Thursday, 4 October 2012

FUNDING CALL: JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term)

JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) Application Deadline: Monday 3rd December 2012 Fellowships must be started between 1st May 2013 to 31st March 2014.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2007. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Please visit the JSPS London website here for further information:

Call for Proposals for Programmes of Knowledge Exchange

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute invites submissions for Knowledge Exchange programmes to be held in the Institute in the period March to September 2013.


Scottish Insight will support at least 3 programmes as a result of this call. Programmes should:

> address substantial issues that face Scotland and the wider world;

> require a multi-disciplinary approach and the input of policy-maker and/or practitioner knowledge;

> marshal the existing knowledge of participants and deploy their experience in fresh ways;

> be productively addressed through a schedule of activities during a period of up to 4 months; and

> have the capacity to extend knowledge and inform policy and/or practice.

Programme participants should include international expertise.  Organising teams must include members employed at 2 of our partner universities. The universities financially sponsoring these programmes are the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde. Academics from other Scottish universities may participate but not lead programmes. Full details of eligibility criteria in the Guidelines for Applicants.

Application guidelines and application forms can be downloaded at:

key dates

Deadline for Registering Interest: 23:59hrs, Friday 19th October 2012

Deadline for submitting a Proposal: 5pm, Friday 30th November 2012

Funding decision made by: Week beginning 17th December 2012

About the Institute

Scottish Insight's physical space in central Glasgow has been purpose-designed to promote multi-disciplinary interactions. In it's pilot phase, the Institute was hosted and supported by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow as the Institute for Advance Studies. Since autumn 2010, the Institute operates under the name Scottish Universities Insight Institute, reflecting its collaborative status. This Call is issued on behalf of the partner universities.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Fund: call for applications

Applications are invited for awards from the Wellcome Trust-University of Edinburgh Institutional Support Fund. The application form and guidance are at The next SBS/CSE deadline for applications is *4pm on Friday 12 October 2012*. This is to allow the proposals to assessed and submitted to the overall deadline date of 19 October 2012. Please submit your application and all relevant documentation to

For proposals from Science & Engineering Schools other than SBS, the proposing School(s) must contribute 25% of the total cost of the proposal (NB. SBS has already made this contribution to the overall pot). Any proposals must therefore have the support of the relevant Head of School.

Please be aware that while Wellcome have indicated that ISSF funding will continue at Edinburgh, this has yet to be officially confirmed by the Trust. This call is therefore made on the basis that funding will be
confirmed in early October.

The College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine and the School of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, have agreed to spend the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WT-ISSF) in part in 'response mode' and in part 'top-down'. We have agreed to a series of deadlined calls for
i) support for strategic purposes only, to help towards applications to Wellcome and other major bodies; and
ii) top-down support for major, new initiatives.
Applications which involve collaborative work between Colleges (especially WT-funded groups) and which support likely IA/Fellowship/strategic/commercialisation award bids are particularly welcome.

Please be aware that only cases of clear strategic importance should be forwarded for consideration.

There will be a second call, with a deadline of Friday 1 March 2013 (SBS/CSE deadline 22 Feb 13). The timelines militate for some rapid decisions and picking some obvious winners, and to ensure the award funds are spent within the timeframe given.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Call for applications: Royal Academy of Engineering Schemes - Research Fellowships and Leverhulme

*_Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships_*

Applications are welcomed from outstanding researchers from all branches of engineering who are about to finish their PhD or have up to three years Post-Doctoral research experience. The scheme provides funding for five years to encourage the best researchers to remain in the academic engineering sector. In addition to the direct financial support, the scheme offers successful candidates the freedom to concentrate on basic research by the release from teaching and administrative duties, time to establish a track record in the field
internationally, and a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to offer support & advice during the course of the Fellowship.

Further details may be found on our>

Please note that applications must be received by *5pm on* *Monday, 12th November 2012.*

*_Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships_*

This scheme enables the appointment of 7 Senior Research Fellows in UK universities in any discipline of engineering. The Fellowships allow academics to be freed from their administrative and teaching responsibilities in order to concentrate on full-time research for periods from one academic term up to one year. Mid-career engineering academics are thus enabled to rejuvenate their research career or make
significant headway in ongoing work. The Fellow's employing institution will be reimbursed for the gross salary costs of a junior academic at the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by the Host University. The replacement will be expected to undertake all of the Fellow's teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship.

Further information may be found on our>

Please note that applications must be received by *5pm on* *Monday, 19th November 2012.*

I would be most grateful if you would pass this on to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Digital Economy call

Pre-announcement for 3M funding on the Digital Economy

The call is Oct 2, you will need to register an intent to submit by Nov 19 and submit Dec 11.

Note that the proposal will require both technological and sociological elements, so you will probably need co-PIs from Humanities and Social Sciences.

If you would like help with finding collaborators, Jo Shaw (Dean of Research in HSS) or Bob Fisher might be able to help.

Scope of the Call

Proposals are invited from cross-disciplinary teams for flexible grants which will support a suite of related research and people-based activities, focussing on one or more thematic areas. The activity is
made up of two strands:

Research Focus

Addressing novel digital economy, economics and management research  challenges in a thematic area
Undertaking potentially transformative, truly cross-disciplinary research
Providing researchers with the opportunity to explore new research  questions across the disciplines.

People-Based Activities

To support a suite of people-based activities to grow a multidisciplinary  working environment To initiate new, long-term collaborations between researchers across the  digital economy, economics and management remit by stimulating innovative  approaches to collaboration between disciplines.
To alleviate barriers to collaboration and to identify practices that  support cross disciplinary research.

The proposal must look to address both streams; research focus and people-based activities, while meeting the objectives of the call.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

£3000 Fellowships available for researchers from all disciplines

The Software Sustainability Institute ( ; has launched a Fellowship programme that recognises outstanding UK-based researchers who use software. The Fellowships come with £3000 funding which can be used for travel, collaboration and running events. Fellows advise the Institute on important software, evangelise software practices and champion the adoption of best-of-breed software. Fellows will contribute to our blog, and are supported in advertising their own research. Apply to become a Fellow online: --Launch event-- A Fellowship Launch event will be held at the Digital Research 2012 ( in Oxford on 10 September 2012. Attendees at the launch event will receive free entry to the conference on 10 September and, if they choose to stay on, a 50% reduced fee for the rest of the conference. Applicants to the Fellowship Programme put themselves in an advantageous position if we have met them already at the workshop. --Who we are looking for-- We are seeking fifteen outstanding researchers at different stages in their career, from PhDs to Professors, and from a wide range of research disciplines in science, technology and engineering. Successful Fellows will have a demonstrable knowledge and visibility in their community and have excellent communication skills. --Funding-- The £3000 funding is flexible and can be used for travel to conferences, setting up and running workshops, starting new collaborations or hosting/teaching at Software Carpentry training events. --Important information-- The Software Sustainability Institute is a national facility that helps researchers and developers to build and use better research software. The closing date for applications is Thursday 20 September 2012 at 5pm. Fellowships last eighteen months and are available from 1 January 2012 through 30 June 2014. We will announce the successful recipients of the Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowships in November 2012.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tuesday 7 Aug - EU funding calls workshop


Tuesday 7 Aug - EU funding calls workshop

Workshop on latest EU funding calls
Seminar Room, Old Surgeon's Hall
Tuesday 7th August
Robin Williams will be at all sessions, as will representatives of ERI
(Sarah Anderson and Andy McDonald).

We've now produced a shortlist of calls based on the interests of people who've responded, and have allocated *times* to discuss these.

Anyone is welcome to come along to these sessions, whether or not they've  already been in touch with me or Robin about their interests. If you plan to  come along, please RSVP to
<> if possible.

Robin Williams
Sarah Anderson

Director, Research Centre for Social Sciences
Edinburgh Research
and Innovation