Research Funding Opportunities – School of Science and Technology

This 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.  In order to monitor access to the blog could you please e-mail rsb@northampton.ac.uk with ‘accessed S&T’ in the subject line.

  • 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).
  • 15 September 2013: London Mathematical Society, Computer Science Small Grants The scheme supports a visit for collaborative research at the interface of mathematics and computer science, either by the grant holder to another institution within the UK or abroad, or by a named computer scientist or mathematician from within the UK or abroad to the home base of the grant holder.
    The applicant should be a mathematician based in the UK. Applicants who are not members of the society will need an LMS member to support the application.
    The maximum sum available is £500.
  • 23 September 2013: HEA, Mike Baker doctoral programme Funding is available for doctoral studentships that support the academy’s research strategy of developing pedagogical knowledge and evidence-based practice in higher education. The following conditions apply:
    •the proposed topic should be discipline-specific learning and teaching research or interdisciplinary and generic pedagogical research, and should have a clear benefit to either practice or to policy on practice;
    •a supportive environment for the student and completion and delivery of research outcomes are a high priority;
    •dissemination of research outcomes are fundamental to both the HEA and the wider community and should be identified clearly in any application.
    Studentships are intended for students who hold a masters degree and are capable of undertaking high-quality research. Supervisors in UK higher education institutions that subscribe to the HEA are eligible to apply.
    Funding will be provided for up to three years of full-time study. Funding covers fees, maintenance and research skills development and is worth £20,172 per year in London, or £18,172 per year outside of London.
  • 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.
  • 30 November 2013: Royal Geographical Society, Neville Shulman challenge award The Royal Geographical Society invites applications for the Neville Shulman challenge award. This aims to further the understanding and exploration of the planet, its cultures, peoples and environments, while promoting personal development through the intellectual or physical challenges involved in the completion of research or an expedition.
    Lead applicants must be UK nationals. The project can be desk or field based and can be carried out in the UK or overseas.
    The award is worth £10,000.
  • 20 January 2014: HEA, International Scholarships  This scheme is aimed at supporting individuals in the higher education sector to undertake specific investigations outside of the UK and deliver specific outcomes for dissemination within the UK sector through various means, as appropriate to enhance student learning experience in the UK. There is a significant need for international policy and practice in higher education learning and teaching to be shared and learnt from within the UK sector, hence scholars should bring back interesting, challenging and innovative learning and teaching practices. The scholarship should align with at least one of the academy’s priority themes of:
    •assessment and feedback;
    •education for sustainable development;
    •employability;
    •internationalisation;
    •flexible learning;
    •online learning;
    •retention and success, including widening access, gender and transition issues;
    •reward and recognition;
    •students as partners.
    Individuals in higher education providers that subscribe to the HEA are eligible to apply. Applicants should be at postgraduate level with a minimum of five years’ experience in the UK higher education sector. Scholarships are worth up to £20,000 over three to six months.

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