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1 EPSRC Fellowships Dr. Anne-Louise Holloway Research Capability Imperial College London, 19 th June 2009

2 EPSRC Fellowships  Overview of EPSRC fellowship schemes  Application Process  Where to start?

3 Values are commitment Cross-Council activities: Living with environmental change (£9M). Global Uncertainties: security for all in a changing world (£6M). Ageing: life-long health and wellbeing (£11M). EPSRC Commitment

4 Fellowship schemes focus on different stages of an academic career: Postdoctoral Fellowships  for new researchers, recently completed a PhD Career Acceleration Fellowships  supports talented individuals at an early stage of their research career Leadership Fellowships  those with potential to develop into the research leaders of tomorrow EPSRC Research Fellowships

5 Enable new researchers recently awarded their PhD to establish a research career Available in  Mathematical Sciences (up to 8)  Theoretical Physics (up to 5)  Theoretical Computer Science (up to 5)  Life Sciences Interface (up to 10) Post Doctoral Fellowships

6 Post Doctoral Fellowship - eligibility Up to 3 years postdoctoral experience at start date of fellowship Full time research for 3 years Primarily for salary Funds available for:  Small equipment items (e.g. computers)  Travel (e.g. visits to collaborators and conferences)

7 Post Doctoral Fellowship - Contacts Mathematical Sciences – Caterina Mora Theoretical Physics – Katherine Rooke Theoretical Computer Sciences – Claire Hinchliffe LSI – Zoe Brown Call released on 2nd June closing date for proposals is 26th August 2009

8 RAEng/EPSRC Research Fellowships  Up to 10 awards  Up to 3 years postdoctoral experience  Full time research for up to 5 years  Apply for salary, T&S, other costs (small equipment, lab consumables etc)  Apply through Je-S; guidance on RAEng site EPSRC contacts: Carmine Ruggiero

9 Career Acceleration Fellowships (CAF)  Supports talented individuals at an early stage of their research career  Full time research for up to 5 years  Can be held part time  Can apply for research costs for whole duration  Staff, equipment etc  Outline Call will open mid-July  Closing date late September 2009 EPSRC Contact: Anne-Louise Holloway

10 Career Acceleration Fellowships - eligibility  PhD or equivalent  Must not hold a permanent academic post Usually hold a research position  Between 3 and 10 years postdoctoral, industrial or equivalent experience Career breaks taken into account  Applications welcome from across EPSRC remit

11 Leadership Fellowships (LF) Support individuals with potential to develop into UK’s international research leaders of tomorrow.  Full time research for up to 5 years  Can be held part time  Can apply for research costs  Staff, equipment etc  Outline Call will open mid-July  Closing date October 2009 EPSRC Contact: Anne-Louise Holloway

12 Leadership Fellowship - eligibility  Must hold a permanent academic post at a UK HEI  Potential to become international research leader  Applications welcome from across EPSRC remit Will award up to 50 fellowships across the CAF and LF fellowship schemes  Dependent on quality and level of resources requested

13 The numbers game – last time  Postdoctoral LSI 60 Maths 80 Theoretical Physics 25 Theoretical Computer Science 25  RAEng 110  CAF 415 outlines; LF 249 outlines  119 full proposals invited, 69 LF and 40 LF  Awards will be made in July 2009 Approximate number of applications received:

14 Application Process

15 Application Process (Postdoctoral Fellowships)  Full proposal submitted  Closing date Autumn 2009  Postal peer review of full proposals  Applicant response to reviewers  Sift panel decides who will be interviewed (Feb 2010)  Interview panel approx March 2010  Awards made March–April 2010

16 Proposal documentation (Postdoctoral fellows)  Cover Letter – indicate area  Application form  Case for Support Candidate’s track record, proposed research, Impact Plan  Other documents  Diagrammatic Workplan  Justification of Resources  List of Publications  CV  Host organisation statement  Personal Reviewer report Apply online using Je-S

17 Application Process (CAF & LF)  Awards made July 2010  Start fellowships July 2010 – March 2011

18 Outline applications (CAF & LF) As part of your Je-S application, attach Outline Case for Support (max 3 sides A4) CV (max 2 sides A4) List of publications Note – there is plenty to do in Je-S too so allow extra time, e.g.  Outline cost  Non-technical summary Full applications (CAF & LF) Applicants successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal

19 Where to start?

20 First steps… Check eligibility and remit Ask EPSRC if necessary Check Je-S access Read supporting documentation carefully  Please check if the call document answers your question before getting in touch with us!

21 Make early contact with…  Head of Department Especially where statement is needed  Research Office about costing Also confirm internal procedures for submission  Personal Reviewer  Letters of Support (project partners)

22 A good Case for Support Ask colleagues to review your proposal rather than just reading it Use appropriate fellowship reviewer form Reviewers are the technical experts Must impress them Don’t expect reviewers to read links – all relevant info should be included  Make the reviewer’s job as easy as possible

23 Help peer reviewers!  Clear title & objectives  Make summary understandable  Make proposal as easy to read as possible!  Limit technical jargon where possible  Explain acronyms on first usage Not just case for support  Other attachments need effort too

24 Applicant’s Response  Reviewers’ comments sent to applicants via Je-S  Applicants may provide response for panel (2 sides of A4) Positive Referee Reports  still need to be read carefully Unsupportive Referee Reports  need careful consideration before responding  address specifics – avoiding aggressive or dismissive responses  don’t waste the opportunity to clarify issues

25 Your fellowship interview.. Read invitation carefully  Time & Location – arrive early  Presentation format & content  Panel membership, if given  Practice presentation and interview Predict likely questions- look at assessment criteria Be aware of wider context of your research Ask current/past fellows for advice

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