Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Committee New Lecturer Awards 2017
Information for potential applicants
Newly-appointed lecturers or independent fellows face the difficult situation of needing to bring in their own funding, often for the first time. It may be difficult for them to even begin experiments that would lead to pilot data for a grant application, and also they face the ‘Catch 22’ situation that the lack of any existing funding makes a grant application look weak. There are a number of ‘New Lecturer Grant’ schemes to tackle this difficulty. The Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Committee has expressed a desire to help newly-independent scientists by making their own grants available in this area.
The grant is available to newly-appointed lecturers, researchers of equivalent status in research institutes, or fellows with their own independent support, working in a UK institution. For further information on eligibility, please refer to the BBSRC’s guidelines on eligibility to apply for a grant http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/apply/ noting sections 3.2 to 3.7. We will also consider applications from clinicians in an academic clinical post or supported by an appropriate fellowship. The post must have been started not earlier than calendar year 2015 (see below) but allowance will be made for career breaks. Applicants should normally be 3 - 9 years from their PhD. This grant is not intended for postdoctoral scientists supported on a senior investigator’s funding. The grant is for work in the area of human nutrition or crop science.
What the grant can cover
The grant can be used for consumables, equipment or a contribution towards a salary or student support. Note that, if used for salaries, the employer must be the applicant’s own institution. It is particularly intended to enable a newly-appointed investigator to obtain pilot data to support a larger grant application, or to explore novel areas that are not yet ready for a larger application. Duration up to 2 years. The maximum award is £20,000. No contribution can be made to indirect costs or the applicant's salary - only directly incurred costs.
Prospective applicants should download an application form from the Rank Prize Funds website http://www.rankprize.org/. This application form should be completed and submitted, by email, along with other documents listed upon it, in one combined .pdf file. Closing date is midnight on Tuesday 29th August 2017.
Applicants will be informed if they have been shortlisted by end of September, and shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a meeting of the Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Committee in London on Tuesday 7th November. Expenses for economy-class travel within the UK will be refunded. At the meeting applicants will be asked to give a short presentation and answer questions.
The successful applicant will be expected to provide a short written report on progress by the end of the first year of the grant, and a final report at the end of the award period, accompanied by a short presentation at a meeting of the Committee in London.
Examples of eligible scientists
Someone newly-appointed to a first academic (lecturer) position in a University or similar institution.
Someone who has gained their first competitive fellowship supporting their own salary, e.g. an Intermediate Research Fellowship or Career Development Fellowship.
Someone working in a Research Council-funded Institution or Unit who has achieved a position of independence in which he/she is expected to plan an independent programme of research and bring in external income, equivalent to a newly-appointed lecturer in a University.
Not eligible: someone working as a post-doctoral researcher on a grant that has been obtained by a more senior member of staff.