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

  • 10 April 2013:  British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research GrantsTravel for research purposes; Directed grants for individual investigators; Networking/collaboration; Hosting visits; Travel to conferences, meetings etc.  All applications should demonstrate that funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research with an identifiable outcome. Applications for individual and collaborative projects are equally welcome. International groups of scholars are eligible to apply, provided the lead applicant is a UK-based scholar. Grants are tenable for up to 24 months and are worth between £500 and £10,000
  • 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. 
  • 13 May 2013: Royal Academy of Engineering, Industrial secondments These allow teaching staff in higher education institutions to gain up-to-date knowledge and first-hand experience of current industry working practices, enabling them to improve the quality and industrial relevance of their teaching. While on secondment the awardee may pursue a research project to further enhance knowledge transfer between industry and academia.
    The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines and provides funding to cover the salary cost of the applicant. Secondments must involve transfer from a UK university to a UK industry host. Awards can be for any period up to six months full-time or a maximum of one year equivalent.
  • 16 May 2013:  Leverhulme Trust, Philip Leverhulme Prizes – These recognise and facilitate the work of outstanding young research scholars or practitioners of proven achievement, who have made and continue to make original and significant contributions. Prizes are worth £70,000 for a period of two to three years.
  • 31 May 2013British Council, UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnerships – These facilitate collaborations between faculties and researchers, and enable registered PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in India and the UK to undertake short-term visits to work on research projects. Funds are available for partnerships of up to two years in duration and provide a maximum of £60,000 equivalent in INR.
  • 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.
  • 31 July 2013: Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Visitor Programme, This aims to bring together mathematical scientists from UK universities and leading experts from overseas for research on specialised topics in all branches of the mathematical sciences from pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics to theoretical aspects of any discipline. At any time there are two visitor programmes in progress, each with about 30 scientists in residence. Included within these programmes are periods of particularly intense activity including instructional courses and workshops. The programmes are for periods of four weeks, four months or six months.
  • 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.
  • 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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