Sources of research funding

December 24, 1999

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


National Primary Care Awards

The director of research and development invites applications for the second round of the following:

Primary Care Researcher Development Awards are intended to identify individuals of outstanding potential early in their primary care research careers and to "fast-track" them by supporting them in a customised research training environment. The scheme is aimed at individuals who are likely to become independent primary care research leaders in six to ten years' time. In general these are pre-doctoral awards. Primary Care Career Scientist Awards are intended to unblock the career pathways of the highest calibre individuals so that they can become independent research leaders in primary care. Candidates should be at the stage of developing their own programme of research and likely to have held high- level research posts or are able to demonstrate a substantial record in a relevant research area. Applications are welcome from non-medical clinical disciplines. Supporting information and application forms are available on-line ( or can be obtained by writing to: Dr. Helen Campbell, NHS R&D National Primary Care Development Awards, University of Exeter, 1st Floor, Noy Scott House, Haldon View Terrace, Exeter EX2 5EQ. Deadline: 5pm on February 1, 2000.


Ataxia-telangiectasia grants

The A-T Children's Project provides competitive grant awards for basic and translational research grants related to Ataxia-Telangiectasia. One and two-year projects are funded up to a maximum total direct cost of $100,000 per year. The project strives to assist respected scientists in developing a clearer understanding of A-T. Proposals from junior investigators, from scientists in related disciplines and from individuals with innovative new ideas for A-T research are particularly encouraged, as are teams working together from industry as well as teaching universities. Applicants must submit ten copies of the proposal to: Brad Margus, President, A-T Children's Project, 1 West Camino Real, Suite 212, Boca Raton, Florida 33432-5966 USA; Tel: (561) 395-2621; Fax: (561) 395-2640

Deadline: January 1.


Fellows Program

The Einstein Institution supports research, writing and systematic reflection on nonviolent action. Its primary goal is the advancement of knowledge about the strategic uses of nonviolent action in relation to problems of political violence. The Einstein Institution

Fellows Program offers support to scholars conducting research on the history, characteristics, and potential applications of nonviolent action. Financial support is offered with the understanding that a substantive research project will be undertaken, promising to result in new knowledge. Applicants are encouraged to submit an exploratory letter to the Fellows Program Director of the Einstein Institution to assist them in clarifying their project and its relevance to the Einstein Institution Fellows Program. Letters of intent may be submitted at any time. Proposals for academic year support must be received before January 1. For information contact: Ronald M. McCarthy, Fellows Program, Albert Einstein Institution, 4 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115 USA; Email:



Heineken Prizes

These biennial prizes, offered by the Dr H. P. Heineken Foundation and the 'Alfred Heineken Fondsen' Foundation, reward outstanding scientific (scholarly) achievement in the field of biochemistry and biophysics, medicine, European history and environmental research. Along with a permanent token, each prize consists of $150,000. Nominations are restricted to individual and active scientists (scholars). Nominations must include a description of the research work and publications on which the nomination is based, a curriculum vitae, bibliography and one or two key publications. Deadline for nominations: January 1. Nomination forms and general information are available from: Secretariat of the Heineken Prizes, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, PO Box 19121, 1000 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Tel: 31 (0)20 5510759; Fax: 31 (0)20 6204941; Email:


The Leakey Foundation was formed to further research into human origins. Recent priorities include research into the environments, archaeology, and human palaeontology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene; into the behaviour, morphology and ecology of the great apes and other primate species; and into the behavioural ecology of contemporary hunter gatherers.

General Research Grants

Advanced doctoral students as well as established scientists, are eligible for general research grants. There are no citizenship restrictions. Priority for funding is given to the exploratory phases of promising new research projects. 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. Deadline: January 5. For an application form: 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:


Innovative Health Technologies (IHTs) Research Programme: Call For Outline Proposals (Phase 1)

In recognition of the transdisciplinary nature of the programme, this call is being issued in collaboration with the Medical Research Council. Applicants are asked to consider the extent to which their application maps onto the remit of the MRC as well as that of the ESRC. The IHTs Commissioning Panel is particularly interested in attracting interdisciplinary projects, including those where appropriate, that bring together researchers from social science and health research-based communities. Proposals may focus on new, emerging or existing technologies that are innovative in both a social and technical sense. Applicants must use only the ESRC application form and funding guidelines (available on-line). Deadline for outline applications: January 17, 2000. Deadline for full applications: April 25, 2000. Queries to: The Programme Director: Professor Andrew Webster, Dept of Sociology, University of York, Heslington, Y01 5DD; Tel: 01904 434740; Fax: 01904 433043; Email: A more comprehensive version of this service is available on our Research microsite at

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