The call for proposals closes at 4.00pm on Thursday 30th April.
The scheme provides funds for small, local or ‘pilot’ projects promoting STFC science and technology. Almost anyone can apply, including grant-funded research groups, STFC research facility users, schools, museums, etc. Awards range from £500 to £10,000 and the expenditure can go towards materials, salaries and travel & subsistence.
Projects must be relevant to publicising engagement or teaching about the STFC science and technology areas, namely:
• particle physics;
• nuclear physics;
• space, ionospheric, solar and planetary science;
• studying materials with muon and neutron sources
• studying materials with synchrotron light sources
• research using laser facilities
Applicants should also consult the STFC Public Engagement Strategy in advance of submitting your proposal and are also encouraged (if applicable) to consider working with under-represented audiences such as girls and young women in engineering and physics, groups in areas geographically remote from STEM activity and underperforming schools.
Please see the notes for guidance for further information.
All applications must be submitted through the RCUK Joint electronic submission (Je-S) (link opens in a new window) system. E-mailed or hard copy applications will not be accepted. Please be aware that it may take up to four weeks for organisations to register for the first time on the Je-S system.
For further information and advice please contact Andy Thompson Tel: 01793 442098
Six research councils are inviting applications to fill governing council vacancies expected to arise in 2013.
Suitably qualified academics and experienced individuals from industry, commerce, government, and the voluntary, creative and cultural sectors, can apply.
The vacancies are at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
The vacancies include some positions with audit committee responsibilities for part-time membership.
Annual honoraria of £6,850 will be paid. The closing date for applications is 19 November.
The Large Awards Scheme makes awards of £10,000 to £100,000 for projects which are expected to have “significant regional or national impact”
Applicants should have strong links with the Science & Technology Facilities Council’s scientific research community. Partnerships between universities and partners that can enhance impact e.g. science centres are strongly encouraged.
Projects must be relevant to one of the following research areas:
- particle physics;
- nuclear physics;
- space, ionospheric, solar and planetary science;
- studying materials with muon and neutron sources;
- studying materials with synchrotron light sources;
- research using laser facilities;
- other science areas
Examples of previous awards can be found here.
Full details of the call can be found here – please note that applications close on 8th November at 4pm.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Becca on (01202) 961206.
The aim of the scheme is to contribute to the STFC’s Science in Society Programme by investing in good communicators with research credibility. They will act as champions or ambassadors for STFC’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (‘STEM’) work to schools, the media or public audiences.
Science in Society fellowships are aimed at those with significant research experience who have demonstrated a track record in outreach or communications work. The fellowships will recognise and reward current practitioners and enable them to expand the work they do in public engagement.
Fellowships will buy time for additional or extended communication activities which will have a significant national or regional impact.
As well as their own wide general research area, other legitimate subjects for activities include current STFC STEM areas in general, the nature of the research process, and ethical and social issues that arise from research and its applications.
We do not wish to be prescriptive about the activities carried out by fellows, but the following are examples of the kind of work which might be expected:
- Working with mass media organisations, perhaps by inspiring or contributing to major science features, series or columns in popular print media, broadcasts, etc.
- Producing or advising on a major web-based or multimedia resource, possibly including webcasts, podcasts, blogs, etc.
- A major series of public lectures.
- Working with science centres or museums to develop new ways of presenting STFC STEM work.
- Working with the educational sector, including Science Learning Centres, to help teachers or curriculum developers to embed STFC STEM areas in their programmes.
We will not support proposals which are solely aimed at writing a popular science book, but will consider proposals in which the production of a book is part of a larger project.
There is a two-stage process. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed in May 2012, and funding decisions would be known very soon after interviews. Fellowships are normally given in the form of research grants to approved Research Organisations eligible to hold research grants.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on 1 March 2012.
For further information see the call announcement on the STFC website: http://www.stfc.ac.uk/Funding+and+Grants/532.aspx
Since 2007 Guerilla Science, supported by the Wellcome Trust, STFC and The Royal Academy of Engineering, has been running bespoke events, activities and performances in unconventional habitats for science. The aim is to embed science into culture by taking researchers out of their institutions and into the public domain thus providing researchers with new ways of engaging with people. As part of this they have been running events at music festivals, such as Glastonbury and the Secret Garden Party. By combining science with art and music they aim to reach a young artsy crowd with little background in science.
A survey in 2010 demonstrated that ca. 80% weren’t expecting to encounter science at a festival and that many participants said they stumbled across the activities by accident but stayed because they looked fun. In addition 84% said they would ‘definitely take part again’.
Promoting research through the arts is not new to Bournemouth University, and the Centre for qualitative Research in HSC has won a number of awards which include this type of activity as part of the dissemination plan, for example Dr Kip Jones‘ New Dynamics of Ageing ESRC-funded project which has produced a film – Rufus Stone.
Scientific and technical collaboration between the United Kingdom and China has expanded further with the signing of a new agreement covering sectors including energy, advanced engineering and life sciences. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the China Guanghua Science and Technology Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), coinciding with the meeting in London of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.