Sources for research funding

July 14, 2000

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Beowulf Genomics Initiative -

call for proposals

This initiative was established to ensure that the genome sequences of microbial pathogens were available to as wide a range of researchers as is possible. So far, this initiative has supported the sequencing of 16 bacterial genomes and participated in the funding of two further bacterial genomes, 3 protozoan parasites and one fungus.

The Beowulf scientific advisory group has now agreed to consider preliminary applications for new genome sequences. All sequencing and initial annotation will be carried out at the Pathogen Sequencing Unit at the Sanger Centre, Cambridgeshire. Applications will be considered in the following areas: unsequenced bacterial genomes where no representative of a group of pathogenic bacteria has previously been sequenced. Comparative sequencing projects for pathogens where at least one representative of a group of pathogens has been sequenced. Pre-sequencing projects, to provide a basis for sequencing large pathogen genomes. Intending applicants should complete the preliminary project grant application form available to download as a word or PDF file. Deadline: August 18. For further information regarding the Beowulf Genomics Initiative, email: beowulf@



Research Grants

SHERT provides a number of awards to promote biomedical research in Scotland. These are outlined below. Further details may be obtained by downloading the appropriate section from this site, or by contacting the Trust Secretaries, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EF; tel: 0131 473 7516; fax: 0131 228 8118; email:

Project grants: fund applications for research in medicine, dentistry, science, nursing and professions allied to medicine within Scotland. Members of the trust view particularly favourably applications in which the first-named applicant is under 35 years old, the research is innovative, the request is for pump-priming (enabling applicants to proceed to mainstream funding). Applications should not exceed Pounds 70,000 over two years (except in the summer round of each year when applications of up to Pounds 100,000 over three years will be considered, as will applications for capital grants of up to Pounds 100,000). Applications are generally considered on three occasions within the trust's financial year, which runs from August 1 to July 31. Next

deadline: September 1.


Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Daresbury Laboratory -

call for proposals

Applications are invited for beam time at the Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS) Daresbury Laboratory, in the period October 2000-March 2001 from groups conducting their research in the member states of the European community and associated states. The SRS is the world's original dedicated synchrotron facility and provides radiation from hard X-rays through VUV to infra-red for a large range of scientific applications. Approximately 30 instruments are operating, providing techniques such as X-ray diffraction, (single crystal and powder), protein crystallography, EXAFS, small angle scattering, topography, surface techniques, photon, ion and electron spectroscopes, time-resolved fluorescence, circular dichroism and confocal microscopy. All areas of science are included eg biology, materials, chemistry, physics, medical and engineering. The main criteria for access will be scientific excellence, stimulating new and exciting research and encouraging new users, especially for scientists from countries with no comparable facility. Short experiments will be favoured in order to maximise the number of users given access. Contact Prof Bob Cernik or Dr Andy Dent for further details of the facilities available and an application form; email:, or; fax: 0 1925 603124. Documentation also online. Deadline: July 28.



Research Awards

1. Digestive Disorders Foundation/Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics Trust joint research training fellowship for research related to therapeutic aspects of gastrointestinal disease, possibly including pathogenesis. The award is for two years to cover a full-time salary (up to specialist registrar grade, if medically qualified) and will provide a medical or science graduate with training in research methods. Up to Pounds 2,000 per annum will be available for research consumables.

2. One Digestive Disorders Foundation/National Association for Colitis & Crohn's Disease joint research training fellowship for research into any aspect of inflammatory bowel disease. The award is for two years to cover a full-time salary (up to specialist registrar grade, if medically qualified) and will provide a medical or science graduate with training in research methods. Up to Pounds 2,000 per annum will be available for research consumables.

3. Digestive Disorders Foundation/Nutritional Research Foundation joint research training fellowship for research into nutritional aspects of gastroenterology. The award is for two years to cover a full-time salary (up to specialist registrar grade) and will provide a medically-qualified graduate with training in research methods. Up to Pounds 2,000 per annum will be available for research consumables.

4. Travel Grants. The Digestive Disorders Foundation, The Salters' Company, and Schering Plough provide grants for overseas travel to research workers in gastroenterology who wish to further their own work by discussion with others, or to learn new techniques. Grants will not be given for attendance at medical meetings.

Deadline: August 16. Enquiries: telephone Julia Young on 020 7486 0341.



Research Grants

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Particular questions that interest the foundation concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialisation of children, intergroup conflict, interstate warfare, crime, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. The foundation awards research grants to individuals for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs. The foundation ordinarily makes awards in the range of $15,000 to $30,000 a year for periods of one or two years. Applications for larger amounts and longer durations must be very strongly justified. Deadline: August 1. Requests for further information to: The Harry Frank

Guggenheim Foundation, 5 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022, USA,

or by telephone: (212) 644 4907;

or fax: (212) 644 5110.


The foundation was formed to further research into human origins. Recent priorities include research into the environments, archaeology, and human paleontology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene; into the behavior, morphology, and ecology of the great apes and other primate species; and into the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter gatherers. Other areas of study have been funded occasionally.

General Research Grants

Advanced doctoral students as well as established scientists, are eligible for general research grants. There are no citizenship restrictions. General research grants are awarded twice annually and constitute the majority of the foundation's grant programme. Priority for funding is given to the exploratory phases of promising new research projects that meet the stated purpose of the foundation. The majority of the foundation's general research grants to doctoral students are in the $3,000- $12,000 range; however, larger grants, especially to post-doctoral students and senior scientists, may be funded up to $20,000. Application forms are available for download in PDF format, or contact: The Leakey Foundation, PO Box 29346, Presidio Bldg, 1002A, O'Reilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129-0346, USA; tel: (415) 561 4646; fax: (415) 561 4647; email: Next deadline: August 15.



The fund seeks to support research of the highest scientific quality, and welcomes applications from a broad range of research disciplines relevant to the kidney, and diseases that affect it. These may include epidemiological,

clinical and biological approaches to

relevant problems.

Research Project Grants

Applicants must be resident within the UK and the proposed work must take place in the UK. Full project grants are for a maximum of Pounds 100,000 spread over a period up to three years. The fund also invites applications for 'start-up' projects fundable to a maximum of Pounds 30,000 over a period up to two years. Applications must be submitted on NKRF forms which may be requested by letter, fax, email or by downloading from the NKRF website. The National Kidney Research Fund, Kings Chambers, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1FG; fax: 01733 704685; email:

Deadline: August 30.


Food Call 2000

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 cooperation. This theme focuses on all aspects of the whole food chain from production to consumption. It is restricted to research projects leading to better production and control of sustainable and healthy food with a high nutritional value, at affordable prices, without uncontrollable and undesirable environmental consequences. Research proposals must be relevant to the current conditions in the NIS and target one or more of the following aspects: the production, processing and distribution of food, including, for example, organisational issues, inputs of energy (conventional and alternative), manpower, agro-chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, etc), water, packaging, etc. Environmental impact of food production, processing and distribution, including pollution (air, water and soil) and possible recycling of waste products. Improvements in human and animal health as a result of plant and animal breeding, dietary changes, reduced toxicity, quality control, food safety, etc. Social and economic consequences of changes in food production, processing and distribution. Minimum partnership - there must be at least four teams: at least two teams from different NIS organisations, and at least two teams from mutually independent organisations from different Intas members. The coordinator must come from one of the Intas members. Info pack available online, request by: email: infopack2000; fax: +32 2 549 01 56; or write to: INTAS, 58 Av. des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: noon, September 29.

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