Author: Alun Owen

NHLI Postdoc Travel Awards-Deadline Closed

In order to continue training young scientists, the NHLI Foundation has generously donated funds to support travel awards for NHLI Postdoctoral Research Associates and Research Fellows for the purpose of presenting at conferences or attending scientific workshops in the fields of cardiovascular and respiratory research.

Applicants can also apply for funding to cover extraordinary costs relating to caring responsibilities when presenting at such meetings e.g. costs related to caring for dependents, such as parents or funds required to cover additional childcare costs whilst attending a meeting.  Applicants may also apply for funding for extra-ordinary costs in addition to travel funding which they have already secured from other sources.

Full details and the application form can be found at:



Why peer review needs you – and you need peer review MRC INSIGHT BLOG

Engaging in peer review of grant applications means helping ensure public money is spent as wisely as possible. The decision-making process is difficult, but with over 20 years of peer review experience Eleanor Riley, Deputy Chair of the MRC Infections and Immunity Board and Professor of Infectious Disease Immunology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),  explains what makes a good review and how everybody gains if everybody takes part.

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Clinical Research Career Development Fellowships: a new single, flexible award — Wellcome Trust Blog

Back in November 2014 we at Wellcome announced some changes to our funding structure, with a focus on simple, flexible award schemes. Today, one of the last pieces of this new structure falls into place, with the introduction of a single award for clinical research fellows, the new Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship. Here, […]

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British Lung Foundation Summer Studentship Award Scheme

We are delighted to announce this year’s summer studentship scheme in collaboration with the Cystic fibrosis Trust, offering promising medical and science undergraduates hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation period. If you are supervising any relevant students, or are a relevant student yourself we would strongly encourage you to make an application.

The scheme aims to attract the brightest and best into a future career in research, combining clinical practice with an active research programme.

A total of 10 studentships will be available, each lasting a maximum of eight weeks, in the following areas:

  • Cystic fibrosis (four places).
  • A specific lung condition, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, COPD or interstitial lung disease (four places).
  • Cross-respiratory research, with value across all areas, such as pulmonary infections (two places).

The award will comprise:

  • a stipend of £1,200 for living expenses,
  • £300 for consumables (including poster printing costs), and
  • expenses for attending the UK CF conference in September 2016, (for those undertaking a CF project), or another relevant UK respiratory conference (for those researching other lung conditions). Please refer to the CF Trust website for further details and requirements.


British Lung Foundation Funding Opportunities

The British Lung Foundation is pleased to announce availability of new funding opportunities for 2016. Applications are invited for support of research into lung disease in the following funding streams:
1. BLF Pump-priming Research Grants
2. Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office & BLF research grants
3. BLF Mesothelioma Research Funding
4. ‘Mesothelioma UK-BLF’ mesothelioma research grant
5. BLF-SILA Sarcoidosis Research Grant
6. BLF Dr Joseph Footitt COPD research grant

• For full details regarding all funding streams, and to download application forms and guidelines, please see
• Please read the accompanying guidelines before completing an application form.
• The deadline for the submission of preliminary applications in all funding streams is 1st FEBRUARY 2016.

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