The Royal Society’s Theo Murphy Blue Skies Award has been re-launched this June after it first opened in 2009. It offers support to exceptional scientists, who have a proven track record as independent researchers, to fund innovative, bold and potentially transformative research ideas or approaches. All research must fall within the Royal Society’s scientific remit, which incorporates all areas of the life and physical sciences, including mathematics and engineering but excluding clinical medicine.
The scheme primarily aims to fund research that is:
- Innovative and will lead to preliminary or proof of concept data for unproven or novel transformative ideas.
- Fundamental in new and emerging areas or has the potential to open up new areas of research.
- Original and bold but is lacking a sufficient evidence base in literature, which makes it unlikely to fare well in the normal peer review process or be supported by traditional grant schemes.
Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available for projects of one to two years in duration, dependent on the nature of the research proposed. Larger grants may be available where proposals show significant potential to transform a research area.
Applications are invited from scientists of any nationality who have a proven track record as independent researchers and will be based at a UK university or a not-for-profit organisation for the duration of the grant.
The next deadline for applications is 1 August 2016.