The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science has announced that the final call in financial year 2018 for their Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open.
Please visit the JSPS London website for further information.
The deadline is: Friday, 1st June 2018 and fellowships must start between 1st November 2018 to 31st March 2019.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science.
Their Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2nd April 2012.
Eligible research fields are not limited.
NIHR will be accepting applications for the 2018 NIHR i4i Challenge Awards from 1 February 2018.
Applications must offer innovative technological solutions to influence the patient care pathway and improve outcomes, supporting aspirations as set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom.
Proposals are invited from teams comprised of clinicians, academics and small to medium sized enterprises, and may address one or more of the following:
- Integration of physical and mental health services across the NHS
- Accurate, cost-effective, faster screening and diagnoses of mental health conditions
- Effective management of mental health conditions including prevention, early intervention, tailored treatments and active disease monitoring.
Funding will be awarded on a ‘winner takes all’ basis to a project of three to five years’ duration, with no limit on the level of funds requested. Stage one applications will open 1 February, closing 4 April 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 application. More details can be found on the NIHR i4i website. Alternatively please email the i4i programme team.
The NIHR i4i Programme is a translational funding scheme supporting the development of innovative medical technologies. Its aim is to advance healthcare technologies and interventions for increased patient benefit in areas of clinical need.
The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. It has a dual role as the UK academy of science, acting nationally and internationally, and as a provider of a broad range of services for the UK scientific community.
The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships, established through the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, seek to provide opportunities for experienced academic researchers to focus on full-time research for up to one year by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties during that period. Preference is given to candidates who, as well as demonstrating scientific excellence, can show that such relief is particularly needed and timely.
Fellowships can be held at an applicant’s own university, or any university or not-forprofit research organisation in the UK. This includes industrial research organisations in the UK approved by the Council of the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust. The subjects covered are all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university or eligible not-for-profit institution. Applicants must be at a stage in their career when they have a well-established, fully independent research programme of their own, and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. They should not have had sabbatical leave or other support relieving them of teaching and administrative duties for a total of one year or more in the three years preceding submission of an application.
Applications from mid-career candidates are particularly encouraged.
A fellow’s employing institution is reimbursed for full salary costs (including USS and NI) for an applicant (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by host university). Research expenses of up to a maximum of £2,500 are also available to cover costs of consumables, equipment, travel etc. The length of tenure is between one academic term and one year.
Applications should be made using the Royal Society’s Flexi-Grant system by the closing date of 21 February 2018.
Precision medicine – also known as stratified medicine or personalised medicine – is one of the priority themes for Innovate UK’s (IUK) health and life science sector. IUK has now launched a competition to fund innovation projects that support the development of precision medicine technologies, defined as better targeting of treatments for patients by combining clinical knowledge with advances in diagnostic techniques and data analysis.
It is estimated that only 30% to 70% of patients respond positively to any one particular drug, and it is important that companies producing precision medicine technologies avoid focusing too much on technology and not enough on end user needs. This issue can be exacerbated by companies not having the time or resources to explore these issues at an early stage.
This competition seeks solutions to these challenges. Applications can be for feasibility studies to help companies assess the research, development and adoption issues their concept will need to address and the likelihood of success, or research and development to help companies develop and trial precision medicine technology.
Feasibility projects can be up to £100,000 and last up to 12 months. They may be either:
- Single-company SME projects; or
- Collaborative projects led by an SME.
Research and experimental development projects can range from £1 million to £2 million and last up to 24 months. They may be:
- Led by a business or research and technology organisation.
- Collaborative projects.
Collaborations must include at least one other grant-claiming partner, and projects must show an improvement in the competitiveness and productivity of at least one UK SME involved in the project, although the project does not need to be led by an SME.
Applicants must explain clearly how their proposed technology will advance precision medicine. Applications that can provide evidence of engagement with regional precision medicine centres of expertise across the UK are particularly encouraged.
The lead applicant must first register online before completing and uploading the online application. There is a briefing event on 20 September for this call.
The deadline for applications is 25 October 2017.