Sources of research funding

December 10, 1999

This section lists funds available for researchers. Items for inclusion should be submitted to WEIZMANN WOMEN


Established in 1994, the award was created to honour an outstanding woman who has made significant contributions to the scientific community. The objectives of the award, which includes a $25,000 research grant to the recipient, are to recognise distinguished achievement and to provide a strong role model to motivate and encourage the next generation of young women scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Nominees may represent any discipline in the natural sciences, and may be conducting research in either the public or private sector. To request a nomination application call Liz Jaffe, Director of National Programs, American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (email: Deadline: January 31, 2000.



Research Grant

Past studies funded by the foundation have focused on genetics, new treatments, and the anatomy and physiology of the basal ganglia. In addition to these areas of study, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation would especially encourage grant applications in the

following areas:

1. The generation of antibodies to TorsinA to make possible studies of protein expression and regulation. 2. The study of protein-protein interactions of TorsinA using the yeast two-hybrid system or affinity techniques. 3. Studies of the structural biology of TorsinA.

4. Studies of the protein chemistry

of TorsinA. 5. Studies of the cellular neurobiology of TorsinA, particularly in primary cell cultures of neurons known to express TorsinA, including mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons, cerebellar granule cells and hippocampal pyramidal neurons. 6. Studies of animal and cell culture models, in which the molecular pathogenesis of mutant TorsinA can be studied are also encouraged. Dystonia-related research must be hypothesis-driven. Deadline: December 30. Contact: Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board, One East Wacker Drive, Suite 2430, Chicago, lL 60601-1905, USA.


Fellowship Programme

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with Japanese researchers in Toshiba's research laboratories where the working language is English. They are also encouraged to become familiar with Japanese industry and culture. Toshiba has selected 14 priority research areas (details on the web). Eligible researchers are invited to make a proposal either on one of these specific themes or in a related specialist area. Candidates must be: a citizen of an EU member state under 35 years of age at October 1, 2000; in possession of a PhD or expected to obtain one by March 1, 2001; currently working in a UK government or academic institution. (Applications will also be accepted from British citizens who have recently worked in one of the above and are temporarily working outside the UK in an academic institution) Download the application form from the website, or contact the Fellowship Office; Tel: 020 7421 7610; Fax: 020 7421 7626; Deadline: January 31, 2000.



Research Grants

The Foundation offers research grants for the following fields: Humanistic Sciences, Philology, Literature, Translation, Linguistics, Theology, History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Educational Studies, Psychology, Political Science: Sociology, Anthropology, Public Administration, Mass Media, Law & Economics, Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Photography, Cinema. These grants are available to foreign scholars working in university or research institutions. Refer to the web for further details. Application forms from the Foundation's Secretariat at: 7 Aeschinou Street, 105 58 Athens, Greece; Tel: (01) 33 10 900 2 Deadline: January 30, 2000.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING Sainsbury Management Fellowship in the Life Sciences

Supports young scientists of high career potential to undertake activities related to their personal development plans eg: technology or management courses, visits to conferences or industrial sites, secondments to subsidiaries or to other organisations. No deadline. Contact: The Sainsbury Management Fellowship Scheme, The Royal Academy of Engineering, 29 Great Peter Street, London

SW1P 3LW; Tel: 020 7222 2688; Fax: 020 7233 0054; Email:

Compiled by Sarah Knowles.

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