TD launches new scheme for postdoctoral research staff

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The Technology Directorate has launched a new pump-priming scheme allowing postdoctoral staff within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences the opportunity to undertake a small, independent research project.

Aimed at those postdoctoral staff planning to submit a fellowship application to a named funding call, the Career Development Award will grant up to £10k worth of funding that can be used to access TD Shared Research Facilities (SRFs) as well as cover other activities associated with the project.

Dr Duncan Robertson, Head of the Technology Directorate, said: The Career Development Award is a great opportunity for postdoctoral staff who have aspirations to become an independent researcher. As well as awarding up to £10k in funding for successful candidates to undertake an independent project using TD facilities, the process itself will provide invaluable experience of the highly competitive process of applying for research funding.”

The application process to the scheme consists of two stages:

  • an initial expression of interest (EOI) outlining the project and high-level facility requirements that will be endorsed by the applicant’s supervisor and triaged by their host institute;
  • a full application going into much greater detail about the project, along with a brief interview following submission, with awards being made by the TD Strategy Group.

The scheme opened on 7th May 2019 with the deadline for EOI submissions on 31st May. For full details of the scheme, including to download an Applicant Pack, please visit the Career Development Award webpage