Investigator Awards in Science 2020Leave a comment / By: hbk / 01 May, 2020 12:24:21PM
Application Deadline: 16th July, 2020.
Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science.
Leading a research programme
Where your host organisation is based: UK, Republic of Ireland,
Low- or middle-income countries (apart from India and mainland China)
Type of researcher: Basic, Clinical, Public health
Level of funding: Flexible funding, up to around £3 million. Salary isn’t provided.
Duration of funding: Flexible duration, up to 7 years
You can apply for an Investigator Award if you're an independent researcher with a compelling research vision who wants to tackle the most important questions in your field.
These awards are also open to joint applications from two researchers whose complementary expertise is essential to deliver their shared vision.
We consider applications from researchers throughout their independent careers. For example, you may be a newly appointed lecturer, a mid-career researcher or a senior researcher.
If you're in the early stages of your independent research career, you should be able to show that you can drive advances in your field of study and that you have considerable promise for the future. You should have a strong track record relative to your career stage of:
You should also be able to show that you're developing an international reputation for excellence in your field.
If you're a more established researcher, you should have achieved more in terms of the originality and impact of your research. You should have a track record of:
You should have an international reputation as a research leader in your field.
If you've been away from research (eg for a career break, maternity leave, or long-term sick leave), we'll allow for this when we consider your application.
You must be based at an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country apart from India or mainland China.
You should have a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, or the guarantee of one. Your salary must be paid by your host organisation.
If you hold a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract but have to get your salary from external grant funding, you can ask us for this in your application. If this applies to you, you must commit at least 10% of your working hours to this award. In this case, your host organisation must confirm details about your employment contracts or their policy on salary recovery costs.
Your research proposal must:
We will review:
You can't apply to carry out activities that involve the transfer of grant funds into mainland China.
What's expected of your host organisation
When we assess your application, we’ll look at the environment in which you propose to do your research and the support promised by your host organisation.
You must provide a statement of commitment with your application. The statement should come from the most senior person in the relevant faculty, school or division at your host organisation. This should state:
If you're employed at an eligible core funded-research organisation, an Investigator Award should not replace or lead to a reduction in existing or planned core support.
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