Discovery Fellowships 2020 by UK Research and Innovation, UK

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Discovery Fellowships 2020 by UK Research and Innovation, UK

Designation/Position- Discovery Fellowships 2020

UK Research and Innovation, UK invites application for Discovery Fellowships 2020 from eligible and interested candidates

About- The Discovery Fellowship (DF) provides support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The DF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. As such, the DF enables BBSRC to supply the UK with highly skilled, professional research leaders.

Research/Job Area- Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within our remit.

Research group particularly encourage applications that are aligned with our overarching strategic priorities (see related links including our strategic priorities).

Location- UK Research and Innovation, UK 

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Eligibility/Qualification–

  • Applicants should have a PhD or be expecting to have undergone successful PhD viva prior to 30 November 2020.
  • There is no limit on the number of years of postdoc experience. However, applicants should not hold, or have held, an academic position of lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions other than universities) or an equivalent competitive fellowship that provides the opportunity to establish an independent research group and therefore independent researcher status. Nor should they have had an offer of such an appointment prior to the commencement of a fellowship, if awarded. This applies to both fixed term and permanent positions.
  • BBSRC would consider fellowships where the applicant is eligible to supervise PhD students or submit research grants as a PI as equivalent to a lectureship. For example, Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, MRC Career Development Awards or NERC Independent Research Fellowships.
  • Note: holders of postdoctoral training fellowships such as the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions can apply. Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkins Fellows who meet the research experience eligibility requirement outlined above may also apply.
  • Please note that if applicants have previously applied for BBSRC grant funding as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (therefore confirming that they hold a lecturer level or equivalent post) they are not eligible to apply for a fellowship.
  • Proposals are welcomed from applicants of all nationalities, subject to the fellowship being hosted by a UK university or BBSRC-sponsored institute.
  • Aimed at early career researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory.
  • Applicants will have demonstrated high potential to become future research leaders.

Job/Position Description- 

Awards are for three years and it is expected that up to 10 fellowships will be awarded, each of a value of up to £300,000 (80% fEC).

Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £300k (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £375,000.

  • This investment can be used to support personal salary as well as travel and subsistence, training activities, and research consumables, but not equipment.
  • In addition to this investment, it is also expected that a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow be made by the host Research Organisation (see below – value for money).
  • Proposals from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (for example part-time) are encouraged; see the Fellowships handbook for further information (see downloads section).

How to Apply- 

  1. Log in to Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system
  2. Select Council: BBSRC
  3. Select Document Type: Fellowship Proposal
  4. Select Scheme: Fellowship
  5. Select Call/Type/Mode: Discovery Fellowship – 9 May 2020
  6. Click Create Document

Proposals will require the following mandatory attachments (see also DF Je-S help text in application downloads below):

  • CV. You should complete the standard CV template. (see application downloads below). This now includes a section to list applicant publications. We do not accept standalone CVs or publication lists.
  • Case for support and track record
  • Diagrammatic workplan
  • Data management plan
  • Head of department statement. BBSRC has now introduced the use of a template for the Head of Department statement, see application downloads below. BBSRC will not accept a standalone statement.
  • Statement from host group Principal Investigator (The Principal Investigator of the proposed host laboratory should hold their post for the duration of the fellowship and be of at least lecturer level or equivalent.)
  • Justification of resources
  • Please note that a Pathways to Impact Plan is not required as a separate attachment for this call. This is in line with the UKRI announcement regarding the removal of the requirement for applicants to submit a Pathways to Impact plan for all its schemes, effective from 1 March 2020. Completion of the Impact Summary section of the Je-S application form is also not required. Applicants should describe the impact of their planned work within the case for support attachment. Further guidance regarding changes to the Je-S application form will follow in due course.
  • Career development plan (this must be attached to your proposal to allow submission)

For Contact- [email protected] 

Last Date for Apply– 11 June 2020, 4pm

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