Sources for research funding

February 25, 2000

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


British Society of Gastroenterology Research Training Fellowship

For research into any aspect of gastroenterology. Preference will be given to candidates who intend to follow a career in which the training will be used in their continued research. In making the award, the emphasis will be placed not only on the research project but on the candidate's potential for future research and the quality of the training proposed. The award is for an initial period of two years but, subject to satisfactory annual progress reports during this period, consideration will be given to a third year if the candidate wishes to work for a PhD. Salary will be consistent with the current NHS or academic scale, and up to Pounds 2,000 will be available for start-up consumable expenses. Downloadable application forms can be accessed from the website. Applications should be sent to: The Digestive Disorders Foundation, 3 St Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LB. Deadline: March 24. Enquiries to Julia Young; tel: 020 7486 0341. References will be taken up and interviews held for short-listed candidates on May 16.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The fellowships are open to postdoctoral researchers who will be aged under 32 when they take up their full-time appointment at any UK university. If they do not already hold a PhD the award is conditional upon a doctorate being awarded before the Fellowship starts. The awards cover the researcher's gross salary plus a Pounds 10,000 annual award for equipment and travel expenses, and appointees are also eligible to apply for a Royal Academy of Engineering Travel Grant to attend overseas conferences.

Deadline: March 31. Grant enquiries to Ngozi Okwudili-Ince at The Academy; tel: 020 72 0506; email




Personal and Support

Research Fellowships

The Royal Society of Edinburgh welcomes applications for the above fellowships, funded by Lloyds/TSB Scotland Foundation under the title "The Ageing Population". This title includes all aspects of the ageing process eg the medical, psychological, sociological and economic consequences of old age and the research proposed must aim at improving the quality of life. Applicants for the personal research fellowship must have a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification or have three years postgraduate research experience. This fellowship is tenable for a period of up to three years and must be held in a Scottish higher education institution or research institute. Research support funding is available in addition to salary. Applicants for the support research fellowship must be existing members of academic teaching staff in Scottish HEIs or research institutes. The fellowship will enable the holder to take study leave for twelve months whilst the society will pay the salary of the temporary teaching replacement. Further information and application forms are available online, or contact: Anne Ferguson, Research Fellowships Secretary, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22/26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ; email: Deadline: March . Forms not available after March 20.




Collaborative Grants to Support Research in Infectious Diseases in the Developing World

The infectious diseases of the developing nations pose grave obstacles to public health and economic development and this initiative is intended to encourage international collaborative research that can provide a better understanding of these diseases and new ways of combating them. The Wellcome Trust and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund particularly wish to foster new and existing trilateral collaborations between developing countries, the UK, and North America. The initiative is open to research proposals of up to five years in which the centre of gravity of the scientific activities is clearly in the developing countries experiencing significant morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. Programmes should build upon the respective strengths of the partners from the developing and developed worlds, and proposals must address the anticipated 'added value' from the collaborations. Full details on the web. Preliminary proposals should be made forms available from: Ms Laura Chambers, Grants Officer, International Department, The Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE; tel: 020 7611 8428; fax: 020 7611 7288; email: Preliminary

applications deadline: March 31.


Violence Against Women:

Evaluating Health Care


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), invites grant applications to conduct research on the outcomes, effectiveness and cost effectiveness of programmes for early identification and treatment of domestic violence against women. The goals of this request are to develop new knowledge in the prevention of domestic violence, improve the identification of female patients at risk, and to evaluate outcomes and effectiveness of health care interventions designed to treat domestic violence victims. The AHRQ encourages partnerships between health plans, service providers, researchers, and community-specific programmes. The research may encompass important aspects of the health care response to domestic violence including adoption and implementation of protocols and practice guidelines, routine screening for domestic violence, on-site capacity to provide treatment and safety planning, and follow-up of victims. Refer to the website for full details. Enquiries regarding programmatic issues to: Charlotte A. Mullican; email:; enquiries regarding eligibility matters to: Joan Metcalfe; email: Letter of intent deadline: March 24; application deadline: April .


The Phoenix Fund

This scheme offers grants in the field of ageing. The overall aim is to support projects which have the possibility of a viable future but are in danger of failing for lack of transitional funding. The Fund is looking to support projects that will be of wider interest and which will promote the autonomy of older people and enhance their self-help skills. In 1998 the Fund had a budget of Pounds 215,000 and 13 grants were made. Deadline: March 10. For more information contact Ann Weber, The Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EG; tel: 020 7580 7434 (24-hour answerphone).


International Fellowships Scheme

This scheme aims to support high profile researchers wanting to work for short periods abroad. The aim is to facilitate longer-term international exchange to the benefit of the UK science base. The scheme will introduce new expertise, further international linkages and help secure future external funding for the BBSRC research community. Read the Notes for Guidance before completing the application form, which can be downloaded from the website as a Word document. Contact: Miss Joanne Allman, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1UH; tel: 01793 413295; fax: 01793 413382; email:

No deadline.



Visitors Programme

The programme has been designed for the following three categories of visitors: Scientific collaborators - scientists who are integrated in the work of a research group for the duration of the visit, who may be trained in the process of this research, and who may set up possibilities for future collaborations; Facility users - scientists who need training in the specialised facilities of the laboratory, who wish to use them to evaluate possibilities for their own institution, or to perform a specific, usually collaborative project;

Sabbatical visitors - senior scientists who wish to be associated with a specific group or programme, or the laboratory as a whole, for a period of study, writing, etc. EMBL will cover visitors' bench fees and help to arrange accommodation and formalities in conjunction with the visit. Applications can be made at any time. The application should include a CV, names of two referees, a one to two page report describing current research, the suggested project and why it should be carried it out at EMBL. Contact: Visitors Programme, EMBL, Postfach 102209, 69012 Heidelberg, Germany.


The Joint Research Equipment

Initiative (JREI) is an annual competition run by the Research Councils, the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales, and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland (DENI). The aim of JREI is to contribute to the physical research infrastructure and to enable high-quality research to be undertaken, particularly in areas of basic and strategic priority for science and technology, such as those identified by Foresight. The initiative aims to fund the best affordable mix of bids, that is, the collection of bids that represents best overall value to the respective funding body while maintaining scientific excellence. Full details online. Deadline for the 2000 JREI: May 31. All applications will be peer reviewed by the appropriate Research Council. Queries about completion of the JREI form or the scheme should be addressed in the first instance to Rachel Schofield at HEFCE; email: Compiled by Sarah Knowles.

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