Current Royal Society Calls


Brian Mercer Award for Innovation (closes 25 March 2013)
For scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product, ready for commercial exploitation.
Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative (closes 4 April 2013)
For scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between
sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.
Industry Fellowship (closes 5 April 2013)
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.
Newton International Fellowship (closes 10 April 2013)
For non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and
wish to conduct research in the UK.
Brian Mercer Feasibility Award (rolling round)
For scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research.

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

The call for Marie Curie Fellowships are now open!

There are 3 types of fellowships available, all with a deadline of 14 August 2013:

The criteria are as follows:

Intra-European Fellowships (IEF): This is an individual grant allowing an experienced researcher* to move within Europe to pursue his/her research project

International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF): This is an individual grant for experienced researchers* willing to receive a research training in a host institution in a third country (outside Europe)

International Incoming Fellowships (IIF): This is an individual grant for experienced researchers* based in third countries (non-Europeans) willing to receive a research training in a host institution based in Europe

*What constitutes as an experienced researcher, in this case? The applicant must be in possession of a doctoral degree OR at least 4 years of research experience.

Please visit the Marie Curie Fellowships page for further information and contact me should you wish to apply.

The Application Process Presentation

I gave a talk this lunchtime to colleagues from Department on our funding application process.

Those who attended asked if I could share the presentation, so here it is.

If you would like to get a copy of Nathan’s presentation please email me.

MRC: Medical Bioinformatics – building capability, capacity and infrastructure

As the need for large scale data analysis and computational approaches to advance medical research grows, MRC is announcing an investment of £50m to support medical bioinformatics.

Key areas for funding will include:

  • Improving informatics and computational approaches to understanding mechanisms of human disease – from the cellular level through to the whole disease phenotype
  • Research linkage between basic genomic information, complex phenotypes, and clinical data sets
  • Analytical capabilities tailored to medical research and in particular the challenge of integration across differing degrees of resolution, dynamic scales and heterogeneity of data, and interpretation of very large and rich data sets including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, imaging, population health sciences etc.

Up to £35m capital (for spend in 2014/15) and £15m resource will be available. They expect to provide funding for staff, projects and capability development for up to six, five-year strategic awards. Fellowship funding is also available for recruitment of research leaders of the future in bioinformatics and computational biology.

This has a two stage application process, and all prospective applicants must submit an Expression of Interest. Deadlines and time-frames are as follows:

Task Deadline
Call Launch 11th March 2013
Deadline of Expression of Interest

Applications – via email

Monday 22ndApril 2013
Expression of Interest Steering Group Meeting 20th May 2013
Deadline of Full Applications – via JeS July 2013
Applicants respond to referees September 2013
Decision Panel Meeting October/November 2013

For more information and full details on how to apply visit

ESF Exploratory Workshops – 2013 Call for Proposals

This call is open to proposals across all scientific domains. The focus of the scheme is to foster meetings that aim to open up new directions in research or to explore emerging research fields with potential impact on new developments in science. Proposals should also demonstrate the potential for initiating follow-up actions. Proposals will be evaluated on the potential to create breakthroughs and form the basis for new areas of research and/or innovative applications, or the changing of paradigms.

ESF Exploratory Workshops awards are intended for small, interactive and output-oriented discussion meetings of minimum 15, maximum 30 participants and up to a maximum value of 15000 EUR. Awards are for workshops to be held in the calendar year 2014 (1 February – 31 December). Deadline for receipt of proposals: 18 April 2013 (16:00 CET).

Full details at