Grant schemes launched to support research and teaching

The Society has launched two new grant schemes to support physiologists in the UK and Ireland. Both one-year schemes offer up to £10 000, to support physiology teaching and research and can be applied for by Members and non-members alike.

The teaching grants will provide support for those who teach physiology to carry out educational research or develop an educational resource. They form part of The Society’s commitment to physiology teaching.

Dr Dave Lewis, co-convenor of the Society’s Teaching Theme, said: “These teaching fellowships will be of substantial benefit, not only in improving the student experience, but also, given the increasing emphasis on  teaching and scholarship in university reward and recognition criteria, to the careers and promotion prospects of the recipients.”

The research grants aim to plug the funding gap for academics who have just started their first permanent position. The grant can be used to start a new project, to conduct pilot work or to finalise a project. In all cases the aim is to enable early-career researchers to attract more funding.

Professor Bill Colledge, a Society trustee who helped develop the scheme, said: "These research grants are a useful source of funding to help early career physiologists establish their research groups. They show the commitment of the Physiological Society to support any aspect of basic physiological research.”

The deadline for both schemes is 31st March 2012. Information on the teaching grants, including the application form, can be found here and for the research grants here.