ERC Consolidator Grants call now open!


European Research Council Consolidator Grant call is now open for applications.

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

For example, it is normally expected that applicants will have produced independently several important publications without the participation of their PhD supervisor.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a promising track-record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. Applicants may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

ERC Consolidator Grants in brief

  • For researchers of any nationality with over 7 and up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise
  • An excellent research proposal
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation located in one of the EU Member State or Associated Countries 
  • Funding per grant: up to € 2 million (in some circumstances up to € 2.75 million)
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Sole evaluation criterion: scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal

The application deadline is 12th March 2015, so please contact your Research Facilitation team as soon as possible if you intend to apply.

To find out more, Click here
For application guidance, Click here (PDF)

AXA Junior Research Fellowship Fund








AXA Junior Research (Post-Doctoral) Fellowship:

Expressions of Interest: 30th October 2014
Internal Candidate Nomination: 6th November 2014
Candidate Submission to AXA: 24th November 2014

The call for Expressions of Interest for the AXA Junior Research Fellowship is now open. The mission of the AXA Research Fund is to fund basic research dedicated to a better understanding of important hazards, risks and threats and current global societal challenges within three clusters: socioeconomic risks, environmental risks and life risks. AXA intends to award a number of two-year postdoctoral fellowships worth €60,000/per annum. This will be a bottom-up scheme, with Expressions of Interest put forward, followed by an internal selection of the best candidate to be put forward on the 24th of November 2014. The nominee would then have until the 15th to submit their application outline for consideration.

For further details and how to apply: Click here
For AXA Guidelines: Click Here (PDF)

Facebook are Funding Fees for DPhil Students


Facebook Graduate Fellowship:

Facebook have announced they are now offering a two year award for their “Graduate Fellowship” scheme. Each fellowship award provides several benefits to cover the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, including:

• Tuition and fees will be paid for two academic years
• $37,000 yearly grant (up to two years)
• Visit Facebook HQ to present your research
• Opportunity for a paid internship at Facebook

The Fellowship Program is open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year(s) and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area.

Opening date: 20th October 2014
Closing date: 5th January 2015

For further information click here

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Multidisciplinary Project Award

This call is for multidisciplinary research projects that involve both cancer researchers and scientists from engineering and physical science disciplines, where the aim is to generate original research ideas and explore their applicability in cancer research.

Up to £500k can be requested to support a project over a period of up to 4 years.

Applications should ideally include:

  • a minimum of two PIs working in distinct scientific disciplines
  • at least one PI working in cancer research at any career stage
  • at least one PI from an engineering/physical science discipline at any career stage

With a primary focus on multidisciplinary research, the research themes within remit for this award include:

  • The direct application of physics, engineering, chemical or mathematical concepts to address the underlying physical processes of cancer, including tumour initiation, growth and metastasis.
  • The development and translation of technologies for direct applications in, or a clear path to, a direct application in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Proposals for the first applications of technologies in cancer research and those which demonstrate potential clinical applicability are encouraged.

The call deadline is 17 November 2014. Full information can be found at this link.

If you are thinking of applying to this call please let me know.

Digital Economy – Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2014

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme is running a competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having.

Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of their research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

More information…