Posts from December 2017

Horizon 2020: Opportunities for the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

18 December 2017

UKRO have today released the following notice regarding H2020 and the social sciences and humanities:

Net4Society, the network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 6, has published a document entitled “Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020“. The document lists the current funding opportunities with relevance to socio-economic sciences and humanities in the ‘Societal Challenges’, ‘Industrial Leadership’ and ‘Excellent Science’ parts of Horizon 2020.

This publication is designed to help applicants to find SSH-related topics across the different parts of Horizon 2020 in the 2018-2020 Work Programme.

L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science

7 December 2017

The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science are awards offered by a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences.

The National Fellowships are offered under the umbrella of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme, which has promoted women in scientific research on a global scale since 1998.

Five Fellowships will be awarded in 2018 to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to facilitate promising scientific research. The Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of early career research in any area of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Who is Eligible?

Candidates must be female early career researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate in the fields of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Candidates must have no more than 10 years’ active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).

Candidates must not currently hold a permanent academic post, or have ever held a permanent academic post in the past, or have received, before the start date of the award, the promise of a permanent academic post.

Candidates must be undertaking research in the life or physical sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Psychology, science education and social sciences are not eligible for this Fellowship.

Candidates must be conducting their research at a UK or Irish university or research institute.

Candidates can be citizens of any country. However, applicants must already have a confirmed contract covering the 12-month period of the Fellowship at a University or Research Institute within the UK or Ireland. Applicants must already be residing within the UK or Ireland at the time of application.

Online Application Procedure and Deadline

We can only accept applications made online. In order complete an application; please create an account by clicking Register at the top of the page. By registering for an account, you are beginning an application for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.

Before beginning your application you must read the 2017 Applications Terms & Conditions; this document also contains some Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful. On winning a Fellowship, you will be asked to accept the Winner’s Terms & Conditions – which you can review here

You do not have to complete your application in one sitting; you may log back into your application and add to it or edit it as many times as you like up until the point you submit it. You are able to click through the different sections of the application form, and you can print your application at any stage.

The application form is straightforward, split into the following sections: Personal Details, Qualifications, Awards, Publications, Research, Languages, Proposed Research, Research Budgets and References.

We ask candidates to arrange for us to receive two letters of recommendation from those who have personal knowledge of your qualifications and suitability for the Fellowship. You will be asked to fill in contact details for your two referees on the application form and it is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and submitted before the deadline which is Noon on the 16th February 2018 including letters of recommendation.

Judging Process

A panel of multi-disciplinary scientists will review all applications. The top 20 applications selected by this panel will be forwarded for final review and selection for interview by the Jury Panel. Both panels will shortlist candidates for interview based on equal weighting given to:

• Intellectual Merit of Candidate

Taking into account academic records, ability to plan and conduct research, ability to interpret and communicate research findings, evidence of originality, initiative and productivity, and strong recommendation in reference letters.

• Clearly Articulated Research Proposal

Taking into account the relevance of the research and its impact, the originality of the research proposal, and whether it is presented in a clear and compelling way.

• How The Fellowship Will Enhance The Candidate’s Career and/or Assist With a Successful Return to Scientific Career

Taking into account whether the candidate has made a convincing case for the difference that this flexible fellowship will make to her

2018 Fellowship Interviews and Awards Ceremony will be held in London on 23rd and 24th May 2018. Successful candidates must take up the Fellowship within 6 months of the announcement of the award. The offer will otherwise lapse. Only in exceptional circumstances will a later start date be considered.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the Fellowships, please contact us.

Key Dates 2018
Applications open: Monday 4th December 2017
Applications close: Friday 16th February 2018
Shortlist published: Monday 30th April 2018
Interview Day and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018

Research Internal Support Fund / Santander Travel Fund

6 December 2017

Please be aware that the Research Internal Support Fund is currently open for applications. The following types of project are sought:

  • Undertaking small-scale or pilot projects that will lead to the submission of larger research bids.
  • Presenting at conferences or similar events that are of international standing.
  • Research at archives and libraries (or other similar institutions), both UK and overseas.
  • Projects incorporating a research mobility component and leading to a research bid or output.
  • Small-scale buy-out of teaching.
  • Research assistance.

Projects should be supported by match funding from an additional source.

Applications should be submitted to RI-internalfunding@salford.ac.uk by the deadline, 15th January 2018. Further information and the application form can be found here.

Please note also that applications are open for the Santander travel fund.