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This page contains a list of current funding opportunities offered by other societies, associations and organisations.  If you would like to advertise a funding opportunity on this page, please contact our Education & Careers Officer, Eolan Healy.

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Funding Opportunities

MRC-AMED Infectious Disease Research Collaboration

The Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and the UK MRC are pleased to launch a call for proposals for UK-Japan collaborative research into infectious diseases. This jointly funded initiative is aimed at fostering collaborative links between researchers in the UK and Japan. We invite joint application (by parallel submission) from researchers based in the UK and Japan. The deadline for applications is 4 September 2019. Successful awards will be announced in December 2019.

The overarching aim of the UK-Japan collaborative initiative in infectious diseases is to provide bi-lateral support to biomedical and health researchers in the UK and Japan that will allow them to forge lasting collaborations. This initiative aims to strengthen existing links or foster new links that add value to research taking place in both countries. This is expected to be achieved by facilitating exchange and catalysing innovative synergy amongst collaborators and is particularly aimed at those who are in the early stages of their careers. Therefore it is expected that applications will be made by eligible early career researchers or by established researchers who explicitly wish to encourage the career development of their postdoctoral researchers.

The objective is to provide bilateral support for up to eight, catalytic, innovative collaborative partnerships between researchers from Japan and UK. These will enable important synergy between researchers with shared or complementary interests. AMED and MRC will jointly provide bi-lateral support for up to three years to intensify productive collaboration in infectious disease research between UK and Japan’s leading researchers. It is anticipated that eight awards will be jointly supported and the total funding available to support these eight projects over three years will be approximately £1.2 million = 180 million JPY (£600,000 from the MRC and 90 million JPY from AMED). Each jointly planned UK-Japan project will receive a maximum award of £75,000 from MRC, plus 11.25 million JPY from AMED in total for the three year period (that is £25,000 MRC plus 3.75 million JPY AMED per annum, over the three year period.)

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MRC and AMED
PhD in Immunology

Ludwig Maximilian University are looking for a PhD candidate to study the function of dendritic cells in early life. Dendritic cells are versatile controllers of immunity with crucial roles in innate and adaptive immunity. In neonates these cells are qualitatively distinct from adults, presumably to establish early life immune balance essential for survival. The project aims to understand how dendritic cells in early life respond to pathogens and initiate T cell responses. To this end novel mouse models to fate map and deplete dendritic cells will be used in combination with cutting edge single cell technologies (such as single cell RNA sequencing, Multi-parameter flow cytometry, Histo-Cytometry). The position is available in the group of Dr. Barbara Schraml at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and is funded by a Starting Grant from European Research Council. The post is located in state of the art laboratories at the Biomedical Center of the LMU with access to excellent dedicated core facilities for flow cytometry, bioimaging and bioinformatics. 

A Master’s degree in Immunology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry with background in molecular biology is desirable, although applicants with a degree in physics or bioengineering and an interest in life sciences are also welcome. Expertise in flow cytometry or microscopy are desirable. And interest in working with in vivo models is required. You should be creative and a good team player wanting to take an active role in a young research team. Proficiency in English is required.

We offer:  

• A young and international research team

• Cutting edge technologies in state of the art facilities

• Competitive salary according to the German public service scale (TV-L)

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European Research Council
Post-Doc in Immunology

Dendritic cells are versatile controllers of immunity with crucial roles in innate and adaptive immunity. In neonates these cells are qualitatively distinct from adults, presumably to establish early life immune balance essential for survival. The project aims to dissect the developmental and functional heterogeneity of dendritic cells at barrier organs in early life. The project that will be led by the candidate aims to define the cell intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms that influence dendritic cell function using single cell technologies (such as single cell RNASeq, multiparameter flow cytometry), in vivo mouse models to deplete dendritic cells, as well as innovative imaging techniques.  The position is available in the group of Barbara Schraml at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. The post is located in state of the art laboratories at the new Biomedical Center of the LMU with access to excellent dedicated core facilities for flow cytometry, bioimaging and bioinformatics.

You should be creative and a good team player wanting to take an active role in a young, dynamic and international research team. A doctoral degree in Immunology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry is expected, although applicants with a degree in physics or bioengineering and an interest in life sciences are also welcome to apply. Previous experience in immunology is desirable. Expertise in flow cytometry, gene expression profiling and/or working with in vivo models are a plus. Proficiency in English is required. 

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European Research Council
Global Grants for Gut Health

The Global Grants for Gut Health is a competitive programme for investigator-initiated research into the human gut microbiota, supported by Yakult and Nature Research.

The Global Grants for Gut Health will consider proposals for one-year research projects – whether laboratory investigations or clinical studies – that advance understanding of the mechanisms of action through which gut microbiota have an impact on human health.

Applications might relate to:

The gut-associated immune system and how it is modulated by microbiota
How the gut microbiota exercise influence in inflammatory and metabolic diseases
The mechanisms by which the microbiota influence the gut‒brain axis
In all cases the focus should be on uncovering and understanding how the microbiota exerts an influence on human health.

The fund is open to eligible researchers from across the world. The programme will make a maximum of three awards per funding cycle, each of up to US$100,000. Research projects should be one year in duration.

Eligibility:
Applicants should be employed by a university, research institution or any other not-for-profit organisation. Applicants must hold a doctorate or medical degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD) and have at least five years’ postdoctoral research experience. The awards are global, so applicants can be of any nationality and projects can be hosted at any eligible organisation in the world.

Assessment process & criteria:
Proposals will be assessed by an independent, expert panel. The panel will be made up of internationally renowned researchers in human microbiota from across the world. Panel members will review proposals individually ahead of a physical meeting of the full panel to discuss the merits of shortlisted proposals in detail. The panel will then decide which proposals to fund. Nature Research and Yakult employees will have no influence over funding decisions.

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Potential impact
  • Scientific quality
  • Quality of the applicant/team
  • Value for money
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Nature Research Awards
Children and Young People’s Cancer Innovation Award

Eligibility
You should be a scientist, clinician or health care worker from a UK university, medical school, hospital or research institute.

CRUK are particularly interested in applications that include researchers with expertise beyond paediatric cancer research, such as those working in other cancer fields and those in disciplines outside biomedical research, who are interested in using their knowledge and skills to answer key questions in paediatric cancers.

Scientific remit
These awards are intended to stimulate new activity and collaborations, and to build capacity within UK paediatric cancer research. Projects should be focused on transforming our understanding of paediatric tumour biology and developing innovative new ways to treat, detect and prevent these diseases. 

CRUK especially encourage proposals to investigate one or more of these concepts: 

  • The basis of tumor initiation and progression
  • Novel therapeutic approaches
  • Development of novel biomarkers or methodologies to predict disease progression, to enhance efforts in primary and secondary prevention and intervention
  • Novel models that would enhance pre-clinical research
  • Development of more effective and/or less toxic treatments to improve long-term health and quality of life
  • If your project is based on a joint collaboration with a US-based research group, you may want to consider the SU2C-CRUK Pediatric Cancer New Discoveries Challenge.

What is funded
Awards are made up to £1 million for up to 3 years, and can be used to fund: 

  • Salaries for postdoctoral researchers and technical staff 
  • PhD students (stipend, fees and running expenses) 
  • Running expenses 
  • Equipment 
  • Travel expenses related to the research project 

The award cannot be used to fund the salary of the Principal Investigator.

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Cancer Research UK
SU2C-CRUK Paediatric Cancer New Discoveries Challenge

Eligibility
These awards will support collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, transatlantic teams, comprising laboratory and clinical researchers and those at different career stages.

Teams must be led by at least one researcher from a US institution and one from a UK institution.

You are strongly encouraged to form a team that includes expertise beyond paediatric oncology (e.g. other areas of oncology, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, etc.).

Scientific remit
Applications can address one or more of the following concepts, with the goal of progressing the approach to a more advanced pre-clinical or clinical setting in round 2:

  • the basis of tumour initiation and progression
  • novel therapeutic approaches
  • development of novel biomarkers or methodologies to predict disease progression, to enhance efforts in primary and secondary prevention and intervention
  • novel models that would enhance pre-clinical research
  • development of more effective and/or less toxic treatments to improve long-term health and quality of life
  • CRUK would welcome proposals that advance research in any type of paediatric cancer, including teenagers and young adults, particularly inviting new proposals in paediatric brain tumours.

What is funded
Funding support of up to US$1 million is provided for:

  • Salaries for researchers, technical staff and project manager (US-based senior investigators may apply for a percentage of their salary and benefits expenses)
  • Running expenses
  • Equipment
  • Travel expenses related to the research project

Applicant teams successful in round 1 will also have the opportunity to apply for a second round of funding to progress their research further.

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Cancer Research UK
GUTS UK: Grants & Awards

GUTS UK are pleased to announce some new and varied research funding opportunities: 

  • GUTS UK/BSG trainee reserach awards
  • GUTS UK development grants
  • GUTS UK nutrition development grants
  • GUTS UK/FORCROHNS development grants
  • The GUTS UK Derek Butler Fellowship
  • GUTS UK Amelie Waring Fellowship
  • GUTS UK/BSPGHAN grants
  • Olympus/GUTS UK Fellowship
  • Parabola/ GUTS UK colorectal cancer research grant
  • GUTS UK/ DR FALK awards
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Varied
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GUTS UK
BMA Foundation for Medical Research – grant categories 2019

All the BMA Foundation for Medical Research grants have National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) partnership status.

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Varied
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British Medical Association
Medical Research Council (MRC) - variety of fellowships, career development awards and research grants

A variety of fellowships, career development awards and research grants opportunities offered by the Medical Research Council.

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Varied
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Medical Research Council
Various BBSRC funding schemes

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council offer a variety of funding opportunities focusing on numerous different areas of research. 

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Ongoing
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BBSRC

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