The intention is to strengthen strategic partnerships between UK institutions and overseas partners by funding Early Career Researcher visiting fellowships of up to a year.
There are no geographical restrictions but priority countries have been identified: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Occupied Palestinian Territories, South Africa. Applications (one per institution) can be for up to £150K. The application deadline is 10 Jan and, whilst individual fellows don’t need to be known by then, their home institutions do. Whilst the maximum sum is fairly small (amounting to ~3 or 4 1-year fellowships or more for a shorter period), the opportunity is significant and so draft applications are invited from members of the College’s Multi-Faculty Networks, Centres and Institutes for review. The Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) and Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships) will approve the College proposal for submission and provide the necessary supporting letter.
Applicants should set out how they would use a block grant/part of a block grant to deliver a dynamic programme of research fellowships for early career researchers (ECR). These fellowships will not only benefit individual researchers, but also the institutions involved in the programme. By funding individual ECR mobility within the framework of strategic partnerships, the aim is to catalyse longer term and interdisciplinary collaboration. In terms of the programme of activity, potential fellows must:
• be non-UK nationals and be resident outside the UK at the point of application
• have a PhD and 0-10 years postdoctoral experience (allowances can be made for documented career breaks)
• be able to begin their programme of work no later than 31 March 2018
• be affiliated with one of the strategic partner institutions indicated in the application form
It is not necessary for proposals to provide details of the individual(s) to whom the fellowship(s) will be awarded at the application stage. However, applicants will need to state the country (or countries) from which they intend to recruit their fellows and the strategic partner institutions they will work with to identify these individuals. Research (and researchers) of any discipline can be funded through the programme, and fellowships can be for a maximum period of 12 months. NB fellowships cannot be extended once granted.
Up to £150,000 total is available to support the institutional activity. This is broken down per fellow as:
· Stipend at £2200 per month within London metropolitan area
· Travel costs (including visa processing costs) (up to max. £5000)
· Research, support and/or training costs (up to max. £10,000)
· Overheads and admin costs for host institution (50% stipend)
As this is a limited submission process, it will be managed by the Research Office in collaboration with the International Relations Office. Interested PIs must play an active role in any of the College’s Multi faculty Institutes, Centres and Networks. Draft proposals should be submitted using the attached Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants Internal Form and return this to the International Relations Office firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am Wednesday 13th December
Together, the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) and Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships) will select the proposal most suited to meeting the requirements of the call (see attached guidelines). PIs should therefore ensure their completed Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants Internal Form covers these aspects clearly. After selection the application will be subject to the normal review, approval and authorisation steps through the appropriate Department and Faculty Research Services Teams.
|Funding opportunity||Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants|
|Key dates||9am Wednesday 13th December||Deadline for submission of outlines to International Relations Office email@example.com|
|Monday 18th December||Selection is made|
|Monday 18th – Friday 22nd||Letter of Support is prepared|
|23rd December – 1st January||College Closed|
|Wednesday 3rd January 2018||Selected proposal with Research Services Team as per 5-day rule|
|12.30pm (GMT) Wednesday, 10th January 2018||Deadline for submission of selected proposal to Universities UK International|
|Contact||Head of International Relations Office Helen Challis (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Additional information||Imperial is limited to one proposal. All bids also require a supporting letter from the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) and Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships).|