FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award

The award supports the reciprocal exchange of members of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) and the American Society for Microbiology (AMS), to present his/her research at the other organisation’s main conference.

Further Information

Funding body:
Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
Maximum value:
Discretionary
Application deadline:
15-12-2016

Extended Description

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) is a membership organisation bringing together 50 member societies from 36 European countries, supporting over 30,000 microbiologists. The Society’s aim is to advance microbiology in Europe by offering research grants and helping to inform and educate through publications, journals, conferences and teaching support.

The FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award is designed to benefit early career scientists from both the Federation of European Microbiological Societies and the American Society for Microbiology (AMS) by giving them the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner country. The programme also provides an opportunity for both organisations to become more visible to each other’s membership.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible FEMS applicants are microbiologists active in research and less than 36 years of age. They should have been members of a FEMS member Society for at least one year before the application deadline.

Eligible ASM applicants are U.S. citizen or permanent residents of the U.S. who are a current member of the American Society for Microbiology. They should be a current PhD (or equivalent) student or recipient of a PhD within the past five years.

Value Notes

The FEMS grant is intended to support travel and living costs of the grantee only.

ASM provides the following:

  • $5000 towards expenses associated with participation in the Biannual FEMS Congress.
  • An economy flight between the U.S. and Europe.
  • FEMS Congress registration.

Terms and Conditions

ASM proposals will be assessed on:

  • Academic excellence of the applicant (CV).
  • Quality and originality of proposed presentation (Abstract).
  • Depth of the applicant’s research experience (Synopsis of Research).

Application Procedure

FEMS applications should be submitted to the FEMS Central Office using the online grant application system. ASM applicants should be submitted via ASM’s online application system.

ASM will select the member attending the biannual FEMS Congress and FEMS will select the member attending the ASM General Meeting occurring in intermittent years when no FEMS Congress is held.

In 2016, ASM applicants may apply. The deadline is 15 December 2016.

The next opportunity for a FEMS member to apply will be for the ASM Congress in 2018.


Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

One Grand Prize and three additional awards for young scientists who have achieved a doctorate over the last two years and whose thesis focused on either Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, or Translational Medicine. The Prize includes the opportunity to attend a week of scientific events in Sweden.

Further Information

Funding body:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Maximum value:
€ 25,900
Application deadline:
01-08-2016

Extended Description

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was founded in 1848 and is the world’s largest general scientific society. Including 254 affiliated academies of science and societies, serving 10 million individuals and the publisher of journals, Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling and Science Advance, AAAS, it is a non profit organisation that seeks to “advance science and serve society” via science education, policy, international programmes and more. Thomas Edison founded the journal Sciencewhich has the largest paid circulation of any peer reviewed science journal in the world with an estimated total readership of 570,000.

Established in 2010, Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a Swedish national centre for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The centre combines frontline technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience. SciLifeLab is a joint effort between four Swedish universities (Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University).

The annual Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists has been created by AAAS and SciLifeLab to demonstrate that global economic health is dependent on encouraging recent graduates to continue in their chosen field of scientific research. Applicants are required to submit an essay on their thesis for a chance to win one of four prizes.

The research described in the entrant’s thesis must fall within one of the following categories (Subject Tracks):

  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Including cellular and molecular processes at levels ranging from single molecule to single cell to tissue and organ systems.
  • Genomics and Proteomics: Focusing on analyses of gene- and protein-related events, at the scale of gene or protein networks to the complete set of genes or proteins in an organism.
  • Ecology and Environment: Encompassing interactions between organisms and their environment, and how these processes are influenced by human activity.
  • Translational Medicine: Building on in vitro or animal model studies of biological processes to develop potential therapies or medical procedures.

Winners from each category will compete for the Grand Prize.

Eligibility Criteria

The prize will be awarded without regard to sex, race, or nationality. Entrants for the 2016 prize must have been awarded their PhD between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015.

Additional Information

All four winners will be invited to to take part in a week of scientific events in Stokholm, Sweden. This will include an opportunity to meet with leading researchers in their field and will include an official awards ceremony which takes place in the Grand Hôtel Hall of Mirrors, the original venue of the Nobel prize banquet.

Value Notes

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $30,000 (approximately £21,022.08).

There are also three additional runner up prizes of $10,000 (approximately £7,007.36).

Restrictions

Employees of SciLifeLab, AAAS, and collaborators in the management or sponsorship of the Prize and their relatives are not eligible to compete.

Terms and Conditions

Essays are judged on the quality of research and the applicant’s ability to articulate how their work would contribute to the scientific field.

Previous Successes

The 2015 prize was awarded to Dr Alison Cleary for her work on cell and molecular biology in relation to tumors.

Dr Liron Bar-Peled was awarded the Grand Prize in 2014 for his research into how mammalian cell size is influenced by its environment.

For his novel research using viral infections in bats to help answer questions about how infectious diseases jump between species, Daniel G. Streicker was named the 2013 Grand Prize winner.

Application Procedure

The deadline for entries is 1 August, 2016.

Candidates are required to create an account with SciLife in order to enter the Prize. The entry form and additional submission materials must be submitted electronically through this system.

Prize winners will be announced in December 2016.


FEMS Research Grants

Grant funding available to assist early-career microbiologists in pursuing research for up to three months in a European country different to that in which the applicant resides.

Further Information

Funding body:
Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
Maximum value:
€ 4,000
Application deadline:
15-06-2016

Extended Description

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) is a membership organisation bringing together 50 member societies from 36 European countries, supporting over 30,000 microbiologists. The Society’s aim is to advance microbiology in Europe by offering research grants and helping to inform and educate through publications, journals, conferences and teaching support.

The FEMS Research Grants are meant to enhance European microbiological research by assisting early career scientists in pursuing research at a host laboratory. They have the form of short-term fellowships with a duration of one to three months.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are active, early-career microbiologists, having obtained their highest degree less than five years prior to the application deadline date or be a PhD student. They should be a member of a FEMS Member Society for at least one year before applying and be a resident in a European country or a country that has a FEMS member society.

An early career scientist can receive a FEMS Research Grant no more than two times and no more than €4,000 in total.

Additional Information

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) will select one fellow per year for an additional grant of €1,000. Reciprocally, FEMS will provide such an additional grant to one fellow.

Value Notes

The maximum grant is €4,000.

The grant is intended to support travel and living costs of the Grantee only.

Terms and Conditions

Applications will be assessed on:

  • The quality of the proposed research project.
  • The available budget.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted to the FEMS Central Office using the online grant application system.

Applications must include:

  • A CV including a list of relevant publications.
  • Copy of certificate of the highest academic degree obtained or a confirmation of PhD student status from the home university or institution.
  • Letter of reference.
  • A letter of acceptance from the host laboratory.
  • Research project proposal.
  • Official passport photograph of applicant.

There are two annual deadlines: 15 June (12:00 CET) and 1 December (12:00 CET).


Euro-CNS – Fellowship Training Programme

The Euro-CNS Fellowship Training Programme is intended to facilitate short diagnostic training opportunities in either tumour or muscle and nerve pathology for trainees in neuropathology who have inadequate access to training in their own country.

Funding body:
European Confederation of Neuropathological Societies (Euro-CNS)
Maximum value:
€ 2,000
Application deadline:
None specified
Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are European citizens who are a member of a neuropathological society and are not older than 40 years of age. The applicant must have had at least three years of neuropathology practice. Furthermore, the applicant must be able to communicate effectively in the host country’s language or a second language that is accepted by host and trainee.

Terms and Conditions
Training should start within six months of the selection notification date. A deferred start may be possible but should be indicated in the application.

The host institute must identify the lead pathologist for the fellowship scheme who will be responsible to Euro-CNS for providing an acceptable training experience to Fellows.

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Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS

The Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS aims to encourage basic biomedical research related to understanding the cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Further Information
Funding body:
Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS
Maximum value:
€ 90,300
Application deadline:
30-09-2016
Extended Description
The Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS is a Swiss charitable organisation. Its mission is to provide research grants for study to advance understanding of the basic causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). There are no geographical limitations.

Eligibility Criteria
There are no limitations set for the eligibility of applicants.

Value Notes
The grant is 100,000 CHF (approximately €90,311) for a duration of two years.

The grant may not be used to cover the overhead and salary of the Principal Investigator.

Restrictions
Grants are not directed to clinically related projects for patient care.

Previous Successes
Previous grant awardees include:

2015:
Jochen H. Weishaupt (Ulm University, Germany): ‘Molecular pathogenesis of ALS linked to TBK1 haploinsufficiency’.
Christopher J. Donnelly (Univ. Pittsburgh, USA): ‘Neurotoxic protein mislocalization initiates neural injury in C90RF72’.
2014:
Prof. Claudio Hetz (Biomedical Neuroscience Institute).
Prof. Justin Ichida (Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Southern California).
Application Procedure
Applications may be submitted to the Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS by sending the required documents to ann.kato@unige.ch.

Applications should include:

Name, address and title of proposal.
Scientific abstract.
Introduction of the topic.
Specific goals of the project and detailed research plan.
Budget requested.
List of other support.
Curriculum vitae.
List of papers published by the applicant of an academic institute during the past five years.
The deadline for the 2016 Call for Proposals is 30 September 2016.