Sources for research funding

May 5, 2000



Wellcome Trust

Research Workshops

The Royal Society of Edinburgh invites applications for grants of up to Pounds 2500 in support of interdisciplinary or specialised one-day research workshops, to be held in Scotland, in the following disciplines: biomedical & behavioural sciences;

veterinary sciences;

history of medicine.

Research workshops are limited to a maximum of 40 participants, including five invited speakers, and may be held either at the society or at a suitable research centre in Scotland. The level of support assumes that most of the participants and speakers would come from within Scotland, and covers: travel and subsistence costs of invited speakers; subsidy of participants' travel costs; provision of lunch and refreshments for all participants; organisers' administration costs. Apply online or email Anne Ferguson, Research Fellowships Secretary ( Deadline: May 19.


Innovative Manufacturing Initiative (IMI)

Integrated Healthcare Technologies (IntHe Tech): Second Call for Proposals

The aim of the IMI IntHe Tech sector is to improve the competitiveness of companies within the UK medical engineering sector. The new IntHeTech sector has already supported a number of projects, and now has the opportunity to commit to a number of additional projects through a second call for proposals.This call is intended to stimulate outline proposals for projects relevant to the IntHeTech sector.

The IMI sector programme manager for IntHeTech is Oliver Wells ( who will be happy to work through ideas. Outline proposal deadline:

May 26.


The European Information Society Technologies Prize is open to any organisation (enterprise, laboratory, university or other institution) based in the EU or in the Associated States or in Switzerland. Awards will be given to outstanding contributions under the theme "novel products with high information technology content and evident market potential". Excellence is sought in converting innovative ideas and R&D results into marketable products. Products should be at least at demonstrable prototype stage and if already marketed should not have been introduced in the market more than 18 months prior to the opening. Applications are only acceptable via the form on the European IST Prize website. Deadline: May 16, 17.00 French time. Contact: The Euro-CASE Office, Euro-CASE, 28, rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris, France; tel: 33 1 53 59 53 40; fax: 33 1 53 59 53 41; email:


Call for Abstracts - Scientific Research Grant Program

The ALS Association is dedicated to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The association is now receiving abstracts for multi-year grants and one-year starter awards. Grants for two or three years generally will not exceed $60,000 per year in direct costs. Starter grants are made to new ALS investigators in total amounts up to $35,000.

The Association will support both basic and clinical research. Clinical research includes research conducted with human subjects and materials of human origin, and small pre-stage one clinical trials, but not patient management studies. Apply by submitting a one-page abstract, describing the proposed project, by June 1. The deadline for receiving the formal application is September 1, 2000. Enquiries: tel: (818) 880-9007 ext. 222; email - Ruth Papadatos, Research Coordinator, The ALS Association.



Paul Instrument Fund

Grants are awarded for the design, construction and maintenance of novel, unusual or much improved types of physical instruments and apparatus needed for an investigation in pure or applied physical science.

Priority is given to applications with a large element of originality such as the construction of an instrument based on a physical principle which has not previously been made use of in this, or a similar way. Grants may not be used to relieve expenditure in a government controlled establishment, nor to relieve any university or educational establishment of its normal financial obligations.

Application forms and details are available from the Royal Society. Next deadline: May 15. Contact: Jane Lewis; email: Jane.Lewis@royal; tel: 020 7451 2538; fax: 0171 930 2170; 6 Carlton House Terrace, London



21st Century

Scientists Awards -

Brain Cancer Research The JSMF, as part of its new 21st Century Science Initiative, announces the third annual request for proposals in brain cancer research. Proposals should describe novel research that will generate new knowledge leading to increased rates of survival and improve functional recovery for individuals with brain cancer. The support awarded through this RFP is intended to encourage new ideas and approaches, early in their development, that are unlikely to be funded from traditional sources. The program will preferentially support:

1. Investigations exploring novel approaches, based on information from neurobiology, genetics, molecular biology, immunology and neuropathology, to the development of new brain cancer therapies.

2. Studies that apply advances and information from research on non-nervous system cancers to the tumors arising in the unique environment of the brain.

3. Research improving the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors through better understanding of the cellular and molecular characterisation of brain cancers.

Proposals can request up to $450,000 total in direct costs, only. The funds can be expended in no less than three years, and not more than six years. Proposals from junior faculty and from individuals with strong neuroscience, genetics, molecular pathology, and tumor immunology backgrounds, interested in pursuing novel research on brain cancer, are encouraged. See the website for full application guidelines. Deadline: June 16. Queries should be emailed to:



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, and continue to be, 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. Proposals for visits to finalise the drawing up of a collaborative project can also be considered. Next deadline: 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:


Resource Enhancement Scheme

The scheme provides awards of up to Pounds 300,000 to meet the costs related to proposals that are designed to improve the utilisation and accessibility of research resources and materials of all kinds. The maximum length of an award is three years, with maximum expenditure of Pounds 100,000 permitted in anyone year. The aims of the scheme are: 1. To promote access to and availability of high-value research resources in the arts and


2. To support the development of high-level finding aids to research resources.

3. To support the development of generic tools for use in the exploitation of research resources in the arts and humanities.

The scheme is not designed to finance the purchase of wholly new resources or simply to supply investment in research tools and resources. It will support work that seeks to improve access to and the availability of an existing resource. Through the resource enhancement scheme the board is seeking to facilitate more efficient and effective use of research resources. The scheme is open to members of the academic staff of HEIs directly funded by the funding councils. Applicants for a resource enhancement grant should be of postdoctoral standing. Application forms should be downloaded from the website. Deadline:

May 19.


INTAS Calls 2000

and 2001

INTAS is an independent association formed by the European Community, its member states and like minded countries acting to preserve and promote the valuable scientific potential of the INTAS partner countries through East-West scientific co-operation. INTAS invites proposals for joint research projects and networks between scientists from its members and the NIS of the former Soviet Union in the

following calls:

Open Call 2000: research and networks related to physics, mathematics, IT & telecoms, chemistry, engineering, aeronautics and space, economics, social and human sciences;

Open Call 2001: research and networks related to physics, life and earth sciences;

Food Call 2000: research related to

the whole food chain (from production to


Information Call 2000: research related to managing information;

INTAS-CERN Call 2000: research related to the physics and engineering of the Large Hadron

Collider. General eligibility criteria: two INTAS teams plus two NIS teams; two to three years duration; maximum funding: E60,000 to E150,000; up to 20% of funds for INTAS teams. Deadline: 12.00 CET, September 29 for calls 2000 (September 28, 2001 for calls 2001). More details on the website or from: INTAS, Avenue des Arts 58, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; fax: +32 2 549 0156; email:


Development Grants

The Athena Project - a UK initiative supported by the UK higher education funding councils, the DTI and CVCP is inviting HEI's to bid for development projects in 2000-2001. The project aims to encourage strategies, promote good practice and offer incentives to improve the participation and promotion of women in science engineering and technology in HE. The theme of this year's grants is Institutional Practices - making policy into reality, addressing the corporate culture by action on attitudes, barriers, systems and behaviours. The maximum funding awarded to any single project (to start in the autumn) will be Pounds 10,000. Deadline: May 19. Further information on the development grants, the Athena Project role and programme and the grants awarded in 1999 is available on the website; or email:; or fax: 020 7594 5510.




Social Care Small Grant Scheme

The scheme seeks to support self-contained pilot projects or small scale evaluations. Projects should be a maximum of one year in duration and cost no more than Pounds 5,000. Applications are assessed by an external panel approximately a month after the deadline. Please note that there is a one stage application process for this scheme. Forms and guidance document can be downloaded from the website in Word format. Priority areas are as follows: all applications should consider issues relating to social inclusion as well as the Children Act 1989 or the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. Specific areas of interest are: effective social care interventions, effective structures for the provision of social care, models of inter-agency working and the needs of carers and how these can be addressed. Applications are sought from collaborative teams comprising local authorities, academic institutions and social care agencies. Projects should demonstrate their applicability to Wales generally. Enquiries to: Wales Office of Research & Development for Health and Social Care, The National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ; tel: (02920) 825252; fax: (02920) 823997; email: Deadline: June 16.

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