Sources for research funding

June 4, 1999


The AHRB has launched a scheme to support research in the creative and performing arts. In addition to expanding research activity in these areas, the scheme, Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts, will help individuals to develop their careers by establishing new research posts in higher education institutions. The board will make a flat-rate contribution of Pounds 15,000 a year, for three years, towards the costs of supporting a fellow to undertake a programme of research at a UK higher education institution. Applications forms are available from: The AHRB, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD or contact: Alison Henry on 0117 931 7418, or email for details.

Deadline: July 16.


The Athena Project is a UK-wide initiative, core funded by the higher education funding councils, the DTI and CVCP.

The project aims to encourage strategies, promote good practice and offer incentives to improve the access, participation and promotion of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education.

The focus of the project is to increase the number of women employed as postgraduates, research staff, lecturers through to professors, and to facilitate initiatives which ensure their retention and progression in the sector.

HEIs are invited to bid for grants for development projects which address and make a contribution to Athena's aims. Pounds 50,000 is available to fund one-year projects to start from September with a maximum allocation of Pounds 10,000 per project. HEIs will be expected to provide:

-matched contributions, financial and/

or in kind;

- evidence of the support and commitment of senior institutional management.

Further information on the web at www. or from Fiona Maclean on 0171 594 5509, Fax: 0171 594 5510 or email: athena@ic. Bids should be sent to the Athena Project Office, CVCP, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square,

London WC1H 9HQ

Deadline: July 8.


www. actionresearch.

Action Research is dedicated to preventing and treating the disabling diseases. With the exception of cancer, cardiovascular and HIV/Aids research, a broad spectrum of research is supported with the objective of: a) preventing disease and disability, and b) alleviating physical handicap.

Clinical research or research at the clinical/basic interface is emphasised. Within the above criteria, Action Research also supports research and development of equipment and techniques to improve diagnosis, therapy and assistive technology (including orthoses, prostheses and aids to daily living).

Project grants

For up to three years duration in support of one precisely-formulated line of research. A one-page outline of the proposed research is required before a form can be issued.

Deadlines: March 15, July 15 and November 15.

There is no upper limit on the size of a grant request, but the average award is in the region of Pounds 75,000. Grants are normally made to those in tenured positions in a university or institution. Preliminary proposals and queries about applications should be addressed to: Head of Research Administration, Action Research, Vincent House, North Parade, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2DP.

Tel: 01403 210406. Fax: 01403 210541 Email: info@actionresearch



Joint Food Safety and Standards Group É Food Research Requirements 2000-2001.

The JFSSG funds research, including non-collaborative academic research, in many scientific disciplines across a wide range of food related topics, such as food quality and applied nutrition, food safety and food and meat hygiene. The specific details of strategic and applied research topics for which funding is likely to be available next year have recently been published in the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group Food Research Requirements Document 2000-01. Deadline: June 28.

Applications are invited for funding during 2000-01. Proposals should contain clear, testable objectives likely to result in measurable benefits within the lifetime of the project. Copies of the Requirements Document (that contains an application form, guidance on submitting proposals and all the information on the research requirements) and further information can be obtained from Mr P Homer, MAFF, Room 668, Chief Scientists Group, St Christopher House, Southwark Street, London SE1 0UD. Tel: 0171 921 3965. Fax: 0171 921 1121. Email: Alternatively, the document is available at www. r&d/summary/ req2000.pdf


International Prize Travelling Research Fellowships 2000

These fellowships are intended to provide further research experience for postdoctoral scientists in leading laboratories overseas. Fellowships will be awarded for a three-year period, with two years spent in a host country and a third year in an appropriate laboratory in either the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Research proposals may be in any branch of the natural or clinical sciences which has a bearing on human or veterinary medicine, with the exception of cancer. Candidates must have received their doctoral training in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and may have been engaged in postdoctoral research in either country for not more than five years. Predoctoral candidates may also apply, but would not be able to take up a fellowship before the award of their doctorate. Candidates who hold, or have held, a postdoctoral research position overseas are not eligible to apply. Candidates for these travelling fellowships need not be British or Irish citizens, but no candidate may apply to work in his or her country of origin. Requests for application forms should include a brief curriculum vitae, an outline of the research proposed of no more than two pages, and a supporting letter from the sponsor. Requests for application forms should be submitted as soon as possible. Deadline: July 9. Completed application forms to be returned by September 10.

Preliminary proposals should be addressed to: Grants Section (International), The Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK Telephone: 0171 611 8428 or 8671 Fax: 0171 611 8373 Email: international@

Each week this section will list funds available for academic researchers.

Details should be submitted to

Funding listings are compiled by Sarah Knowles

0171 782 3225


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