In the academic sector, ambitious students can apply for an Otto Bayer, Carl Duisberg or Kurt Hansen scholarship if they are aiming to undertake a study project abroad. The fields of study funded include biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioprocess engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, pharmacy, physics, statistics/biometrics and teacher training in scientific subjects. Each year, the Bayer foundation makes available a total of up to EUR 150,000 for these scholarships. Sponsorship is open to students from Germany who are planning a period abroad and students from foreign countries who are looking to spend a period of study in Germany.
The scholarships in the academic sector are being supplemented by Hermann Strenger scholarships to support young people looking to gain initial work experience as part of a non-academic training program. Applications are invited from committed trainees in commercial, industrial, scientific and medical occupations and young professionals in these fields who have completed their training within the past two years. With this program, the Bayer Science & Education Foundation is looking to offer targeted funding to young people in the non-academic sector to allow them to gain professional experience abroad. The foundation will this year provide EUR 50,000 for this program.
Closing date for applications for all four scholarship programs is July 15, 2013. The application documents are available online at http://www.bayer-foundations.com. An independent scientific committee will decide on the allocation of funding in September 2013.
is the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations. The central concern of this registered non-profit association is the promotion of applied Research and Development (R&D) for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
For example, the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) is an endowed fund, managed by the American Chemical Society (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.
The next nomination process will open on January 1, 2014.
The Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship (Sigal Fellowship) is a 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.
The Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship provides two years of financial support for a scientist who has earned or will earn a doctoral degree in chemistry during the academic year of the competition or the preceding year in a graduate chemistry department within the United States and who wishes to pursue in chemistry postdoctoral research at the biology-chemistry interface. 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.
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.
is a public foundation – an independent, not-for-profit institution for the exclusive and direct promotion of basic research in biomedicine. It supports researchers and projects aimed to experimentally elucidate basic phenomena of human life and pays particular attention to the promotion of junior scientists.
provides financial support for innovative projects and ideas under targeted research funding programmes. Research funding supports scientific institutions and enterprises. The BMBF also funds individual researchers via special funding institutions.
The CNRS is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research.
is one of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe.
promotes progress over the whole range of basic research in the Czech Republic.
is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany, serving all branches of science and the humanities. It receives the large majority of its funds from the states and the Federal Government, which are represented in all Grants Committees.
a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, advances biomedical research and science education in the United States.
is the largest governmental funding source in the UK.
is a European network of national funding agencies and is involved in the development and implementation of funding instruments for trans-national collaboration in chemistry. ERA-Chemistry 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.
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).
is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe, running from 2007 – 2013.
Link to Open Calls
€ 2 Million for a Leap Forward in Vaccine Technology
Many people in tropical and developing countries cannot benefit from life-saving vaccines because these vaccines are damaged during transport and storage. Many vaccines need to be kept at a cool and stable temperature to remain effective and this is difficult to ensure in these regions. The European Commission is offering a EUR 2 million prize for innovations which can solve this global health problem. The competition is open until 3 September 2013.
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 organisation. 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).
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.
2013 assigns the European Commission under the Marie Curie program grants totaling 227 million euros. Throughout Europe they aim to support about 1,000 scientists by this.
the Fund 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.
Chemiefonds Fellowship, Kekule Mobility Fellowship, Liebig Fellowship, Fellowship for future schooteachers in Germany
The FWF is Austria's central funding organization for basic research.
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.
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.
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.
is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world.
is 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.
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.
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.
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.
Together the three United Nations sponsored programmes—HINARI, AGORA,and OARE—form Research4Life which provides developing countries with access to and training for academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.
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.
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.
The SNSF offers a wide range of research funding schemes which are open to scientists and academics of any nationality working in Switzerland.
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.
is a German initiative to support founders of start-up companies in the field of Life Sciences and Chemistry.
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.
is 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.
supports excellent researchers in biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health.
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