National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research David Sainsbury Fellowships 2017, UK

Publish Date: Apr 05, 2017

Deadline: Apr 24, 2017

David Sainsbury Fellowships

What is a David Sainsbury Fellowship?

David Sainsbury Fellowships support talented, 3Rs-minded scientists (with two to six years' postdoctoral experience) with the transition to an independent career. Applications from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research are within remit; those that integrate a range of disciplines or include an industrial partner are particularly encouraged. Funding for David Sainsbury Fellowships is non-FEC and applicants can apply for a commensurate salary (as agreed by the host research organisation) and up to £30k per annum for other directly incurred research costs. Awards are for a three year duration and there is one competition per year. The budget for the 2017 call is £0.8 million.

Highlight notice for applications involving the use of human tissue:

The NC3Rs recognises that the use of human tissue is essential for better understanding human health and disease, and to reduce the reliance on animal models in basic and biomedical research. As such we welcome applications involving the use of human tissue to the 2017 call for applications.

Highlight notices do not have a separate budget and applications submitted under highlight notices are considered in competition with the other applications received; however strategic relevance to the highlight will be one of the assessment criteria taken into consideration during the review process. 

Potential applicants are advised to contact the NC3Rs funding team before submitting an application under this highlight notice. Further information on accessing human tissue is available on our ‘Increasing the use of human tissue’ web resource.

Applicants should read the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook, which provides more detailed information about the application process. In addition, all prospective Fellowship applicants should consider assessing their competitiveness for the scheme against the NC3Rs Skills and Experience Framework before applying.

Who can apply?

Establishment eligibility

Any UK research establishment including:

  • UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Independent Research Organisations (IROs)
  • Research Council (RC) Institutes

Industrial organisations may act as collaborators but are not eligible to be primary host Research Organisations.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to find a host Research Organisation that will act as their employer.

Individual eligibility

  • Applicants should be researchers with a minimum of two and a maximum of six years postdoctoral experience at the time of application.
  • There are no residency requirements and international applicants are eligible to apply, however, the host Research Organisation must ensure that all necessary work permits are in place prior to the fellowship starting.
  • Applicants are ineligible to apply if they already hold a permanent contract of employment at the host institution (e.g. lectureship position).
  • Applicants must identify a Sponsor at the host Research Organisation. If time will be spent outside the host Research Organisation, a Sponsor must also be identified at the collaborating institute.
  • If an NC3Rs grant holder has more than 12 months remaining on their NC3Rs grant, at the time of application, they are not permitted to apply as a Primary Investigator for further NC3Rs funding (excluding CRACK IT and Strategic Awards – please contact the Office to discuss)

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