Sources for research funding

August 20, 1999

Each week this section will list funds

available for academic researchers.

Details should be submitted to EUROPEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Second Call for

Conference Proposals

The Programme of European Research Conferences (EURESCO), consisting of top-level scientific discussion meetings in all areas of research, from mathematics and natural sciences to engineering sciences, social sciences and humanities. This Programme promotes series of meetings, devoted to the same general subject, normally taking place about every other year. The ESF is now inviting proposals for new conference series, as well as for the continuation of established ones, when justified. Deadline: September 15. Only proposals for conferences taking place in the year 2001 or after will be considered. Proposals should be drafted according to the Guidelines on the EURESCO WEB page. They should be submitted to the EURESCO office as an Email attachment to so that the text can be easily edited if necessary. Before developing a full size proposal it may be appropriate to contact the EURESCO office by e-mail with a short synopsis to verify whether the planned event(s) would, in principle, be suitable for the EURESCO scheme. Contact: European Science Foundation, EURESCO Office

1, Quai Lezay- Marnesia

67080 Strasbourg Cedex France. Tel: +33 3 88 76 71 35: Fax: +33 3 88 36 69 87; Email .


Improving the Quality of Health & Social Care in Minority Ethnic Groups by Better


The Regional Commissioned Research Committee invites applications in the form of project outlines to undertake research in the above area of improving communication. The programme aims to make a contribution to the reduction of ethnic inequalities by commissioning projects that provide insights into the problems faced by users and practitioners in relation to health and social care for minority ethnic groups. Projects will be subject to external peer review. Applications should be from i) within the Northern & Yorkshire region; ii) collaborative research teams with links in the Northern & Yorkshire region; or iii) be based on the study of a Northern & Yorkshire regional population. Projects will be for a maximum of 3 years duration with an annual budget of up to Pounds 50,000. Application will be through a two stage process. Deadline: outline bids are required by

September 3. Applicants shortlisted at this stage will then be required to submit a full application by December 10. Final funding decisions will be made in February 2000. Application details and guidance notes for completing applications are available on the web. For further details email:; Phone: 0191 301 1451; Fax: 0191 301 1473.


Partnerships For Public Understanding Awards 1999 Partnerships for Public Understanding' (PPU) awards are intended to encourage leading researchers, possibly in partnership with their research teams and outside specialist communicators or partner organisations, to engage in effective, high quality activity to promote the public understanding of an area of their work which has received EPSRC funding.

To be eligible for an award, you must be a current holder of an EPSRC research grant or Fellowship, or have held an EPSRC grant or Fellowship within the period since 1 April 1994. The awards will normally be in the range Pounds 10k to Pounds 20k. Application forms (Ref PR1) and further information are available on the website or can be obtained from Planning and Communication, Room 1136, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1ET (Tel: 01793 444404). For general queries please contact Susan Morrell, (01793 444246) or Geoffrey Moore (01793 444241).

Deadline: September 1.



Major Fellowship and Research Fellowship

The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy welcomes applications to the Grants Committee on topics related to antimicrobial chemotherapy. Applications may be on basic science aspects or more clinical and applied areas. Bacterial, fungal, viral and other subject areas within chemotherapy may also be addressed.

Grants are available in three categories: BSAC Major Fellowship - Pounds 120,000 over 3 years. BSAC Fellowship Grants - Pounds 45,000 over 3 years. BSAC Project Grants - Pounds 10,000 Applicants can apply for funding for staff, equipment and other legitimate costs, organisational overheads are not included.

Deadline: September 1.

Contact: BSAC Headquarters, 11 The Wharf, 16 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JS; Tel: 0121 633 0410; Fax: 0121 643 9497.


Senior Clinical Research Fellowship

DDF invites applications for a Senior Clinical Research Fellowship for a period of four years. The successful applicant will have completed an initial period of research training and obtained a PhD, MD or equivalent degree. The post is designed to support a person aspiring to an academic career during the period after having received training in research, before obtaining a senior academic post. The research to be conducted may be in any field relevant to the digestive system including basic science or a clinical discipline. The grant will be Pounds 50,000 per annum to include a salary and the remainder to be used as a contribution to research expenses. Application forms can be downloaded from the website or obtained from: The Digestive Disorders Foundation, 3 St Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LB. For postal enquiries enclose a stamped self-addressed A4 envelope. Deadline: September 3. In case of query, telephone Julia Young on 0171-486 0341 or email




IEE Postgraduate Scholarship For advanced study or research in electrical, electronic science or manufacturing engineering. Value Pounds 1200, tenable for one year.Three awards per annum. Leslie H Paddle Scholarship For research which will further the art, science or practice of electronic or radio engineering.Candidates must be IEE members. Value Pounds 1250 p.a., tenable for two years.Two awards per annum.

Applications for the postgraduate awards may be received from January 1 to October 31. Deadlines: April 30; September 1; October 31. For further details and an application form contact:

Scholarships and Prizes

IEE, Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL; Tel: 0171 240 1871 ext. 2211/2235; Fax: 0171 497 3609; Email:


Overseas Conference Grants

These awards are intended for scholars presenting an academic paper at a conference outside the UK. In making its decisions the Academy may give preference to younger post-doctoral scholars, and account will be taken of previous Academy support for conference attendance. No more than one grant will be offered in any financial year. Awards will not be offered for one-day conferences. Awards will be contributions to travel expenses only. Applications should be made on the Overseas Conference Grant form, available from university research offices, or from the Academy's Research Grants Department (Tel: 0171 969 5217; email: The application form may also be downloaded from the website. Deadlines: September 30; November 30; February 29; April 30. Grants are not awarded retrospectively, so the conference must be taking place at least three months after the closing date.


Small Research Grants In The Arts

The small grants scheme provides awards up to a maximum of Pounds 5,000 to meet the costs directly related to advanced research projects in the arts only. The British Academy is supporting a similar scheme of small grants in the humanities (website reference ). Eligible Costs: costs of short-term research and secretarial assistance

costs of consumable items; cost of preparation of research for public output; information technology costs; travel and maintenance; expenses. Deadlines: October 31, 1999 and January 31, 2000.

Both the Guide to Awards and application forms are available in on the AHRB's website. Please address any enquires to: Research Awards Team, Arts and Humanities Research Board, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD; Tel: 0117 9317417.


Young People's

Programme - 'The role of the family and other informal support in assisting young people through the transition to adulthood.' Recent research has suggested that the transition to adulthood is becoming an increasingly extended process. The thrust of social policy encourages (and sometimes forces) young people to be dependent on their family for economic, social and personal support into their late teens and early twenties. At the same time there is some evidence that not all families are willing or able to provide this level of support, generating inequalities of opportunity and the potential for social exclusion for some young people. Proposals are invited for research to explore more fully the ways in which young people relate to and depend on their families and other sources of informal support during the period of transition. The research should focus on economic relationships but also examine significant sources of social and personal support. It should include:

a. young people from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds; b. young people living in the parental home and those living away; c. the roles of both immediate and extended family members, including siblings, grandparents, step parents and siblings, parents living in separate households; d. the roles played by friends and peers, and by other adults; proposals to take account of the perspectives of both the young people themselves and their family, friends and peers. Three hard copies of full proposals in the appropriate format (see the wesite) should be received by the deadline. Proposals should be sent to: Lynne Etheridge-Bowe, Research Department, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 40 Water End, York YO30 6WP; Tel: 01904 615911; Fax: 01904 620072. Deadline: September 8.




Clinical Investigator Fellowships for Patient-oriented Research

Candidates are expected to have held the M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. degree for less than six years. The fellowship is intended to be the first post-clinical fellowship; but each case will be decided on its merits. Preference is given to candidates who have not more than two years of post-doctoral training. Applicants must expect to perform their research at an institution in the United States, under the supervision of a scientific adviser.

Scope: for patient-oriented research in internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and pediatrics.

Award: $50,000 for the first year, $50,000 for the second year

Deadline: September 1 Written requests for forms must state when the M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. degree was awarded; foreign nationals must include the name, address and telephone number of the person who will serve as scientific adviser. American Philosophical Society, Independence Mall East, 104 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA. The email address for grants inquiries is; include a postal address.


General Travel Fund

The Society has a fund from which grants are made available to assist eligible members in meeting the cost of attending scientific meetings or for short visits to other laboratories. Applications for grants are assessed competitively by the Travel Grants Committee, and will usually be for a proportion (25-40%) of the projected costs and will not normally exceed Pounds 500. Meetings for which grants are sought must have a substantial biochemical content and the applicant must give evidence of active participation in the meeting (e.g. Abstract of Presentation). Members resident in the UK and Irish Republic may apply for a grant to travel to meetings anywhere in the world. The Society is concerned to help young scientists become established, particularly in the international community. Priority is therefore given to applicants in their post-doctoral years and in the early years of their careers. Deadlines: January 1, March 1, May 1 and September 1. Application forms can be downloaded from the website or contact: The Biochemical Society, 59 Portland Place, London W1N 3AJ; Tel: 0171-580 5530; Fax: 0171 637 3626; Email:



The Center for Field Research (CFR) - research grants

Earthwatch Institute is an international coalition of citizens and scientists working to promote sustainable conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators, and the general public. The CFR will consider proposals for field research in any discipline that can gainfully employ nonspecialists in the implementation of a carefully constructed pure or applied research project.

Grants range from $7,000-$130,000 annually, averaging $25,000. A typical project would employ 5 to 10 volunteers each on three to six sequential teams. Teams normally spend one to three weeks in the field. Shorter and longer teams are encouraged where appropriate, as are larger or smaller teams. Preliminary proposals should be submitted 12-14 months in advance of anticipated field dates. Full proposals are invited upon review of preliminary materials and will be peer reviewed. No deadline. Contact: The Center for Field Research, Earthwatch Europe, Belsyre Court, 57 Woodstock Rd., Oxford OX2 6HU; Tel: 01865 311-600; Fax: 01865 311-383; Email:


Partners in Innovation

Partners in Innovation (PII) is a DETR collaborative scheme which sponsors collaborative research in partnership with industry, academia and government. The scheme is implemented through a challenge-based competitive bidding process. It provides up to half the cost of construction-related innovation and technology transfer projects and is open to all UK construction firms, industry bodies, institutions, research and technology organisations and universities. Technopolis co-ordinate the Annual Partners in Innovation Competition on behalf of the DETR. In order to submit a proposal it is necessary to read the guidelines for applicants and complete an application form available on the above website. This site is the main starting point for applicants wishing to submit a proposal into the scheme. Deadline:

September 17.

Funding listings are compiled by

Sarah Knowles 0171 782 3225 Email: sarah.knowles@

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