Faculty of Sciences - Research Strategy Fund
Each year, the University provides an investment fund to the Faculty to be spent on research activities.
The Faculty of Sciences Research Strategy Fund is to promote the submission of larger and more ambitious research grant applications. It allows researchers to develop collaborative networks and organise the subsequent funding applications. When making applications a key issue is collaborators should have at least met together in the same room. This fund is to help make that happen.
Three funding streams are available:
1. Larger international collaborative grants - £2,500 to develop larger international collaborative grants of more than £2M (e.g. GCRF, Wellcome collaborative, LoLa, etc.). Successful applicants to this stream have the opportunity to apply for an additional subsequent £1,000 funding to help support a PhD visit to a collaborative research centre (i.e. visit from or to Kent) to provide further collaborative evidence and strengthen the subsequent application.
2. Larger standard grants - £1,000 to develop collaborations for larger research council grants. The value of the grant will vary according to discipline, but it must contain at least two postdoctoral researchers for it to be eligible.
3. Early Career Fellowships - £500 to develop collaborations for an early career researchers first Kent based independent research fellowship.
• Funds can be used to support travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to meet with potential new collaborators.
• The applicant and collaborator should not have published together or been funded on the same project previously.
• Applications for attending meetings will not be considered.
• The grant application must be submitted to the funding body within 12 months of faculty funds being awarded. Failure to do so excludes them from applying to the scheme in future.
• There are no set deadlines for applications, and we will aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their applications within 4 weeks of submission.
• Directors of Research will be informed when the fund reserves have been depleted.
Dr Dan Mulvihill
Associate Dean (Sciences) (Research and Innovation)