Sources for research funding

November 26, 1999





The IARC is offering five postdoctoral fellowships to junior scientists with experience in a research area relevant to the work of the Agency who are under 35 years of age, with a PhD or MD degree or equivalent and no more than 3 years' postdoctoral research experience. Fellowships are awarded for one year with maximum three years' stay at the IARC. The annual stipend is currently Fr144 000, tax free. Travel expenses for the awardee are also covered as well as health insurance and, under certain circumstances, a dependant's allowance. The official working languages at IARC are English and French. Deadline: December 15. Candidates will be notified before the end of April 2000. Fellowships must be taken up by December 31, 2000. Application forms and further details regarding the IARC's research programmes are available from the Agency's web site or by writing directly to the IARC at the following address: Mrs E. El Akroud, Secretary to the Selection Committee, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 150 cours Albert-Thomas, 69372 Lyon cedex 08, France; Tel: 33 472 73 84 48; Fax: 33 472 73 83 22; Email:



Quality Research in Dementia: Research

Fellowship Grant Scheme 1999/2000

Building on the success of Alzheimer's Disease Society's Research Fellowship programme, QRD continues to offer personal fellowships to talented junior researchers. Awards will be made by competitive, peer-reviewed application with one deadline for applications each year.

QRD invites applications for Research Fellowships in the areas of cause, cure or care for dementia. These awards are intended for the support of medical or non-medical graduates, with some appropriate experience, who are in the middle stages of their training and wish to pursue an academic career in the field of dementia. Awards are usually for a period of two to three years. The primary objective of the research must be to contribute to our understanding of the causes of dementia, the development of cures for dementing disorders, or to the evidence-base for effective care. Awards may only be held in an academic institution or clinical department in the UK. Candidates without a medical qualification will have already completed a PhD degree. Deadline: December 14. Full details on the web, or contact: Alzheimer's Disease Society, Quality Research in Dementia Programme, c/o The Dementia Research Group, The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG; Tel: 0207 829 8773; Fax: 0207 209 0182; Email:


The BBSRC supports three fellowship schemes to enable scientists to devote their time to independent research and scholarship: David Phillips

Fellowships - support outstanding young scientists in the initial stages of an independent research career. These can be held at any appropriate UK university or BBSRC-sponsored institute which is prepared to employ the fellow. Applicants are responsible for agreeing suitable arrangements with the institution concerned before submitting an application, and for ensuring there are adequate facilities available for the research proposed. Applicants must be postdoctoral scientists with up to six years active postdoctoral research experience.

Research Development Fellowships - designed to enable UK university academic staff to devote themselves full-time to independent research, and are targeted at those likely to progress to the highest level in their area of science. Applicants must be full-time established members of the academic staff of a UK university who have worked for a minimum of five years in their current or a similar post.


Fellowships - for outstanding scientists permanently employed in research and teaching in a university or an equivalent research institution including industry. The scheme is intended to provide them with the opportunity to devote themselves to research during a highly productive period in their careers, free of all significant university teaching and from major administrative, consultancy and commercial commitments. Candidates for BBSRC Professorial Fellowships will already be recognised as outstanding scientists, and will have proved their exceptional research and interpretative ability at an international level.

Application forms for all of the above Fellowships can be obtained from: Secretariat and Liaison Branch; Tel: 01793 413348; Email: Written enquiries should be addressed to the

Secretariat and Liaison Branch, at: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1UH Deadline:

December 15.


Postdoctoral Research


These awards are intended for scholars beginning a career in science-based archaeology and who do not hold an established post. The proposal must be sponsored by a senior member of the department in which the award would be held. Awards are tenable for up to three years in an appropriate academic institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Full application forms can be obtained from the Trust by submitting a preliminary enquiry, consisting of: a brief CV; a brief outline of the proposed research (250 words) identifying their sponsor or supervisor and the department in which the candidate wishes to work. Deadline: December 15. Decisions will be available in May 2000.

Requests for application forms and preliminary enquiries to: Bioarchaeology Awards, The Grants Section, The Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE;




Invitation for


The Foundation invites proposals for new research capable of providing quantified evidence of improved productivity and performance from the practical use of alternative: working methods; interventions; services and arrangements at work

Within this, proposals are expected to address issues such as: motivation; prevention; mitigation of reduced performance; rehabilitation; return to work. Preference will be given to improvements that are sustainable. The research work should aim for a maximum duration (from outset to final report) of 18 months and be designed to provide clear responses to one or more of the issues highlighted on the BOHRF website, under the heading 'Our Current Research Priorities'. Outline proposals, which should be no longer than one side of A4, are invited in the first instance. These should specify a title followed by: 1) hypotheses/aims/ objective/key assumptions; 2) outline method; 3) key variables; 4)validity of tools and other measures applied to key variables. Deadline: February 18, 2000. Contact: Michael Ladenburg, BOHRF c/o Whitbread, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD. Tel: 0171 615 1080; Fax: 0171 615 1147; Email: admin@


Postdoctoral Research


The Fund encourages all theoretical and experimental research that is relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Candidates must apply for the fellowships under the guidance of a Sponsor - a senior member of the scientific research community. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the Fellow under direct supervision of the Sponsor. Only candidates who are beginning their first full-time postdoctoral research fellowship are eligible. Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States. Deadline: December 15. Full details on the web, or contact: Cancer Research Fund, 675 Third Avenue (at 42nd Street), 25th Floor, New York, New York 10017, USA; Tel: 212-697-9550; Email:




The Huntington is an independent research centre with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, the history of science, and medicine. The Huntington will award to scholars over one hundred fellowships for the academic year 2000 - 2001. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in its intellectual life. Deadline: December 15. There is no application form; refer to the web for application procedures. Email: cpowell@


Interdisciplinary Research Networks In Systems Theory

This initiative aims to fund a number of networks of researchers from different disciplines to develop ideas for research into systems theory. The call is supported by the Council's programmes for IT and Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics but the networks may also include research workers from any other discipline, especially biology and sociology. The objectives of each network would be to explore a multi-disciplinary approach to some aspect of systems thinking and to contribute to a synthesis, which identifies the problems, priorities and prospects for systems theory and practice. The approach could be problem-orientated, even to the extent of including a problem-owner. Proposals must be submitted on the form EPS(RP) together with a case for support. Guidance notes are available on the website. Deadline: December 17. Contact: Dr Anna Fitzsimmons, IT&CS Programme, EPSRC, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1ET; Tel: 01793 444234; Email:


Research Grants

MDA supports research aimed at developing treatments for the muscular dystrophies and related diseases of the neuromuscular system. To be eligible to apply for an MDA research grant, an applicant must: be a professional or faculty member at an appropriate educational, medical or research institution and be qualified to conduct and supervise a program of original research; have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the proposed research project; and hold a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science or equivalent degree. Proposals from applicants outside the United States will be considered for projects of highest priority to MDA and when, in addition to the applicant's having met the requirements noted above, one or more of the following conditions exist: the applicant's country of residence has inadequate sources of financial support for biomedical research; collaboration with an MDA-supported US investigator is required to conduct the research; an invitation to submit an application has been extended by MDA. A pre-proposal form must be completed to formally request an application for an MDA research grant. Deadlines: request for application forms: December 15; submission of applications: January 15. Apply on-line or contact: Muscular Dystrophy Association Grants Manager - Research Department, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA; Tel: (520) 529 2000; Fax: (520) 529 5454: Email: grants@


Understanding the Evolving Macroeconomy Research Programme: Phase 2 The aim of the Programme is to study the behaviour, governance and management of the UK economy in a rapidly changing world economic environment and is organised around two related themes: Economic Growth and Fluctuations; Economic Policy: Design, Governance and Practice.

Although, in the past, these issues have been largely the preserve of economists often using traditional techniques such as macroeconometric models, it is increasingly recognised that a better understanding of them requires new tools and broader perspective involving other disciplines. While standard macro- economic analysis remains important, this Programme encourages the use of new methods of analysis and provides scope for more cross-disciplinary work. Follow the instructions on the on-line outline proposal form. Deadline:

January 10, 2000.

Compiled by Sarah Knowles.

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