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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge


Up to £1M to support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group.

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  • Deadline: 11th June 2020, 4pm

  • Funding Available: up to £1 million

The David Phillips Fellowship (DPF) provides support for researchers wishing to establish their first independent research group. The DPF will invest in scientists who can demonstrate that they are on an upward trajectory and are eager to lead their own fully independent programme of research. David Phillips Fellows strive for continuous personal and professional development and have a strategy for how they will develop themselves and their team over the lifetime of the award. As such, the DPF enables BBSRC to supply the UK with highly skilled, professional research leaders.

Awards are for five years and include personal salary and a significant research support grant to enable fellows to establish their own independent research group. It is expected that up to five fellowships will be awarded, each at a value of up to £1 million (80% fEC). Please note: BBSRC will provide funds of up to £1 million (80% of the full economic cost). The total costs (100% full economic cost) requested may be up to £1.25 million. 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.

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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