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Opportunities for Overseas Collaboration

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is promoting a Short-Term Award Programme, a joint initiative managed with the co-operation of The Royal Society and The British Academy. The Programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits (15 days to 11 months) for young pre- and post-doctoral researchers from the UK for cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions (Closing date for applications 25 November 2005).

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The Polish-British Young Scientists Programme (YSP) enables young British researchers in the early stages of their career to make one or more research visits to a partner institution in Poland. The programme is a joint venture between the British Council and the Polish Ministry of Scientific Research and Information Technology. Grants are offered as contributions towards travel and living costs (Closing date for applications 30 November 2005).

The Polish-British Young Scientists Programme

Leverhulme Trust Fellowships

The Leverhulme trust is inviting applications for the following fellowships:

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships offer a recognised first step into an independent research career for excellent scientists and engineers for whom career flexibility is essential. The scheme offers the possibility of holding appointments on a part-time basis and of claiming some funds for family support eg. the cost of child care during a conference. Applicants must have no more than four years' postdoctoral research (Closing date for applications 8 February 2006).

Leverhulme Trust Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships

University Research Fellowships applicants should have a PhD or equivalent research experience and must have completed between two and seven years' full-time postdoctoral research. The scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists with the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships (Closing date for applications 11 January 2006).

Leverhulme Trust University Research Fellowships

Senior Research Fellowships provide the opportunity for academic researchers to be relieved of their teaching and administrative duties for up to one year to allow them to concentrate on full-time research. Applicants must be of postdoctoral status or equivalent, hold a permanent post in a UK University and be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research (Closing date for applications 14 December 2005).

Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships

More Funding Opportunities

The Research Support Office's web pages have regularly updated information on upcoming deadlines and news about funding opportunities. It's a good idea to keep an eye on them:

The Research Support Office

DTI Technology Programme Information Days

The Department of Trade and Industry is holding a series of Technology Programme information days in November. The Technology Programme makes grant funding available to businesses to support collaborative research and development projects. This autumn's funding round is focused on six technology priority areas recently identified by the DTI's Technology Strategy Board :

Each of the six regional Information Days will focus on one of these areas, and will be an opportunity for delegates to learn more about the relevant technologies and the range of support available for collaborative research.

DTI Technology Programme

Creating Accessible Web pages

University web authors are legally required to produce accessible pages in compliance with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA). The Faculty Web Developer is available to help with this - more details are available on the faculty website:

Notes for departmental web authors

Christmas Conference Reminder

The Science and Technology Christmas Conference is set to go ahead on Monday 19 December. The conference will offer departments the chance to showcase their research and is intended to give researchers an overview of what's going on across the faculty. Information on guest speakers, times and registration will be released shortly.

In the news...

Science and Technology stories from the past two weeks:

Biotechnology Entrepreneurs

Researchers from Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology are set to test their business skills in a national competition for entrepreneurs in science...

Sustainable Agriculture Centre Appoints Director

Professor Felix Wäckers takes up his post at LEC's new Centre for Sustainable Agriculture...

Cancer Research Prize

Dr Frank Martin, lecturer in Molecular Carcinogenesis, and Professor Trevor McMillan, Peel Professor of Cancer Biology, were part of a research team awarded the Brian Booth Oncology Research Prize...