Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowships

flag_yellow_lowThe European Commission Horizon 2020: Excellent Science invites proposals for its H2020-MSCA-IF-2014 Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowships call. This aims to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Support will be granted for individual, transnational fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in member states or associated countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organisation.

There are two different mobility types:

•European fellowships: these are held in EU member states or associated countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe;

•global fellowships: these are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host.

The beneficiary shall be a participant located in a member state or associated country and employing the researcher during the project.

The indicative budget is €240.50 million, of which €29m is reserved for global fellowships.

Closing date: 11 September 2014

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-msca-if-2014.html

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation – small grants available

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The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation invites applications for its small pump-priming grants. These grants support projects in:

•arts and culture;

•science, technology and environment;

•humanities and social issues;

•Japanese language;

•medicine and health;

•youth and education;


While encouraging applications in each of the above fields, the foundation particularly wishes to support activities/projects in science and technology; medicine and health; environment and social issues; Japanese studies; and in the Japanese language.

Financial support is available for:

•visits between the UK and Japan;

•research and collaborative studies, seminars, workshops, lectures and publications in academic and specialist fields.

Emphasis is placed on projects involving groups in both the UK and Japan. Grants do not normally exceed £6,000.

Deadline: 31 August 2014

Website: http://www.gbsf.org.uk/activities/

The Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Catalyst – Round 2

Round 2 of The Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Catalyst, a joint call from the BBSRCS, the EPSRC and the Technology Strategy Board, opens today.  Full details on this funding call can be found here .

AHRC Collaborative doctoral awards


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) invites applications for its collaborative doctoral awards. These encourage and develop collaboration between higher education institution departments and non-academic organisations and businesses by providing opportunities for doctoral students to gain experience of work outside an academic environment.

Awards are designed to encourage and establish links that are beneficial for both collaborating partners. Research students, jointly supervised by members from each partner organisation, will carry out a project that will lead to a doctoral qualification by the end of the award and falls within the AHRC’s subject domain. Highlight notices for PhD research that explores design or connected communities are in place under this scheme.

Applications should be made jointly by a department in a recognised UK higher education institution and a non-academic organisation from the private, public or voluntary sector. Non-academic partners must normally have an operating base in the UK. In addition to being able to submit one application per highlight call, each HEI may submit up to two proposals for the parent call.

Students will receive a standard doctoral studentship and an additional annual payment of £550. AHRC recommends that the non-academic partner make an additional payment towards the student’s additional personal costs. Awards will support up to three years of full-time studies or up to six years of part-time studies.

Closing date: 9 July 2014

Website: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Collaborative-Doctoral-Awards.aspx

Scaling Up Improvement – call open

HF Brand LogoThe Health Foundation has recently launched a new programme, Scaling Up Improvement  with over £3 million (up to £500k per project team) available for up to seven teams to take successful health care improvement interventions and deliver them at a larger scale.

They are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care. Projects need to show how ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to improve care at a small scale can be delivered at a larger scale. Applications can come from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where services are free at the point of delivery, they are expecting applications from a partnership of organisations working together, education bodies can be involved as a partner. Projects are expected to run for up to 2 years following a recommended 6 month set up phase.

Closing dates:

1st stage outline application – 16 June 2014 at 12 noon
Full application deadline – mid-September (actual date to be confirmed)


Diabetes UK – apply now for small grants

Diabetes UK invites applications for its small grants. These enable researchers to undertake small research projects or pilot studies related to diabetes.

Applicants must have a tenured post or be able to demonstrate that they will have a salary and position at the institution they are applying from for the lifetime of the grant. Applications are particularly welcome from NHS consultants specialising in diabetes who are within five years of their first appointment. Grants are not intended to be used as top-up funds.

Grants are for a one-year period and are worth up to £15,000.

Closing Date: 1 June 2014

Website: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/For-researchers/Apply-for-a-grant/Small-grants/