As part of a programme of activities to mark its 20th anniversary BBSRC will create up to 15 new fellowships, allowing early-career scientists to carry out independent research and supporting their training to become research leaders.
The Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship (AFLF) scheme will provide support for researchers wishing to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills, and represents part of BBSRC's commitment to the supply of highly skilled professional scientists to the UK.
Awards are for three years and include personal salary as well as support for travel and subsistence, research consumables and training activities. It is expected that between eight and 15 fellowships will be awarded, each up to a total value of £250k.
Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "These fellowships are a fantastic opportunity for early-career scientists to take promising careers to the next level, allowing them to innovate in their research further, accelerate their ability to innovate and supporting their development towards becoming the research leaders of tomorrow.
"This is just one way that BBSRC is working to ensure that the UK has the kind of highly-skilled, motivated and experienced scientists that it will need to continue to punch above its weight in science internationally, delivering economic and social benefits for all."
AFLFs will be open to applicants who have demonstrated high potential and have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience. The call is also open to current PhD students who are expecting to have completed their PhD viva exam by 30 November 2014.
Proposals can be submitted in any area of science within BBSRC's remit. Proposals aligned with BBSRC's strategic priorities of agriculture and food security, bioscience for health and industrial biotechnology and bioenergy are particularly encouraged.
The deadline for applications is 26 June 2014. For more information on eligibility and how to apply visit: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/anniversary-future-leader-fellowship.aspx
Later in 2014 BBSRC will also launch BBSRC Translational Fellowships, for researchers who wish to establish a career focused on translating fundamental bioscience research. The initial call will support the translation of basic plant science into crop science research.
BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
Funded by Government, and with an annual budget of around £467M (2012-2013), we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.