Sources for research funding

May 19, 2000


Assessment of Impacts of Genetically Modified Plants

The programme offers travel grants and a small number of fellowships for researchers in the fields of the environmental impact and biosafety of genetically modified crops, to support visits of up to one year to another European country. Applicants must be currently working in a European institute, and should preferably return to the same institute on completion of their visit, so that this institute can also benefit from the grantee's broadened knowledge. Priority will be given to applications involving at least one country contributing to the AIGM Programme budget.

Travel Grants

Duration: up to three months. No deadline for applications: applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least six weeks before the planned start of the visit. Support: travel and accommodation costs on the basis of actual costs and a small per diem (maximum E35), up to a maximum of E1750 per month. Applications:

see below.


Duration: three to twelve months. Next deadline: June 15 for visits to start from September 1.

Support: travel costs up to E600 and a monthly subsistence allowance of E1550. Applications should be submitted by email. Contact Pat Cosgrove at the ESF for more information: tel: +33 (0)3 88 76 71 06;

fax: +33 (0)3 88 37 05 32; email:


Awards Competition -

Outstanding Research on Development

$125,000 will be awarded to the individual, group or institution whose research holds the greatest promise for reducing global poverty. Medals with cash awards of $10,000 and $5,000 will also be given in each of five topic areas.

Most Innovative

Development Project

$125,000 will be given to the individual, group or institution whose development project holds the greatest promise for benefiting the poor in developing countries. Deadlines: June 30 for initial application, abstracts, brief project descriptions.

August 31 for full papers and full project descriptions. For detailed guidelines and application forms, visit the Global Development Network website, or email:



Through the European Commission's Improving Human Potential Access to Research Infrastructures Programme, funds have been made available to provide access to European member and associated state researchers to undertake short visits to utilise the facilities of The Natural History Museum and its associates for research purposes. Average visit duration is four weeks although visits of up to three months will be considered. Researcher's travel costs will be met and a per diem provided to meet living costs whilst in London. Application guides and forms are available to download, or can be requested from: Research and Consulting Office, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD; fax: 020 7942 5841.

Deadline: 23 June.


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 submitted to the foundation 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 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 tumours arising in the unique environment of the brain.

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

Proposals can request up to $450,000 total in direct costs, only. Proposals from junior academics and from individuals with strong neuroscience, genetics, molecular pathology, and immuntumourology backgrounds, interested in pursuing novel research on brain cancer, are encouraged. Full details on web. Querie should be emailed to:

Deadline: June 16.




Laboratory Refurbishment Scheme

The scheme will fund the renovation and modernisation of research laboratories which are to be used for research in informatics and computational modelling in the fields of biology, chemistry and medical science. A total of Pounds 2.5 million is available for award in 2000. It is envisaged that awards will normally be for a maximum of Pounds 250,000. The refurbishment can include provision of infrastructure equipment. In addition up to 25% of the total award can be devoted to the purchase of relevant scientific equipment. Grants are only available for scientists with substantive posts in universities in the UK working in informatics and computational modelling in the fields of biology, chemistry and medical science. All documentation available online. Deadline: July 3. Contact: Miss Elaine Potter, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG; email:; tel: 020 7451 2541; fax: 020 7930 2170.


Research and Action Project Grants

This fund finances projects within the UK for education and research and for novel forms of help to those with drinking problems.

The council seeks to: increase awareness of alcohol issues; and facilitate a reduction in alcohol-related harm in society. Its aim is to make a positive difference to the ways in which society understands and uses alcohol. Copies of application forms and the relevant guidelines are available online. Further information can also be obtained by contacting the council secretariat at The Council meets four times a year in January, April, July and October to consider applications. Next deadline: July 31.




research funding

Economic and social research funded by DFID is managed by the ESCOR Unit, part of Economics, Statistics and Institutions Division. DFID funds research in this area in order to generate knowledge which will influence policy and practice in development in line with DFID objectives. A wide range of research of practical relevance to transitional and developing countries is financed and carried out by the whole spectrum of social science disciplines. Proposals submitted to the responsive research programme must be able to contribute to DFID's overall objectives. Applications may be for individual research projects, but researchers must be associated with an institution. Deadline: July 19.

For further information, contact: The ESCOR Unit, Department for International Development, Room 558, 94 Victoria Street, London SW1; fax: 0207 917 0636; email:; web: /public/working/escor_content.html.


Autosub Under Ice: announcement of opportunity

This new thematic programme will investigate the marine environment of polar continental shelves, focussing in particular on the influence of sea ice & ice shelves. It will provide research opportunities in the following research areas: chemical, physical & biological oceanography; marine geology & sea-ice geophysics; glaciology; ice-ocean interaction; modelling and remote sensing. UK researchers are invited to submit up to two outline proposals as principal investigator to carry out research within this programme. Details of the science opportunities within the AUI programme and a downloadable outline bid form can be found at /ms/Autosub/index.htm. Outline bid deadline: June 23. Full application deadline: November 1. The AUI steering committee will decide which bids should be developed into full applications by the end of July. Contact the Science Coordinator, Dr Jon Copley (tel: 023 8059 6621; email:



Senior Scientist

Visiting Fellowship

This fellowship is primarily for well established, internationally recognized scientists who want to work at a Norwegian research institute. The fellowship aims to strengthen Norwegian research institutions and to promote contact between foreign scientists and Norwegian researchers. The council requires that applications are filed by Norwegian institutions. The application should be prepared in cooperation between the institution and the scientist, and submitted by the institution on behalf of the individual applicant. Contact: The Research Council of Norway, PO Box 00, St Hanshaugen N-0131, Oslo, Norway; tel: + 47 22 03 70 00; fax: + 47 22 03 70 01. Main application deadline: June 15.




Faraday Partnership In Food Process Engineering: call for outline


MAFF and DTI invite bids for the establishment of a Faraday Partnership in food process engineering, with the objective of enhancing food manufacturing performance through the application of modern engineering science. The Partnership activities will be focused on one or more of the following technical themes which the sponsors seek to promote.

·Food safety

·Food quality

·Automation and reliability in food manufacturing

·Energy and waste reduction in food


Broadly, a Faraday Partnership consists initially of a core group of institutions such as one or more HEIs and at least one intermediate organisation such as a research association, together with a number of associated businesses. Enquiries about this call for proposals should be addressed to: Dr Christina Goodacre (tel: 020 7904 6309, email: or Dr Michael Doel (tel: 020 7904 6887, email Full details on the web.

Outline Bid deadline: July 7.


Biomedical Research Collaboration Grants To promote new and existing collaborations between research groups in the UK or Ireland and groups in other countries. This scheme aims to encourage cooperating laboratories to pool resources by establishing closer links between workers engaged in related fields of research. It is principally intended for collaborations between two countries and not for a consortium of researchers. Applicants should hold established posts. These awards provide funds to enable members of the collaborating research teams to meet regularly, to work in one another's laboratories for short periods, and to exchange experimental materials. Support is provided for up to three years at an annual cost that will depend on the location of the overseas laboratory but will usually not exceed Pounds 6000. The awards are not intended to cover the costs of the research programmes in the collaborating laboratories. Preliminary applications can be made at any time. Next deadline for full applications: August 22. Awards are announced during November. Contact:

International Biomedical Programme (BRCG), Wellcome Trust, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE;

tel: 020 7611 8428 /8380/8453/8408; fax: 020 7611 8373; email: international@



Microsystems Technology Integration -

third and final call

EPSRC invites collaborative research proposals in the area of microsystems technology. The activity will focus on the design and manufacture of integrated microsystems, aiming to strengthen the UK's performance in all aspects of precision microsystems engineering. The initiative aims to build a programme of multi-disciplinary research, with emphasis on research driven by end-user or application: particularly in areas where the UK has considerable existing strength and expertise, such as aerospace, biotechnology, chemicals/pharmaceuticals, medical engineering and sensing systems. Applicants may want to consider the following areas identified as being particularly


·Interconnection of unique combinations of electrical, fluidic, mechanical and optical linkages



·Robust design methods and verification

·Post-assembly inspection and test


·Performance measurement at the micro-scale

Deadline: June 2.

Enquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Fiona Armstrong, Associate Programme Manager, Engineering Programmes, EPSRC, Polaris House,

North Star Avenue,

Swindon SN2 1ET; email:; tel: 01793 444164; fax: 01793 444187.


The Australian Scholarships and Fellowships Trust, University of London, invites applications for bicentennial scholarships or fellowships tenable in Australia in 2000/2001. The object of the scheme is to promote scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the UK and Australia, in particular, a) to enable UK graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in Australia;

b) to enable Australian graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in the UK, and

c) to make allowance within the scheme for disadvantaged persons.

An applicant for a scholarship must be registered as a post-graduate student at a British tertiary institution, or be eligible for such registration at an Australian tertiary institution, and be usually resident in the UK. Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree. An applicant for a fellowship should have a good post-graduate degree or equivalent experience, and should be seeking to further education their professional experience but not through taking a further degree. Candidates may be in any discipline, but must demonstrate that there are special scholarly or practical advantages to be gained from a period of study in Australia. Each scholarship or fellowship will offer a grant of up to Pounds 4,000, and may be used to supplement other awards. Deadline: June 2. Applications forms will not be distributed after May 26. Forms can be printed off the web site.



Research Grants

With the exception of cancer, cardiovascular and HIV/AIDS research, Action Research supports a broad spectrum of research with the objective of: a) preventing disease and disability (regardless of cause or age group), and b) alleviating physical handicap.

The emphasis is on clinical research or research at the clinical/basic


Project grants

For up to three years duration in support of one precisely formulated line of research. A one- page outline of the proposed research is required before a form can be issued. Next deadline: July 14. Support covers salary costs, consumables and items of dedicated equipment essential for carrying out the work. The average award is in the region of Pounds 80,000. Grants are normally made to those in tenured positions in a university or institution. Email: info@

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