Royal Society Pairing Scheme

Royal SocietyThe Royal Society is offering a training scheme for scientists to gain insight in to how parliament and government work, and how you can use your research findings to inform policy making.

To take part in the scheme you will need to be able to travel to London for the Week in Westminster and be willing to arrange for your parliamentarian or civil servant pair to visit you at your research facility. The Royal Society will cover your travel and subsistence costs, including accommodation, for the Week in Westminster.

The Royal Society welcomes applications from scientists across all science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) disciplines working in academia or industry. To be eligible for the scheme applicants are required to have at least two years postdoctoral research experience or equivalent research experience in industry.

For more information and to apply visit this link.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 24 May 2015.

Leverhulme Visiting Professorships

The Leverhulme Trust has announced a call for it’s Visiting Professorships.

The objective of these awards is to enable distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and twelve 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.

Regarding the value of the award, the sum requested should reflect the individual circumstances of the visitor and the nature and duration of the proposed activities. A maintenance grant up to a level commensurate with the salary of a professor in the relevant field at the receiving institution may be requested. Economy travel costs to and from the UK will also be met. Requests for associated costs, if justified by the programme, may include, for example, travel within the UK, consumables, and essential technical assistance.

Full call details can be found at this link.

The official deadline 4pm 16 May 2013 (internal deadline 9 May 2013) OR 4pm 10 October 2013 (internal deadline 3 October 2013).

As always, let me know if you intend to apply.

eFuturesXD Awards

eFuturesXD is a cross-disciplinary funder, offering awards to support UK academics in electronics as they initiate collaborative research across their discipline boundary. In this instance they are looking for collaborations which fall within the EPSRC ICT portfolio.

Currently 4 awards are available:

  • Travel Award – £5,000 to enable visits and exchanges
  • Meeting Award – £10,000 to organise events to build a consortium
  • Facility Award – £20,000 for the use of expensive facilities
  • Staff Award – £60,000 for carrying out larger scoping studies or for extended visits to teams within another discipline

In order to be eligible, you must conform to EPSRC eligibility guidelines, and therefore must hold an academic post. The proposal must involve at least two partners from UK universities and be cross-disciplinary within ICT. At least one applicant must be from the electronics community and must be active within eFutures, having registered with the website (, provided their user profile and participated in network activities as appropriate.

Distribution of Funds

eFuturesXD has a total of £600,000 (100% FEC) to distribute over a three year period. They anticipate the release £100,000 (100% FEC) in each six month period of the grant although the panel are able to be flexible if required. The panel will meet every month to discuss applications and look at the overall portfolio.

If you are interested in applying for one of these awards please contact me.

Visiting Fellowship, Mansfield College

The Governing Body of Mansfield College is proposing to elect a Visiting Fellow for all or part of the academic year 2013-2014. The purpose of the fellowship, which is non-stipendiary, is to provide a congenial base for visiting scholars, either from the UK or abroad, to conduct research in Oxford, have access to Oxford libraries, and use the college as a means of establishing contact with other scholars in the college and the University. Applications from scholars whose interests lie within the range of subjects represented in the Senior Common Room will be particularly welcome.

I would be very grateful if you would advertise this fellowship in your department.

Further details and an application form are available at

Candidates should submit five copies of the application form and their CV by Friday 8 March 2013.