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Submitting a Proposal

If you are considering submitting a proposal for a research grant, travel grant, etc. please read this general guide.

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EMBO Long-term fellowships
The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process. All fellowships must involve movement between countries and one of those countries must be an EMBC Member State. Only candidates who have had a career break for at least one year for child-care reasons will be given special consideration when applying to stay within the same country.  Deadlines are twice a year 15 August and 15 February.
15th August 2011
Research Project Grants
The aim of these awards is to provide financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential, the choice of theme and the design of the research lying entirely with the applicant (the Principal Investigator). The grants provide support for the salaries of research staff engaged on the project, plus associated costs directly related to the research proposed. The great majority of awards involve a spend of up to £250,000 over a duration of two to three years. Closign dates for application are: 1 September, 1 December, 21 March.
1st September 2011
Academic Collaboration: International Networks
These collaborations enable a Principal Investigator based in the UK to lead a research project where its successful completion is dependant on the participation of relevant overseas institutions.  The value of the award is up to £125,000 for up to 3 years. Can apply for (i) travel and subsistence, (ii) cost of organising/running seminars and workshops and (iii) salary of network facilitator up to £23k pa. Outline proposals can be submitted at any time. For those who are invited to submit a full proposal, deadlines are: 1 September, 1 December, 21 March.
1st September 2011
Study Abroad Fellowships
Study Abroad Fellowships are designed to support a period overseas in a stimulating academic environment. These differ from the Trust’s Research Fellowships in that the awards support a range of activities other than straight-forward research (e.g. the exchange of ideas, the development of new lines of research and collaborative ventures). The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000. Applicants should have held an established full-time post in a UK institution of higher education, or in a museum, art gallery or comparable institution for at least five years, may not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for professional or vocational qualifications, and must be resident in the UK at the time of application.The 2011 round is now closed. The Trust will report results of this round to applicants by the end of April 2011. Materials for the 2012 round will be available from 1 September 2011.

 

1st September 2011
Research Fellowships
Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. There are no restrictions on academic discipline, and awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education. The fellowship will provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and contribution towards replacement teaching costs. Duration is between 3 and 24 months, with a maximum value of £45k. The 2011 round is now closed. The Trust will report results of this round to applicants by the end of April 2011. Materials for the 2012 round will be available from 1 September 2011.
1st September 2011
National Science Foundation - IRFP

The International Research Fellowship program, 9-24 months with up to $200,000. Introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers abroad. Applicants must be a US citizen or meet residency criteria and have been awarded their PhD within two years of the application deadline. Closing deadline September 2011

 

1st September 2011
BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council are inviting applicaitons for fellowships providing a Salary, plus support grant. They are of 5 year duration and are aimed at outstanding scholars who wish to establish themselves as independent researchers.  Must have 3-10 years postdoc experience. Closing Date 6 September 2011.
6th September 2011
MRC Career development award
Medical Research Council (MRC) Career development award provides up to 5 years' support for outstanding postdoc researchers who wish to consolidate their research skills and make the transition from postdoc research trainee to independent investigator. It includes an option of two years' research training outside the UK, in UK industry, or at another UK research centre, to enable fellows to acquire new transferable techniques and skills. Not specified >£100,000, deadline 4 PM 08 Sep 2011
8th September 2011
Joint Research Groups in the UK
This grant provides support to research groups of mathematicians to enable them to engage in collaborative activities through holding regular meetings.  Groups should be made up of mathematicians who are working in at least three different locations and who have a common research interest. See website for eligibility and other criteria.Applications are considered at the October, February and June meetings of the Programme Committee - deadlines for receipt of applications for these meetings are 15th September, 31st January and 15th May.
15th September 2011
International short visits
This grant is to support a visit for collaborative research either by the grant holder to a country in Africa (or countries where mathematics is in a similar position), or by a named mathematician from a country in Africa (or countries where mathematics is in a similar position) to the home base of the grant holder.  The applicant should be a mathematician based in the UK.Deadlines for receipt of applications for these meetings are 15th September, 31st January and 15th May
15th September 2011
Research in Pairs
To support a visit for collaborative research either by the grant holder to another institution within the UK or abroad, or by a named mathematician from within the UK or abroad to the home base of the grant holder. Deadlines for applications are 15 September, 31 January, 15 May.
15th September 2011
University Research Fellowships
The University Research Fellowships scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who should have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience by the time they apply. This closing date for applications is 15 September 2011.
15th September 2011
Conference Grants
Grants are to provide partial support for conferences held in the United Kingdom.  The applicant should be one of the conference organisers, who should be a mathematician based in the UK.  Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to support the application.  The conference must be held in the UK. The maximum award is £6,000. Deadlines are 15 September, 31 January, 15 May.
15th September 2011
Computer Science Small Grants
This grant is to support 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 mathematician from within the UK or abroad to the home base of the grant holder.  The maximum award is £500.  Deadlines are 15 September, 31 January, 15 May, 
15th September 2011
Postgraduate Research Conference Grants
To provide partial support forconferences held in the United Kingdom, which are organised by and are for postgraduate research students.  The maximum award is £4,000 towards actual expenses for travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of participants.  The organiser should be a postgraduate research student (or group of students) in mathematics, registered for a Doctorate at a UK university. The applicant should be a member of academic staff at the organiser’s department, and should be a mathematician based in the UK.  Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to support the application.  The conference must be held in the UK. Deadlines for application are 15 September, 31 January, 15 May.
15th September 2011
EPSRC Programme Grant
A Programme Grant is to support a suite of related research activities focussing on one strategic theme. Grants can be awarded for up to six years duration, and are a flexible mechanism for providing funding to address significant major research  challenges. Application is by a three stage process - the first pre-outline stage is an obligatory discussion of the application with one of the named EPSRC contacts prior to submission of an outline proposal. Batch meetings will be held every two months in February, April, June, August, October and December. EPSRC must receive your proposal by the last working Friday in the month preceding the batch meeting.
30th September 2011
Small Grants
Grants of £3,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. There are two application deadlines each year, 31 March (for a decision by 31 May) and 30 September (for a decision by 30 November). However, the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their application as early as possible.
30th September 2011
EPSRC Platform Grants
Platform Grant funding provides a baseline of flexible support that can be used for the retention of key staff, feasibility studies, longer-term research and International Networking. This flexibility should enable the group to take a strategic view of their research which will enhanced by the submission of responsive mode applications during the lifetime of the Platform Grant. All applications for a Platform Grant must go through an outline stage. This involves contacting the relevant Portfolio Manager to discuss your group's suitability, and the appropriateness of Platform Grant funding. Meetings for considering applications will be held on 16 August 2011, 18 October 2011, 12 December 2011, 14 February 2012, 16 April 2012. EPSRC must receive your application the last working Friday in the month preceding the batch meeting.
30th September 2011
STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships
The Fellowships will enable early career researchers with clear leadership potential to establish a strong, independent research programme. Each Fellowship will last for five years, with 12 being offered annually. Closing date for applications is 4pm Wednesday 12 October 2011.
12th October 2011
Visiting Professorships
The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and ten months inclusive at a UK university, primarily in order to enhance the skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. It is recognised that Visiting Professors may also wish to use the opportunity to further their own academic interests. The over-riding criteria for selection are first the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and secondly the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborative ventures. Applications must be submitted online by one of the two following closing dates: 4.00pm on 13 October 2011 or 4.00pm on 10 May 2012. Applications should be completed by the responsible academic in the UK host institution. As part of the application process both the proposed Visiting Professor and the UK host institution must give approval by the closing date.

13th October 2011
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early stage of their career. The Royal Society invites in particular female candidates to apply for an opportunity that is designed to help successful candidates to progress to permanent academic positions in the UK. Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career. As an example, applicants could have had one or two post doc positions. See website for further details. TEh next round for applications opens in November 2011.
1st November 2011
Post-doc Fellowships
Fellowships are up to 3 years in duration. Typically candidates will have  1 - 5  years postdoctoral experience. Closing date 1 November 2011.
1st November 2011
Advanced Research Fellowships
Fellowships are for up to 5 year duration.  At least 2 years research experience at postdoctoral level.  Proven ability as independent research workers and potential as team leaders. Closing date for applications 1 November 2011.
1st November 2011
Research Fellowship Scheme
This scheme scheme provides opportunities for outstanding environmental scientists to devote their time to resarch, developing their research careers, and producing work of international importance. About thirty fellowships are available to start around October 2011. The deadline for applications is 1 November 2011.
1st November 2011
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada have fellowships for applicants who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada., and hold or expect to hold a docotorate in one of the fields that NSERC support  $40,000 pa for 2 years. See the website for further details. Closing date 15 October 2011.
15th November 2011
Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards
The Wellcome Trust launch their new Investigator Awards as of 01 October 2010. These will be flexible in length and size giving researchers the freedom to be creative and innovative in their approaches. Investigator Awards will be available to researchers during the early stages of their independent careers (WT Investigator Awards) or established senior investigators (WT Senior Investigator Awards). The deadline for applications was Monday 22 November 2010.
22nd November 2011
Consortium Grants
Consortium grants will provide funding for up to five years with costs ranging, as required by the research, from modest sums up to an overall limit of £3.5M. Annual deadlines for submitting a full proposal are 1 July 2011 and 1 December 2011.
1st December 2011
Standard Research Grants
This is an open competition for curiosity-motivated basic, strategic or applied research. Grants are for a minimum of £25,000 for Directly Incurred costs (total of costs under this heading). There is an intial review stage, with external panels meetings in July and December. Annual deadlines are 1 July and 1 December.
1st December 2011
Partnership Research Grants
Awards are for a minimum of £25,000 for directly incurred costs. The total project partner contribution must be a minimum of 25% of the total full economic cost of the project. Deadlines for submitting a full proposal are 4pm on 1 July, and 4pm on 1 December.
1st December 2011
Newton International Fellowships Scheme
This is a scheme run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society, and aims to attract the world's best postdoctoral researchers to the UK. The two-year Fellowships cover the broad range of the natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities. The Fellowships include £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. Length of tenure is 2 years. Next call expected to open January 2012.
1st January 2012
AXA Endowed permanent Chair
An AXA Chair is an AXA professorship where the chair holder may combine teaching activities with research work. Deadline expected January/February 2012
1st January 2012
International Travel Grants
Available for all countries outside of the UK, giving maximum of £4000 is available for activities lasting up to 12 weeks (except in the case of UK applicants presenting at overseas conferences, workshops and seminars, in which case the maximum duration of award is 10 days). Round 4 for 2010 closed December 2010. Details of future deadlines are not yet released.
1st January 2012
Isaac Newton Institute Programme call
The Institute invites proposals for research programmes in any branch of mathematics or the mathematical sciences. The Scientific Steering Committee usually meets twice each year to consider proposals for programmes (of 4-week, 4-month or 6-month duration) to run two or three years later. Proposals to be considered at these meetings should be submitted by 31 January or 31 July respectively.
31st January 2012
ESU Lindemann Trust Fellowship for 2011
The Lindemann Fellowship for 2011 will provide a grant of $30,000 for 2 or 3 post-doctoral students to undertake scientific research in the USA for one year. The deadline for application passed on 17th February 2011.
For more information about this fellowship please look at their website or e-mail Kate McCulloch, Education Programmes Coordinator education@esu.org.
1st February 2012
Nuffield Foundation - Science Bursaries for Undergraduate Research
Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursaries offer up to 365 funded places a year, helping undergraduates across the UK to gain an insight into scientific research careers. The Nuffield Foundation encourages applications from researchers at universities and research institutions within the UK, especially from postdoctoral researchers and new lecturers. For 2009 awards of ~£1,500 were given.  This call is now closed.
1st February 2012
Research Fellowships
The scheme of 1851 Research Fellowships is intended to give a few PhD level scientists or engineers of outstanding promise the opportunity for conducting research for a further period. Approximately eight awards are made each year. The Research Fellowship stipend payable in ~£30,000, renewed annually for up to 3 years. In addition a London (Overseas) Weighting of £2,500 per annum is payable in appropriate cases. Deadline for submission is 5pm Thursday 23 February 2012.
23rd February 2012
Early Career Fellowships
arly Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 70 Fellowships will be available in 2011. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. The deadline for application passed on 10 March 2011.
1st March 2012
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities to young postdoctoral researchers from other countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program aims to help such researchers advance their own research while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries. The Royal Society is a nominating authority for this scheme and aims to support excellent researchers from the UK gain experience overseas and create strong collaborative links with Japan.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to 2 April 2011 (i.e. awarded on or after 2 April 2005). Scientists in the final year of their PhD can submit an application. If successful, the award will only be given subject to the confirmation of his/her PhD at the time when the award is taken up. Applicants must be UK or EU citizens resident in the UK at the time of application.
Length of tenure:  Between 12 months minimum and up to 24 months maximum. Place of tenure: Japan.
Value: Subsistence - 362,000 yen per month. A settling-in allowance at the start of the Fellowship of 200,000 yen. A return air ticket (based on JSPS regulations). Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage. Availability to apply for a research grant of up to 1.5 million yen per year. Call closed 01 March 2011.
1st March 2012
Research Grants
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage in their career and want to purchase specialised equipment and consumables,  or for academics to research the history of science. Up to £15,000 (including VAT) is available for the purchase of specialised equipment, essential consumable materials and services. The grants are not intended to supplement ongoing research.  This scheme is currently closed to applications.
1st May 2012
Industry Fellowships Scheme
This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.  The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Research expenses may be claimed up to the value of £2,000 per year.  Closing date: 06 June 2011. This scheme is closed to applications.
1st June 2012
International Exchanges Scheme
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to undertake a collaboration with scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or a bilateral travel. The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Awards are up to up to £12,000, see website for details. Closing date for application: 30 June 2011.  This scheme is closed to applications.
1st June 2012
AXA Postdoc Fellowships
Postdoctoral Fellowships for a maximum of 2 years. Expected closing date 21st June 2012.  University of Bristol applicants apply through the 2nd wave.
21st June 2012
Intra-European fellowships
Marie Curie intra-European fellowships for career development grants enable experienced researchers to undertake career development and advanced training activities by moving from one member state or associated country to another. Grants may also help researchers to resume their research career after a break or establish a leading independent position. Each applicant must hold a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent work experience. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the deadline. Closing date passed on 11 Aug 2011.
1st August 2012
International Fellowships
Marie Curie International incoming fellowships enable researchers working in third countries to visit member state or associated country research organisations in order to undertake cooperative scientific research with European investigators. Applicants must have been active in research in a third country and may be of any nationality. Each applicant must hold a doctorate, or have at least four years of full-time equivalent work experience. Each researcher must have spent no more than 12 months of the preceding three years in country of their host organisation. Project may last for 12 to 24 months. Closing date passed on 11 Aug 2011.
1st August 2012
Postdoctoral mobility mechanism grants
Postdoctoral mobility mechanism grants aim to encourage the effective transfer into different research disciplines of knowledge gained by post-doctoral Research Assistants (PDRAs) working on existing EPSRC research grants and enhance the competencies and career opportunities of these researchers. Funding covers salary costs, indirect costs and other justifiable costs including travel. >£100,000 No deadline
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Senior Media Fellowships
Senior media fellowships enable leading researchers to devote time to develop a higher media profile. The aim is to advance public engagement with the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering via the broadcast and written media.
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EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
Applications are invited for Postdoctoral fellowships in Physical Sciences and Mathematical Science.The application process for EPSRC fellowships has changed, there is now no outline stage in the new Fellowship process, applicants are required to submit a full proposal.  There will be no closing date for the submission of applications. Please see the website for full details.
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Mathematical Sciences Small Grants Call
The maximum value of grants for this call is full economic cost of £30,000. This Small Grant call supports applications for one or more of the following: Visiting researchers; visits to overseas organisations; small research workshops. There is no closing date and proposals can be submitted at any time. please note that proposals must reach EPSRC a minimum of 16 weeks before a funding decision is required.
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Research workshops and symposia
Funding available through the Mathematical Sciences Programme for these meetings is primarily to stimulate research rather than training, although limited resources (< 10% of the total cost of the workshop) may be earmarked to support student attendance (excluding travel costs for EPSRC students). Proposals can be submitted at any time. Note that proposals under £20,000 can be submitted through the Mathematics Sciences Programme Small Grant's Call.
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National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. See website for further details, the call is expected to open during August 2011
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Early career and Established career Fellowships
Applications are invited for Early career Fellowshipsin Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences.The application process for EPSRC fellowships has changed, there is now no outline stage in the new Fellowship process, applicants are required to submit a full proposal.  There will be no closing date for the submission of applications. Please see the website for full details.
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European Science Foundation
Various awards with differing closing dates. Please see website for further details.
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Newton International Fellowships
The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities.They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. Please check website for the call open dates, and application deadline.
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Current funding calls complied by Research, Enterprise and Development (RED)
Please follow this link to find all Science current calls (updated fortnightly). You will then need to conduct a search using key terms (e.g. 'Mathematics',  'Fluid dynamics', 'Number theory', 'Applied probability').
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ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant
Research proposal: pioneering frontier research in any field of science, engineering and scholarship. Candidates can be of any nationality, and must have obtained their PhD (or equivalent degree more than two years but less than twelve years prior to the opening date of the relevant call for proposals Up to 2M Euros in funding is availble. Fellowships are for 5 years. Calls for proposals are published annually in summer (normally late July each year) with deadlines in autumn.
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Royal Society 2010 Anniversary Research Professorships
These prestigious posts provide long-term support for internationally recognised scientists of outstanding achievement and promise. Previous holders of Royal Society Research Professorships include five Nobel Laureates and five Presidents of the Royal Society. Applications are particularly welcomed from scientists currently resident outside the UK The current call has now closed. Please check the website for information about future calls during 2010.
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Special Awards
A very limited number of Special Awards are made to worthy causes and individuals whose aims are consistent with the Commission's Charter to 'increase the means of industrial education' in Britain. These may range from substantial support for other bodies in pursuing specific projects, to travel and study awards to individuals. However, apart from its programme of Fellowships and Studentships, the Commission does not offer any Special Awards for university or post-graduate courses. Deadlines are not detailed - applicants should, in the first instance, talk to the Secretary before making a written application.
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Overseas Travel grants
Grants for international travel and subsistence so that researchers can visit non-UK centres for short periods of time to study new techniques or develop international collaborations. No limit on amount of funding. There are no closing dates and you can apply at any time. Please ensure you leave enough time for processing, which is currently at least 12 weeks before the proposed visit.
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STFC Industry Programme Support Scheme (PIPSS)
The new PIPSS provides the opportunity to reduce the risk to industry of the adoption, or the exploration of the adoption, of new technology. PIPSS projects may have a total value of up to £125k per annum (with a maximum award of £375k). The project value is the sum of the FEC costs of the Industrial Organisation and the collaborating HEI(s).
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Leverhulme Trust / Royal Society Senior Fellowships
This scheme is for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties for a period of up to one year. Call opens end of 2011
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NWO Partnership Programme in Science
This competitive programme provides a grant-in-aid towards the cost of international travel and accommodation for collaborative research visits and workshops/seminars. There is no element in the grants to cover bench-fees, running costs, equipment, consumables or any other items. Deadlines for applications vary according to country:  Poland, closed; France, closed (call for proposals normally issued in the Spring); Germany, closed; Italy, closed (call for proposal usually issued in the Spring). Please see website for further details.
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MRC Industrial CASE Scheme
MRC will be funding approximately 35 individual Industry CASE PhD studentships this year, to be taken up in 2012. They aim to award at least five of these to Small & Medium Sized Enterprises. Open to applications from scientists within: UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs); Research Council Institutes; Independent Research Organisations (IROs); Companies registered for business and trading in the UK with a UK medical research and/or manufacturing base. This call has now closed on 28 July 2011.
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ERC Advanced Investigator Grants
ERC Advanced Investigator Grants support individual professorial level researchers established as exceptional leaders in their field, in undertaking ambitious, groundbreaking, high-impact research projects. A maximum of €2.5 million over 5 years is available (€3.5 million in exceptional cases). Applicants are required to complete a University application form for review at Faculty level. This call has now closed.
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Department of the Air Force (USAF)
Department of the Air Force (USAF) Research interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The focus of this program is on research areas that offer significant and comprehensive benefits to US national warfighting and peacekeeping capabilities. Theses areas are organized and managed in three scientific directorates:
-aerospace, chemical and materials sciences;
-physics and electronics;
-mathematics, information and life sciences.
 All responsible, potential applicants from academia and industry are eligible to submit proposals. $750,000 >£100,000 No deadline.
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