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Do you know an outstanding overseas early career researcher who could be hosted here for 2 years?

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The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society.

Aims

The aims for the Newton International Fellowships Scheme are to:

– Support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers at an early stage of their career from any country outside the UK, by providing an opportunity to work at a UK research institution for two years.

– Ensure the best postdoctoral researchers across all relevant disciplines from around the world are supported in the UK.

– Foster long-term relations between Newton International Fellows and the UK research base through the establishment of an alumni programme for former Fellows of this Scheme. 

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must:

– Have a PhD, or applicants in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted provided that the PhD will be completed (including viva) before the start date of the Fellowship.

– Applicants should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry)

– Be working outside the UK

– Not hold UK citizenship

– Be competent in oral and written English

– Have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher.

Applicants should ensure that they meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

Value and Duration

Newton International Fellowships last for two years. Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £2,000 for relocation expenses. Awards include a contribution to the overheads incurred, at a rate of 50% of the total award to the visiting researcher.

Newton Fund

Additional Fellowships will be supported through the Newton Fund, specifically for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries. This new initiative aims to develop long-term sustainable growth and welfare of partner countries through building research and innovation capacity, and forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance commitment. Newton Fund countries (for applications in the humanities and social sciences) include Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.

Application Process

Application form and scheme notes available from January 2017
Applicant deadline 15 March 2017
Referee deadline 22 March 2017
Results announced in September 2017
Awards available for start date 1 October 2017 – 31 March 2018

http://www.britac.ac.uk/newton-international-fellowships

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/

Please contact your Research Development Manager if interested

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APEX Awards

The Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary Research (APEX) award scheme has been launched by the Royal Society, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering with support from the Leverhulme Trust.

The scheme offers established independent researchers, with a strong track record in their respective area, an exciting opportunity to pursue genuine interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society.

In particular, this scheme aims to:

  • support interdisciplinary research that is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes.
  • promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities.
  • support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines.
  • enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding.

Awards of £100,000 for up to 24 months are available.

The deadline for applications is 13th January 2017.

For more information, please visit the Royal Society.


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Grab a Grant

Take a look at these research related funding opportunities. Please pass on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested.

Royal Society Theo Murphy blue skies award

This supports innovative research that will lead to preliminary or proof of concept data; fundamental research in new and emerging areas; and original and bold research that may lack a sufficient evidence base in the literature.

Deadline for applications: 21 July

Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Project Grants

These support research projects in the historical humanities, particularly within the fields of archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, prehistory and early history.

Deadline for applications: 22 Nov

Osteology Foundation Research Grants

These support research on oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration. Topics may include: bone and soft tissue biology – clinical aspects; local factors affecting oral tissue regeneration; systemic diseases with an impact on oral tissue regeneration; novel bone and soft tissue substitute materials; pharmacological aspects of oral tissue regeneration; and inflammatory conditions, such as periodontitis and peri-implants.

Deadline for applications: 1 Dec

Ove Arup Foundation Smaller Project Grants

These support projects that are consistent with the foundation’s education purposes in the built environment.

Deadline for applications: No Deadline

Multiple Sclerosis Trust Multiple Sclerosis Therapists Education Fund

This enables therapists to meet the needs of people with MS by expanding their MS knowledge and clinical skills through attending academic courses, conferences, study days or masterclasses.

Deadline for applications: No Deadline

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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Royal Society Research Grants

This 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.

The scheme provides a grant of up to £15,000 for a maximum period of 12 months.

Applicants must be within the first 5 years of the start date of their first permanent or limited-tenured academic position.

The current round for applications will close 01 June 2016.

For more information, please visit Royal Society.

For support with your application, pleas contact Research Development.


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Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

The Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust invite applications for their senior research fellowships. The scheme covers subjects in all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

The deadline for applications is 11 Jan 2016.

For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1O3v8Hg

For advice on applying, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.


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Latest Funding Opportunities from the Royal Society

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Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (closes 12 March 2015)
This scheme is for outstanding scientists who would benefit from a five year salary enhancement to help recruit them to or retain them in the UK. 

Newton Advanced Fellowship (closes 18 March 2015)
Newton Advanced Fellowships are now available through the Newton Fund, which is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.

Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative (closes 19 March 2015)
This programme is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.

SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme (closes 30 April 2015)
The SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme will provide awards of three years’ duration to enable African scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to partner with UK-based institutions.

Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (rolling round)
This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.

Click into the links above for further details regarding the individual calls or go to the Royal Society webpage here