Research Funding Opportunities – School of Science and Technology

rsbo-logoThis post provides information on the latest funding opportunities for your School.    You will still be able to conduct your own searches via Research Professional and Grantfinder in the usual way or contact the RSB Office and we will assist you. Information on  current  calls with no deadlines is available on the RSBO web pages. 

25 March 2013:  Royal Society, Brian Mercer Awards for InnovationThis scheme supports scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation. Awards are worth up to £250,000 each for a maximum of two years.

3 April 2013: Institution of Engineering and Technology, Lesley H Paddle Scholarship This supports members carrying out doctoral research that will further the art, science or practice of electronic engineering or radio engineering at a UK university.
Candidates must be members in the first year or second year of their research programme and currently resident in the UK.
The scholarship is worth £5,000 for a period of one year.

4 April 2013: Institution of Engineering and Technology, Postgraduate Scholarships. These aim to encourage excellence in engineering research at universities in the UK. Applicants must be members undertaking postgraduate research in the UK.
Two scholarships, worth a maximum of £2,500, are available and are tenable for one year.

11 April 2013: STFC, Public Engagement Small Awards Scheme. The scheme funds small, local or pilot projects promoting STFC science and technology. Awards range from £500 to £10,000 and may cover expenses for materials, salaries, travel and subsistence.

16 April 2013:  Technology Strategy Board, Materials innovation for a sustainable economy – This is aimed at supporting materials technologies that rapidly meet urgent and difficult environmental and social challenges and that create wealth for the UK through the development and implementation of new or improved materials, processes and products.  Proposals must be collaborative and business-led and include at least one small or medium-sized enterprise. Projects are expected to mostly include industrial research. Large companies may attract up to 50 per cent funding, whereas small or medium-sized companies may receive up to 60 per cent. Projects must last between 12 and 24 months and total project sizes are expected to be between £250,000 and £750,000, although projects outside this range will be considered. The total budget for this call is £5 million

26 April 2013: Institution of Structural Engineers, Research Award  This scheme funds the development of innovative new research areas in structural engineering and facilitates additional aspects of ongoing research. Applicants from industry and academia at any stage in their careers may apply. Industrial partners must specify what they hope to gain from the collaboration. The grant is worth £5,000 up front and £1,000 upon delivery. Three grants are available.

1 May 2013: NERC, Doctoral training partnerships These partnerships are for doctoral student training across a range of science topics within the NERC remit. This responsive scheme replaces the current algorithm-based system for allocating doctoral studentships. Applicants must be based in UK higher education institutions, NERC research and collaborative centres or independent research organisations approved by NERC. It is expected that 10-20 DTPs will be funded in this call. Funding for 240 studentships will be awarded per year, and each DTP award will provide funding for five years of new student intake. Each studentship is worth £82,172.

9 May 2013: Leverhulme Trust, Visiting Professorships These enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and 10 months at a UK university, primarily to enhance the skills of academic staff or students at the host institution. Visiting professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests.
Applications must be made by a member of academic staff, based in a UK university or other higher education institution, who will be responsible for coordinating the visit.
A maintenance grant up to a level commensurate with the salary of a professor in the relevant field at the receiving institution may be requested. Economy travel costs to and from the UK will also be met. Requests for associated costs, if justified by the programme, may include, for example, travel within the UK, consumables and essential technical assistance.
Please contact a member of the RSB team for more information on upcoming deadlines.  This may not be an exhaustive list of deadlines and could be subject to change, so please continue to contact us for information and support relating specifically to your research and knowledge transfer priorities. 

1 August 2013: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Postgraduate Research Scholarships. These support exceptional graduate students from accredited mechanical engineering degree programmes who wish to undertake further research in this discipline, leading to the award of a doctorate such as a PhD, EngD or DPhil.
The scheme is open to UK residents, who are affiliate or associate members at the time of applying for a scholarship. Applicants should be expecting or have already gained a first class or 2:1 honours degree accredited by the Institution. Scholarships are worth up to £6,500 per year for a period of up to three years.

25 June 2013:  EC, Life+ Call for ProposalsThe Directorate-General for Environment invites proposals under the LIFE+ programme. Funding supports projects under the following themes:

          •nature and biodiversity, with the principal objective of protecting, conserving, restoring, monitoring and facilitating the functioning of natural systems,      natural habitats, wild flora and fauna, to halt the loss of biodiversity in the EU;

          •environmental policy and governance, focusing on the areas of climate change, water, air, soil, urban environment, noise, chemicals, environment and   health, natural resources and waste, forests, innovation and strategic approaches;

          •information and communication, with the aim of disseminating information, raising awareness of environmental issues and providing support for  accompanying measures, such as information and communication actions and campaigns, conferences and training.

 Public or private bodies, actors and institutions registered in EU member states or in Croatia may apply. The budget for this call is €278 million. LIFE+   projects provide up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, or 75 per cent for proposals targeting priority habitats and species of birds and habitats directives.

14 August 2013:  Marie Curie Individual Fellowships – The last call for Marie Curie – Individual Fellowships opens on 14 March with a closing date of 14 August. This covers the Intra-European Fellowships (IEF), International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) and International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF). Please see the link below for guidance for last years’ calls, for your information. The guidance for this year will be along very similar lines.

3 October 2013: Leverhulme Trust, Research Programme Grants Proposals are invited for programme awards on one of the following two topics:
•the nature of knots, which includes uncovering the unifying and organising ideas that underpin knottedness in nature, establishing mathematical methods for quantifiying knottedness, measuring experimentally and developing techniques to control knottedness and identifying the scientific and technological consequences and implications of knottedness;
•innovation for sustainable living, which might involve disruptive science and engineering and their role in new energy, materials and transport, mathematics and statistics, public policy, economics and the complexities of trade-offs, psychology and determining the driers of behaviour change, lessons from history and comparative social analysis.
Applications are invited from UK universities, other institutions of higher and further education and registered charities. The scheme is also open to institutions of similar status in countries where, in the opinion of the Trust Board, the provision of research funding is seriously limited.
Grants are worth between £500,000 and £1.75 million each for a period of up to five years for each of the topics.

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