Sources for research funding

January 7, 2000

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2000 IERF Research Grants

The purpose of IERF research grants is to encourage and promote research on world education systems that supports applied comparative education, specifically the evaluation of foreign education credentials. The grants are also intended to aid in the publication and distribution of the results of such research. Non-renewable single grants will be awarded for specific projects in amounts of up to $5,000. Grants may also be awarded for partial payment of larger research projects. Individuals or organisations may be eligible for the grants. Proposals will be considered on how well project design and expected outcomes address all of the following criteria: 1) Supports and promotes research of the evaluation of foreign academic credentials; 2) Encourages communication about education systems throughout the world; 3) Improves articulation and integration of non-US academic credentials of students, scholars and potential members of the workforce into the US educational system and/or economy; 4) Provides for the publication and dissemination of the results of the research.

Applicants should submit a completed application packet on or before February 1, 2000. Enquiries to: Diane M. Roney, Executive Director of IERF via email: Applications should be submitted to: IERF, Attn: Grant Committee, PO Box 66940, Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA.



Invention and Innovation Programme Opened for applications on December 14, 1999 and there is no closing date. Applications wil be accepted throughout the year. Aims: to help people turn ideas into products, services or techniques with social and commercial benefits by providing a wide-ranging package of support. NESTA is looking for exciting and original ideas for products, services, processes or techniques and individuals with the energy and determination to carry them forward. Projects are selected by open application. First, applicants need to submit a pre-application form.

For guidance on applying, new applications and to complete an application form, see the website. NESTA will help develop a package of tailored financial and non-financial support for each project. Financial support for any one project is likely to fall within the range of Pounds 5,000 - 50,000 (and in exceptional cases, Pounds 100,000).

Between 50 - 100 projects will be supported each year.


Individual Travel Awards

The Dax Copp Travelling Fellowship is designed to support overseas travel in connection with biological study, teaching or research.

The Violet Cressey-Marcks Fisher Travel Scholarship funds a geographical research project involving a period of overseas fieldwork of at least six months. Preference is given to younger applicants. Each of the annual awards described above is worth Pounds 500. The applicant must be British and registered with a British institution of higher education. The applicant may not be part of a team applying for an expedition research grant.

Neither award has an application form, but the relevant guidelines are set out on the website.

Deadline: January 25.



Carnegie Research Grants

The trust can help members of staff or, on a discretionary basis, retired members of staff of a Scottish university by the provision of small research grants (maximum Pounds 2,000) for personal research, personally conducted. Equipment, consumables, services such as carbon dating, research, secretarial and technical assistance are excluded. Assistance can be given with the publication of scholarly books, in the form of a guarantee against loss. The publication of illustrations in colour can also be assisted where colour is essential to comprehension. Deadlines: January 15, May 15 and October 15. Contact: The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Cameron House,

Abbey Park Place,

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, KY12 7PZ; Tel: 01383 622148; Fax: 01383 622149; Email:


The Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust invites applications for the two-year travelling research Nasmyth Scholarship for 2000-02. The scholarship offers a young, medically qualified individual working in Scotland the opportunity to spend two years carrying out research at authorised institutions overseas.

The prime objective is to ensure the future of high-quality clinical research

in Scotland, by providing these individuals with an opportunity for enhancement of their research training in overseas centres of excellence. Deadline: January 21. The chosen field for the research must have clinical relevance. Support will be at a realistic level for the duration of the scholarship. Further details and application forms are obtainable from: The Trust Secretaries, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EF; Tel: 0131 473 7516; Fax: 0131 228 8118; Email:


Lister Institute Research Fellowships

The current senior research fellowship Scheme was initiated in 1982 using a fund set up by the institute for the support of post-doctoral research in biomedicine. The research topic is of the applicants' own choice but must have relevance to or implications for preventive medicine. The institute normally awards five five-year fellowships each year and, whenever possible, at least one fellowship is awarded to a clinician.

Type of award available

senior clinical and non-clinical research fellowships. Deadline: January 21. Fellowships are not awarded to full-time members of research council staff nor to employees of medical research charities. Fellowships must be held in British universities. The age limit is 35 for non-clinicians, 37 for clinicians. Applicants above these limit and up to the age of 40 years must request permission to make a full application. Contact: The Secretary, Mr Keith Cowey; Tel: 020 8421 8808; Fax: 020 8421 8818; Postal address:

The White House, 70 High Road, Bushey Heath, Herts, WD2 3JG;

Email: secretary@lister-



Conference Grants

Members of the society are eligible to apply for a conference grant to attend overseas endocrine meetings after one year of membership (six months for student members). This grant can be used by members to travel from the UK to non-UK meetings and also by members domiciled abroad to travel to endocrine meetings in a country other than their country of residence. Application forms are available on-line. Deadlines: January 15, April 15 and September 15.


Applicants must be EU citizens, ordinarily resident in the UK. All awards must be taken up no earlier than September 2000 and no later than Easter 2001.

Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History: This award enables a senior or junior lecturer to spend ten months at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. The successful candidate will receive a grant of

approximately $40,000, together with round-trip travel for him/herself and

up to four accompanying dependants. Deadline: January . Fulbright Sponsored MBA Awards: a number of business sponsored awards aimed

at postgraduate professionals intending to further their career in business and industry. Deadline: January .

Postal requests for details (clearly stating which award is of interest) must be accompanied by an A4 SAE with 39p postage and sent to: Programme Enquiries, The Fulbright Commission, Fulbright House, 62 Doughty Street, London



Joint Projects between the UK

and Korea

Joint projects are for research to take place between two individuals or - more commonly - two research groups, one in the UK and one in Korea, over three years. The scheme was first established in January 1999 and is intended to encourage greater bilateral collaboration between postdoctoral researchers in the UK and Korea, in the natural and applied sciences. The funding provided is small scale and may be seen as seed money for larger, long-term collaboration and further development. Applications will be considered for research in the natural and applied sciences, including mathematics, engineering, medicine and the scientific research aspects of psychology, archaeology, geography, agriculture and the history of science. All visits funded by the grant must be made by collaborators (from both countries) of at least postdoctoral status (or equivalent) who may not concurrently hold another award under the society's UK-Korea exchange programmes.

Each group must have a lead scientist (group leader) who should be the most senior member of the group. If successful, funding will be available for up to three years' duration, for international travel and subsistence for the UK group to visit Korea and for subsistence for incoming Korean scientists. The annual grant limit is Pounds 6,000. Deadline: 15 January. The application form is available to download in the following formats: Word and pdf. If you have any problems downloading the forms, please contact the International Exchanges Section either by phone: 020 7451 2567, or email: China&


Established in 1994, the award was created to honour an outstanding woman who has made significant contributions to the scientific community. The objectives of the award, which includes a $25,000 research grant to the recipient, are to recognise distinguished achievement and to provide a strong role model to motivate and encourage the next generation of young women scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Nominees may represent any discipline in the natural sciences and may be conducting research in either the public or private sector. To request a nomination application, call Liz Jaffe, Director of National Programs, American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (email: The nomination application must include background documentation, i.e. a cv, as well as a supporting statement by the nominator. Additional letters of support may also be provided. Deadline: Nominations must be postmarked by January 31, and sent to: ACWIS, 51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, USA; or by fax: 212 779 3209; or emailed to the

above address.



Industrial Fellowships

The commission sees its industrial fellowships as catalysts in the encouragement of innovation and creativity in British industry. About six industrial fellowships are offered each year for selected graduates, working in British industry, who have a good first degree in engineering, science or medicine.

Eligibility: British nationals, resident in UK; employed by a British company; good first degree in an appropriate discipline; identified research and/or development topic, leading to a patent, product or process specification within the timescale of the award, possibly in conjunction with a higher academic award; established link with appropriate staff at a British university; normally within two years from graduation, but older candidates may apply. All applications must be accompanied by a completed pro-forma - further details on the website. Deadline: 28 January. For full application details and further information contact: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851; Tel: 020 7594 8790; Fax: 020 7594 8794; Email: royalcom


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has identified its new priorities for 2000 in the areas of: housing and neighbourhoods; social care and disability; work, income and social policy; young people and families. Deadlines for the receipt of proposals for different topics are spread throughout the year. Full details are available on the web address given above, or from: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Homestead, 40 Water End, York YO30 6WP, Tel: 01904 615962.


Small Grants in the Creative and Performing Arts This scheme provides awards up to a maximum of Pounds 5,000 to meet the costs directly related to advanced research projects in the creative and performing arts only. The aims of the Small Grants in the Creative and Performing Arts scheme are: to support research activity of the highest quality conducted by individual scholars across all areas of the creative and performing arts; to enable individual scholars to pursue well-defined small-scale projects, or parts of longer projects, that are likely to bring advances in knowledge, understanding or insight

where appropriate, to support the preparation of research for public output. The scheme is open to members of the academic staff of higher education institutions (HEIs) directly funded by HEFCE, DENI, HEFCW and SHEFC. Full-time and part-time members of staff on teaching-and-research contracts can apply. Applicants for a small research grant should be of postdoctoral level (or equivalent), or beyond. Next deadlIne: January 31. Application forms are available in a downloadable format. Further information from the AHRB's Bristol office: Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD; Tel: 0117 931 7417; Fax: 0117 931 7157.


Joint Research


The UK-Dutch joint research programme was established to stimulate scientific and academic research collaboration between the two countries. The programme is managed and financed jointly by the British Council in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Although the majority of successful project applications under the programme have been in the sciences, the programme encompasses all fields of academic research, including the humanities and social sciences. Grants are made available for international travel and subsistence. The duration of visits may vary between one week and two months.

Project proposals may be submitted by permanent academic staff of higher education institutions in either country to work jointly in the same field of research or in a complementary discipline. Deadlines: January 31 and June 30. For further information and application forms, British applicants should contact (preferably in writing): Jo van Ginkel, The British Council, Keizersgracht 269, 1016 ED Amsterdam; Tel: +31 20 550 6062; Fax: +31 20 620 7389; Email:


Research Chairs in Analytical Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division (RSC/AD) and the EPSRC jointly announce an initiative to enhance the research base in analytical chemistry in UK universities. Applications are invited from UK universities and similar institutions eligible to hold EPSRC research grants for funds to establish research chairs in analytical chemistry. Two chairs are to be established, to be filled by individuals with interests in any aspect of analytical chemistry. Bids are invited from institutions wishing to consolidate existing activity, or from those seeking to become established in analytical research. Proposals should indicate how the appointment would integrate analytical chemistry into the research and teaching activities of the institution, placing emphasis on the interfaces with other disciplines and with the needs of the users of analytical techniques. The RSC/AD and EPSRC will jointly fund up to half of the salary costs of each chair for five years. Deadline for outline applications: March 31. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr David Ferguson at the RSC (Tell: 020 7440 33; Email: or Dr Sue Smart at the EPSRC (Tel: 01793 444423; Email: for further details.


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. Awards will cover salary, tuition, conferences and a contribution towards research costs. Applications are particularly welcome from non-medical clinical disciplines. Information and application forms are available on-line ( or 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.

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