Research grants

This grant scheme is intended to support physiologists in their first permanent academic position. Funds of up to £10,000 are available for a 12-month period, to provide support for their research or to provide seed-funding to start a new project.

Funds can be used to conduct pilot studies, develop a new technique or finalise a project. Funding cannot be used to fund PhD studentships or pay staff, to pay for attending conferences, personal salary or general office costs. However, the grants offer flexibility with costs such as experimental consumables, small pieces of equipment and animal costs are all eligible. 

In 2014, there will also be additional funding for projects that have a potential impact on the Replacement, Refinement and/or Reduction of animals in research (the 3Rs). This funding is possible through collaboration with the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) Applications considered for this ear-marked funding must fit within at least one of the 3Rs:

  • Replacement - use of non-animal methods where animals would otherwise have been used
  • Reduction - methods which minimise the number of animals used consistent with achieving the scientific objectives
  • Refinement - methods which improve animal welfare or minimise pain, suffering and distress. 

Applications for the 2014/15 academic year are now closed.

The small print

Research Grants are available to early career physiologists who are less than two years into their first permanent academic position (at a UK institution) by the time the grant starts. Applicants must hold a PhD and be in-post before the start of the award. Please note that current fellowship holders are ineligible.

Applicants can either be an Ordinary or Affiliate Member of The Society, or have previously presented a talk or a poster at a Society meeting. Applications from non-members need to be sponsored by an Ordinary Member of The Society.

Applications should be physiological in nature and should not overlap with existing funding. Each application will be considered by 3 peer reviewers identified by The Society. The marking scheme can be downloaded below.

Applicants that are submitting a proposal with a potential 3Rs impact, should clearly indicate this on the application form. These applications will also be reviewed by experts identified by the NC3Rs. The NC3Rs scoring criteria can be downloaded below.

The applicant’s host institution must be willing to administer the award, and a maximum of two awards will be made to each host institute.

Successful applicants are expected to take up their funding in September 2014, and will be asked to submit an end of grant report and a financial audit of spending no later than three months after the end of the grant. If such a report is not submitted the holder will be deemed ineligible for any other funding from The Physiological Society. Any funds not used at the end of the grant period must be returned to The Society. 

The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

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