NERC – Independent Research Fellowships

By May.30, 2014

New funding opportunity

Title Independent Research Fellowships
Funder NERC
Deadline 1 October 2014
Value No funding limits, but the applicant can be the only named researcher to request funding and no equipment (>£10k) can be requested.
Aim The Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) Scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years’ support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition. IRFs can be applied for in any area of NERC’s remit.In order to identify future science leaders, the assessment process will concentrate on applicants’ research potential, with track record assessed in a way that is appropriate to career stage. Applicants will be expected to:

  • demonstrate their research vision and philosophy and outline ways in which their research could be developed over the five year fellowship;
  • explain how they will contribute to the international research area and interact with the leading international groups in their field;
  • explain how they will enable the potential economic or societal benefits of their research to be realised.
Length 5 years
Eligibility IRFs are open to researchers of any nationality and may be held in any area of the NERC remit, but must be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Applicants may not have a permanent academic position in a university or equivalent organisation. Applicants must have a maximum of eight years of full-time postdoctoral experience from the PhD certificate date to the competition closing date. The eight-year window is based on full-time working. Applicants must expect to submit their PhD thesis before the fellowship interviews would take place (April following the closing date).
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