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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge


Up to £300,000 to support researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills.

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  • Deadline: 11th June 2020, 4pm

  • Funding Available: up to £300,000

The Discovery Fellowship (DF) provides support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. The DF will support the transition of early stage researchers to fully independent research leaders. As such, the DF enables BBSRC to supply the UK with highly skilled, professional research leaders.

Awards are for three years and it is expected that up to 10 fellowships will be awarded, each of a value of up to £300,000 (80% fEC). Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £300k (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £375,000.

This investment can be used to support personal salary as well as travel and subsistence, training activities, and research consumables, but not equipment. In addition to this investment, it is also expected that a substantial demonstration of support for the fellow be made by the host Research Organisation (see below – value for money). Proposals from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (for example part-time) are encouraged; see the Fellowships handbook for further information.

Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within our remit. We particularly encourage applications that are aligned with our overarching strategic priorities.

Note: The previously published deadline of 12th May 2020 has been extended due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and to allow applicants more time to submit their proposals

Where the call guidance downloads refer to the original 12th May 2020 deadline, this should be read as 11th June 2020.

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