Royal Society Fellowships Workshop – 6 September 2018

 

Royal Society covers life & physical sciences including engineering but excluding medical

Lucy Saddleton and Katie Lisanti @Royal Society

Katie Saddleton- Scheme Manager, UK Grants (particularly Fellowships)

Fellowships – they are really flexible, encourage shared parental leave, can accommodate sick leave, parental leave etc. You are all humans and RS will support you.

There are additional free training opportunities available for RS Fellows, workshops, training, mentoring, MP pairing scheme. Funding schemes include:

  • University Research Fellows can apply to have a PhD student included in the Fellowship
  • ECR Fellowships
  • Senior Research Fellowships
  • Industry & Innovation – Fellowships & New Short Industry Fellowships
  • Industry & Innovation – APEX Award, Paul Instrument Fund
  • Research Capacity & Infrastructure – Research Grants

Lucy Lisanti – International Exchanges Manager

International Collaboration & Travel – International Exchanges, JSPS Postdoc Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship (ECR from Newton Countries), Newton Advanced (Early to Mid from Newton Countries), Royal Society Newton Fund (International Fellowships)

GCRF – International Collaboration (bolstering current collaborations), Challenge Led Grants (one off award), FLAIR Fellowships (African researchers to work in sub Saharan /Africa Universities

 Application Process – Flexi-Grant – Flexi grant deadline is now 3pm not midnight

 What are we looking for?

Think of it like a job interview, track record, creativity, excellent scientific merit

Royal Society don’t mind if you stay at your institution or if you move, and you can transfer your grant/fellowship if you move.

 Tips for the Interview

  • For ECRs – how is this a route to independence
  • Why do you want to stay at institution – having family nearby is a valid reason.
  • Need to do an Elevator Pitch
  • Hold mock interviews before hand
  • There are videos about the interview process on RS website
  • Need a really good lay summary, understandable by someone who does not have a discipline specific knowledge.

Scheme notes can change between rounds!! Make sure you are accessing the most up to date version.

 Other things to Note

RS do not publish success rates due to variation of award year on year – for some schemes success rates are not high so don’t want to put people off!!

Limited feedback at each stage – further down process you get the more feedback that you get.

Can apply again if unsuccessful (except Henry Dale which is joint with Wellcome Trust, where you need to complete a pre-application pro-forma).

 Fellowship Case Studies

Claudia Schneider – Newcastle

University Research Fellowship

Leave lots of time for application

View another person’s proposal

Good to do a mock interview

Route to independence – how is work different to what you have been doing before,
how can you expand your group, what is your next publication

Lars Erik Holmquist- Northumbria

Wolfson Research Merit Award

Salary increase to help recruit someone you might not have been able to recruit otherwise

Biggest benefit is being part of RS network & accessing training

Digital Disruption Network

Del Atkinson – Durham

Royal Society Industry Fellow (can be either way, industry to academic or academic to industry)

Having a great idea and why you are the right person to do this at this time – why you, why now – what are you skill sets?

Working with industry, start small and build, be flexible

Don’t do it if you’re not interested

PANEL SESSION – Q&A

RS are not risk averse, they expect a project to have ambition and stretch the applicant.

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Newton International Fellowships: 2018 Call Now Open

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The latest call for Newton International Fellowships, released yesterday by the British Academy, Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/

Applicants should hold a PhD (or expect to obtain one by the time funding starts) and not be UK citizens and be working outside of the UK at the time of application. In addition, applicants should have no more than 7 years of active, full-time postdoctoral experience at the time of application, discounting career breaks. Applicants should not have done their PhD at the institution they are applying to.

The opportunity covers the full range of subjects covered by the three funders, including engineering, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, pure/applied mathematics, human geography, astronomy and physics (see p2 of the scheme notes for full details).

The funding is to pay for their subsistence costs for a two-year full-time fellowship appointment (up to £24k/annum as a tax exempt stipend), up to £8k/annum for consumables, a one-off £2k relocation payment in year one, as well as a contribution to institutional overheads.

This is a highly competitive scheme, but if you know of a good quality candidate with an excellent research track record who is keen to work here, then it may be a good opportunity to apply for. The application deadline is 27th March 2018 at 3pm.

Please contact your Faculty aligned Research Funding and Policy Manager for a further discussion in the first instance.

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GCRF Networking Grants Now Available

The Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society have jointly launched a new call for Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants.

The scheme allows researchers from across disciplines and from developing countries and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. We expect that these new networks will then be better equipped to apply for larger grants offered by the GCRF programme and other funding initiatives.

This is an excellent opportunity for those who are starting to build networks with researchers and stakeholders in DAC List countries. The awards provide up to £25,000 over one year to hold networking events, supporting these collaborations.

The deadline for applications for this round is 21st March 2018. Successful projects must start between 1st July and 30th September 2018 and last for one year. Further details are available on the call page. Please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in applying.

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Royal Society – Research Grants: Deadline 19th December 2017

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Do You Remember the Future by JD Hancock CC BY 2.0

The Royal Society has recently launched the latest round of their Research Grants scheme, with a closing date of 19th December 2017.

These awards provide up to £20k of ‘seed corn’ funding for early stage researchers for the purchase of specialised equipment, consumable materials and/or travel and subsistence for field research. The scheme covers all disciplines in the life and physical sciences (this includes engineering, computer sciences, earth sciences, and environmental sciences).

Find out more about the scheme and how to apply here:

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/research-grants/

Northumbria staff: please send a near final draft of your proposal to your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager by 7th December 2017 at the latest so that we have time to do a basic review and check costs before sending for Faculty approval on the 12th December. If you are proposing to use the grant to purchase equipment, then please obtain a quote from a supplier (including VAT and any shipment costs) and include that in the documents you send over. You should also discuss any proposed equipment purchase with the relevant technical team.

Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below before you start working on a proposal. If you are unsure or wish to discuss further, please get in touch:

  • Hold a PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • Be based at an eligible UK organisation and a UK resident at the time of application
  • Be within the first five consecutive years, at the time of application, of either:
    • their first permanent independent academic research post
    • a named limited-tenured/fixed-term academic research post, obtained in open competition (Note that tenure must cover the duration of the award).
  • Be fully independent researchers with access to their own lab space (in other words post-doc researchers funded by a grant on which someone else is PI are not eligible)

Northumbria staff can have a look at a few previously successful proposals here (though please note these were prepared in eGap, so the forms will look a little different to the new Flexi-Grant system): https://one.northumbria.ac.uk/service/rbs/Pages/Research-Resources/Applying-for-Funding/Developing-Costing-Proposals/Northumbria-Research-Bid-Repository/Royal-Society.aspx

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New Global Challenges Research Fund Opportunities

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A raft of new calls have been released in recent weeks under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) banner. You can find out more about them by following the links in the table below.

Several of the calls have restrictions on the number which can be submitted by the host institution, and these are marked with an asterisk (*). We will circulate details of any internal processes which apply via email but please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in developing an application for any of these calls.

Northumbria University has a GCRF Working Group and a network of staff with relevant research experience are available to provide guidance and support on bids to these schemes as they develop. Please visit our GCRF webpages to find out more.

Call Title Funder Closing date
Global Challenge Research Fund Foundation Awards STFC 05/09/2017
Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society 06/09/2017
Engineering for Development Research Fellowships Royal Academy of Engineering 06/09/2017*
Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Nutrition and Health Research MRC 14/09/2017*
Institutional “pump-priming” awards to develop new opportunities in Global Mental Health Research MRC 14/09/2017*
Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries EPSRC 21/09/2017 (EoI by 17/08/2017)
Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries RCUK Collective Call 29/09/2017 (Intention to Submit)*

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Royal Society – GCRF International Collaboration Awards

 As part of the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF), the Royal Society has launched an International Collaboration Award to enable outstanding UK research leaders to develop international collaborations with the best leading researchers from around the world, to work on some of the global challenges and problems facing developing countries.

 This scheme offers up to £75,000 per year for up to three years and will close on 23 May 2017.

 Applications must fall within the Royal Society remit of natural sciences and engineering, and should support work on global challenges and problems facing developing countries.

 For further details see the Royal Society website.

Also the Northumbria University GCRF Working Group is available to review bids, contact your Faculty Representative if you would like some input from this group:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/global-challenges-research-fund/

 

 

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APEX Awards 2017

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The British Academy, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and Leverhulme Trust have joined forces to offer a new award for established, independent researchers to pursue interdisciplinary, curiosity-driven research to benefit wider society. Known as the ‘APEX’ Awards (Academies Partnership in Supporting Excellence in Cross-disciplinary research awards), up to £100,000 will be available for projects of up to 24 months which spans the remit of more than one of the academies involved in the scheme.

The objectives of the APEX scheme are to:

  • support outstanding interdisciplinary research which is unlikely to be supported through conventional funding programmes
  • promote collaboration across disciplines, with a particular emphasis on the boundary between science and engineering and the social sciences and humanities
  • support researchers with an outstanding track record, in developing their research in a new direction through collaboration with partners from other disciplines
  • enable outstanding researchers to focus on advancing their innovative research through seed funding

The costs are primarily to cover teaching replacement to enable the applicant to concentrate on the research, but up to 25% can be used for associated costs related to the research (e.g. consumables, equipment, travel).

Full guidance and an FAQ can be found on the Royal Society website. The deadline for proposals is 13th January 2017 and applications must be submitted via the eGap system. Please contact your Faculty RFPM for a discussion before embarking on an application.

 

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