Month: November 2015

ERS Long-Term Research Fellowships now open

Applications for the ERS Long-Term Research Fellowships 2016 are now open

Deadline: 31 January, 2016

ERS Long-Term Fellowship programmes offer a unique opportunity for investigators and clinicians in the early stages of their careers to get support for their research activities. Fellowships are intended to fund clinical research, translational research and basic science, giving participants a chance to learn new skills in a different setting.

What’s new this year? Ten different fellowship programmes are running for 2016 including a new programme for paediatrics and two additional funding partnerships with national societies.

Who can apply? Candidates actively engaged in respiratory research or practice; postgraduate degree holders in respiratory medicine or science (MDs, MSc, PhD students, PhD holders); or qualified healthcare professionals (non‐MD).

Plan and prepare: A project proposal of six to twelve months with a mobility component should be submitted online by 31 January, 2016 and should include involvement from your home and host centres. Rules and regulations, programme information and application details are available online.

Current opportunities:

ERS Standard Fellowships
ERS Fellowships for scientifically developing countries
ERS PAH Fellowships supported by GSK
ERS/ALAT Joint Fellowship
ERS/SEPAR Joint Fellowship

ERS International Fellowships
ERS Child Lung Health Fellowships*
ERS/EMBO Joint Fellowships
ERS/CTS Peter Macklem Joint Fellowships
ERS/SPLF Joint Fellowships*
*applicants from scientifically developing countries are also eligible.

Apply by 31 January, 2016

ERS Fellowship in Industry:

For MDs specialised in Asthma or COPD, two fellowships in industry are also open until 10 January, 2016. Find out more and apply online.

Higher education green paper abolishes HEFCE to ‘simplify’ system

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is to be replaced by a body to promote student interests, but that will be funded by universities, according to proposals in the government’s higher education green paper.

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MIT-Imperial Seed Fund

The MIT-Imperial Seed Fund aims to kick-start early-stage, risky and ‘blue skies’ research ideas that might not otherwise be pursued. The Fund will support early-stage collaboration among academics, researchers and students at MIT and Imperial by facilitating exchange between participating research groups through provision of grants to cover travel, workshops, meetings, hackathons, networks and other activities to explore research directions.

The call is now open to joint applications from MIT and Imperial. Applications are expected to enable researchers at MIT and Imperial to build or reinforce lasting contacts with the very best researchers in their field. Collaborations can be with new collaborators, existing or previous collaborators, providing that the application demonstrates a strong development of the collaborations proposed.

Please see here and the attached guidance document for more information, including the eligibility criteria and application process.

Queries should be directed to Alex Page (International Relations Office) at

Funding opportunity MIT-Imperial Seed Fund
Key dates 15 January 2016 (24.59 Boston, USA time) Application deadline
  mid-March 2016 Decisions announced
Contact Alex Page, International Relations Office,
Additional information This is not a restricted call

Rosetree Trust Interdisciplinary Prize

The Rosetrees Trust has launched their Interdisciplinary Prize 2016, a program aimed at stimulating the application of Maths and Computer Science to Medicine.

Imperial has been invited to submit one application to this call to fund a project at the interface of Maths or Computer Science to Medicine, with importance on the potential for patient benefit.  The award will be a total of £250,000 over three years.

The College will be having an internal selection process is outlined in the attached document and support must be in place from NHLI and the department in mathematics or computing.  The internal deadline for NHLI to consider applications will be 14th December (12:00pm) and will require a two page proposal together with the CVs of the lead researchers.  Following review in NHLI the College deadline for supported proposals will be 5th January 2016 (12.00pm). The deadline to Rosetrees Trust for the selected College candidate is 31st January 2016.

Rosetrees Criteria 2016