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UK Student Internship Opportunity at BIOS

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and the UK Associates of BIOS are pleased to announce the 2018 UK Student Internship at BIOS!

Students enrolled in UK universities are eligible to apply, with preference given to students who are UK citizens. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Students who meet the eligibility requirements should consult the list of potential internship projects and mentors for 2018, available on the website. The internship must start in 2018 and run for 12 consecutive weeks, concluding in either 2018 or 2019. Applications are due June 15, 2018.

Thanks to the generosity of XL Catlin through the UK Associates of BIOS, the UK Student Internship at BIOS covers the costs of accommodation and meals, and includes a small student stipend, as well as a contribution to the costs of supplies. Travel expenses and medical/travel insurance are not covered.



Accelerating 'CARBON CAPTURE UTILISATION and STORAGE' Technologies (ACT)

Closing date for submission of pre-proposals (stage 1): 13:00 CEST 12 September 2018
Closing date for submission of full proposals (stage 2): 13:00 CET on 1 March 2019

NERC, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are pleased to announce the UK's participation in a new Accelerating CCUS Technologies (ACT) call to facilitate the emergence of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in the energy and industrial sectors.

ACT is an international initiative whose ambition is to facilitate the emergence of CCUS via transnational funding of projects aimed at accelerating and maturing CCUS technology application through targeted innovation and research activities.

This is the second ACT call. Up to a total of 30 million Euros are available for the call from the following participating countries: Norway (coordinator), France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Each project proposal must be submitted by a project consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three ACT participating countries.

£1 million is available from NERC to support eligible UK research organisations, in addition to £5 million from BEIS and £500,000 from EPSRC. BEIS is the lead UK organisation for this call.

It is expected that projects will be funded for a duration of up to three years and will start from 1 September 2019.

The ACT call is a two-stage process. Stage one call for pre-proposals is open until 13:00 CEST on 12 September 2018. By or on 30 November 2018, applicants that are successful in stage one will be invited to enter stage two call for full proposals, which will close on 13:00 CET on 1 March 2019.

Further information

For full details on the scope, eligibility criteria and submission process of the call, please refer to the published call on the ACT website- external link.


UK national contacts:

Brian Allison

Hannah Lord

NERC contact:

Weihao Zhong

UKRI Future Leader Fellowships

Future Leaders Fellowships

EoI deadline: 7 June 2018
Full application deadline: 3 July 2018

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. 

Who can apply

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

The FLF scheme welcomes applications from both UK and international applicants and individuals should use the person specification to assess and justify their suitability for the scheme. The support of the institution will a be critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research/innovation independence in any area supported by UKRI.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK 
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles. 

Length of support

The support offered will be long-term and flexible and will provide comprehensive package of support, including the fellow's salary and justified research, staff and training costs, with seven years of support available on a 4+3 model, with a review in year four. The case for support should make clear the long-term aims of the programme, and why they matter – while providing more specific plans and costings for the first four years.

For business applicants, those in the user community or other applicants, four years' support may be sufficient and there is no need to apply for a further three years of funding if this is not required. Successful applicants will have the intellectual and financial freedom to develop and change direction over this period. 

How to apply

There will be six calls for these fellowships; two calls per year between 2018-19 and 2020-21 (financial years), typically awarding at least 100 fellowships per call across UKRI's remit (with the initial round being smaller, aiming to award ~50 fellowships).

This is a single scheme across the entire UKRI remit, with no ringfenced budgets for specific areas and no barriers to interdisciplinary or cross-sector research.

First round

It is mandatory for the first round of this call that host organisations submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for each of the applicants they intend to submit to the first round, by 7 June 2018

Full applications must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system Je-S by 16:00 BST3 July 2018 for the first round.

Full details are available in the Overview of the scheme and Completing the application form documents below.

The second round will close in October 2018.

Call documents

Further information

Queries not addressed by the guidance documents can be sent to

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Call status: CLOSED
Application deadline: 9 May 2018, 16:00


The Discovery Fellowship (DF) will provide 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 DFs represent part of our commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional scientists to the UK.

Nature of award

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 £300,000 (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 (for example in terms of access to facilities and equipment, training, research costs etc.). Applications are welcome from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements (for example part-time); see the Fellowships handbook for further information (see downloads section).

Value for money

Applicants and host organisations should note that value for money is an essential criterion against which fellowship applications will be assessed, alongside excellence and other key criteria. Proposals that do not provide clear evidence that the research programme is highly competitive in terms of value for money, are unlikely to be successful.

Applicants must ensure that the Partnership Details section of the Je-S proforma contains details of all institutional support that will be made available if the applicant is successful in obtaining a BBSRC award. In addition, the justification of resources attachment must clearly show why the resources requested are good value for money and why it is in BBSRC's interests to provide investment. Also letters of support from all parties contributing financial or other support should be uploaded to the proposal under the Letters of Support attachment giving full and accurate details of the commitments being made.

Research areas

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


Aimed at early career researchers who want to conduct their own independent research within a host laboratory. Applicants will have demonstrated high potential and have no more than five years of active postdoctoral research experience. The call is open to current PhD students who are expected to have completed their PhD viva exam prior to announcement of the awarded DFs (30 November 2018).


  • Applicants should have a PhD or be expecting to have undergone successful PhD viva prior to 30 November 2018
  • Applicants should not exceed five years in active postdoctoral research employment prior to announcement of the awarded DFs (30 November 2018)

Note: DF applicants are not eligible to apply to any additional 2018 BBSRC fellowship competitions.


Humane slaughter association

Concept note deadline: 12:00 midday 31 May 2018

HSA announces £1.7 million funding for research and development to improve the welfare of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods at slaughter

Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) supports research to better understand and improve the welfare of these species at slaughter

The Humane Slaughter Association has announced up to £1.7 million of research funding to improve the welfare of farmed fish, crustaceans (eg crabs and lobsters) and cephalopods (eg octopus, cuttlefish and squid) during slaughter.  

HSA’s Chief Executive & Scientific Director Dr Robert Hubrecht said: “There is good evidence that we need to be concerned about the welfare of fish, and perhaps also for some cephalopods and crustacea. This evidence has already resulted in the introduction of legislation, in various countries, to protect fish welfare around slaughter, but the legislation is limited, and more knowledge is needed. The HSA hopes that this new substantial funding will lead to significant improvements in the welfare at slaughter of fish and also cephalopods and crustacea.”

The funding for this research is the result of a generous donation from an organisation which wishes to remain anonymous.  The HSA is now seeking applications from academic institutions, commercial companies or any other organisation suitably qualified to carry out the research.  Applications from consortia where, for instance, academic and industrial partners collaborate on a project, will also be welcome. The project(s) should identify and/or validate a method for stunning of farmed finfish, crustaceans or cephalopods undergoing a typical commercial-scale harvest, which is humane (causes the minimum pain, suffering or distress); commercially viable and practical, so that the method is likely to be adopted by industry.  Applicants may apply for some or all of the funding and applications can be combined if applicants wish to address the humane slaughter of both crustaceans and cephalopods.  The HSA may divide the award/funds between two or more proposals.  

The application process is a two-stage process.  Applicants will be asked to submit an initial concept note, briefing summarising the proposed project and, following review, selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal.  For further information on the funding and how to apply, see  Deadline for submission of concept notes is 12.00 GMT on Thursday 31st May 2018.

Media contact: 

Dr Robert Hubrecht, Chief Executive and Scientific Director Tel: 01582 831919, email

About HSA:

The HSA is an independent charity recognised internationally for promoting scientific, technical and educational advances towards improving the welfare of food animals worldwide at slaughter, killing, marketing and transport. 

Its work includes researching, refining and demonstrating humane slaughter methods, publishing material such as guidelines, best practice, books and videos, funding research projects and the development of equipment. Specialist technical staff provide expert and practical advice on all welfare issues relating to food animals.

The HSA is funded by voluntary donations, subscriptions and legacies.

The Humane Slaughter Association
The Old School, Brewhouse Hill
St Albans, Herts. AL4 8AN
Tel: 01582 831919
Fax: 01582 831414


Registered in England Charity No: 1159690 : Charitable Incorporated Organisation