Sources for research funding

December 17, 1999

Each week this section lists funds. available for academic researchers. Items for inclusion should be submitted to


National Primary

Care Awards

Applications for the second round of the following: Primary Care Researcher Development Awards are intended to identify individuals of outstanding potential early in their primary care research careers and to "fast-track" them by supporting them in a customised research training environment.

The scheme is aimed at individuals who are likely to become independent primary care research leaders in six to ten years' time. In general these are pre-doctoral awards. Primary Care Career Scientist Awards are intended to unblock the career pathways of the highest calibre individuals so that they can become independent research leaders in primary care. Candidates should be at the stage of developing their own programme of research and likely to have held high level research posts or able to demonstrate a substantial record in a relevant research area. Applications are particularly welcome from non-medical clinical disciplines. Supporting information and application forms are available on-line or can be obtained by writing to: Dr. Helen Campbell, NHS R&D National Primary Care Development Awards, University of Exeter, 1st Floor, Noy Scott House, Haldon View Terrace, Exeter EX2 5EQ. Deadline: 5pm on February 1, 2000.



Research priorities

The Fund supports bibliographic and other research which relates to the common areas of interest of its member organisations. The Fund welcomes all proposals for research in its fields of interest, but areas currently identified as being of particular concern are: the interactions between libraries, booksellers, and publishers; the implications of information technology for the publishing chain; publications and their use. Unsolicited proposals are welcomed. Application is open to people with ideas for research from all backgrounds and spheres of activity.

Awards are made only to organisations located in, or people living in, the UK.

For further information contact: The Secretary, BNB Research Fund, Library and Information Commission, 19-29 Woburn Place, London WC1H 0LU; Tel: 0171 3 8723; Fax: 0171 412 8701; Email:


January 7, 2000.


LRF Bennett Senior


The award is specifically designed to allow outstanding young UK based clinical and non-clinical scientists to progress to independent investigator status. The fellowship will be tenable for five years in any appropriate UK laboratory and provides personal support together with funding for a research assistant and consumables. It is expected that candidates will have a proven record of excellence and achievement in a research area of relevance to the aims and objectives of the Fund, namely the routine cure of the leukaemias, lymphomas, multiple myelomas and myelodysplasias.

Deadline: December 31.

In the first instance informal enquiries should be made by telephone to: Dr David Grant, Scientific Director;

Tel: 0171 405 0101.


Academic Program 2001 'Enlightenment'

The HRC aims to provide an interdisciplinary zone of humanities scholarship and debate that reaches across all Australian academic and cultural institutions. The HRC theme for 2001 will be 'Enlightenment'. It is intended that this should be treated as broadly as possible. Visitors' Program: applications are invited for visiting fellowships for 2001 and scholars are encouraged to apply on any aspects of the above theme (non-thematic applicants will also be considered). The HRC will fund up to twenty short-term visiting fellowships (of up to three months). The HRC also encourages self-funded scholars from other universities and cultural institutions to use the facilities of the Centre and the Australian National University, and contribute to its intellectual life during their outside studies program. Applications must be submitted on the form provided by the HRC, and referees should submit their reports separately to the HRC on the form provided (available on the HRC website). Deadline: December 31. Contact: Humanities Research Centre, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia. Tel: +61 2 6249 00; Fax: +61 2 6248 0054; Email:


Research Grants

As funds are limited, these grants are only given for research directly concerned with the rare genetic condition, tuberous sclerosis. It is therefore advisable to discuss any proposals first with the Research Coordinator, Ann Hunt. Application forms and the terms of the grants can be obtained from the Research Coordinator. All applications are peer reviewed by medical and scientific advisers before submission to the TSA committee for decision. Deadline: December 31. For further information on research grant applications contact: Mrs Ann Hunt, Research Coordinator, Church Farm House, Church Road, North Leigh, Oxfordshire OX8 6TX. Tel/Fax: 01993 881238; Email:



ICI Fellowship Schemefor Young Academic Chemical Engineers

Chemical Engineering departments are invited to nominate a candidate for theffellowship scheme. The scheme aims to assist engineering communities by promoting the recruitment and retention of outstanding young faculty members and by encouraging appropriate industrial contact for these young academic chemical engineers.

The scheme is designed for individuals currently undergoing academic training, eg final year PhD students, or post doctorates; young industrialists who are aiming to obtain an academic chemical engineering post; retention of outstanding young academics who might otherwise leave academia. Fellows will spend an agree period at an ICI site, or in ICI-related work, learning about and contributing to the solution of industrial process problems.

Deadline for initialapplications:December 31.

The address for enquiries and applications is: ICI Fellowship Scheme, Education Affairs Department, The Royal Academy of Engineering, 29 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 3LW; Tel: 020 7222 2688; Fax: 020 7233 0054; Email:


HSBC Holdings Small Research Grants

These grants fund travel, maintenance, data collection and temporary research assistance. The maximum grant value is Pounds 3,000. Applicants must be fellows or associate fellows of the society and are normally expected to hold a PhD. Some preference will be given where the grant will be largely pump priming, prior to larger applications. Applications are particularly welcomed from those who are early in their research careers.

Deadline: December 31. Application packages can be downloaded from the web, or email the Academic Officer on


Research Grants

for 2000

The SRS is giving its members an opportunity to apply for a research grant up to the value of Pounds 5,000.

Interested members are requested to send a 200-word abstract summarising the research project.

In addition, details are required justifying the level of support requested and also a letter of support from the research supervisor. Research grant application forms can be obtained from the SRS Secretariat or downloaded from the web.

Completed application forms should be sent to the secretary of the society by December 31.

Address: SRS Secretariat, C/O Professor J R T Monson, Honorary Secretary, Academic Surgical Unit- University of Hull, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 5JQ; Tel: 01482 623225/623247; Fax: 01482 6234.



This triennial prize of 100,000 euros aims to promote the development of higher teaching and research in the biomedical field.

It can be awarded to one or more researchers, working in a team (maximum three) who are members of a country of the EU, having made an important contribution to the Biomedical Sciences. The candidate(s) should not be over the age of 55 on December 31.

Candidates for the prize must be nominated by: two people; members of Academies of Medicine or Science or similar institutions in member states of the EU, or, a holder of the van Gysel prize.Deadline: December 31. Nominations to Mrs M. J. Simoen, Secretary general of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), 5 rue d'Egmont, B - 1000 Brussels, Belgium; Tel: (02) 504 92 40; Fax: (02) 504 92 92; Email

Weizmann Institute of Science

Visiting Professorships

The professorships are available to suitable candidates from all countries. They are intended for outstanding scientists from institutions of higher learning and research institutions, who have achieved appropriate recognition in their fields of activity and who hold the rank of full professor (or equivalent) in their home institutions. The professorships will be awarded for a period of two months to one year and will provide financial remuneration in accordance with the Weizmann Institute salary scale for visiting scientists. Deadline: December 31. Application should be made on forms supplied by: the Academic Secretary's Office, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel; Tel: 972 8 934 3860; Fax: 972 8 947 1667; Email:


Entente CordialeScholarships

Aims to enable the most outstanding students of both countries to study or carry out research for a year on the other side of the Channel. The scheme is administered by the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in London and by the British Council in Paris. Applicants must be a British or French postgraduate, with at least an excellent first degree. There are no restrictions covering areas of study or research, or regarding institutions of higher education or research.

The scholarship is awarded for one academic year. It is up to candidates to apply to the institutions of their choice and are encouraged to make contact with their chosen institutions before sending in application forms.

Deadline February 28, 2000.

Application forms (available on-line) must be returned to: Entente Cordiale Scholarships, French Cultural Department, 23 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2EL; Tel : 0171 838 2055; Fax : 0171 838 2088; Email:


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 per cent) 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. The society is concerned to help young scientists become established, particularly in the international community. Priority is given to applicants in their postdoctoral years and in the early years of their careers.Deadline: January 1. Application forms and further information can be obtained on the web, or contact: The Biochemical Society, 59 Portland Place, London W1N 3AJ; Tel: 020 7580 5530; Fax: 020 7637 3626


Small Ecological Project Grants

SEPGs are given to promote all aspects of ecological research and ecological survey. The grant has been extended to enable ecologists to travel from the UK or Eire to a third country, or vice versa, for the purposes of research where alternative sources of funding are inadequate. Although threatened habitats provided the impetus for the SEPG scheme, the scheme has now been widened to include any ecological project. The public affairs committee is keen to support small pilot projects, in which cases the grants are viewed as pump priming, hopefully being instrumental in obtaining larger grants from other organisations. Grants are given towards the cost of travel, for the employment of casual and short-term assistance, and for the purchase of small items of equipment. Value of the award: up to Pounds 1,000 for travel and up to Pounds 1,000 for other costs. Deadline: January 1. Application forms available on-line, or contact: The British Ecological Society, 26 Blades Court, Deodar Road, London SW15 2NU; Tel: 0181 871 9797; Fax: 0181 871 9779; Email:


Quality Research in Dementia

Partnership Grants

The objective of QRD Partnership Grants are to provide funding for research projects in the areas of cause, cure or care for dementia. Awards may only be held in an academic institution or clinical department in the UK. Awards are usually made for two to three years. The primary objective of the research must be to significantly contribute to our understanding of the causes of dementia, the development of cures or treatments for dementing disorders, or to the evidence-base for effective care. Further information online. It is suggested that applicants informally discuss potential proposals, particularly for larger awards, with the Alzheimer's Society Director of Research prior to submitting an application. Deadline: 9am January 5, 2000. Applicants should refer to the full terms and conditions of awards, available on request from: Alzheimer's 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:


Teaching and Learning Research Programme: Phase II

The programme is looking to support 10-15 large projects addressing three research themes: How can motivation and engagement in learning processes be increased? How can advances in research on human cognition, classroom processes, professional expertise and telematics be transformed to promote learners' achievement? How can the continuous improvement of learning communities be attained most effectively? The purpose and the main research areas for Phase II are set out in the programme specificatio available at Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their research ideas with the programme director before completing the application form: Professor Charles Desforges, School of Education, University of Exeter, Heavitree Road, Exeter. EX1 2LU. Tel: 01392 264845; Fax:01392 264945; Email:

Deadline. January 21.

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