NERC Standard Grants -July 2019

The internal call for applications to the NERC Standard Grants Scheme -July 2019 is now open.

Table 1: Timescale

Timescale
1 Internal deadline: completed “intention to submit” for to ris@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) 4pm, 12 April 2019
2 Internal deadline: draft case for support (4 sides of A4) to ris@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc:busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) 4p, 15 May 2019
3 Internal Selection Panel meet to review proposals Mid May – Early June 2019
4 Successful nominations informed Early June 2019
5 Final deadline for submitting proposal to NERC 4pm, 16 July 2019

Stage 1:

Intention to submit forms for the July 2019 round should be returned to ris@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) by 4pm 12 April 2019.

All applications must be submitted for internal review to ensure only applications of the highest quality are submitted. Potential applicants are encouraged to put forward the strongest case possible and should take time to discuss their proposal with their Director or Research prior to the internal review deadline. Please also consider the relevant sections of the NERC handbook.

To inform the composition of the internal review panel, all applicants wishing to submit a proposal as PI(lead), PI (component) or Co-I must return a completed Intention to Submit form to ris@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) by 4pm on 12 April 2019.

Co-I’s who wish to apply for sub-award (e.g. not a Je-S component grant) through another lead institution should notify Research and Innovation Services (ris@st-andrews.ac.uk cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) their intention to submit to this call. However, they do not need to submit a case for support to the internal review panel.

 

Stage 2:

Proposals for the July 2019 round should be submitted for internal review to ris@st-andrews.ac.uk (cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact) no later than 4pm, 15 May 2019.

Submissions will be assessed on their scientific excellence. An internal review panel will meet to assess the applications and select the proposals that will be submitted to NERC.

Your submission for internal review should include:

a) Draft case for support (Maximum 4 sides A4)

The 4-page case for support for the internal panel review should mainly focus on the research project. It is recommended to include details of the anticipated impact.

b) Track record of the researchers/expertise involved in the projct (maximum 1 side A4)

Candidates are not required to submit any costing details to the internal review panel.

 

The Standard Grant Scheme also inludes a route for New Investigators. Eligibility for the New Investigator call is restricted (see the research grants and fellowships handbook for further details), but beyond that the rules for the two calls are the same.

 

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2019

Please find below the details of the University of St Andrews Internal review process for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme 2019.

Eligible candidates wishing to apply for this scheme must submit their applications for internal review via their chosen host school.

Timeline:

1.

Internal deadline:  Schools to propose applicants (including both applicant and school requested data) to RPO@st-and.ac.uk

1 application per school

(cc: busdev@st-andrews.ac.uk and your FAS contact)

4pm, 17 January 2019
2. Internal selection panel meet to review proposals Late January 2019
3. Successful applicant/s informed Late January 2019
4. Final deadline for submitting proposal to the Leverhulme Trust 4pm on 28 February 2019

 

Outline: 

This scheme aims to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the exception of research studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2019. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. The awards are tenable for 36 months and are not renewable. A fellowship must commence between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020.

More information can be found at: Early Career Fellowships, ECF Guidance for applicants 2019.

 

University of St Andrews Application Process:

The University of St Andrews does not have a specific fund for this scheme and match funding for these fellowships will be required from the host school’s salary budget.  Schools are invited to submit no more than one application, only supporting outstanding candidates who are really significant with respect to their strategic plan.  Applications for consideration by the Vice Principal Research and Innovation should be sent via the hosting School to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk no later than 4pm 17th January 2019.

The application should include the following information-

Provided by the applicant:

  • Formal Thesis Submission Date
  • Title of research proposal: No more than 80 characters including spaces.
  • Fields of study: Select the fields of study which most closely reflect the area of research of the current application.
  • Abstract: This account should be given in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert (maximum 100 words).
  • Details of current and past research: Give details of your current and past research experience (maximum 250 words). If this is too extensive to be summarised in 250 words focus on the research most relevant to the current application.
  • Detailed statement of proposed research: This should include aims, objectives, methodology and outcome (e.g. publication plans). This statement and the bibliographic references may not exceed two sides of A4. We recommend that you use Arial font size 11
  • Major publications: Please list your publications (maximum one side of A4) under three main headings; ‘In preparation’, ‘Submitted’ and ‘Published’, as appropriate. We recommend that you use Arial font size 11. If a full list of your publications exceeds one page, then include only the publications most relevant to the current application.
  • 3 Referees: Name, email address and current institution.  No more than one referee should be from the proposed host institution and no more than one should be from the institution where you obtained your doctorate. The head of department from your proposed host institution may not act as a referee.
  • An up to date copy of your CV

 

Provided by the host School/Department:

A robust supporting statement including the strategic relevance of the proposed candidate’s research to the department; the facilities and resources they will have access to; the candidates suggested starting salary.  Consider the following:

  • Why is your department the best place for the applicant to undertake their research project?
  • Why would you like the applicant to be hosted by your department and what are the benefits to your institution by acting as their host?
  • How will the applicant be mentored by colleagues in your department?
  • How might the applicant contribute to teaching and the wider intellectual life of the host department?
  • What facilities and relevant resources will the applicant be provided with by the host department?

Please note:

  • The match funding for these fellowships will be required from the host school’s salary budget.
  • Applicants should not apply to Leverhulme, citing the University of St Andrews as the supporting institution unless they have been given formal notification that they are an institutional candidate.

More information can be found at: Early Career Fellowships, ECF Guidance for applicants 2019

If you would like application advice, please contact your Business Development Manager

Eligibility Criteria: (further details can be found at: Eligibility)

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship. Applicants who have existing funding in place for a duration equivalent to or greater than the duration of the Early Career Fellowship should not apply.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4pm on 28 February 2019. Candidates must not be registered for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications at the time of commencing the Fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 28 February 2015 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break. Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances.
  • Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship) which commenced no less than 4 months prior to the closing date. Hence, those who do not hold a UK degree and whose academic position commenced after October 2018 are not eligible. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.
  • Candidates who have been, or are currently a Principal Investigator on a 3-year post-doctoral research project, or have held or currently hold a comparable 3-year post-doctoral position to pursue their own research are not eligible to apply.
  • The Trust believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.
  • The matching funding contributed by the host institution must be drawn from generally available funds and must not be associated with any other grants received by the institution. The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date. Applications that do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.

A candidate may submit only one application per year. Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply. Candidates may not apply for both an Early Career Fellowship and a Study Abroad Studentship in the same year. Candidates who have held a Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship for postdoctoral research are not eligible to apply for an Early Career Fellowship. Candidates should consider carefully which of these two schemes best suit their requirements. Please note, this only applies to the 2019 award schemes onwards; candidates who currently hold a Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship for postdoctoral research are eligible to apply for an Early Career Fellowship.

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships

The internal call for applications to the Royal Academy of Engineering -Research Fellowships/ Engineering for Development Research Fellowships is now closed.

Research Fellowships

The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Research Fellowhips on a yearly basis to outstanding early career engineering researchers, who are hosted by a UK higher education institute/university. These highly prestigious five-year Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality candidates to become future research leaders.

Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of engineering who about about to complete their PhD or who have up to four years postdoctoral experience.

Applications are capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs.

 

Engineering for Development Research Fellowships

The Engineering for Development Research Fellowships are a Royal Academy of Engineering scheme funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The Royal Academy of Engineering has funding to award four researchers an Engineering for Development Research Fellowship, as long as the proposed research project meets the official ODA guidelines.

Applications are capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs.

An additional £25,000 per annum is available, and does not have to be claimed at 80% of full economic costs or be match funded by the host institution. This funding is ring fenced to develop internationl collaborations, in order to deliver the research outputs and build pathways to positively impact or contribute to the sustainable economic or social development of a country or countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.

 

Internal Demand Management Process

  • The institutional cap for this call is 3 applications

The University of St Andrews does not have a specific fund for this scheme and match funding for these fellowships will be required from the host’s school’s salary budget. Schools are invited to submit no more than two applications. Applications for consideration by the Vice Principal Researcn and Innovation should be send via the hosting school/department to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk no later than 12 noon, 23 August 2018 . Please refer to the Elgibility criteria and guidance notes.

The internal application (which should be submitted by the Director of Research for the relevant school) should include the following information:

  • A completed intention to submit form
  • A copy of the applicant’s CV (maximum 3 x A4 pages)
  • A supporting statement provided by the Head of School: including the strategic relevance of the proposed candidate’s research to the department; the facilities

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships – Round 3

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Scheme (FLF) aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. Providing up to seven years funding, for at least 550 early-career researchers and innovators, the scheme will tackle difficult and novel challenges.

UKRI FLFs can be held at any UK-based organisation currently registered as eligible to apply to the research councils (for example higher education institutes, research council institutes and eligible independent research organisations) or Innovate UK. Companies or other privately owned research organisations are encouraged to host UKRI FLFs if they can provide an innovation and/or research environment of international standing.

There will be six calls for the FLFs, with two calls taking place each year over three years (this is the third call). These calls will typically award at least 100 fellowships per call across UKRI’s remit. Applications can be submitted in any area of research or innovation covered by the Research Councils and Innovate UK.

The submission deadline for the third FLF call is 30 May 2019, with a madatory Expression of Interest required to be submitted by 2 May 2019.

University of St Andrews Application Process:

Due to the competitive nature of theses fellowships, the University only expects to submit a small number of high quality applications and therefore applications are restricted to only one per school/department. If you are interested in applying for a UKRI FLF, please discuss your potential application with the Head of School and Director of Research in the relevant school. Heads of School are requested to submit the following to ris@st-andrews.ac.uk no later than 4pm on 7 March 2019:

  • A completed Expression of Interest form
  • A completed FLF CV template

Timeline:

Internal deadline: Schools/departments to propose applicants (including both applicant and school requested data) through completion of EOI form and applicant CV template to Research and Innovation Services at: ris@st-andrews.ac.uk. 4pm on 7th March 2019
Internal selection panel meet to review panels Mid-Late March 2019
Successful applicants informed Early April 2019
Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest to UKRI (Update 3 March 2019: the Expression of Interest Form will be available online from 2 April 2019 and will not be identical to the internally submitted University of St Andrews EOI) 2 May 2019
Final deadline for submitting proposal to UKRI 30 May 2019

Eligibility:

  • Applicants are expected to hold a doctorate by the start date of the fellowship or to be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience and/or training.
  • These fellowships are for early career academics and innovators who are transitioning to/establishing independence. Senior academics and innovators are not permitted to apply. There are no eligibility rules based on years since PhD or whether the applicant currently holds a permanent/open-ended academic position or job role. Applicants should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitablity for the scheme with reference to the objectives of the programme.
  • Applicants must have significant support from their hosting organistation(s). Host organisations are also encouraged to bring outstanding individuals to the UK from abroad.
  • Applicants are welcome from those returning to research or innovation from a career break or following time in other roles; there are no limits in respect of time spent outside a research or innovation environment.
  • Fellowships may be held on a part-time basis in order to combine research/innovaton with personal responsibilities. Applicants can propose to hold a fellowship on a part-time basis for four years or can choose to request a part-time fellowship over a longer time-period which would have equated to four years full-time as they wish; job shares are also possible.
  • It is expect that fellows’ full working time will be committed to these fellowships or activities related to the fellowship from the start of the award. Therefore, those with substantial ongoing research commitments as a result of participation in other grants are ineligible to apply. Awardees will have the flexibility to develop a breadth of experience and partnerships, and secure further research/innovation funding later in the award, but should ensure that these other activities do not compromise their focus, or achievement of the aims of the fellowhip.

More detail about the scheme, including eligibilty criteria and person specification can be found at: Overview of the Scheme.

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Research and Innovation Services at: ris@st-andrews.ac.uk 

British Academy Global Professorships 2018

The British Academy has launched a new programme (Global Professorships 2018) supported by the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences. The programme will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher (mid-career to senior), not currently working in the UK, to bring their research experience (in humanities or social sciences) to the UK.

University of St Andrews Application process:

An internal demand management process will be operated for this call. The University of St Andrews is expected to submit no more than 2 applications to the British Academy. Schools are requested to submit one application only for internal review. Prospective applicants should discuss the possibility of putting together an application with the Head of School in the relevant discipline. The applicant’s CV and completed expression of interest should be submitted by the Head of School to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk no later than 5pm on 13th August 2018.

Timeline:

Internal deadline: Schools/departments to propose one applicant through the completion of an expression of interest form and applicant CV to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk  13 August 2018
Internal selection panel review proposals Mid-August 2018
Successful applicants informed Mid-August 2018
Deadline for submission of applications via the British Academy Flexi-Grant Management System (http://britishacademy.flexigrant.com/) 12 September 2018 (5pm UK time)

 

Outline:

  • Up to 10 Global Professorships each year will be offered during the course of the programme.
  • These awards will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher, not currently working in the UK, to bring their research experience (in humanities or social sciences) to the UK.
  • Each 4 year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involved a specific research focus, although the British Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the host institution’s needs).
  • The British Academy will provide up to £250,000 per annum for the first three years, making a total contribution of £750,000 per award. The costs of the fourth year will be expected to be committed in full by the UK host institution and will be expected to continue providing the existing support for the salary of the award holder, and related direct costs of research assistance and research expenses.
  • Beyond a clear financial commitment from the UK host university for year four, the British Academy does not have any implicit or explicit expectation that the award holder will be offered employment beyond the fourth year.

Eligibility:

  • Grants are available for world-class internationally-recognised mid-career to senior researchers who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, on a permanent contract (which may be part-time or full-time) or, if temporary, on a contract that will not end during the course of the grant, in any field of the humanities or the social sciences.
  • Candidates should be based outside the UK at the time of application. Applicants who are working outside the UK but are employed primarily by a UK institution are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (or have equivalent research experience).
  • Applicants must be available to take up a long-term secondment or employment at an eligible UK university or research organisation. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to the British International Research Institutes.
  • Awards are only available to individuals, to be held in an institutional context. Co-applicants are not permitted.
  • Awards will not be made retrospectively: this means that the work for which support is requested must not have commenced before the award is announced.

 More detail about the scheme, including eligibility criteria and person specification can be found at Global Professorships .

Simons Investigators

The University of St Andrews has been invited to submit nominations for the Simons Investigators programs in the following categories:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)

The aim of the program is to identify and support active and creative researchers during the years when they are developing into and serving as the intellectual leaders of the field by providing them with resources to undertake new and creative investigations. The nominees are judged on their potential for innovative, new contributions to science.

Details of the programs, including eligibility requirements, are available online: http://www.simonsfoundation.org/mathematics-and-physical-science/simons-investigators/simons-investigator-program-nominations/.

The University is limited to a maximum of two nominations per program category. Recommendations for nominations should be discussed with your Director of Research. Schools should discuss nominations between themselves to ensure that only two potential nominees for each category are identified. Once potential nominees have been identified, the relevant Directors of Research should submit a 250 word justication to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk by 5pm 17th September 2018. Please ensure you are using the correct guidance for the program category and check program specific requirements below.

Program Specific Requirements: Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science

  • Nominations for these programs should be treated confidentially – the nominees should not know they are being nominated.
  • Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics and Theoretical Computer Science programs must be tenured at the time of the award.

Program Specific Requirements:  Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS)

  • MMLS Investigators must be within ten years of their first faculty appointment at the time of nomination and can be tenured or untenured.

Timeline:

Internal deadline: Directors of Research to propose applicants and submit a 250 word justification to rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk 17 September 2018
Schools advised which applications will be nominated. Information and supporting documents will be requested (e.g. nomination letter, nominee’s CV) Late September 2018
Deadline for submission of nominations via proposalCENTRAL through Research and Innovation Services (rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk) 31 October 2018

 

For information on the typical profile of successful nominations, nominators are encouraged to visit the website:
http://www.simonsfoundation.org/mathematics-and-physical-science/simons-investigators/simons-investigators-awardees/.

Please don’t hesitate to contact rpo@st-andrews.ac.uk should you have any queries.