Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Wolfson Research Merit Awards Call for Nominations

We would like to announce the latest call for nominations to the Wolfson Research Merit Awards scheme.

This scheme was established in 2001 to provide universities with additional funding to attract to this country or, retain here, scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

The scheme, jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has been hugely successful and we currently have approximately 200 award holders appointed across all the natural sciences and hosted at a range of UK institutions, including all Russell Group and a majority of the 1994 Group institutions.

We are looking to encourage nominations from science departments in your University to ensure the continued strength and competitiveness of academic science in the UK. The scheme should be attractive to those institutions looking for extra assistance in recruiting or retaining high calibre mid to senior career level researchers. We would particularly welcome applications from outstanding female researchers.

Please note that award-holders must hold a permanent post at the university at the time of starting the award and be wholly funded by the university. However, the post does not need to have been confirmed at the time the nomination is made.

The salary enhancement is usually in the range of £10K to £30K per annum. Universities should clearly be supporting nominees at a level commensurate with their experience and achievements. 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.

The next deadline is 10th March 2011 and decisions will be made available by June 2011.

To discuss potential nominations please contact me on the following details (email:<> or telephone: 020 7451 2653). Further information is also available on

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