Sources of research funding

August 6, 1999

This week this section lists a selection of international funds available for researchers. Details should be submitted to



UK/SA Science and Technology Research Fund - call for proposals.

The purpose of the Research Fund is to support projects of scientific excellence, thereby fostering closer scientific links between the UK and the Republic of South Africa, and contributing to the future scientific and socio-economic development of both countries. Research proposals in the following areas will be eligible: Biomedicine; Agriculture and Biotechnology; and Environmental Protection and Utilisation of Natural Resources. Further information and application forms are available from: The Projects & Exchanges Officer, The British Council, PO Box 1469, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa; Tel: + (0)21 462 3921 Fax: + (0)21 462 3960 Email:; Michael Johnson, International Directorate, Office of Science and Technology, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 9ST Tel: 0171 1 2149 or 0171 1 6531; Fax: 0171 1 2143; Email: Forms may also be downloaded from the website.

Deadline: August 13.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

This program fosters the training of qualified young immunologists at leading universities and research centres around the world. Fellowships are awarded for a period of two years but can be extended to a third if the fellow has demonstrated substantial research progress. Inquiries may be directed to Lynne Harmer, Cancer Research Institute, 681 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022; Tel: 212-688-7515; Fax: 212-832-9376; Email: Application forms can also be downloaded from the website.

Deadlines: August 13, December 15 and March 15.


INTAS, the International Association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union, calls for the submission of proposals for Joint Research Projects and Networks, jointly performed by research teams from the members of INTAS and the NIS.The scientific fields covered by Call 1999 are all exact and natural sciences, economics, human and social sciences. INTAS Open Call 99: indicative budget 13.1 million Euro for proposals in all scientific fields; INTAS-CERN Call 99: indicative budget 1.0 million Euro for proposals related to the physics and engineering of the Large Hadron Collider; INTAS-Airbus Industrie Call 99: indicative budget 0.9 million Euro for proposals related mainly to mechanics, aircraft structures and aerodynamics; INTAS-ESA Call 99: indicative budget 1.2 million Euro for proposals related mainly to satellite communications and navigation, earth observation and earth science, space sciences, microgravity, satellite technologies, launchers and satellite control. An information package consisting of general information, application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the website or obtained from INTAS 58, avenue des Arts, box 8, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; fax: +32-2-549.01.56 email:

Deadline: August 31.




Operating a powerful source of light in the X-ray range, the ESRF is a large experimental facility for basic and applied research in physics, chemistry, materials and life sciences. Proposal deadline: September 1, 1999 for beam time between February and July 2000. Beam time is allocated on the basis of scientific merit, following the recommendations of the Review Committees, and provided the experiment proposed meets technical feasibility and safety requirements. Proposal forms available on the website, or contact: ESRF, B.P. 220, F-38043 Grenoble Cedex, France. Tel: +33 (0)4 76 88 25 52 ; Fax: +33 (0)4 76 88 20 20.



The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is a quasi-governmental organisation, established for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. It operates under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sport and Culture (Monbusho). The London Liaison Office was established as a basis for carrying out academic exchange and cooperation between The UK and Japan: 14 Berkeley Street, London W1X 5AD; Tel: 0171 629 3577; Fax: 0171 628 3588; Email: Study visits to Japan - Awards cover research in the natural sciences, including mathematics, engineering, medicine and the scientific research aspects of psychology, archeology, geography, agriculture and the history of science.The are normally 2 weeks to 3 months. in duration. Up to 6 months will be considered. The terms of the award for visits from the UK, is an APEX or similar airfare, and a contribution towards subsistence and travel in the host country. For further details please contact the International Exchanges Section at the Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG; Tel: 0171 839 5561; Fax: 0171 930 2170.

Deadlines: March 20, September 20. Applications must be admitted at least 3 months in advance of the visit.


Short-Term Fellowship Program In Molecular And Cell Biology


The UNESCO-MCBN Short-Term Fellowship Program in Molecular and Cell Biology which aims at promoting international co-operation and developing regional and national infrastructures in Molecular and Cell Biology, is designed to stimulate and facilitate research and training. It will enable scientists, from developing countries, to carry out research and to learn techniques not otherwise accessible to them in the Network Centres. Fellowships to carry out research in developing countries will also be awarded. Refer to the website for eligibility criteria. A fellowship will be awarded to scientists wishing to spend 1-3 months in a scientific laboratory abroad. It will consist of a lump sum designed to either partially or fully cover an economic air/railway ticket; a modest monthly subsistence allowance; or both. This lump sum will not exceed US$ 4,000. Deadlines: September 30 and April 30. Contact: Prof. Angelo Azzi, Chairman MCBN-UNESCO, Institut fur Biochemie und Molekularbiologie - Buhlstrasse 28, CH-3012 Bern,

Switzerland. Tel: (+4131) 6314131; Fax: (4131) 6313737.


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) seeks applications that focus on disease prevention or the promotion of healthy behaviours based on contemporary scientific knowledge. Of particular interest are projects that explore new and innovative approaches to health communication and dissemination in areas of public health emerging from research in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech or language. It is expected that applications in response to this call will be from interdisciplinary teams of health communication experts and human communication scientists. Inquiries regarding programmatic issues, including eligibility and responsiveness, to: Beth M. Ansel, Division of Human Communication National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders, 6120 Executive Boulevard, Room 400C, MSC-7180 Bethesda, MD, 20892-7180, USA. Tel: 301-402-3461; Fax: 301-402-6251; Email:

Letter of Intent deadline: October 15; Application deadline: November 23.

Funding listings are compiled by Sarah Knowles 0171 782 3225 Email:

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