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2nd EUA Funding Forum, University of Bergamo, Italy (9–10 October 2014)

The event is aimed at all higher education funding stakeholders – including university leaders and managers, researchers, students, as well as representatives of public authorities, public and private funders and partners.
This second edition focuses on the theme: “designing strategies for efficient and sustainable funding of higher education in Europe”, a key question of the ongoing EUA-led DEFINE project.

The programme provides participants with opportunities to learn and debate a series of key issues connected to the ongoing restructuring trends in the higher education landscapes of Europe. EUA will present its latest research on performance-based funding in the university sector, mergers and concentration processes, and funding for excellence.




First ERC advanced call opens under Horizon 2020

ERC advanced grants are open to excellent established researchers who have a recent research track-record which identifies them as leaders in their respective field of research. ERC advanced grants allow research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.
Deadline: 21 October 2014



Priority Programme “High Frequency Flexible Bendable Electronics for Wireless Communication Systems” (FFlexCom, SPP 1796)

One interesting property of future electronics is mechanical flexibility which can come together with advantageous features such as bendability, stretchability, light weight, ultra thinness, transparency, large area integration and easy recyclability. These properties can be achieved by modern TOLAE (thin film organic and large area electronics) technologies. The FFlexCom programme wants to pave the way for the first circuits and systems for wireless communications, which are fully integrated in TOLAE technologies.
Deadline: 23 September 2014.



LAUNCHSystems Challenge: Green Chemistry

The open call for innovations in chemical design and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances was founded by NIKE, Inc., NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of State in 2010.
It identifies and supports visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs have the potential to create a better world. Through a series of meetings, events, and an annual forum, LAUNCH has successfully introduced innovations that are solving urgent challenges facing our society.

Specifically, LAUNCH is seeking innovations that deliver high-performing materials and treatments while adhering to or enabling greener chemistry principles. This includes innovations that have potential to:
• Reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in materials and processes.
• Enable the use of low environmental impact renewable feedstocks.
• Enable end-of-life recycling or maximize the potential for closed loop systems, while minimizing hazard
• Increase energy, water, and raw material efficiency, minimizing the use of constrained resources
• Maximize community, worker, consumer and environmental safety from hazardous chemicals
• Enable models, education and tools to help industry and consumers to select greener chemistry alternatives

Deadline: 24 September 2014
Anyone is welcome to enter (teams as well as individuals); entries can come from companies, universities, NGOs, or any other innovator. A portfolio of approximately 10 innovators will be selected for support, networking, and mentoring from influential business and government leaders.



Call for Marie Sklodowska-Curie 'COFUND' Action Opens Today

To encourage researchers to move across borders, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions offer additional funding to support existing or new regional, national and international doctoral and fellowship programmes for research training and career development.

Applicants for 'COFUND' can be public or private bodies that are responsible for funding and managing fellowships or research training programmes: ministries, research academies or agencies, international organisations, universities.

Please note that Switzerland is currently considered as a Third Country and Swiss institutions cannot be beneficiaries nor coordinators of this Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action. However, Swiss organisations can be partners in a COFUND with a coordinator in a EU member state or associated country and receive money e.g. for training activities.

The 2014 budget for MSCA 'COFUND' is € 80 millions.
Deadline: 2 October 2014



Priority Programme “Epithelial Intercellular Junctions as Dynamic Hubs to Integrate Forces, Signals and Cell Behaviour” (SPP 1782)

The Senate of the DFG has established a new Priority Programme entitled “Epithelial Intercellular Junctions as Dynamic Hubs to Integrate Forces, Signals and Cell Behaviour” (SPP 1782). The primary goal thus to understand how intercellular junctions sense and respond to mechanical and chemical signals from neighbouring cells and how they convert these signals into processes that underlie epithelial morphogenesis, differentiation and pathogenesis. The programme is designed to run for six years, the present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period.
Deadline: 8 October 2014

<h2>ACHEMA-Gründerpreis 2015</h2>

Jungunternehmer und zukünftige Gründer können ihre Businesspläne aus den Sparten Energie, industrielle Biotechnologie und Messtechnik/Analytik einreichen. Der Wettbewerb wird von der DECHEMA, den Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain und dem High-Tech Gründerfonds ausgerichtet. Ziel ist es, Unternehmensgründer beim Erschließen neuer Geschäftsfelder zu unterstützen und die Innovationskraft der genannten Branchen zu fördern. Die Teilnehmer erhalten Unterstützung durch Mentoren und können sich bei Bedarf um Beteiligungskapital bewerben. 9 Preisträger treffen auf der ACHEMA 2015 am Gründerpreis-Stand ihre künftigen Kunden. Die 3 Erstplatzierten werden am 15. Juni 2015 im Rahmen der Eröffnungssitzung ausgezeichnet und erhalten ein Preisgeld. 

Duedate: 30. November 2014



Priority Programme “Chemical Biology of Native Nucleic Acid Modifications” (SPP 1784)

The new Priority Programme has been established to unravel the genetic code beyond the classical four letter alphabet. Because natural covalent nucleic acid modifications form a new hidden layer of information there. A network of researchers with backgrounds in chemical biology, structural biology, enzymology and bioinformatics will gain deeper insight into where, how and why native nucleic acid modifications occur and how they influence cellular processes. Research proposals for the initial three-year funding period are now invited. All proposals must be written in English.
Deadline for proposal submission is 15 December 2014



List of Funding Organizations




  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

    For example, the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) is an endowed fund, managed by the ACS that supports fundamental research directly related to petroleum or fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions (generally colleges and universities) in the United States and other countries.

  • Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sigal Fellowship)

    Two-year postdoctoral fellowship awarded every two years to a Ph.D. candidate who will pursue research at the chemistry and biology interface. Candidates are nominated by chairs of PhD-granting Chemistry Departments in the United States. Individuals are not able to submit an application without being nominated.
    There are no restrictions on the age or nationality of the fellow. The fellowship currently provides $50,000 per year for two years of research at one or more non-profit institutions in any country.


  • Australian Research Council (ARC)

    the Australian government’s main agency for allocating research funding to academics and researchers at Australian universities.
    The Australian Research Council has announced $834,000 in new funding towards projects to developing long term research priorities in agriculture, chemistry, the earth sciences, and humanities engagement with Asia in July 2014.


  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

    Attracts and retains top-tier postdoctoral talent, both within Canada and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. The fellowships are administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies
    – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
    – the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and
    – the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program completes a federal suite of programs that provide support to highly qualified research personnel at all stages of their careers:
    Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) provide financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing master's or doctoral studies in a Canadian university.
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships support world-class doctoral students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies as well as leadership skills.
    Canada Research Chairs (CRC) provide support to new and established investigators for five- and seven-year terms.
    Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) is intended to attract world-class researchers to Canadian universities to work in priority research areas and conduct world-leading research.




  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

    Nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, advances biomedical research and science education in the United States.


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

    Largest governmental funding source in the UK.


  • ERA-Chemistry

    European network of national funding agencies involved in the development and implementation of funding instruments for trans-national collaboration in chemistry. It is a consortium of eleven research funding organisations from ten European countries with the goal to develop and implement joint bottom-up European funding programmes.


  • ERC (European Research Council)

    Funds every year excellent research projects in any scientific discipline, aiming at broadening the scientific and technological knowledge. Top researchers of any nationality and from anywhere in the world can apply, as long as their ERC project will be carried out in a public or private institution based in Europe (EU Member State or Associated Country).


  • European Commission

  • The Erasmus programme enables students in higher education to spend between 3 and 12 months in another European country – either for studies or for a placement in a company or other organization. Any student enrolled in a participating higher education institution in one of the 33 Erasmus countries can benefit (EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey).

  • Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, started in January 2014. The seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work, or volunteer abroad.
    Students planning a full Master's degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund. Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations.

  • GRANT-IT lists funding opportunities from the European Commission and select Regional and National governments in the field of sustainable chemistry. SusChem and Cefic members can use the resources to search for funding, identify project opportunities, propose project ideas, and search for potential project partners.

  • Marie Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous research funding scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers. Read more about various funding schemes and requirements for applying.


  • European Commission Environment LIFE+ Programme

    EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU.


  • Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)

    Promotes chemistry teaching in schools, basic research and junior scientists.
    Research funds are awarded to outstanding establshed and joung scientists at universities and research institutions. PhD candidates and prospective university lecturers are invited to apply for fellowships.
    Stiftung Stipendien-Fonds (Fellowship Foundeation): applications from EU nationals with excellent academic achievement and a rapid completion of studies.
    Fellowship for future schooteachers in Germany

    The Kekulé Mobility Fellowship promotes PhD students in chemistry or related fields, who move – between studies and PhD – to a different location and a different university. ​The candidate can apply directly to the Fund. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.

    Contact: Stefanie Kiefer, Phone:+49 (69) 2556-1378, E-Mail: kiefer@vci.de

    The Liebig Fellowship wants to help start the careers of prospective university teachers in the chemical sector. It supports PhD chemists in their efforts to acquire a further science qualification at university level. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.

    As a general rule, no more than 3 years can have passed between the PhD and the application for a Liebig Fellowship. Furthermore, chemistry-oriented research work must be done at a different university location and in a different research group than the PhD work.

    Contact: Stefanie Kiefer, Phone:+49 (69) 2556-1378, E-Mail: kiefer@vci.de

    The Chemiefonds Fellowship promotes PhD students in chemistry or related fields. ​The application needs to be made by the PhD supervisor. Prerequisites for this fellowship include rapidly completed studies and excellent academic achievement.

    Contact: Stefanie Kiefer, Phone:+49 (69) 2556-1378, E-Mail: kiefer@vci.de


  • Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF; Austrian Science Fund)

    Austria's central funding organization for basic research.


  • INASP
    An international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.


  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

    short Gakushin, is an independent administrative institution, contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Its main functions are to: foster young researchers, promote international scientific cooperation, award Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, support scientific cooperation between the academic community and industry, and collect and distribute information on scientific research activities.


  • Leverhulme Trust

    Emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas. With annual funding of some £50 million, the Trust is amongst the largest all subject providers of research funding in the UK.


  • Michelson Prize & Grants

    provides international research funding for development of permanent contraceptive methods for cats and dogs.

    • The $25 million Michelson Prize will be offered to the first entity to provide Found Animals Foundation with a single dose, safe and effective non-surgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs.
    • Grant funding of up to $250,000 per year per grant is available through the Michelson Grants to fund research in pursuit of this goal.
    • The Michelson Graduate Student Challenge is a new opportunity for US graduate students available through the Michelson Prize & Grants program. Graduate students with the top proposals in three categories (gene silencing, depot formulation, and engineering/ materials science approaches to non-surgical sterilization of cats and dogs) will be awarded a $15,000 prize and may apply for grant funding for their proposal in collaboration with a faculty advisor.

  • National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

    New initiative called CRACK-IT launched; key aim is to develop new technologies (products, models and tools) for industry which reduce reliance on animal research. This will be achieved by connecting and funding scientists from academia and industry. CRACK-IT will include 6 SBRI competitions designed to solve business challenges with a 3Rs theme identified with the pharmaceutical, chemical, agrochemicals and consumer product industries.


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    Largest source of funding for medical research in the world.


  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

    An independent US federal agency to promote the progress of science with an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010). In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency supports "high-risk, high pay-off" ideas, and novel collaborations.


  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

    Supports basic research and some of applied research, identifies and fosters talented researchers in the realm of science and technology, accelerates the progress of science and technology, and promotes the socioeconomic development in China.


  • NATO

    The Science for Peace and Security Programme offers grants to scientists in NATO, Partner and Mediterranean Dialogue countries to collaborate on priority research topics, which include NATO priorities and additional Partner country priorities.


  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

    Funds thousands of top researchers at universities and institutes and steers the course of Dutch science by means of subsidies and research programmes.
    Examples of Grants: Rubicon, Veni, Vidi, Vici
    NWO Grants


  • Newton Fund

    It is part of the UK's official development assistance and aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and social walfare of developing countries.
  • The fund is £75 million each year from 2014 for 5 years.
  • Nuffield Foundation

    UK-based organization which funds programmes aim to improve social well-being in one of two ways:

        1) By funding research and innovation in education and social policy.
        2) By increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through our capacity building programmes.

    Offers science bursaries for colleges and schools and undergraduate research bursaries.


  • Research4Life

    Together the three United Nations sponsored programmes—HINARI, AGORA, and OARE—form Research4Life. It provides developing countries with access to and training for academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.


  • Royal Society (UK)

    The Royal Society provides a range of grant schemes to support the UK scientific community and foster collaboration between UK based and overseas scientists. Including:
    Early career schemes — support scientists and academics at the start of their career.
    Senior career schemes — provide long-term support to established scientists.
    Innovation and industry schemes — support innovation and links between science and industry.
    Education schemes — support science education and public engagement.
    Research, capacity and infrastructure schemes — help purchase equipment and renovate laboratories.
    Collaboration and travel schemes — support international travel and joint research.


  • Royal Society of New Zealand

    Providing support and encouragement for New Zealand’s researchers, teachers and students through a wide range of funds. These include New Zealand opportunities and international collaborations.


  • Schweizerische Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (SNF)
    Fonds National Suisse (FNS)
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

    The SNSF offers a wide range of research funding schemes which are open to scientists and academics of any nationality working in Switzerland.


  • Science Europe

    An association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO), based in Brussels. It promotes the collective interests of these organizations and supports its member organisations in their efforts to foster European research. It will strengthen the European Research Area through its direct engagement with key partners.


  • Science4Life

    A German initiative to support founders of start-up companies in the field of Life Sciences and Chemistry.
    Registration for Science4Life Venture Cup 2015 starts September 1, 2014.
    Participation is free and not restricted to Germany


  • Science and Technology Facilities Council

    Supports and funds science & technology in a broad cross-section of the UK research community. Particularly in the fields Biology and Medicine, Energy Research, Environment, and Nuclear Physics.


  • Volkswagen Foundation

    An independent, non-profit organization focusing on selected funding initiatives, currently 20, grouped into the areas: Persons and Structures, International Focus, and Challenges – for Academia and Society. It endeavors to provide effective stimuli for research and to establish forward-looking topics.


  • Wellcome Trust

    Supports excellent researchers in biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health.




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