15,000.

Deadline: January 31 Application: by form, available from the BES office.

Small Ecological Project Grants Special consideration is given to amateurs and to those with no alternative sources of funding. Value of the award: up to Pounds 1,000 for travel and up to Pounds 1,000 for other costs. Closing dates: January 1, April 1,July 1 and October 1.

World Cancer Research Fund Science Department 105 Park Street London W1Y 3FB Tel: 0171 343 4200 Fax: 0171 343 4201 Food, Nutrition and Cancer Applications are invited for a small number of three-year grants up to a total of Pounds 100,000 to fund epidemiological and experimental research into the effects of food and nutrition on the origins, causes and prevention of cancer. Innovative proposals are encouraged; particularly those designed to increase understanding of dietary means to prevent cancer, or to improve the quality of life of the cancer patient.

Preference is given to applicants based in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Application forms are available from the above address.

Deadline: December 18.

Department of Health Policy Research Programme Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) Research Initiative Outline proposals are sought in the areas:

* Uses of ICTs in the provision of information;

* Uses of ICTs in support of clinical and managerial decision making and to improve healthcare delivery;

* Technologies to assist in working across boundaries;

* Public and professional acceptability;

* Criteria for the successful implementation of ICTs.

Deadline: December 4 Further details from: DoH internet site at: www.open.gov.uk/doh/dhhome.htm Email : rkirby.doh.sh @gtnet.gov.uk Or write: Research Initiative ICTs, Research and Development, Division, DoH, Room 401A, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH The Charles Wallace India Trust 9 Shaftesbury Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2TD, tel. 0181-940 9295 Contact: Dr F H Taylor Grants are given to people of Indian nationality who are normally resident in India and who intend to return to India at the end of their studies. Grants are given for studies in the arts, humanities and the history of ideas. Awards are at postgraduate level and are intended as supplements to other sources of funding.

The correspondent also administers the Charles Wallace Trusts for Bangladesh/Burma/ Pakistan which give grants towards the costs of fees and maintenance of postgraduate students from these countries.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 32 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QP, tel. 0171-235 4971 Contact: The Registrar.

The college awards the PDSA Small Animal Postgraduate Scholarship for specialist postgraduate study investigating the nature and treatment of diseases in small animals with a view to alleviating suffering. The scholarship is open to Fellows or Members of the college who are citizens of the United Kingdom, Colonies or Commonwealth countries or of Eire. Up to Pounds 10,000 for one year in the first instance is available for research at an approved UK university.

Funding listings are compiled by Sarah Knowles

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