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.

  • NEW – as of 3 April 2013 the ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme has no deadline
  • 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.
  • 10 June 2013: NERC, Knowledge Exchange Fellowships These part-time fellowships aim to increase the impact of NERC-funded science through a programme of work of the fellows’ own choosing. The work should focus on accelerating and amplifying impact and improvements of research through working with business, NGOs or government bodies. Fellows may be hosted at approved UK higher education institutions, research centres and collaborative centres that are currently in receipt of NERC research funding, or at approved independent research organisations.
    Members of the NERC community at any stage of their career are eligible to apply. Fellows may be employed for one to three years, for a minimum of 20 per cent and a maximum of 80 per cent of their time.
    Fellowships will cover the fellow’s salary, including superannuation, national insurance and specific allowances, plus up to £40,000 for travel and other associated work plan costs.
  • 18 June 2013: EPSRC, A step towards an intelligent information infrastructure – outline proposals. This supports cross-disciplinary projects that focus on at least two sub-challenges identified within the towards an intelligent information infrastructure priority, including:
    •protocols for a 21st-century internet;
    •energy-efficient communication and data systems;
    •building context- and content-aware networks;
    •extracting understanding from data;
    •seamless mode adaptive communications.
    Higher education institutions, some research council institutes and independent research organisations are eligible to apply. Collaborations with industry or other users are not mandatory but strongly encouraged.
    Up to £5 million is available in total. Applications may include staff costs, travel and subsistence, visiting researchers and public engagement activities.
  • 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.
  • 2 July 2013: NERC Standard research grants. This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research.
    Grants provide a minimum of £65,000 and a maximum of £1.2 million for directly incurred costs. In exceptional cases applicants may contact NERC prior to submission to request permission to submit a standard grant proposal that exceeds the maximum funding limit.
  • 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 FellowshipsThis covers the Intra-European Fellowships (IEF), International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) and International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF).
  • 1 October 2013: NERC, Independent research fellowships These fellowships are designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving them five years’ support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes, and to establish international recognition.
    These new fellowships replace the previous postdoctoral fellowships and advanced fellowships.
    The fellowships are open to any nationality, and may be held in any area of the NERC remit, but the fellowship must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Applicants may not have a permanent academic position in a university or equivalent organisation. Applicants may have up to a maximum of eight years of full-time postdoctoral research experience between the PhD certificate date and the closing date of the fellowship competition to which they are applying.
    There are no funding limits, but the fellowship applicant can be the only named researcher on the proposal and no equipment (costing more than £10,000 including VAT) can be requested.
  • 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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