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researchprofessional.com provides a weekly email service listing current funding opportunities ranging from travel bursaries to senior fellowships/investigator awards.

Some current funding opportunities from the BEAMS 

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[New calls – Fellowships]


RCUK Energy Programme: Energy Strategy Fellow

The Research Councils UK Energy Programme, led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), invites expressions of interest for an Energy Programme Strategy Fellow, initially focusing on developing a roadmap of research, skills and training needs across the entire Energy landscape to position the UK to meet its 2050 climate change targets, and then developing their own research activity.

The Fellow will be supported for five years. The Fellow and their support team will work closely with the Research Councils and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on the development of the roadmap in the first year of their project. In the following 4 years the Fellow will focus on their research programme alongside any further development and updating of the roadmap as appropriate, and working with the Research Councils as necessary.

Closing date: 28th October 2011 (for emails expressing the intent to apply); 18th November 2011 (Expression of Interest)



Wellcome Trust - Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas.

Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to develop and deliver a personal programme to achieve their research aims.

Candidates must be in the final year of your PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience from the date of their PhD viva to the full application submission deadline. The proposed research should fall within the Wellcome Trust's normal funding remit.

Closing date: 1st November 2011 (Preliminary applications); 31st January 2012 (Full applications)


Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Awards

The scheme provides universities with additional support to enable them to recruit or retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential to the UK. It provides a salary enhancement which is paid by the university in addition to the basic salary.

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. The eligibility of the application must be discussed between the Vice Chancellor of the university or their elected representative (e.g. Head of Department) and the Royal Society Grants Office before an application can be made.

Closing date: 8th November 2011


Applications for these awards must go through the Vice-Provost of Research and should, in the first instance, be discussed with Deans.

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships

Open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education. The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances, but the maximum total value of a Fellowship is £45,000. Fellowships either assist with research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Applications for replacement costs will be considered from those in full- or part-time continuing posts (where leave of absence is granted on full pay). Applications for loss of earnings will be considered where research is not normally a function of the candidate's contract or position. Those otherwise without a salary cannot request research expenses or loss of earnings to provide general living costs.

Closing date: 10th November 2011


Wellcome Trust New Investigator Awards

New Investigator Awards support world-class researchers who are no more than five years from appointment to their first academic position, but who can already show that they have the ability to innovate and drive advances in their field of study. They should be able to articulate a compelling long-term vision for their research and demonstrate the talent, track record and originality to achieve it. New Investigator Awards provide support that is flexible and at a level and length sufficient to enable exceptional researchers to address the most important questions about health and disease. They are in a range of £100k to £425k per year, and may be for up to 7 years. The award covers the direct costs of carrying out the research (e.g. research expenses, travel and subsistence). The award does not include salary costs.

Closing date: 16th December 2011


Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Awards

Senior Investigator Awards support exceptional, world-class researchers, who hold an established academic position and have a compelling long-term vision for their research. We will support researchers who have an international track-record of significant achievement, who have demonstrated the originality and impact of their research, and who are leading their field.

Senior Investigator Awards provide support that is flexible and at a level and length sufficient to enable exceptional researchers to address the most important questions about health and disease. They are in a range of £100k to £425k per year, and may be for up to 7 years. The award covers the direct costs of carrying out the research (e.g. research expenses, travel and subsistence). The award does not include salary costs.

Closing date: 16th December 2011


[New calls – Research Funding]

Call for Business Cases: Influencing new EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing Call

EPSRC intends to issue another call for EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing in early 2012 with decisions made in the financial year 2012/2013. This call will be targeted to specific areas which will reflect EPSRC’s future strategy and business needs.  In advance of the call, EPSRC welcomes business cases (especially from the business community) for the areas that should be targeted in this call.  The business case should: Be no longer than two sides of A4; Identify the long-term manufacturing research challenge area; Detail the UK need for an EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in the area; Show evidence that users will co-create any subsequent proposal and commit significant resources (cash as well as in-kind); Be sent electronically to manufacturing@epsrc.ac.uk by noon on 12 December 2011

Closing date: 12th December 2011


This is a significant opportunity to influence the scope of the next Centres for Innovative Manufacturing call (2012/13).  Business cases written in conjunction with or, better, submitted by major industrial/business partners will carry much more weight than those written by UCL alone.

RCUK Energy Storage Grand Challenge: Integrating Energy Storage for Future Energy Networks

This challenge focuses on the electricity grid as we move towards 2050. The ambition of a Grand Challenge should be far greater than what can be achieved by a single research team or in the span of a single research grant. Applicants are encouraged to look 20-40 years in the future and think what could be achieved on this timescale if researchers from different research groups, disciplines or institutions, were to work together.

Proposals are invited which adopt a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to a combination of some or all of the following five themes: Whole systems and techno-economics; Technology breakthroughs for large scale applications; New innovative technologies; Operational management and planning of energy storage for system integration; Materials and manufacturing innovation.  The theme “whole systems and techno-economics” must be addressed by all proposals.

Closing date: 17th October 2011 (for email expressing intent to apply); 2nd November 2011 (for outline proposals)



Royal Society Research Grants

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables, or for academics to research the history of science. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. The scheme provides ‘seed corn’ funding for new projects of timeliness and promise. The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials, and to support essential field research. The scheme also provides support for research in the history of science or to assist with publication of scholarly works in the history of science.

Closing date: 27th October 2011



NERC Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry Research Programme

The main aim of the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry Research Programme is to reduce the uncertainty in our understanding of carbon and nutrient cycling (including iron) within the shelf seas and their overall role in global biogeochemical cycles.  This programme will award funding of c. £6.5m to support four large multi-institutional grants to deliver this aim through research focused on UK shelf seas.  An Announcement of Opportunity for outline grant proposals will be released in late October. A workshop will be held on 14th November 2011 (National oceanography Centre, Liverpool) to discuss the science challenges and opportunities for collaboration.

Closing date: 7th November 2011 (for registration to workshop)


NERC Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone and Volcanic Regions

Applications are invited for natural science-led research grants that will assist in increasing social and economic resilience in earthquake-prone and volcanic regions by reducing risks from multiple natural hazards. The proposed research should aim to improve hazard forecasting, risk mitigation and preparedness based upon reliable knowledge of the fundamental processes involved and underpinned by basic science. The proposed research should aim to improve the uptake of and responses to scientific advice, based upon the development of risk-based approaches to natural hazards, with full assessment of the uncertainties, and a better understanding of the context-specific communication of this knowledge, in collaboration with and understanding of the communities at risk, and with other stakeholders. Under this call up to £3m NERC and ESRC total funding (100% Full Economic Costing, FEC) is available to support one interdisciplinary, co-produced research consortium in each of two research strands: Strand 1 (earthquake hazard, resilience and vulnerability, and related hazards such as landslides and tsunami) and Strand 2 (volcanic hazard, resilience and vulnerability, and related hazards such as lahars). Both strands will aim to improve assessment of the primary hazard and related hazards. In collaboration with stakeholders, both strands will aim to improve multi-hazard risk analysis, risk mitigation and understanding of uncertainties, and the communication of reliable knowledge of these hazards in order to strengthen resilience.

Closing date: 10th November 2011



Future Sensor Systems

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) Future Sensor Systems Call seeks innovative research proposals in the areas of sensing hardware, signal processing and techniques.

The Call encourages work at low Technology Readiness Level that could lead to step change improvements in capability, through the application of new approaches to the fundamental technology inside the sensing hardware, signal processing, or a combination of both. It is aimed at capabilities for operations in 2030 and beyond, so delivering capability improvements over short timescales is not seen as the key driver for success.

The scope of the Call is not bounded by specific target or platform types. Of particular interest is sensing hardware, signal processing and techniques for all-weather, day-night operations.

The Call highlights four challenges, with the aim of developing solutions that: (a) Deliver significant reductions in size, weight, cost and power – whilst giving improved endurance, persistence and coverage; (b) Deliver significant increase in effective range for target detection and identification – whilst operating in difficult environments with scene clutter and noise ; (c) Deliver significant increase in field of view – whilst retaining high resolution; and (d) Provide stand-off detection and recognition of targets – through obscurants and materials.

The Call encourages and welcomes ideas that push the boundaries of what’s possible, however unusual or radical they might appear at first.

Closing date: 15th November 2011



AHRC Science in Culture Exploratory Awards

Science in Culture is one of four themes currently being developed by the AHRC. As part of this development process, the AHRC wishes to commission a number of small awards. Proposals are sought for exploratory awards that aim to hold a workshop or series of workshops or similar events, or to carry out a scoping study or a research review. Proposals may address any aspect of the theme. It is hoped the activities funded through this call will (a) help to build research capacity in areas relevant to the theme; (b) support the development of collaborative partnerships; (c) stimulate debate and provide some early outputs for the theme; (d) inform future discussions about its shape, focus and priorities; and (e) be of value to researchers undertaking research under the theme in the future. Funding of up to £30,000 is available on a full economic costs basis with the AHRC meeting 80% of the FEC. Awards should last for a maximum of 6 months and will be expected to start in February 2012 and be completed (and a final report submitted) by the end of September 2012.

Closing date: 22nd November 2011



Data Intensive Systems (DaISy)

EPSRC and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) wish to support academic research and collaboration to address the growing challenges associated with the effective management and use of data. The overall aim is to improve understanding in academia of key Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) issues related to data intensive systems in defence and security so as to provide focus for high quality research with potential for real impact. It is anticipated that the projects supported through the DaISy call will be expected to work closely with Dstl staff over the course of the work.

Challenges to be addressed by this call include the following three broad themes or, by exception, technical areas that are closely related to them: Extracting meaningful information; Safe and secure cloud computing; Ensuring confidence in collaborative working.

Closing date: 22nd November 2011



Joint Synthetic Biology Initiative – BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, DSTL

The Joint Synthetic Biology Initiative (JSBI) is a partnership between the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

The aim of the JSBI is to fund a cohort of innovative proof-of-concept and/or preliminary speculative scientific investigations that seek to explore the potential applicability of synthetic biology to meeting the UK's current and future national security and defence needs. This may include, but is not limited to, research that can underpin novel sensors, detectors and diagnostic approaches, including in field devices; development of new materials and methods for decontamination and trauma care, including wound management and healing; smart materials and coatings, especially those that can reduce the weight of equipment; and improvements to bioprocess or metabolic engineering for the production of biologics or small molecules to be used in such technologies. The research will be funded in line with relevant Research Councils policies and international conventions.

It is expected that successful projects will demonstrate highly multidisciplinary approaches, bringing together life scientists, engineers and, where appropriate, physical scientists in the formulation, management and implementation of the project.

Closing date: 22nd November 2011



AHRC Connected Communities Research Programme: Supplementary Call for Scoping Studies and Research Reviews focussed on Arts and Humanities Perspectives on Communities

As a part of the cross-Council Connected Communities Programme the AHRC is inviting applications from arts and humanities researchers for a further round of research reviews and scoping studies. This open call aims to add value to the current portfolio of Programme activities by developing further the distinctive perspectives that arts and humanities can bring to our understanding of communities and connectivity, and bring these perspectives to the forefront of wider cross-disciplinary research and debates that have tended become dominated by social science and other perspectives.

As with the previous call for reviews, it is hoped these reviews will: stimulate debate and provide some early outputs from the programme; inform future discussions about the Programme’s shape, focus and priorities; and be of value to researchers undertaking research under the Programme in the future.

The selected proposals will be expected to complement and add value to current work under the Programme (both within the arts and humanities and beyond).

Funding of up to £25,000 fEC is available to support the ‘desk-based’ research / review component of proposals with the AHRC meeting 80% of the FEC. This could be undertaken by a single individual, an individual with research assistance, or by a team of reviewers, provided that for team proposals the roles of team members, including overall editorial responsibility, are clearly specified. Desk-based reviews will be expected to start in February 2012 and be completed (and submitted a final report) by end of October 2012.

Closing date: 24th November 2011



Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grants

The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed. Proposals are favoured which: (a) reflect the personal vision of the applicant; (b) demonstrate compelling competence in the research design; (c) surmount traditional disciplinary academic boundaries; and (d) involve a degree of challenge and evidence of the applicant’s ability to assess risk. The great majority of awards involve a spend of up to £250,000 over a duration of two to three years. If compelling evidence is provided, awards may be made for sums between £250,000 and £500,000 for research over a period of up to five years

Closing date: 1st December 2011




Nanoscale technology enabled healthcare: building the supply chain

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have jointly allocated up to £9m to invest in highly innovative, business-led collaborative research projects in the field of nanoscale technology-enabled solutions in the healthcare sector, specifically in  the areas of diagnostics and targeted therapeutics.

Up to £3m will be invested by the Technology Strategy Board for business and up to £6m by EPSRC for academia.

We are looking for projects where nanoscale technologies are at the heart of the innovation. They should address challenges in building the supply chain across enabling nanoscale technologies and the healthcare sector and in taking ideas from basic proof-of-concept or process to pilot technology demonstration in a representative environment. Projects can range from industry-orientated basic research through to applied R&D.

All projects must be business-led and collaborative, with at least one partner drawn from large or small businesses, academia, research and technology organisations, or not-for-profit organisations. We will invest in projects requiring a public sector funding contribution of typically between £500,000 and £2m over the whole project. We intend to invest in projects that, in the main, will contain a mix of applied research (attracting up to 50% public funding), and industry-orientated basic research (attracting up to 75% public funding).

The competition opens on 1 November 2011.

Closing date: 6th December 2011



AHRC/ESRC Joint Connected Communities Call – Community Engagement and Mobilisation

Civic engagement and community action are not new areas for research or for policy, but are embedded and enduring elements of social interaction and culture. It is necessary for research to explore this dimension of social activity in order to better understand its background and maximise its potential for beneficial social, economic and cultural change.

Successful applications will feature engagement with stakeholders such as Local Authorities, and communities from the outset, with a focus on co-design, co-production and embedding pathways to impact. The programmes of work will be interdisciplinary, drawing relatively equally on insights and expertise from the arts and humanities and social sciences. We particularly welcome:

• Innovative theoretical approaches or testing of theories of engagement and participation

• Innovative approaches to combining different methods and approaches from across the social sciences and arts and humanities

• Creative ways of engaging with communities and other relevant stakeholders at all stages of the research process.

Outline proposals, costed at up to £2.4 million (at 100 per cent fEC) per grant, are invited from eligible UK Research Organisations (ROs) for research and pathways to impact work of up to five years duration.

 It is expected that proposals will be brought forward by consortia of ROs, although bids from a single institution will be allowable if a strong case is made that the interdisciplinary requirements can be met.

Closing date: 14th December 2011 (for outline applications)




[New calls – Impact, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Funding]


Royal Society Paul Instrument Fund

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to design and construct a novel instrument to measure phenomena in the physical sciences. The scheme covers all of the physical sciences including pure and applied physics, biophysics and medical physics.

Applications should contain genuinely new ideas, techniques or highly novel applications of existing ideas and techniques. The Instrument should, as far as possible, be a stand-alone device and might be an outcome of a previous extensive research programme. The scheme aims to support innovative development, rather than pure research.

Closing date: 31st October 2011


Call for NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellows

NERC wish to appoint a number of part-time Knowledge Exchange Fellows (KE Fellows). The closing date for proposals for this call is 3 November 2011. Proposals to host a KE Fellow were invited from schools or departments in approved UK Higher Education Institutes currently in receipt of NERC research funding.

KE Fellows can be employed for one to three years, for a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 80% of their time. It is anticipated that the fellows will already be employed by the host institution.

We welcome proposals for Knowledge Exchange Fellowships in any area of policy, business or third sector with the aim of boosting the impact of any type of NERC funded science. It is a responsive, rather than a directed, scheme. Successful applicants whose proposal covers one or more of NERC's priority areas for knowledge exchange may be given the option of linking to wider NERC KE initiatives.

The priority areas that have been identified by NERC for all KE activities (including KE Fellowships) are: (a) water security; (b) Marine renewable energy; (c) Environmental management for food and agriculture; (d) Resource management (inc. minerals, waste); and (e) Financial services.

Closing date: 3rd November 2011


BBSRC Tools and resources development fund – Call 1

The Tools and Resources Development Fund (TRDF) aims to pump prime the next generation of tools, technologies and resources that will be required by bioscience researchers in scientific areas within BBSRC's remit. It is anticipated that successful grants will not exceed £120K and a fast-track, light touch peer review process will operate to enable researchers to respond rapidly to emerging challenges and opportunities. This call aims to provide Support for development of novel tools, methods and technologies in the biosciences.

Closing date: 29th November 2011


A second call is expected to be issued later this year to fund bioinformatics and computational approaches.



[New calls – Networking and mobility]


RAEng Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme

The scheme provides funding to enable an academic engineering department in a United Kingdom (UK) university to be a host for up to a month to a Distinguished Visiting Fellow from an overseas academic centre of excellence. The scheme’s objectives are to (a) access global centres of excellence in engineering research and teaching, with a view to strengthening UK capacity and international standing; (b)enable the participating organisations to discover common and complementary skills/areas and initiatives that could form the foundation for future collaborations and future strategic research alliance; and (c) enable the sharing of latest developments, experience and latest information and the unification of participating organisations’ diverse knowledge in the area of engineering and technology by enabling the host institution to use the opportunity to engage the fellow in a range of mutually beneficial activities.

Closing date: 31st October 2011



BBSRC International Partnering Awards – Brazil, China, India, Japan, US

BBSRC has opened its annual call for International Partnering Awards, aimed at fostering links with researchers in Brazil, China, India, Japan and the United States.

The aim of the Partnering Award (PA) scheme is to provide resources to leading BBSRC-supported research groups to allow them to forge long-term relationships with overseas scientists in areas of research that are of direct relevance to BBSRC’s current scientific strategy. Applicants should refer to BBSRC’s Strategic Priorities, 10-Year Vision and International Strategy for further information.

The primary objective of a PA is to provide pump-priming, enabling UK research groups to embark on creating links with overseas scientists. Ultimately, the aim is that long-term partnerships will lead to new collaborative research programmes. Funds can only be used for travel, subsistence and other networking or collaborative activities, such as workshops or exchanges. A PA is not a vehicle by which to support single research projects. Applications for the UK costs of a joint collaborative research project can be submitted as a standard BBSRC grant through our normal committee procedures. Such applications are expected as one of the outcomes of a PA.

Applications are invited from current BBSRC research grant holders and researchers employed at BBSRC institutes, who are in receipt of BBSRC research funding.

Closing date: 22nd November 2011



Leverhulme Trust International Networks

These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependant on the participation of relevant overseas institutions. A significant research theme must be identified at the outset which requires for its successful treatment international collaboration between one or more UK universities, and two or more overseas institutions (normally up to a maximum of seven institutions in total). Networks should be newly constituted collaborations. Applicants should provide an explicit statement as to why a network is the most appropriate format for addressing the chosen research theme. Full justification should be given for the involvement of all participants, with each participant bringing specific – and stated – expertise which can directly contribute to the success of the project. Details of the proposed methodology for the research project should be provided at the outset, as well as a clear indication of the anticipated outcomes (publications, websites), and of the dissemination strategy to be adopted.  The value of an award is normally up to £125,000, the activities involved lasting for up to three years.

Closing date: 1st December 2011


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Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme

Up to £5,000 per project is available to UCL staff through the 2011 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme.  The scheme funds projects that lead to, or support, cross-disciplinary collaboration under the broad headings of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing. Proposed projects must be innovative and aimed at achieving research impact (through scholarly output, public engagement, influence on policy and practice, enterprise activity and/or translational research). Collaboration must be between staff based in different UCL departments, and can involve external partners. The most competitive applications will be those in which the proposed project’s wider societal relevance is clear.

Closing date: 18th November 2011


UCL “Big Data in the City” Sandpit
Expressions of Interest are invited to attend a UCL sandpit to develop collaborative, multi-disciplinary research projects in the area of “Big Data in the City”.
We will be making £50,000 in small grant awards for collaborations that investigate the use of large scale data in city life developed during a two-day facilitated workshop on 7th and 8th November. This activity is funded from an EPSRC Bridging the Gaps grant and staged in collaboration with the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities and the FuturICT EU FET Flagship activity. Researchers from all relevant disciplines are welcome.
Big Data in the City
The interaction of a modern day Londoner with the city’s transport, retail and communication systems is leading to massive volumes of data being collected about our everyday urban lives.  At the same time, open data initiatives such as the London Datastore are making data traditionally held by local government increasingly more accessible. 

This new information brings opportunities to help both policy makers and citizens better understand the complex behaviour of society, and make more informed decisions about how our cities are run. However, the insight that this data offers into our choices and decisions raises ethical issues around potential misuse of this information to manage and manipulate individuals.

This sandpit will encourage consideration of these opportunities and pitfalls, looking at how ICT, the social sciences and complexity science can best come together to identify exciting and productive paths forward in this data revolution.

The sandpit will be held at a central London venue to be confirmed, and will be non-residential, but participants should expect to work intensively between 9.30 am and 6pm each day and to participated in facilitated discussions intended to produce creative ideas for new collaborations. Decisions on which project ideas will be funded will be made on the final afternoon of the workshop.

We are interested in new collaborations from across UCL, and we are aiming to form new research partnerships between researchers who have a knowledge of data techniques and those who have a problem that could be investigated with such approaches.

Bridging the Gaps provides the venue, all the materials and the funding for the resulting ideas, so all you need to bring is yourself, your knowledge and your ideas.
All participants must be UCL staff who could participate in a resulting small research project resulting from the sandpit.
If you are interested in attending, please send a short note summarising your interests in this field and your expertise (possibly a linked web profile) to Matt Davis (matthew.davis@ucl.ac.uk) by Wednesday 26th October. We aim to notify applicants on Friday, 28th October whether they will be attending, selecting about 15 participants to give a broad representation from across different disciplines and levels of seniority.
Closing date: Wednesday 26th October

UCL Venture Physical Sciences Small Awards
Invitations are invited for highly adventurous research proposals up to £30k in the broad area of physical sciences. £120k is available to support four awards.

Funding derives from an EPSRC block grant to UCL, so proposals should be generally within the EPSRC remit. At any rate, they should not lie clearly in the accepted remit of another Research Council, although novel transdisciplinary work that cuts across existing remit boundaries or is genuinely difficult to classify is encouraged. Proposals should demonstrate a level of novelty and adventure that would usually be judged as inappropriate in terms of risk by the peer review mechanisms of external funding agencies

Proposals are limited to 250 words of text, plus references, and up to three diagrams or images, explaining the proposed science. A further 100 words, within a section entitled "Spending Plans" should outline the draft plans for how the award will be spent.

At this stage no PFact costing is required, but cost estimates should be made on the basis of 100% direct costs (including staff on-costs), with no overheads or academic staff time. All awards must finish by 30th June 2012. No individual items of equipment or consumables expenditure costing more than £10K are allowed. Where research staff are requested, an identified individual who will be available to be funded on the award between start date and 30th June 2012 must be identified (i.e. they cannot have any conflicting employment on another research grant that cannot be interrupted). All applications must be led by a UCL academic (or externally funded research fellow with departmental status equivalent to a member of academic staff), although partners from elsewhere are permitted if needed for the project.

Proposals must be made sent as PDF attachments to c.mora@ucl.ac.uk by 4pm on Thursday, 10th November. Decisions will be made by a small panel chaired by Richard Catlow, Dean of MAPS, and are planned to be announced within a fortnight. Selection will be on the basis of research quality and adventure. We expect four awards to be funded and expect a high level of competition, so only proposals that clearly fit the ambition and requirements of the call should be submitted. Necessarily, decisions at this level of quality and adventure involve a high degree of judgement, so applicants should not expect detailed feedback on their bid to be available.

Grant Conditions: If proposals are selected for funding, a detailed PFact costing, totalling less than £30,000 will be required before grant is confirmed. Funds are dispersed using the normal UCL financial regulations and systems. The PI will receive an electronic report monthly on the use of funds, any discrepancies should be highlighted and discussed within the department to resolve. Funds must be spent within the terms and conditions of the funder (EPSRC) and any under spends will be clawed back for re-use within further calls. Overspends are the responsibility of the department.  No extensions to the project period will be given.
Closing date: Thursday 10th November





UCL Public Policy Small Grants Scheme
UCL has a small amount of funding available via an EPSRC Pathways to Impact award to promote the public policy impact of EPSRC-funded research and training via small grants.  The total amount available is £40k and we plan to fund 6 to 10 activities.

Researchers who are working on EPSRC-funded research are invited to submit applications for funding to support public policy activity connected with their research, with the aim of improving the public policy impact of their work. Examples of activity might include:

  • Policy secondments (into Government or another policy organisation)
  • Collaborative research with a policy organisation
  • Holding a policy workshop or conference.

    Activities should include some engagement with external individuals or organisations that are involved in policy development or other policy work with the aim of delivering policy impact.

    Applicants are asked to:
  • provide a brief summary (500 words) of their proposal;
  • briefly explain the benefits of the proposal in terms of public policy impact (300 words);
  • provide details of the relevant EPSRC grant and project;
  • and, provide costings.  The scheme is open to academic, research staff and current and former PhD students associated with EPSRC funding. Applicants who are not members of UCL academic staff should provide details of a member of academic staff who has agreed to act as project sponsor, responsible for management of the funds and assuring delivery of the project. All funds must be spent by end of June 2012.

    In assessing proposals, the primary consideration will be their potential to make a contribution to UCL’s input into public policy and associated debate. A significant secondary consideration will be their potential to contribute to impact case studies within the 2013 Research Excellence Framework.

    The deadline for applications is Thursday 10th November.  Decisions will be made by the end of November.  If funds remain following this call, there will be a further call closing in January with decision in February.

    Submissions should be made by email to s.chaytor@ucl.ac.uk.  Please contact Sarah Chaytor (s.chaytor@ucl.ac.uk, x28584) with any queries or to discuss further.

    Note on costings: Each bid including staff time should be accompanied by PDF print out of a draft pFact costing for the activity, which has passed departmental review, but not that of Research Finance Unit. Since this activity is funded as 100% of direct costs (including researcher salaries and project consumables) only, the Charity template within the pFact system should be used. Academic time or teaching replacement can be included where this is exceptional relative to an individual’s usual responsibilities as a member of UCL staff, and should be included in the staff element. For bids that include only travel and consumables, a list of these should be provided.

    Award Conditions: Funds are dispersed using the normal UCL financial regulations and systems. The PI will receive an electronic report monthly on the use of funds, any discrepancies should be highlighted and discussed within the department to resolve. Funds must be spent within the terms and conditions of the funder (EPSRC) for knowledge transfer expenditure and any underspends will be clawed back for re-use within further calls. Overspends are the responsibility of the department. No extensions to the project period past June 2012 will be given.
    Closing date: Thursday 10th November



[Calls still open – Fellowships]

Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowships

The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a new scheme, Engineering Enterprise Fellowships, which provide funding and support to outstanding entrepreneurial researchers, working in UK Universities, to enable them to spend 12 months developing the commercial potential of their research.  Enterprise Fellowships provide up to £85,000 seed funding, including salary support, to build a commercial enterprise at a UK University.  In addition to the funding, business training is provided to develop skills and masterclasses will be offered using experienced entrepreneurs to supplement the training.

Closing date: 21st October 2011


ESRC professorial fellowships 2011-12

The scheme is designed to support leading social scientists working in the UK, by providing them with the freedom to pursue their own innovative and creative research agendas.  Fellows will have an outstanding track record of research and be acknowledged scholarly leaders in their field at the international level.  It is expected that the Fellows will: seek to make a significant contribution to the development of social science; act as a champion for the social sciences, promoting their vital role in addressing current and future issues for modern society and the economy.  Applications will be considered in all areas of the ESRC remit with only those of the highest scientific quality being recommended for funding.  Support will be provided for the Fellow through the payment of salary costs.  Fellowships will last for a maximum of 3 years and Fellows can apply for up to a maximum of 60% of their time.

Closing date: 6th December 2011



Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research: it is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position.  Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 70 Fellowships will be available in 2012.  Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.  The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.  Fellowships are normally tenable for either two or three years on a full-time basis.  Fellowships will commence between the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic year and 1 May 2013.

Closing date: 8th March 2012



EPSRC Fellowships (Postgraduate, Early Career and Established Career)

EPSRC have announced a faster, more streamlined and flexible approach to fellowships at postgraduate, early career and established career levels - a core strand of their “Developing Leaders” strategy.  This scheme will consolidate Challenging Engineering, postdoctoral, career acceleration and leadership fellowships into a new framework.  Importantly fellowship applications are invited only in specific research areas that are linked to EPSRC’s strategic priorities.  These areas will be reviewed after one year.  Other changes include: there are no closing date for the submission of applications; there is no outline stage (applicants submit a full application); and, eligibility conditions are no longer based on years of post-doctoral experience or permanent academic tenure (instead fit to a person specification is used).

Closing date: No closing dates


There are no closing dates but applicants aiming for the Jan/Feb panel should aim to get their proposals in to EPSRC by the end of September.  Slides from a briefing event we held about the new fellowship scheme are available from matthew.davis@ucl.ac.uk.  NB. All those considering an application to the new scheme should let their Head of Department and Matt Davis know as soon as possible.



[Calls still open – Research Funding]

ESRC/EPSRC Sustainable Materials for Energy (PIRE) – US/UK Collaborative Funding

ESRC and EPSRC in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced a call in “Sustainable Materials for Energy” for collaborative projects involving researchers from the US and UK under the “Partnerships for International Research and Education Programme” (PIRE).  The funders wish to encourage high quality, innovative research conducted by interdisciplinary teams of researchers which addresses international research priorities.  Prelimary (outline) proposals submitted first.

Closing date: 19th October


There is potential here for links to the Sustainable Natural Resources topics of the new UCL-BHP Billiton Institute, as well as a wide range of energy materials and economics/governance topics.  Topics covered within the scope of the UK allowed elements of the call are: Novel technologies and processes addressing resource and security of supply issues; Governance and regulation issues in relation to the development of new energy options and their social acceptability; Economics of novel material/processing options for energy generation technologies; and, Opportunity costs of adopting new materials, in particular where scarce resources are used, and how these could be mitigated.

NERC Pilot studies in “The controlling influence of the core and mantle on a habitable planet”

The Natural Environment Research Council is working towards commissioning a new programme of research investigating the interactions of the whole Earth system; in particular, the relationship between processes occurring in the deep Earth (mantle and/or core) and consequences at the surface for a habitable planet.  A total of up to £250k is available to fund 5-10 community-led, small-scale scoping studies to synthesise the state of knowledge and inform the development of a Research Programme (RP) proposal to NERC's Science & Innovation Strategy Board (SISB). This approach is designed to engage a wide Earth Science community in a process of developing the programme to maximise the benefits.

Closing date: 23 October 2011


EPSRC Energy Programme SUPERGEN Solar Energy Hub call

Proposals are invited for collaborative proposals for a research Hub in the Area of Solar Energy. The remit of this call will be; thin Film solar cells, excitonic and dye sensitised solar cells, solar energy systems and the socio economics of solar energy. There should be a single submission by any consortium submission with a single PI. The Institutions involved in the successful application will be expected to take a leadership role in the solar energy research community.  Up to £4M is available for this call only one proposal will be funded. The duration of the grant will be up to five years.

Closing date: 25th October


This is a new model of funding being used by the RCUK Energy Programme to continue the work of SUPERGEN consortia.  See also the similar SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Hub calls.

Call for the next stage of the EPSRC SUPERGEN initiative in Bioenergy

This is an invitation for proposals for a SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub. This is a revised version of a call previously issued in 2010.  All submissions must include some of the researchers who are involved in the current Bioenergy SUPERGEN.  Approximately £3.5 million is available for this call, and only one Hub will be funded.  The duration of the grant should be five years.  Anyone intending to submit a proposal to this call must register their interest to EPSRC by 03 October 2011.

Closing date: 25th October


This is a new model of funding being used by the RCUK Energy Programme to continue the work of SUPERGEN consortia.  See also the similar SUPERGEN Solar Energy and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Hub calls.


 MRC E-Health Informatics Research Centres (E-HIRCs) Call

The Medical Research Council, in partnership with Arthritis Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research, the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (Welsh Assembly Government), the Chief Scientist Office (Scottish Government Health Directorates) and the Wellcome Trust invite proposals for Centres of Excellence in research linking electronic health data.  The Centres will pursue cutting-edge research, deliver innovative linkage and analysis of health-related data sets, build research capacity and expertise and act as an interface with industry, practice and policy with the aim of building and sustaining a vibrant health informatics research capability in the UK.  Centres will either be based around an existing research group(s) or research unit(s) in a single institution or bring together expertise across several institutes in a wider consortium.

Closing date: 1st November 2011 (outlines)


NSF/EPSRC Chemistry Proposals 2011

The Physical Sciences Programme of EPSRC is participating in the 2011 solicitation by the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled: “International Collaboration in Chemistry between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (ICC)”.  Proposers from the UK and the US are invited to formulate a joint collaborative project.  The EPSRC and NSF will then be responsible for funding their respective parts if the joint project is successful.  The ICC program will give higher priority to proposed projects in the area of sustainable chemistry.  Examples of sustainable chemistry focus areas include but are not limited to: 1) new chemistry that will replace rare, expensive and/or toxic chemicals and nanomaterials with earth abundant, inexpensive and benign chemicals and nanomaterials; 2) new chemistry to economically recycle chemicals that cannot be replaced, such as phosphorus and the rare earth elements; 3) new chemistry to convert non-petroleum based sources of organics to feedstock chemicals; 4) new environmentally friendly chemical reactions and processes that require less energy, water, and organic solvents than current practice.

Closing date: 4th November 2011


NSF/EPSRC Materials Proposals 2011

EPSRC is participating in the 2011 call by the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled: Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between U.S. Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN).  The call is an initiative to foster opportunities for collaborative activities in materials research between researchers in the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Proposals must have a clear relevance to fundamental materials phenomena, synthesis, characterisation and/or properties, or materials processing/fabrication and fall within NSF’s remit for the call.

Closing Date: 10th November 2011


EPSRC Call in Carbon capture and storage for natural gas power stations

The Research Councils UK Energy Programme, led by the EPSRC, invites research proposals focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS) issues related to natural gas power plants.  Proposals identifying and addressing any relevant challenges across the CCS chain specific to natural gas are welcome and could include: Next generation/Enhanced capture technologies; Increased efficiency; Flue gas differences; Systems integration and scale-up issues; Plant flexibility; Reducing plant size.  Up to £3M is available.

Closing Date: 23rd November 2011


TSB Carbon abatement technologies Phase 2 - Feasibility

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £4.5m in carbon abatement technologies (CATs), centred mainly on innovative projects with strong elements of technology demonstration.  We aim to deliver innovative technologies that tackle CO2 emissions from large single-point sources such as fossil-fuel power plants and energy-intensive industries.  This second strand is for feasibility studies into innovative and disruptive carbon abatement technologies.  Up to £500k is available for new feasibility studies. Projects must be led by a SME and must be collaborative. Partners can include businesses of any size and academics. The competition is open to consortia with new and innovative ideas that could significantly contribute to CO2 abatement from large single-point sources.

Closing date: 13th December 2011


ESRC-FAPESP, Sao Paulo bilateral agreement for the Research Grants Scheme

Rolling call for collaborative research proposals in any area of the social sciences within the remit of both the ESRC and FAPESP. There is no deadline, and proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until expiry of the MoU.  Proposals should be drafted and will be assessed according to the criteria set out in the International Common Application Process.  Collaborative research proposals should be submitted only to the ESRC. The ESRC will take the lead role in processing and assessing applications, with appropriate input from the FAPESP.  The combined cost (both ESRC and FAPESP) of the entire collaborative project should be a minimum of £200,000.

No closing dates (rolling call)


Leverhulme Trust Research Programme Grants

In the one major departure from its policy of operating in the responsive mode, the Trust selects on an annual basis certain themes of research for which bids are invited.  Normally one grant is awarded for each theme. The grants provide funds to research teams for up to five years to enable them to explore significant thematic issues. The scale of the awards (each one at a sum of up to £1.75 million) is set at a level where it is possible for a research team to study a significant theme in depth by conducting a group of interlinked research projects which taken together can lead to new understanding. The themes are selected not to exclude particular disciplines from the competition but rather to encourage research teams to look upon their established research interests from a set of refreshing viewpoints.  The themes for this cycle are: Conspiracies; Patronage; Value.

Closing date: 11th January 2012


TSB Building Performance Evaluation

Up to £8m is available to fund the costs of building performance evaluation studies on domestic and non-domestic buildings.  TSB will fund organisations responsible for buildings for the total cost of evaluating the performance of case study buildings they design, build, own and/or operate.  TSB are particularly keen to receive initial applications focused on retail, hospitality and industrial buildings and buildings in any sector that are of small (<1000m2) or medium (<5000m2) in treated floor area or are refurbishments.  Funding will be allocated in tranches over two years.

Closing date: 18th January 2012


Google Faculty Research Awards Scheme

The purpose of this program is to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia and also nurture stronger relations and partnerships with universities. The intent of the awards program is to support academic research aimed at improving information access (defined broadly). Google funds Research Awards unrestricted and retains no intellectual property from the research and prefer if the results from the research are open sourced and widely published. Awards through this program are for one year in the range from $10K-$150K.

Closing dates: 1st February and 1st August each year


[Calls still open – Impact, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Funding]

RAEng ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award

This award has been established to identify entrepreneurial researchers, working in UK universities in the field of electrotechnology, who are at an early stage in their career. The award will be presented to an individual or team demonstrating considerable entrepreneurial promise and the potential to benefit the UK's future prosperity.  The winning entry will receive a personal prize of £10,000 together with a further £30,000 to invest in the development of the winning idea.  In addition to the first award, two additional cash prizes of £2,000 will be presented to the runners-up. There is no limit to the number of applications a university or institution may submit.

Closing date: 17th October 2011


ESRC Follow on Funding scheme

This scheme provides the opportunity to apply for knowledge exchange and impact generating activities that follow-on from a specific piece of ESRC funded research.  The scheme is designed to be flexible, applications for either a single activity or a combination of activities are welcomed, and applicants are encouraged to think creatively about the format of the knowledge exchange.  Follow on funding should be thought of as an extension and complement to the Pathways to Impact section of a research grant and should involve research users from the earliest stages of proposal development.

Closing date: 27th October 2011


ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities scheme

The scheme provides the opportunity to apply for funding for knowledge exchange activities at any stage of the research lifecycle, and is aimed at maximising the impact of social science research outside academia.  The flexibility built into the scheme is intended to encourage applicants to think creatively about knowledge exchange, and applications are welcomed for either a single activity or a combination of activities; be it setting up a network to help inform the development of a research proposal, arranging an academic placement with a voluntary or business organisation, or developing tools such as podcasts and videos aimed at communicating the results of research to non-academic audiences.

Closing date: 27th October 2011


[Calls still open – Networking and mobility]


Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchanges with China and India Scheme

The scheme provides funding to enable researchers in engineering departments at UK universities to spend time at academic centres of excellence in China or India, and academic engineering researchers in China or India to spend time at a UK university.  Awards support visits of 3-12 months and should be part of longer-term efforts to build UK-China/India partnerships. The aim of the scheme is to support international research collaborations and strengthen networks of excellence in engineering research.

Closing date: 4th November 2011


ESRC Research Seminars

Seminar groups are multi-institutional groups of academic researchers, postgraduate students and non-academic users who meet regularly to exchange information and ideas with the aim of advancing research within their fields.  Where appropriate, seminar group members should be drawn the public sector, commercial private sector, third sector and other relevant organisations as well as from academic institutions.  We would particularly encourage seminar groups designed to bring together leading researchers from across disciplines to identify new research agendas or capacity building priorities.  These grants are non-fEC and are limited to £15,000. This covers: travel and expenses for speakers and participants; administrative costs; stationery, postage, copying and telephone costs; hire of rooms and facilities.

Closing date: 10th November 2011


Physics Grand Challenges “NetworkPlus” in Emergence and Physics Far From Equilibrium and Understanding the Physics of Life

EPSRC wish to support networking activities which will provide an opportunity for two physics grand challenge areas to be refined and progressed.  The challenge areas are Emergence and Physics Far From Equilibrium and Understanding the Physics of Life.  Up to £500,000 will be available to fund two grants; one in each challenge area, each running for 36 months.

Closing date: 18th January 2012



EPSRC Discipline Hopping Awards in ICT

These awards provide short-term support to allow researchers from core ICT fields to pursue an immersive experience with other disciplines and/or user fields. The aim of this is to foster new interactions, bringing a multidisciplinary and user-driven focus to research. Alternatively, non ICT specialists can apply for funds to bring a technological perspective to their home discipline.  The call is aimed at researchers who have a proven track record of research in their home discipline, providing funding to develop skills and collaborations with other disciplines and end users.  Signposting: EPSRC particularly encourage Discipline Hopping proposals in the area of the Digital Economy.  Applications are encouraged which focus on the development of novel ICT and subsequent adoption by the end user (e.g. in healthcare, creative industries, transport and financial services).

Closing date: There is no closing date (apply any time).




[Calls still open – Internal funding opportunities[3|file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Charles/Desktop/BEAMS-forum-october-2011-opportunities.doc#_ftn3]]


Internal CASE Awards

These awards support doctorates collaborative with industry in the Industrial CASE model: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/students/coll/icase/. Awards may be made over either 3 or 4 years (e.g. MRes + PhD). There is a quarterly call: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/beams/phd/funding/case

Internal Doctoral Training Programmes (DTP)

These awards support groups wishing to set up pilot centres for doctoral training: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/beams/phd/centres with a view to targeting Research Council funding at a later stage. There is an annual call closing on the last day of May: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/beams/phd/centres

Internal EPSRC Doctoral Prize

These awards support completing doctorates wishing to continue their research at UCL. Awards provide a fellowship of up to one year and are focused on excellence and translation. The fellowship candidate should apply. There is a quarterly call: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/beams/phd/funding/phd-plus

Internal Impact Studentships

These awards support doctorates typically collaborative with industry or charity (although internal projects are not excluded) in a 50/50 funding model. Awards may be made over either 3 or 4 years (e.g. MRes + PhD). There is a quarterly call: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/beams/phd/funding/impact

Internal Vacation Bursaries

These awards support short projects for undergraduate students (first year excluded) wishing to explore careers in research. Applications should be submitted by a UCL academic. There is an annual call closing on the last day of March


Caterina Mora, Matt Davis

October 2011

[1|file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Charles/Desktop/BEAMS-forum-october-2011-opportunities.doc#ftnref1] _The text in italics after the closing date is additional or particular commentary from the research facilitators.

[2|file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Charles/Desktop/BEAMS-forum-october-2011-opportunities.doc#_ftnref2] For a number of internal funding opportunities for postgraduate research and training available to UCL academics see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/beams/phd/funding

[3|file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Charles/Desktop/BEAMS-forum-october-2011-opportunities.doc#_ftnref3] For a number of internal funding opportunities for postgraduate research and training available to UCL academics see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/beams/phd/funding

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