London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand
Molecular Modelling & Materials Science
Virtual Environments, Imaging & Visualisation
Applying Mathematics and Physics to the complexity of life.
Applications are invited from researchers working in the EPSRC remit for funding to support the development of their career after a career break.
EPSRC has recently awarded UCL funding with the aim of widening access to leadership careers in scientific research. As part of the activities in this area, UCL welcomes the opportunity to support its staff in their career when they return from a career break (which could have been for parenting, caring or other personal reasons).
Applications are now invited from researchers working within the EPSRC remit who have returned, or who will shortly return, to work after a career break. Funds should be used to support career and professional development. This could include:
- Training of any kind that will support career development.
- Attendance at conferences.
- Secondments or short term research assignments (e.g. to an external laboratory).
- Short-term research assistant support to generate preliminary data to underpin external grant applications.
- Teaching buyouts for a few months to allow individuals to concentrate on research.
- Leadership coaching (co-ordinated through the MPLS Divisional Office).
These are illustrative examples, and the list is not exhaustive: any reasonable applications will be considered providing the link to career development in scientific research can be demonstrated.
We expect to fund a total of up to 16 awards (4 per round) of up to £10,000 each. Calls will close quarterly until November 2012.
Proposals should be completed in specified format and uploaded through the application form below.
- Applications are invited from researchers at all stages of their scientific research career, from D.Phil. students to University Lecturers, and including post doctoral researchers, Fellows etc.
- Applications from individuals who have returned from a career break in any time frame will be considered, but we expect most “returners” to have come back to work in the past 3 years.
- All funds must be spent by 31st March 2013; no extensions will be permitted.
- Grants can only be made to individuals working within the EPSRC remit. Applications from individuals working in crossdisciplinary areas at the boundary with the EPSRC remit will also be considered.
- Grants cannot be used to pay for childcare.
- As a guide, the size of each individual grant is not expected to exceed £10,000 per applicant, although an application may include more than one element – for example training and conference attendance.
- EPSRC require feedback on this grant and recipients will be asked for a one page report on their use of the funds at the end of their award. This will enable the University to fulfil its reporting obligations, and may also help to inform EPSRC’s thinking on how it can best support women in science.
- Applicants must have their department’s support and, if applying to arrange a buyout for college teaching commitments, the support of your college will also be needed.
- A full pFACT costing is not required at this stage, but will be requested should the proposal be successful.
Enquiries may be directed to Caterina Mora, BEAMS School Research Facilitator (Ext: 37774).