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Royal Society Funding Newsletter - February 2010

Dear Professor Fourmann,

It is my pleasure to enclose an update on Royal Society funding opportunities - please feel free to forward this newsletter to colleagues and friends who may be interested.

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Best wishes,
Katie Singer
Impact and Promotion Manager, Grants

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG
Tel. +44 (0) 20 7451 2598


1. Early Career Fellowship schemes:
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

2. Senior Fellowship schemes:
Wolfson Research Merit Awards

3. Innovation schemes:
Industry Fellowship Scheme

4. Research Capacity and Infrastructure schemes:
Research Grants
Leverhulme Royal Society Africa Awards

5. Mobility Grant schemes:
International Joint Projects
International Travel Grants

The Royal Society is celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2010 with a year-long programme of activities and publications; more details are available at


1. Early Career Fellowship schemes:

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities to young postdoctoral researchers from other countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program aims to help such researchers advance their own research while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries. The Royal Society is a nominating authority for this scheme and aims to support excellent researchers from the UK gain experience overseas and create strong collaborative links with Japan.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to 2 April 2010 (i.e. awarded on or after 2 April 2004). Scientists in the final year of their PhD can submit an application. If successful, the award will only be given subject to the confirmation of his/her PhD at the time when the award is taken up. Applicants must be UK or EU citizens resident in the UK at the time of application.

Length of tenure:  Between 12 months minimum and up to 24 months maximum.

Place of tenure:

Value: Subsistence - 364,000 yen per month. A settling-in allowance at the start of the Fellowship of 200,000 yen. A return air ticket (based on JSPS regulations). Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage. A research grant of up to 1,500,000 yen per year.

Website link: http://royalsociety.org/JSPS-Postdoctoral-Fellowship-Program/

Opening date: 25 January 2010
Closing date: 1 March 2010

2. Senior Fellowship schemes:

Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and BIS, this scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract to this country, or retain, respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential. Awards are made to the university and as such researchers must remain at the university named on the application.
The focus of the award is salary enhancement. Research expenses are also considered for research costs not suitable for Research Councils' research grants applications and for overseas applicants to support integration into the UK research and funding environment.

Eligibility: Applicants can be of any nationality and must hold, or be guaranteed, a permanent post at a UK university.  All applicants must have their basic salary wholly funded by the university.
Length of tenure: Five years funding after which the award holder continues with the permanent post at the host university.

Place of tenure: UK university.  Please note that these awards are made to the host university and cannot be transferred to another university.

Value: Salary enhancements have been made usually in the range of £10K to £30K per annum. 

Website link:

Opening date:
26 January 2010
Closing date:  9 March 2010

3. Innovation schemes:

Industry Fellowship Scheme

This scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia. It provides opportunities for an academic scientist to work on a collaborative project with industry, or someone employed in industry to work on a collaborative project with a university department or a not-for-profit research organisation.  It is anticipated that fellows will establish personal and corporate links between the two sectors in the UK as a foundation for their long-term future development.

Applicants can be of any nationality and should be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from establishing or strengthening personal and corporate links between the two sectors as a foundation for long-term future collaboration and development. They should hold a PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession and hold a permanent post in either a UK university, a UK not-for-profit research organisation (e.g. the Health & Safety Executive), or in UK industry.

Length of tenure: The award can be for any period up to two years full-time or pro rata, i.e. it could be held at 50% part-time for four years enabling fellows to maintain links with their employing institution more easily.

Place of tenure: Must involve transfer between UK private industry and a UK university or a not-for-profit research organisation. Publicly funded bodies are not eligible to act as the industrial partner.
Value: The fellow's salary only will be met during the secondment; the employing institution continues to pay national insurance and pension contributions. Research expenses may be claimed up to the value of £2000 per year.

Website link: http://royalsociety.org/Industry-Fellowships/  

Opening date:  Currently open
Closing date: 24 March 2010


4. Research Capacity and Infrastructure schemes:

Research Grants

This scheme provides 'seed corn' funding for new projects initiated by research scientists at an early stage of their career (within the first 5 years). The objective of the scheme is to increase the availability of specialised equipment, consumable materials and services, and to support essential field research. The scheme also provides support for research in the history of science or to assist with publication of scholarly works in the history of science (subject category I), and we welcome any research proposal or publication in the area of Royal Society history.
A parallel round is available for current Royal Society University Research Fellows and Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellows who are beginning the second year of their fellowship in October.
Subjects covered: All disciplines in which the Society will elect researchers to the Fellowship of the Royal Society

Eligibility: Applicants must be resident in the UK.  They should have postdoctoral level or equivalent status at the time of the application and have a permanent or limited-tenure position in an eligible organisation. An applicant who is a postdoctorate paid by a grant for which someone else is the principal investigator is not eligible. Applicants must play a major part and take a leading role in the project and not make its fulfilment more than marginally dependent on the services of postgraduate/doctoral students.

Length of tenure: The grant is for a period of 12 months

Place of tenure: UK university or not-for-profit research organisation (except for Research Council Institutes).

Value:  For all subject categories (A to I), up to £15,000 (including VAT) is available for the purchase of specialised equipment, essential consumable materials and services.  Up to £5,000 (including VAT) is available for the publication of scholarly works in the history of science.

Website: http://royalsociety.org/Research-Grants/

Opening date: 26 February 2010
Closing date: 30 April 2010

5. Mobility Grants schemes:

International Joint Projects

The Royal Society Joint Project programme is designed to enable international collaboration by providing a mobility grant for researchers and members of their research teams to cover travel, subsistence and research expenses. It also aims to provide seed money for research that will lead to further collaboration and greater funding in the future from larger funding bodies.
Subjects Covered:  All areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Eligibility:  The Project Leaders must be from academia, of at least postdoctoral status or equivalent and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible organisation which, if it is the latter, continues at least for the duration of the project. Collaborations should be based on a single project including two teams or individuals: one based in the UK and the other based outside the UK. A relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application and the collaboration should involve bilateral visits between the UK and the country with which the overseas collaborator is based.

Length of Tenure:  2 years

Value of Grant:  Up to £6000 a year for 2 years for travel and subsistence. Within the £6000 available each year, up to £1000 can be used for research expenses (excluding computer hardware).
Countries covered: Currently Joint Projects are available to those in European and Former Soviet Union countries, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and certain countries in Latin America. Please check appendix 2 of the scheme notes for eligible countries.

Cost-share arrangements: Depending on which country your collaboration is with proposals can be submitted either as a 'direct' application (to the Royal Society only) or as a 'parallel cost share' application. The latter entails the UK team leader submitting a proposal to the Royal Society AND the Overseas team leader simultaneously submitting a proposal to a partner organisation (usually an Academies of Science abroad) with whom the Royal Society has cost share agreement, in which case the travel and subsistence costs are shared between the Royal Society and the overseas Partner. Please note that 'direct' applications are still accepted even if a cost share partner is available.  Please check appendix 2 of the scheme notes for cost share countries/partners.

Website links: http://royalsociety.org/International-Joint-Projects/

Opening and Closing dates:
2010/R1 (including Taiwan cost share): opens 25 January and closes 25 March
2010/R2 (including France and India cost share): opens 31 May and closes 29 July
2010/R3 (including Ireland and India cost share): opens 28 September and closes 25 November

The 2010 Russia and China cost share deadlines are yet to be confirmed but it is anticipated that they will be sometime in September and October respectively.  Prospective applicants are advised to keep an eye on the website for the opening and closing dates for these rounds.
Please note that the deadlines for partner organisations may not coincide with Royal Society deadlines so it is advisable that your overseas collaborator checks with the relevant cost share partner in their country.

International Travel Grants 

The International Travel Grants scheme enables UK scientists to engage in collaborations with overseas scientists in order to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or  participate (excludes organising/selection committee and poster contributions) in overseas conferences, workshops and seminars which are of particular strategic importance in order to engage with scientists (available to UK scientists only).  The International Travel Grant Scheme is available for all countries outside of the UK.

Conference participation applications must have confirmation of their invitation or acceptance of oral paper presentation. Collaboration applications must have a letter of support from the host Head of Department. UK based scientist must hold a fixed or permanent contract at an eligible UK institution. Scientists must have completed their PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level. Only one application can be submitted per round.

Length of tenure:  Lasting up to 12 weeks (except in the case of UK applicants presenting at overseas conferences, workshops and seminars, in which case the maximum duration of award is 10 days). 

Value:  A maximum of £4000 is available for activities.

Website link: http://royalsociety.org/International-Travel-Grants/

Opening and Closing dates:

2010/R2: opens 30 March 2010 and closes 30 May.
2010/R3: opens 30 July and closes 30 September. 

The Royal Society celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2010. To mark this important event, the Society seeks to raise over £100 million in order to strengthen all aspects of its work.

To find out more about the 350th Anniversary Campaign and the projects it will support, or to make a donation, visit royalsociety.org/campaign or contact the Development Office. Find out more about our anniversary programme at royalsociety.org/seefurther.

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