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callERC Advanced Grants 2019
whatERC Advanced Grants (AdG) fund leading edge, frontier research projects led by established, innovative and research-active advanced investigators. Projects can be up to five years in length.
valueAdvanced Grants are normally for a maximum of €2.5m for a period of up to five years
eligibilityThe PI is expected to be an active researcher and to have a 10-year track record of significant research achievements which substantiates their position as an exceptional leader in terms of originality and significance of research contribution. In most fields, applicants are expected to have at least either
- Ten publications as senior author in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals in the last 10 years; or
- Three major research monographs
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deadlinesInt: 18/07/2019 ext:29/08/2019
callRoyal Society - University Research Fellowship 2020
whatThe University Research Fellowship (URF) scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. This scheme is very competitive.
valueInitially funding is provided for five years, with the opportunity to renew the fellowship for a further 3 years subject to satisfactory progress. Fellowships start from 1 October 2020.
eligibilityApplicants must:
- Have a PhD, applicants who have just submitted their PhD will not be considered.
- Be at an early stage of their research career with between three to eight years of actual research experience since their PhD (i.e. date on which the degree was approved by the board of graduate studies) by the closing date of the round. Career breaks will be taken into consideration.
- Not hold a permanent post in a university or not for profit research organisation.
- Not hold or previously have held a nationally competitive fellowship that provides an opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status i.e. that allows the applicant to submit research grants as a PI or be registered as the primary supervisor of a PhD student.
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deadlinesFor further information on the application process please contact:
callMarie Skłodowska-Curie 2019 European Fellowships (EFs)
whatThe goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.The European Fellowships are for post-doctoral researchers of any nationality moving to a European country or between European countries. Proposals are joint submissions between the Fellow and his/her host Department/supervisor. Applicants must have a Departmental supervisor who has agreed to support their application.
valueThe duration for European Fellowships is between 12 and 24 months. The budget for a Fellowship is made up of a number of monthly allowances.
eligibilityApplicants must on 11 September 2019 either be in possession of a doctoral degree (irrespective of the time taken to acquire it) or have completed at least 4 years of research experience full-time equivalent from the date they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the UK (irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was ever envisaged). In most cases this would be from the date on which applicants obtained their Master’s degree. Applicants must NOT have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for a total of more than 12 months in the three years ending 11 September 2019.
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deadlinesInt: 05/08/2019 ext:11/09/2019
callERC Starting Grants 2020
whatERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent researchers (Principal Investigators) at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.
valueStarting Grants can be up to a maximum of EUR 1,500,000 for a period of up to 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration).
eligibilityTo be eligible to apply for a Starting Grant, the applicant Principal Investigator must have been awarded their first PhD at least two and no more than seven years before 1 January 2020.
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deadlinesInt: 04/09/2019 ext:16/10/2019
callWellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)
whatThe Oxford-Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) will support strategically important activity across the University of Oxford in biomedical and clinical sciences, public health, social sciences and the medical humanities. The ISSF is open to all researchers across the University of Oxford working in these areas. The ISSF Committee especially welcomes cross-divisional bids.
call detailsFor full details of the scheme, deadlines and information on how to apply please visit the Medical Science Division’s website:
deadlinesVarious, see link above. We will require 3 weeks before the funder deadline to enable costing and approvals.