Directors Collaborative Awards for MRL post-doctoral researchers
Fund and purpose
Up to £10,000 will be available each year (2018-2023) from the Directors Discretionary Fund for postdocs in MRL research groups to undertake small collaborative research projects that are associated with but additional to their substantive research projects. It is anticipated that several awards will be made each year, up to a total value of £10000.
The intention is both to enhance career development opportunities for postdocs and to promote collaborative working between MRL groups.
Projects should involve two or more groups led by MRL PIs and be allied to the work of these individual groups*. The collaborative aspect of each project should be sufficiently strong to, for example, merit joint equal authorship should data from the project be used in a publication or conference abstract.
Awards will fund consumables and core and other facility charges associated with the approved project. Salary costs are not included.
Each project should be completed within 12 months. Following completion of the project, participating post docs will present the results of their project to the MRL at either an Away Day or internal seminar. Awards will be considered for renewal following reapplication, provided suitable progress is demonstrated.
Applicants are advised to consult with their group leaders before proposing a project. While group leaders should not be involved in shaping the proposal or writing the application, they will be contacted for their approval before an application is considered.
- The value to the collaborating groups involved
- The scientific proposal, including novelty of the approach
- The potential career-development opportunities for the post-docs involved
Each application will be assessed by a panel including the MRL Director, members of the MRL Strategy Group, a post-doc nominated by the MRL Post Doc Committee, and an early career fellow (panel members selected to minimise conflicts of interest).
* For the purposes of this scheme, group leaders who already work closely together, such as Fiona Gribble and Frank Reimann, will be considered one group.
If the two (or more) groups involved already have existing collaborations, such as joint funding, applicants should demonstrate their proposal involves an area of work that is distinct from the existing collaboration.
Application deadline (initial round): 30th Sept 2018
Subsequent deadlines: 31st Jan 2019 and yearly thereafter