Sources for research funding

January 21, 2000

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


Since 1997, the Ares-Serono Foundation has granted two fellowships every year to promising young scientists. The fellowships' laureates receive US$40,000 per year for two years to fund research for a full-time postdoctoral training programme.

Fellowships in neurology

Two fellowships will be awarded by the Ares-Serono Foundation for postdoctoral training in the field of neurology, particularly related to molecular or immune mechanisms potentially leading to therapeutic application, based on an international competition.

Fellowship terms: full-time postdoctoral training; two years of support; $40,000 annual grant towards salary and direct expenses for postdoctoral training. Eligibility: 1. Applicants must have completed a PhD and or MD or equivalent degree within three years from the start date of a fellowship. 2. Candidates applying for a second postdoctoral fellowship must be changing institutions. 3. Ability to communicate fluently in English (verbal and written).

Deadline: February 29. For an application form and eligibility guidelines, contact:

The Ares-Serono Foundation, 12 chemin des Aulx, 1228 Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland; Fax +41-22-706-9398; Email:


Academic Interchange Grants to Institutions

The Trustees believe that international understanding and the spread of knowledge can benefit from interchange between academics. They have, therefore, from early days, approved a small number of schemes of varying dimensions to encourage academic links between institutions in the UK and overseas. Eligible institutions: groups of universities; other institutions of higher and further education; registered charities in the UK; similar bodies in developing countries. Eligible applicants: staff employed in an applying eligible institution. Eligible fields: all fields. Eligible duration: normally up to three years in the first instance. Eligible costs: travel and maintenance at a realistic level. Application procedure: in the first instance, by letter to the Trust's director in not more than 500 words giving the names of the institutions involved, the proposed costs, and describing the special circumstances which make the scheme novel. If a convincing case is made, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application and will receive further information on procedures.

Deadlines: for preliminary letters: no closing dates. For full applications: February 15 4.00 pm; May 1 4.00 pm. Contact: The Leverhulme Trust, 1 Pemberton Row

London EC4A 3BG


Call for nominations - Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards in the following categories: Basic Research; Clinical Research; Special Achievement in Medical Science and Public Service. Contact the Lasker Foundation to request the nomination material, tel: (212/286 02222);fax (212/286 0924) or email (

Please specify in your request the category and how you found out about the awards. Nomination forms are not available electronically, they must be posted. Deadline for nominations:

February 1.


Commonwealth Scholarship tenable at the University of the South Pacific One scholarship (covering maintenance, travel and fees) for the degree of doctor of philosophy in the area of marine biosystematics tenable at the University of the South Pacific will be offered for the first time from July 2000. The successful candidate will be based at the new Marine Studies Programme facilities in Suva, Fiji, but may carry out research in any of the University's 12 member countries. Applicants must be UK citizens and must hold a master's degree or bachelor's degree with first-class honours in Marine Biosystematics or in a relevant field. Exceptionally, students who expect to graduate this summer with first-class honours may be considered. For an application form and further details send a SAE to the value of 52p to: USP Award, ACU, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PF.

Deadline: March 1.


The Eppley Foundation supports only postdoctoral work in the physical and biological sciences. The Board will not consider an applicant whose PhD has not yet been awarded. Proposals from newly awarded PhDs rarely meet the Foundation's standards and are unlikely to receive support. Grant proposals from outside the USA are considered only when such applicants are associated with a United States institution which will administer the grant on their behalf. Candidates must fill out an application form which may be obtained by writing to: The Eppley Foundation for Research, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10167-0034, USA. Deadlines:

February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.


The fund is administered by the Hellenic Society. Its purposes are to further the study of the history of the Greek language in any period from the Bronze Age to the 15th century AD, and to further the edition and exegesis of Greek texts, including papyri and inscriptions, from any period within those same limits.

Grants will be made for such purposes as:

books; photography (including microfilm and photocopying); visits to libraries, museums and sites. The sums awarded will vary according to the needs of the applicant, but most grants will be in the range Pounds 50-Pounds 250; larger grants may be made from time to time at the discretion of the awards committee. Grants will be made to currently registered research students, and, within the first five years of their appointment, to lecturers, teaching fellows, research fellows, postdoctoral fellows and research assistants. Deadline: February 14. Application forms are available from: The Secretary, The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel: 020 7862 8730; fax 020 7862 8731; Email:


Research Grants

Applications are invited once a year for clinical, laboratory-based and epidemiological research grants which offer advancement in the understanding of lung disease. The principal applicant should be employed by a recognised research centre within the UK. Grants are generally made for a specified period of up to three years to a maximum of Pounds 120,000 and may provide for the salary of postdoctoral, postgraduate or technical assistance, research consumables and essential equipment. Application forms are available from the Research Manager at the British Lung Foundation, 78 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8LD; tel: 020 7831 5831; fax: 020 7831 5832; email: Deadline:

February 23.


Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme is designed to enable outstanding younger scholars to obtain experience of research and teaching in the university environment, which will strengthen their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent posts by the end of the fellowship.

The awards will be tenable for three years. Applicants nominate the institution at which they wish to hold their award; and that institution will be asked to give its consent before any award made by the Academy is confirmed. Fellows will be employees of their host institution and will be subject to the terms and conditions of that institution. It is anticipated that up to 30 awards will be available to be taken up in the autumn of 2000. Eligibility: these awards are open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences, but are restricted by the following criteria. Applicants: must be ordinarily resident in the UK;

must be (normally)under the age of 30 on October 1 2000;

must have obtained or expect to obtain their doctorate by June 30 2000; must not have held an established teaching post in an institution of higher education. Applications should be made on the postdoctoral fellowship application form which will be available from the Academy's Research Posts Department, or from the Academy's website, or from university research offices.


February 29.


Research Training Fellowships 2000

The Regional Research Capacity Committee invites applications for research training fellowships. Applications from individuals of any discipline with an NHS contract in the Northern and Yorkshire Region will be considered. Exceptionally, an employee within a university may be eligible providing the applicant holds an honorary NHS contract with a current clinical commitment in the region. Deadline: 12 Noon, February 11. The information pack and application forms are available from: Linda Robinson, Research School of Medicine, 24 Hyde Terrace, Leeds LS2 9LN; tel: 0113 233 6668.


Developmental Pharmacology

Research grant applications are invited to study the ontogeny of drug metabolising enzymes, transporters and receptors, and the corresponding ion channels and related proteins. A major objective of this initiative is the characterisation of the mechanisms involved in gene regulation and expression of these proteins during development, both prenatal and postnatal. This initiative is aimed at unravelling the effects of development on mechanisms of drug action, pharmacodynamics and drug biotransformation, prenatally and from birth through adolescence. In addition, because drugs are now being developed to target specific receptors or modulators, it is imperative to determine their functional expression over time in the pediatric population. Applications should be designed around a central theme of ontogeny of processes that have pharmacologic relevance, with emphasis on the interaction and/or relationships between these processes (eg drug

metabolism and drug transport, receptors and ion channels, or receptors and pharmacologic ligands). Letter of intent deadline: March 7. Refer to the website for full details.


MacRobert Award

The award consists of a gold medal and a prize of Pounds 50,000. This is given annually for an outstanding engineering innovation of benefit to the community. The award will be made annually to any individual or individuals, or independent team or teams or to any team or teams working for a firm, organisation or laboratory where an outstanding contribution has been made by way of innovation in the fields of engineering or the other physical technologies or in the application of the physical sciences, which is or will be for the benefit of the community. Preference will be shown for applications from individuals and any other independent teams mainly composed of individuals who are nationals of the UK or resident in or working for a firm or organisation or laboratory established in the UK. Deadline: February 29. All enquiries and requests for submission forms should be made to:

The Royal Academy of Engineering, MacRobert Award Office,

29 Great Peter Street,

London SW1P 3LW; tel: 020 7222 2688;

fax: 020 7233 0054;



Descartes Prize

The European Commission is inviting calls for proposals for distinctions for high-level research work. This award is intended to identify and to give public recognition and visibility to European researchers who have successfully produced outstanding scientific or technological results through European collaborative research. Individual candidates for the Descartes Prize must be nationals of a member state or an associated state, or must have lived in the EU for at least the last five years. As a minimum, proposals must have two mutually independent entities from two different member states or from a member State and an associated state. The competition is open to all scientific fields, including social and economic sciences. From a budget of E1 million the EU will award monetary prizes and/or equivalent recognition to the most deserving participants. The monetary awards will consist of the right for the teams to draw funds for the dissemination of their results or for undertaking further research work and will amount to E50,000, on average, per team associated in the selected project. Deadline: March 17. For further information contact: European Commission Research Directorate-General Directorate F (Distinctions for High-level Research Work) Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200 B-1049 Brussels; fax +32-2 -29630; email:


The LINK scheme is the government's principal mechanism for promoting partnership in pre-competitive research between industry and the research base. It aims to stimulate innovation, wealth creation and improve the quality of life. Each programme supports a number of collaborative projects involving partners from industry and the research base. Sensors and Sensor Systems for Industrial Applications: outline proposals are invited under the second part of the fourth call by February 29 2000. This programme is managed by DTI. To receive an application form, guidance notes and further information, contact the Programme Secretariat at DTI on 020 7215 1432, or 020 7215 1434, or 020 7215 1344. Potential applicants are recommended to discuss their proposal with the Programme Coordinator: David Kent, Kent Consultants, The Outspan Farm, Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JL; tel: 01799 540105; fax: 01799 542642; email: Full details available on the web.

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