In this section you will find information relating to internal and external funding opportunities, events, conferences, news etc. available to postdoctoral and early career researchers.

These are just a selection of some of the opportunities for postdoctoral and early career researchers.  To discover more funding opportunities relevant to your discipline visit Research Professional.


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Medical Research Foundation: Strokes in Young Adults – Funding Opportunity for those making the Transition to Independence

Closing Date: 15th October 2018

The Medical Research Foundation invites applications for its stroke in young adults grants. These help mid-career researchers carry out research that will increase understanding of the disease mechanisms underpinning stroke, and improve diagnosis, treatment and post stroke-recovery in adults up to 45 years old.

UK-based researchers at HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals and other independent research organisations may apply. Applicants must have a PhD, DPhil or MD and be in the process of, or be ready for, transition to research independence. The PI must be based at the research organisation at which the award will be administered and is expected to devote a minimum of 80 per cent of their time to the project.

Funding of up to £300,000 can be requested over a maximum of three years. The total budget is £1.5 million.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Universidad Catolica de Chile:  2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Closing Date: 17th October 2018

An opportunity at one of the Universitas 21 partner countries of which University of Birmingham is a member.   The Universidad Catolica de Chile are seeking applications to their 2019 Postdoctoral fellowship scheme that funds fellows with a duration of 2 to 3 years where the aim is to stimulate the productivity and future scientific leadership of young researchers. 

Applicants required to have been awarded their PhDs between 1 January 2015 and 24 October 2018.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Worlds Collide IV: Sci-art collaborations with a Biomedical / Health focus

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 11.45am-5pm, venue TBC

An afternoon exploring, facilitating and initiating collaborations between scientists, artists, creatives, academics and curious organisms of all varieties. We will be investigating public engagement opportunities across biomedical, health & wellbeing sectors, debating their value and hopefully fostering some new collaborative projects.

Leading the afternoon is Charlotte Jarvis, an artist who collaborates with scientists and lectures at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College. Charlotte has seen her own heart beat outside of her body, grown her own cancer in a dish and recorded music onto DNA.

We we also be joined by Dr Jonathan Mueller (Research Fellow in the Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Birmingham) and artist John Gage who will talk about their own collaborative project, providing attendees insight into what it takes to get interdisciplinary public engagement off the ground.

You’ll have the chance to ask questions as well as work on a collaborative public engagement proposal that can be put forward for potential funding, as part of a dedicated funding pot we have set aside for this event. BOOK FREE TICKETS HERE

More information is available on the Public Engagement with Research webpages.



Royal Society Grants Team Visit

Thursday 18th October 2018, 11am-1pm, Murray Learning Centre UG09 (R28 on Campus Map)

The Royal Society’s Grants team will be making a visit to the University of Birmingham on Thursday 18th October to promote their funding schemes. The visit will consist of a presentation from members of the Grants Team (UK and international portfolio managers) followed by a Q&A session and then refreshments to allow for informal networking and further questions.

The proposed agenda is:

11:00 – 11:30     Royal Society promotional presentation (outlining grants portfolio, providing information on the application process and providing hints and tips to make a successful application

11:30 – 11:50     Presentation from Royal Society Research Fellow at Birmingham

11:50 – 12:15     Q&A session

12:15 – 13:00     Networking lunch and informal questions

13:00                  End

The event is aimed at postdoctoral researchers and above, based in departments associated with the life and physical sciences, including engineering.

If you are interested in attending then could you please notify Geraldine Dora ( who will be managing space and catering.



Alan Turing Institute: Data Study Group

Closing Date: 22nd October 2018

The Turing’s next Data Study Group event will be held at the Alan Turing Institute in London from 10th to 14th December.

The Data Study Groups are intensive five day “collaborative hackathons”, which bring together researchers, data practitioners, and industry representatives to work together on data science challenges posed by partner organisations. Working together in multi-disciplinary teams, the aim is to encourage collaboration while working on real-world problems and datasets. The challenges for this event are:

  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) - Seeing the unseen: Interrogating cellular-level response to hazardous materials
  • Imperial College London Statistics - Developing data science tools for improving enterprise cyber-security
  • MedImmune - Machine learning for enhanced understanding in cell culture bioprocess development
  • National Cyber Security Centre - Capturing the function of websites
  • NATS - Next-generation trajectory prediction for air traffic control
  • PlayerLens - Player Pathways: Understanding career paths that deliver success for professional football players and clubs
  • National Cyber Security Centre - Capturing the function of websites

The Institute will cover travel expenses (up to £200) and accommodation, and provide food and drink throughout the week. Social activities will also be arranged.

Please visit the website for further details on the event and how to apply to participate:



London Mathematical Society: Early-Career Travel Grants

Closing Date: 30th October 2018

The London Mathematical Society invites applications for its early-career travel grants. These provide partial support for UK-based early-career mathematicians to attend conferences or undertake research visits in either UK or overseas.

Master’s level, PhD and research students and anyone within five years of completing their PhD in mathematics may apply. Non-members must have their application countersigned by a member of the society.

Grants are worth up to £500 each and may cover travel costs, including visas.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



BBSRC: Enterprise Fellowships

Closing Date: 31st October 2018

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, invites applications for its enterprise fellowships. These enable science and technology researchers to focus solely on refining their business ideas and develop into entrepreneurs. Fellowships may be conducted on any subject within the BBSRC remit, provided that the original research or technological developments draw substantially from the research that has been funded by BBSRC.

Academic and research staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduates with relevant experience may apply. PhD students must have submitted their thesis before the start of the fellowship. Fellowships must be undertaken within a UK HEI or similar academic institution, including research organisations in receipt of BBSRC funding.

Fellowships are tenable for one year and include salary support worth up to £37,000 plus national insurance and pension costs and allowance worth up to £10,000 to cover equipment, consultancy, legal costs and conference and trade show attendance. Fellows also receive expert training in entrepreneurship and access to mentorship from the society’s business fellows and other entrepreneurs in the business community.



Biochemical Society: General Travel Grants

Closing Date: 1st November 2018

The Biochemical Society invites applications for its general travel grants. These enable members to attend scientific meetings and present cases of high-quality research related to biochemistry.

Applicants must have been members of the society for at least 12 months standing. All postgraduate students may apply. The meeting must have a substantial biochemical content, and evidence of active participation in the meeting must be provided through an abstract.

Grants are usually worth between £200 and £500, although up to £750 may be provided in exceptional cases.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust: Ramsay Memorial Fellowship

Closing Date: 15th November 2018

The Ramsay Memorial Fellowships Trust invites nominations for its fellowship. This enables early-career postdoctoral chemists to initiate a programme of original and independent research in the UK.

Self-nominations are allowed. Nominees may have already some postdoctoral experience but must be in their early stages of their career. Fellowships are tenable at a university or other place of academic research within UK. Nominees are expected to hold a PhD, preferably at a university within the British Commonwealth or its equivalent. They must have submitted their PhD thesis by 31 December following the deadline. Preference is given to nominees who have been born within the Commonwealth and who have graduated with distinction in chemistry from a university within the Commonwealth.

The fellowship is normally tenable for two years, but can be exceptionally extended for a third year. The fellowship may be fully funded by the trust, but cosponsorship from a university department, industrial company or other relevant body is normally expected. Where co-sponsored, the trust will contribute 50 per cent of the fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £17,500 per year, with the balance of all other costs to be paid by the cosponsor. Also, a grant of up to £1,000 per year is available for research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Royal Society: Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

Closing Date: 16th November 2018 (Forecast)

The Royal Society invite applications for the Dorothy Hodgkin fellowships. These enable early-career scientists who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstance to take the first step into an independent research career. Research may address all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Applicants must have completed their PhD but have no more than six years of research experience after receipt of their PhD award. Individuals who hold a permanent post in a university or non-profit organisation may not apply. Preference may be given to applications from underrepresented groups.

Approximately four to five awards are available. Funding covers 80 per cent of the basic salary costs up to £40,030 in the first year, estates costs and indirect costs; as well as research expenses worth up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 annually thereafter. Successful applicants who are about to start their first year are eligible to apply for a research grant worth up to £150,000.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Institute of Engineering and Technology: Travel Awards

Closing Date: 21st November 2018

The Institution of Engineering and Technology invites applications for its travel awards. These support individuals in broadening their professional experience by presenting a paper at a conference around the world, or by participating in international research visits or projects.

Applicants must have been members of the institution for a minimum of one year at the date of application.

Two awards are available for every round.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



An Introduction to Intellectual Property

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 12-2pm (Lunch provided), Conference Rooms, Ground Floor - Birmingham Research Park (B6 on Campus Map)

Registration essential (see below)

Intellectual property (IP) describes a wide variety of intangible ‘creations of the mind’ which can be owned in a similar way to physical property. The protection of such IP enables individuals to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create; and in the academic environment, this facilitates external investment to take an idea to market, where it can fulfill its potential and make a real impact.

There are a wide number of differnt legally protected IP rights that can be obtained through a variety of processes, including: patents, copyright, trademarks, and design rights. The aim of this seminar will be to explain how to identify what forms of IP meet the requirements of legal protection, as well as outline the processes related to obtaining these structures.

Dr Chris Moore – HGF, Intellectual Property Specialists

Dr Chris Moore, Partner at HGF, will be delivering the Introduction to Intellectual Property. HGF provides bespoke advice and support on developing, registering, protecting and exploiting IPR through patenting, trade-marks, design registrations, copyright and know-how.

Chris has advised individuals, SMEs, multinationals and academic institutions on uncovering, obtaining, protecting, and leveraging their intellectual assets. Chris is mentioned and personally recommended in the major patent attorney ratings lists, including IAM Patent 1000, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Chris holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham in physical chemistry, an MSc in spectroscopy from the UEA and a first degree in environmental chemistry from UEA. Chris is also a Principal Examiner for the Patent Examination Board for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

Follow on Session with the UoB IP Team – 2-3pm (following seminar)

There will also be an opportunity for 1:1 meetings with the IP team to talk through any ideas and innovations you may have. To book, please contact Sofia Hansrod:

Registration available via EventBrite.

For more info:            



Institute of Physics: Early Career Researchers’ Fund

Closing Date: 1st December 2018

The Institute of Physics invite applications for their early career researchers fund. This enables early-career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. It aims to broaden their professional development and maximise their potential.

Early-career researchers who are within three years of beginning their first paid contract of employment in industry or academia, either full-time or part-time, where research or the application of physics is the primary function of their role. This excludes any career breaks. Eligible applicants must be a member of the Institute and at least one of its special interest groups.

Bursaries are worth up to £300. 

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Microbiology Society: Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition

Closing Date: 10th December 2018

The Society for General Microbiology invites applications for the Sir Howard Dalton young microbiologist of the year competition. This recognises science communicators presenting a poster or offered paper at the society’s annual conference, which will take place from 8 to 11 April 2019, in Belfast, UK.

Applicants must be members of the society who are postgraduates or postdoctoral researchers, and who have gained their PhD in the last two years.

First, second and third prizes, worth £500, £200 and £100, respectively, are available. Finalists are invited to give a 10-minute oral presentation at the final at the meeting. All finalists receive a year's free society membership.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Federation of European Microbiological Societies: Research and Training Grant

Closing Date: 1st January 2019 (forecast)

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies invites applications for its research and training grant. This supports early career scientists in pursuing research and training at a European host institution.

Applicants active in microbiology may apply. Applicants must be FEMS members, having obtained their highest degree less than five years prior to the application deadline, or be a PhD student. Research and training visits must be conducted in a European country other than the fellow’s country of residence.

Grants are worth up to €4,000 each and cover travel and living costs.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Medical Research Council: New Investigator Research Grant – Molecular and Cellular Medicine

Closing Date: 8th January 2019

The Medical Research Council invites proposals for its new investigator research grant in molecular and cellular medicine. This supports researchers who are capable of becoming independent principal investigators and who are ready to take the next step towards that goal within the areas of molecular and cellular medicine. Applicants are expected to combine their time with a portfolio of other activities, such as other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty. Research involving trials of clinical treatments is not supported.

Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate that their skills and experience at the time of their application match those of the transition to independence career stage. They must hold at least a graduate degree, and are usually expected to have a PhD or an MD. The research must be carried out at a UK HEI, independent research organisation, government-funded organisation, university unit, MRC unit or institute, or the Frances Crick institute. Applicants may hold a lecturer appointment, a junior fellowship, or be in another research staff position. Those who hold or have held early-career training fellowships are also eligible. Co-investigators are allowed.

Grants are tenable for three years and are usually given on the basis of 80 per cent of full economic costs of the research to the applicant’s institution.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Biochemical Society: Early Career Research Awards

Closing Date: 31st January 2019

The Biochemical Society invites nominations for its early-career research awards. These recognise the impact of research carried out by early-career scientists who have produced international quality research outputs.

Nominees should have no more than six years postdoctoral research experience. The majority of the research must have been carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Awards are worth £1,000 each and include a medal, the delivery of a lecture at a society conference and an invitation to submit an article at a society-owned publication.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: Early Career Practitioner and Researcher Grants

Closing Date: 1st February 2019

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences invites applications for its early-career practitioner and researcher grants. These enable early-career practitioners and researchers to develop their applied and research potential.

Applicants must be members of the association and be within five years of obtaining either association accreditation or a PhD. BASES will consider making adjustments for individuals who have taken a career break within the first five years of their career.

Two awards, worth £2,000 each, are available.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



STFC: Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement

Closing Date: 21st February 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites applications for its leadership fellows in public engagement call. This enables researchers in an STFC-funded area of science and technology to deliver a prolonged, thematic programme of public engagement at an institution, covering multiple different events and activities. The aim is to create a network of highly-skilled practitioners of public engagement with STFC science who inspire and involve colleagues, students, and the public, in their activities, as well as highlight the achievements of STFC science and technology, demonstrating the excitement of research and the value of STEM to the UK. A substantial part of the activities must also be concerned with leadership and capacity building.

Researchers at a UK research organisation, who have a track record of either research in an STFC-funded area of science and technology or research that has been underpinned by use of STFC’s national or international laboratories and facilities, may apply. Applicants must have a demonstrable record of success in planning, delivering, and evaluating public engagement activities to a wide range of audiences. Leadership Fellows must be in the employment of their host research organisation when the fellowship commences or have approached an appropriate research organisation to host the Fellowship upon application.

Grants are worth up to £100,000 for an estimated period of three years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 28th February 2019

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its early-career fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.

Fellowships may be held at universities or at other HEI in the UK. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post at a UK university or comparable UK institutions. Candidates must be within four years of their doctoral thesis submission or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship. They must also either hold a degree from a UK HEI at the time of taking up the fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position, such as a fixed-term lectureship or fellowship, in the UK.

Approximately 100 fellowships are available. Each fellowship provides up to £25,000 per year to cover 50 per cent of the fellow’s total salary costs, up to £6,000 a year towards research expenses, up to £150 a day for UK and overseas subsistence and funding for capital items up to £1,000 per item. Fellowships are tenable for three years full time, but the trust may consider part time requests. The host institution must contribute remaining 50 per cent of salary costs for the fellow.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



Daphne Jackson Trust: Fellowships

No Deadline

The Daphne Jackson Trust invites applications for its fellowships. These aim to return scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists to their careers after a break of two or more years for family, caring or health reasons. Fellowships are normally undertaken on a part-time basis in a university or research establishment in the UK. They are flexible and include a tailored training programme and a challenging research project to update the skills and knowledge of the fellow, allowing them to return at the appropriate level to their career.

Applicants must be permanent UK residents, with a good first degree in a STEM discipline and at least three years in research or a PhD qualification prior to the career break. A good command of English and computer skills are expected, while postdoctoral experience and publications are an advantage.

Fellowships last for two years part-time and cover a salary, bench fees and consumables. Additionally, there is an extraordinary expense allowance of £1,500 per annum available which may be used for courses, travel to conferences and for personal computer equipment.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



BBSRC: International Travel Award Scheme

No Deadline

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites applications for its international travel award scheme. This aims to help scientists add an international dimension to their BBSRC-funded research by establishing new contacts with international counterparts. Eligible activities include:

•first contact type activities that require short-term travel support, such as travel outside the UK to initiate collaboration or prepare proposals with partners for international programmes;

•stays of up to one month in another country to visit specific facilities not available in the UK to undertake a particular piece of work, or gain access to new techniques or materials.

BBSRC-supported researchers, including research grant holders and researchers employed at institutes of the BBSRC, may apply. The application must be made by the PI, but it does not have to be the PI undertaking the travel. Students are not eligible.

Grants are worth up to £3,000 each, to cover travel and subsistence costs.



Funding for Public Engagement Activities 

There are a number of funding pots currently open. Check the Public Engagement with Research funding blog pages for a list. In particular the Wellcome Trust offer a Public Engagement Fund enabling individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research. 


Public Engagement with Research manage the University’s own internal public engagement funding scheme, open to all staff and PGRs who carry out research as part of their role.  Visit the fund’s pages on the PER blog or contact for more information.


October 2018

Federation of European Biochemical Societies: Long-Term Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st October 2018

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies invites applications for its long-term fellowships. These support long-term visits to FEBS country for the purpose of scientific collaboration or advanced training.

Applicants should be scientists, members of FEBS and working in a FEBS country and have a PhD and no more than three years’ postdoctoral experience.

The amount of the fellowship varies by country. Travel costs, costs of living and assistance for children are supported. Grants are for one year initially and are renewable for a further year, up to a maximum of three years.



Douglas Bromford Trust:  Project Grants over £1,500

Closing Date: 1st October 2018

The Douglas Bomford Trust invites applications for project grants over £1,500. These aim to advance knowledge, understanding, practice, competence and capability in the application of engineering and physical sciences to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, amenity and allied land-based and biological activities, for the sustainable benefit of the environment and mankind. Grants enable candidates to pursue:

•education, training, research and knowledge transfer;

•innovation and the application of science and technology with respect to the design, development, evaluation and construction of machines, systems and techniques;

•travel to acquire or disseminate knowledge;

•development and maintenance of professional competencies;

•development or acquisition of new skills, techniques and capabilities.

Individuals must have a connection with the UK, either through nationality, residency, or place of learning or registration. Organisations must have charitable status or aim to use the funding for charitable purposes.



Royal Society: International Exchanges Scheme – Standard Programme

Closing Date: 2nd October 2018

The Royal Society invites applications for the standard programme of its international exchanges scheme. This stimulates new collaborations within the natural sciences between scientists in the UK and overseas. The scheme covers all areas of the natural sciences including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, geography and experimental psychology.

Both the UK and partner country project leader must have completed a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level, and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award at an eligible university or research institute in their country. Retired scientists who are still active in science must submit their application through an eligible UK institute.

The following funding is available:

•up to £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to three months;

•up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within one year, including a maximum of £1,000 for research expenses;

•up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within two years, including a maximum up £2,000 for research expenses.



MRC: Neurosciences & Mental Health – New Investigator Research Grant

Closing Date: 3rd October 2018

The MRC supports investigator-led grants and manages a range of strategic investments and partnerships. They also support the development of tools and techniques that help others carry out research on the nervous system. The MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board are particularly interested in multidisciplinary research that will increase our understanding of the brain in health and disease.

The New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) is aimed at researchers who are capable of becoming independent Principal Investigators and who are now ready to take the next step towards that goal.

Applicants are expected to combine time spent on the NIRG with a portfolio of other activities, such as time spent on other research grants or clinical duties, teaching, administration duties, or other time spent in faculty (this list is not exhaustive). As such, applicants are normally expected to request up to, but no more than, 50% of their contracted working time on the NIRG.



Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 9th October 2018

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to start independent research careers in high quality research environments. Candidates are expected to identify a biomedical or population health research question and to develop the proposal and their scientific independence so as to go on to lead their own independent research.

Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. They must be a UK or European Economic Area national or have a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. Applicants must also have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland to administer the grant for the full tenure and to offer a mentor, who holds an established post at the host organisation, to provide independent support and advice.

Fellowships includes an award of £300,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary, fellowship supplement of £2,500 a year for personal support and research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.


September 2018

UK Research Software Engineers Conference

3rd & 4th September 2018, University of Birmingham

The Third Conference of Research Software Engineers will take place in the Bramall Building at the University of Birmingham.  This will be a  great opportunity to look at the latest technical updates and network with the best in UK academia and industry in the field of research software engineering.

For more information visit the Conference website.



CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research): Senior Post-Career Break Fellowship

Closing Date: 3rd September 2018

CERN invites applications for its senior post-career break fellowship. This enables science and engineering graduates to restart their careers after taking time out for personal reasons.

Applications are invited from candidates with a senior profile. Senior applicants must have a master’s-level diploma or PhD with between four and 10 years relevant experience after the MSc. Those applying in experimental or theoretical physics must have a PhD, or be about to finish their thesis. Applicants should have been on a career break for personal reasons such as family or caring responsibilities or health issues for the last two years.

Full-time and part-time fellowships are available for between six and 36 months. Funding includes a stipend worth between CHF 5,185 and CHF 7,994 per month and covers insurance, travel expenses, family allowances and leave.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement: Wonder Match

Closing Date: 3rd September 2018

Events will be held in the East Midlands, West Midlands, the North West and Scotland.The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Science and Technology Facilities Council, invites applications for its wonder match events. These enable researchers and community organisations to meet and develop ideas for public engagement with science.

Applicants are accepted from anyone working in STFC-related disciplines and anyone who is part of a community organisation such as a charity, social enterprise, educational or cultural organisation.

Up to £1,000 is available per applicant to help develop ideas and plans for further collaboration.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



STFC: Follow-on Funding

Closing Date: 4th September 2018

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites applications for its follow-on funding scheme. This provides financial support at the very early or pre-seed stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition. This may be used for:

•undertaking further scientific and technical development of an idea;

•improving an intellectual property position;

•gaining further information about the market for the new products or process;

•identifying potential licensees or opportunities for joint ventures.

Lead applicants must be employed within a research organisation group previously or currently funded by the STFC, and should show that their work will develop technologies or expertise from STFC funded projects. The lead research organisation must be an approved UK HEI, research council institute or independent research organisation.

Grants are worth up to £88,000 each over one year at 80 per cent full economic cost.



Royal Society: University Research Fellowships

Closing Date: 5th September 2018

The Royal Society invites applications for its university research fellowships. These enable early-career scientists to build an independent research career in their field. This covers natural sciences, including agriculture, mathematics, technology and engineering science, but excludes clinical medicine and biomedical science. Three additional awards are available for both fellows working in areas primarily and directly relevant to global challenges faced by developing countries, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund, and for candidates in the physical sciences and engineering subject areas, supported by the Tata group.

Applicants must hold a PhD and have three to eight years of research experience since obtaining their PhD. They must not hold a permanent post in a university or non-profit organisation. The fellowship must be held at a UK or Irish institution.

Fellowships are awarded for five years, but extensions may be awarded for three additional years. Awards include a maximum salary of £40,030 per year and research expenses of up to £13,000 for the first year and up to £11,000 for every year thereafter. The Royal Society will cover costs at 80 per cent full economic cost.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.



University of Birmingham Enterprise: Medici Enterprise Training Programme

Deadline: 10th September 2018

Medici is our flagship training programme designed for research staff currently exploring the commercial potential of their research.  The Medici programme is designed to improve your business skills and knowledge so that you can engage with business and industry, with professionalism and confidence.  Medici is aimed at research staff interested in developing the commercial / economic and societal impact of their research be that through consultancy, collaboration with business, licensing a technology, spinning out a company, developing a service or delivery of CPD training etc.  Potential delegates may be at a very early stage with no clear commercial offering or they may already be working on a viable project.

The course will give you an understanding of the routes available for the exploitation of university research and will help you to recognise the key stages in the development of your idea. This knowledge will enable you to maximise the opportunities available to you and any potential benefits. The Medici Enterprise Training Programme flyer has further information.


There are 20 funded spaces for University of Birmingham staff academics and researchers. Places are funded by UoB Enterprise and are allocated on the basis of a strong application with commercial relevance and potential.  We are now recruiting delegates for our January 2019 course, the deadline for applications is Monday 10th September.

If you are interested, please email Sofia Hansrod, or call on 0121 414 6539 for an application form and further information.



University Research Conference 2018

Monday 10th September 2018, Great Hall (R6 on Campus Map)

Now in its second year, the University Research Conference brings together academic and professional services staff working on groundbreaking research at UoB. The day will offer a range of sessions designed to explore the delivery of effective and impactful research at the University and beyond.  

New for this year the conference will include a group of sessions dedicated to linking researchers with key professional service teams for on-the-day advice and support as well as a range of sessions focusing on global innovation in research. We will be launching the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Research Impact and welcoming another prominent keynote speaker to the conference.

The event is aimed at the University’s academic staff, and staff supporting research. To view the programme and to register please visit the conference intranet site:  

For further information please contact



EPSRC Developing Leaders Scheme

Deadline: 10th September 2018

This scheme is designed to support academics working within the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) remit  who are either returning to work following a career break / extended period of leave, or who will shortly be taking a career break / extended period of leave.

The scheme exists to assist in either: 

  • Re-establishing the applicant’s research profile following a period in which they have been unable to carry out research
  • Minimising the impact, or reducing the duration, of a forthcoming career break in order to preserve the applicant's research profile

Funding may be used for a wide variety of activities and applicants are encouraged to be innovative in their thinking.

Head of School Approval

You should discuss your career break / planned career break with your Head of School and obtain their approval for making an application to this fund, particularly if your proposed use of the funds will affect other areas of your job (for example, teaching buy-out).

Funding Information

Applications for funds are typically expected to be £5,000 - £10,000 although applications outside this range will be considered if appropriately justified.


To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an academic, research fellow or other member of staff employed at the UoB for whom research is a contracted part of your role
  • Be employed by the University for the duration of your proposed project
  • Be able to demonstrate potential in delivering research excellence within the EPSRC remit
  • Have returned from a career break within the last year or be due to take a career break within the next year.

You must be able to complete your proposed project, including spend, by no later than October 2019.

How to apply:

Please note that applications must be submitted by noon on Monday 10th September 2018.

For further details and to apply, please see the EPSRC Developing Leaders Scheme heading on the Centrally-managed Funding intranet page:



Marie Curie Global Fellowship Scheme

Closing Date: 12th September 2018

The scheme allows post-doctoral researchers to spend up to 2 years at an institution outside Europe before returning to Birmingham for their final year.  The scheme covers all salary and consumable cost with researchers being jointly supervised throughout the life of the fellowship. 

Individuals should hold a PhD or have 4 years equivalent research experience and not have worked, studied or resided in the chosen host country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the submission deadline.

The benefit this brings to the host organisation is that they receive a fellow for free for up to two years with all associated research costs and for Birmingham it’s that we receive the academic credit and the added benefits of knowledge and experience brought back to us on return of the Fellow.  For the fellow of course it is an excellent opportunity to work internationally and increase their networks for future collaborations as well as exposing them to new skills, techniques and ways of thinking, so it’s a win win all round!

The EU and International Team, in Research Support Services, are currently working with a cohort of Universitas 21 universities to enable international engagement through this scheme i.e.

We have confirmation from all the above that they will help us by liaising with the PIs locally to find a suitable match.  If you would be interested in applying exploring finding a match to apply to the scheme, please send a short outline of your research area and project idea together with the University you are interested in being hosted by to Sally Wiley (   You can find more out about the scheme itself here.

As usual if you decide to proceed you’ll receive proposal development support and guidance from your College dedicated EU & International Funding Officer. 


MRC: Career Development Award

Closing Date: 20th September 2018

The CDA supports talented post-doctoral researchers to lead their own research plans and establish their own research team to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher to independent investigator.

A CDA provides funding for a challenging research programme, and an ambitious programme of research training which offers accelerated personal and career development.

Scientific remit: You can apply across all areas of the MRC’s scientific remit. Applications may range from basic studies with relevance to mechanisms of disease to translational and developmental clinical research.

Person remit: Applicants proposing to continue their existing work, which is indistinct from their current group / leader, are not suitable to apply to the scheme and will be rejected (as specified in our peer review guidance). Please see FAQ on what is within remit of the scheme for further information.

The CDA provides up to five years’ support



Public Engagement with Research: Breakfast Brainstorm

Wednesday 26th September 2018, 9-11am, Starbucks Muirhead Tower (R21 on Campus Map)

Breakfast Brainstorm is designed as an informal drop-in gathering of researchers, their support staff, postgrads and PERC members who together support each other’s public engagement efforts and ambitions. The ‘club’ is effectively a social community for public engagement ideas at UoB. We will meet on the last Wednesday of every month, starting officially in January 2016, for coffee/breakfast on campus.

This regular meet-up is an ideal place to soundboard your ideas whilst getting constructive feedback and practical support from others who already have experience/contacts in public engagement with research. There will be no formal agenda at these get-togethers, so that everyone feels welcome to present their ideas. You are also very welcome just to come along and hear what other people are up to.

Breakfast Brainstorm used to roam location, but members took a vote to select one base from now on. This is Starbucks in the Muirhead Tower on campus (upstairs seating section on the big round table) . BB starts at 9am, but you can pop in anytime between 9-11 and stay as little or as long as you like. Follow the Twitter trail via our new hashtag #UOBBrainstorm.

More information is available on the Public Engagement with Research webpages.


European Research Council Grants (ERC): An Overview

This workshop was held on 5th September 2018 and included information on the ERC’s different grant schemes.

The slides from the workshop can be accessed by following this link.



Linnean Society of London: Percy Sladen Memorial Fund Grants

Closing Date: 30th September 2018

The Linnean Society of London invites applications for grants under the Percy Sladen memorial fund. These support fieldwork abroad in the earth and life sciences, through expeditions and individual research projects.

There are no requirements in regards to qualifications or nationality. Applicants should consider such matters as conservation and international relations. Local university students may participate.

Grants are worth up to £1,500 each, but are generally worth less than £1,000.

August 2018

Wellcome Trust: Sir Henry Dale Fellowships

Closing Date: 7th August 2018

The Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society invite applications for the Sir Henry Dale fellowships. These support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups in the field of public health.

Applicants must have a PhD, significant postdoctoral research experience, and have made important contributions to their area of research via publications, patents, software development or an impact on policy. They must be driving their research and be ready to lead an independent research programme. They must have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organisation in the UK. In case applicants propose to stay in their current department, they must describe how the proposal will further their independent career.

Fellowships cover salary, which is determined by the host organisation, a supplement of £7,500, personal removal expenses, research expenses and an annual contribution of £11,000 towards indirect and estate costs. Fellowships are tenable for five years, but fellows may further apply for three more years.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

Human Frontier Science Programme: Long-Term Fellowships

Closing Date: 9th August 2018

The Human Frontier Science Programme invites applications for its long-term fellowships. These enable applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline to broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work.

Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degrees in the three years. They must have at least one lead author paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed international journal where they are either single, first or joint first author by the application deadline. Candidates from outside the HSFP supporting countries may apply to work only in supporting countries, while candidates from supporting countries may apply to work anywhere. Candidates cannot apply to work in an institution where they are already based or have previously spent more than 12 months.

Fellowships last for three years and include living, relocation, research and travel support, as well as child and parental leave allowances. The value of the allowances is based on the country in which the fellowship is carried out.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

July 2018

Early Career Researcher Workshop 2018: ‘Sustainable Futures’

9 - 12 October 2018, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Shanghai, China

Internal Deadline: 18th July 2018

The University of Birmingham can nominate up to 7 researchers to attend the 'Sustainable Futures' Early Career Workshop. To be eligible for the workshop you must have been awarded your PhD and have no more than 8 years post-PhD experience.

Each university may nominate seven early career researchers: four guaranteed nominees and three reserve nominees from their own institution. The top four ECRs on each University’s list of nominees are guaranteed a place. Depending on availability, further places may be offered to the reserve nominees. U21 will cover all workshop costs, and attending UoB staff must source funding to cover travel and accommodation costs. Accommodation costs are likely to be in the region of US$80 - 120 per night.

If you would like to be nominated to attend, please RSVP to Matt Clulee with your name, email, a sentence on your general research area and whether or not you would require a visa to attend by Wednesday July 18th please.

Medical Research Council: Skills Development Fellowships

Closing Date: 27th July 2018 (Forecast)

The Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council invite applications for their skills development fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to develop new skills in a priority area as well as researchers at all career stages willing to transform their career. Fellowships are offered in the following priority areas which are not mutually exclusive:

•quantitative skills, covering mathematics, statistics, computation and informatics applicable to any biomedical or health related data sources;

•skills at the social science interface, focusing on health economics or mixed method research.

Applicants from a quantitative, economics or social science research background should be seeking to develop new expertise and skills by applying these methods to biomedical or health research across MRC’s remit. All applicants should be planning to acquire training in quantitative, economics or social science research methods as applied to biomedical or health research.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

RAEng: Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2018/19

Internal Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 30th July 2018

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellowships and Engineering for Development Research Fellowships 2018/19 are now open with a submission deadline of 1600 on Monday 24 September 2018. 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. The Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (Exception Two; see below) is a RAEng scheme with an additional £25,000 per annum funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to develop international 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 (

Applicant Guidance is available here:

Only three to five submissions per institution, depending on whether any applicants meet one of the two exceptions (persistently underrepresented groups and the Engineering for Development Research Fellowship), explained on page 6 of the Applicant Guidance, are allowed. There is, therefore, an internal selection process.

If you wish to be considered, please complete the expression of interest (EOI) form, including sections Exception One and Exception Two if applicable, which will be used by an internal panel to select 3-5 applicants to go forwards to the full submission stage. The selected applicants will be supported by the College Research Support Teams to develop their applications.

Please send completed EOIs, plus a 2 page maximum CV, to Paul Reay by 1200 on Monday 30 July.  Please refer to the Applicant Guidance document when completing the EOI.


June 2018

Community University Partnership Initiative

The Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI) supports community organisations (including community businesses, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations) and university researchers to create trusting and useful research collaborations which benefit all the partners involved.  Each CUPI Match event is held in a specific geographical region, to enable partnerships to develop within that region. Therefore participation is invited from academics and individuals from community organisations who identify with that region e.g. through being based there, or working alongside people who live there.

A pilot match event will be taking place in Birmingham on July 3rd, 2018. Find out more on the CUPI webpage and register now for the Birmingham event (registration deadline 4 June, 2018).

May 2018

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

The UKRI has launched a new Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme with the following objectives:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes

The scheme will support early career researchers and innovators (senior academics and innovators are not permitted to apply) to transition to or establish independence in any area supported by UKRI.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

There will be an internal selection process in each College. 

  • For EPS please contact Claire Farrell to receive further information and application documentation, application deadline is 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018.
  • For LES please contact Helen Lambert to receive further information and application documentation, application deadline is 5pm on Friday 18th May 2018.

April 2018

Public Engagement Day

Tuesday 17th April 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Winterbourne House, (G11 on Campus Map).

Get Engaged!

The (almost) Annual Public Engagement with Research Day (PER Day) will be held on 17th April 2018 and we’d like to invite you along. Sign up to find out about public engagement at the University; what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, how you can get involved and how the PER team can help.

This is for you if you:

  • Are a researcher who wants to engage the public with your work
  • Want practical help and advice on doing PER
  • Want the bigger picture on the what, how and why of PER at UoB

The day will include:

  • An update on PER at Birmingham from Prof Alice Roberts
  • Showcasing of great PER projects
  • Practical skills workshops with engagement experts
  • Lots of other opportunities to find out more and get involved

The day will be held from 9:30am until 4:30pm (lunch included) at Winterbourne House and Garden and registration is open now. Unfortunately places are limited so priority will be given to researchers, but we will accommodate others wherever possible. Find out more & sign up HERE. Please direct any questions to the Public Engagement Team here



Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing Date: 18th April 2018

The Wellcome Trust invites preliminary applications for the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowships. These enable newly qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in high quality research environments. Candidates are expected to identify a biomedical or population health research question and to develop the proposal and their scientific independence so as to go on to lead their own independent research.

Applicants must be in the final year of their PhD studies or be an early-career researcher with some initial postdoctoral experience. They must be a UK or European Economic Area national or have a PhD from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. Applicants must also have an eligible sponsoring institution in the UK or Republic of Ireland to administer the grant for the full tenure and to offer a mentor, who holds an established post at the host organisation, to provide independent support and advice.

Fellowships includes an award of £250,000 over four years on a full-time or part-time basis, covering the basic salary, fellowship supplement of £2,500 a year for personal support and research expenses.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage


March 2018

Leverhulme Trust: Early-Career Fellowships

Closing Date: 1st March 2018

The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its early-career fellowships. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.

For more information visit the funder’s webpage.

Career Management for Early Career Academic Researchers

 Start date: 5th March 2018.

 An online course developed by the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sheffield enabling you to explore different career options, learn what you want out of a career and understand how to implement good career decisions. The course lasts for three hours per week over four weeks.

 The basic course is free, with a charge made if you wish to access the upgrade and certificate of achievement.  Further information.

University of Birmingham Arts & Science Festival

12th-18th March 2018

The University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival is back for its sixth edition. Running 12–18 March 2018, the festival celebrates research, culture and collaboration across campus and beyond.  Join leading artists and academics as they respond to this year’s theme ‘Stop Start!’ and enjoy a diverse programme exploring life, death, time, movement, migration, attitudes, behaviours and a whole lot more...

Visit the website.

February 2018

Lindemann Trust Fellowships

Closing Date: Wednesday 14th February 2018

The English-Speaking Union invites applications for the Lindemann Trust fellowships. These enable postdoctoral scientists in both the pure and applied physical sciences to carry out research in the US. Fields of research include astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics and physics.

Applicants must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens, resident in the UK and have completed a doctorate within the last three years.

Up to three one-year fellowships, worth USD 40,000 each, plus £500 towards each fellow’s airfare are available.

For more information visit the funders’ webpage.


2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship Awards Programme.

Deadline: Friday 16th February 2018

The fellowship awards are open to female early-career researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences. Five outstanding female early-career scientists will be awarded a bursary of £15,000.

Applicants should apply online at

 Eligibility criteria and FAQs are available here:

This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us at: