Royal Society: Summer Science Exhibition proposals

A unique opportunity to showcase your research at the UK’s most prestigious science exhibition. The call for proposals for the expanded 2015 Summer Science Exhibition is now open.

Each year over 10,000 members of the public and 2,000 school students visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online.

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public.

What does the exhibitor do?

Exhibitors are responsible for designing their exhibition stand. The exhibit should be engaging for a non-scientific visitor and include associated interactive activities. Most exhibits are a standard size of 3m x 3m, or 4m x 2m.

Representatives of each exhibit should attend the Planning Day at the Society in late January. At this event the Society provides guidance on designing exhibits and gives a guided tour of the exhibition space. Some exhibitors from the previous year also attend.

Exhibitors are expected to approach their own institution, research council or other relevant bodies to fund the costs associated with exhibiting. The Society can give advice about funding and can provide post-exhibition evaluation data which is often required by funding bodies. A very limited ‘hardship fund’ is available for exhibitors to apply for additional funds.

Exhibitors may wish to jointly submit proposals with their collaborators and other research groups. You may also recruit undergraduates and students to build your exhibit team.

At least four members of the exhibition team should be in attendance during the public opening times for the exhibition and at the two additional evening events. We recommend having at least 8 members of staff to man each stand per day. Visitors expect to interact with the scientists behind the research and to ask them questions about their work.

After the exhibition, the exhibitors may consider presenting the exhibit elsewhere, such as local science centres or science museums, local visitor attractions or public venues, local secondary school fairs or open days at research institutions.

Deadline: 22 September 2014

For full details please visit The Royal Society website

MRC: Integrative toxicology training partnership PhD studentship scheme

6238The Medical Research Council invites applications for its integrative toxicology training partnership (ITTP) PhD studentship scheme.

This seeks to build expertise in toxicology and related disciplines that is required to ensure the safe and effective development of drugs, chemicals and consumer products, and to provide better assessment of risk deriving from environmental exposure.

Research projects should meet the main aim of ITTP in achieving cross-fertilisation between toxicology and advances in other disciplines. The emphasis is on aligning modern cell and molecular biology with other fundamental and health-related disciplines to provide an integrative holistic approach in research and training relevant to predicting the toxicity of chemicals and drugs as well as to develop an understanding of the chemical, pharmacological and biological processes involved.

Applications should be submitted from potential academic supervisors with mandatory collaborative partners in industry, government agencies or other universities. The proposed work should be feasible to be conducted by a PhD student and successfully submitted as a thesis within four years. Applicants are required to attend an interactive day meeting at the MRC unit on 22 September 2014.

Five four-year studentships are available, to start in October 2015.

Deadline: 30 November 2014

Further details and to apply visit the funder’s website

Report published on the arrangements for Researcher Development

RCUK has published a Report on the 2013 Survey of the Impact of the Funding Change for Researcher Development. The survey, covering institutional strategy for researcher development, its organisation and delivery, feedback and review mechanisms, funding issues and remaining or emerging challenges and opportunities, is intended to enable institutions to compare their position with overall directions and context.

ESRC celebrating impact prize

JPG RGB Small with BorderThe Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its celebrating impact prize. This prize is intended to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who have achieved, or are currently achieving, outstanding economic or societal impacts through their research and collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities.

There are six categories for this prize:

•impact in business;

•impact in public policy;

•impact in society;

•international impact;

•early career impact;

•impact champion of the year.

Applications are welcome from both individuals and teams. For the category champion of the year individuals must be nominated. Applicants must be current ESRC-funded researchers, current and previous members of ESRC centres and large investments, or current ESRC fellows and previous fellows. For the early career impact prize, ESRC-funded postgraduate researchers are eligible to apply. For team entries, the majority of the team should meet the above requirements.

A prize of £10,000 will be made to the winners of each category, with a further £10,000 for the department with the impact champion of the year. Second prizes are worth £5,000.

Closing date 22 November 2014 (Forecast)

Deadline information Call has not yet been announced by funder but this is the approximate deadline we expect. Applications due by 4pm. This call is repeated once a year.

Health Innovation Challenge Fund

This is a parallel funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health to stimulate the creation of innovative healthcare products, technologies and interventions and to facilitate their development for the benefit of patients in the NHS and beyond.

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund invites applicants to apply for funding in any of the areas of special interest listed below. Please read the eligibility criteria thoroughly before applying.

Each £10m funding round will review and assess proposals from all themes. All applications are judged purely on merit. There are no funding quotas for individual themes (the list of which can be seen below):

  • Surgical technologies
  • Innovative diagnostics
  • Trauma and critical care medicine
  • Informatics to assist clinical decision making
  • Repurposing of technologies and medicines
  • Biological therapeutics

The 2014/15 timeline for Round 10 is:

Preliminary applications due:15 September 2014

Preliminary application shortlisting: 17 October 2014

Full applications due: 12 January 2015

Funding committee meeting: 16-17 April 2015

For further details and to apply please visit the funder’s website

Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today published its Statement of Expectations for Research Fellowships and Future Research Leaders, which sets out common principles for the support of all Research Council-funded fellowships and future research leaders. The Research Councils want to ensure that the individuals funded as fellows or future research leaders are equipped and supported to be adaptable and flexible in an increasingly complex global research environment.

Horizon 2020: First impressions and statistics

Europa Media have published a useful blog on featuring some interesting early Horizon 2020 impressions and statistics – you can read the full post here.

Cancer Research UK – programme foundation awards

Cancer Research UK invites applications for its programme foundation awards. These aim to support exceptional non-clinical and clinical scientists to establish or further develop their independent research group, and offer applicants the opportunity to establish a reputation as a world leader in a cancer-relevant research field.

Research must fall within the following areas of the scientific remit:

•basic biological research;

•preclinical studies;



•radiotherapy research;

•engineering and physical sciences applied to cancer.

Applications will be accepted from scientists, clinicians or health care workers in UK universities, medical schools, hospitals and research institutions. Applicants must, at the time of the funding, be in a full-time post that is fully funded by the relevant national Higher Education Funding Council, the National Health Service or equivalent. Applicants should normally have completed between eight and 14 years of postdoctoral research experience.

The award provides six years of funding which may be used towards the stipends of postdoctoral researchers, technical staff and PhD students with associated running costs. Additionally, equipment can be requested up to a value of £50,000. Requests for funding up to a total value of £1.5 million will be considered.

Closing date: 2 September 2014


Wellcome Trust: Seeding Drug Discovery – call open

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its seeding drug discovery scheme. This aims to develop drug-like, small molecules that will be the springboard for further research and development by the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in areas of unmet medical need. Projects must address an unmet need in healthcare or in applied medical research, offer a potential new solution and have a realistic expectation that the innovation will be developed further by the market.

Early-stage drug discovery projects may request funding for up to two years, while late-stage lead to clinical projects may request up to four years’ funding, to support lead optimisation and preclinical development.

Application process:

A preliminary application form should be completed and returned to Innovations by the published deadline.

Applications will be considered at one of the two Seeding Drug Discovery Committee meetings in each 12-month period.

Successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to complete a full application, which is subject to international peer review by members of the Innovations Advisory Group.

Deadline: 5 November

For further information, guidance and to apply please visit the funder’s website.

Horizon 2020 Public Private Partnerships Info Day

flag_yellow_lowThe European Commission have confirmed the date for this year’s Public Private Partnerships Info day – Tuesday, 21 October 2014 in Brussels.

The event will cover the Public Private Partnership (PPP) topics, including Factories of the Future, Energy Efficient Buildings, Green Vehicles and SPIRE (Process Industries).

The aim of the event is to give the research community an overview of ongoing activities, and to support the preparation of (PPP) proposals for the 2015 calls. The info day will also provide opportunities for networking activity to assist in consortia building.

The event is announced on the Commission’s KETs website – see details on this, the PPP topic areas and (for info) what last year’s event contained, including presentations.

There is also the option to subscribe to the Commission’s newsletter and be informed when registrations open.