Bioethics, Biolaw, Biosociety Research Strand funding call

This scheme is open for applications. 

Closing date for expressions of interest is 09:00 Friday 12 April 2019. 

The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand is an interdisciplinary research community drawn from across the University of Bristol and supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety strand aims to establish Bristol as a leader in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research into the ethical, legal and social dimensions of health and the biosciences. The research strand will unite and foster University of Bristol’s diverse expertise to explore the ethical, legal, and social issues in the biosciences, including health and social care.

Supporting interdisciplinarity in health research is at the core of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute’s mission. The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand specifically aims to foster inter- and multi-disciplinary research into the ethical, legal and social dimensions of health and the biosciences. The strand focuses on four broad and overlapping themes: 

1. Health, Children and Parents 

2. Health, Ageing and Dying Well 

3. Health, Populations and Participants 

4. Health, Uncertainty and Complexity 

Applications are invited, seeking support for research activities, which are intended to lead to larger scale, funded research projects. We have two awards available, each of £2,000. There is a three-stage process to apply, outlined below.

Eligibility to Apply:

Applicants may be based in any Faculty in the University.

For this scheme, following the Research Councils, an “early career researcher” is an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons. The “first academic appointment” is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions. The “award of PhD” is defined at the point of successful PhD viva.

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest

Early career researchers should form a team of three co-applicants. The team must be multi-disciplinary. The team must be available to attend the workshop (stage 2, below).

The team should email its expression of interest to ebi-b3-contact@bristol.ac.uk by 9am Friday 12 April 2019.

Review process:

A panel, comprising the strand leads and representatives from RED, will judge the expressions of interest (out of a maximum of 10 marks) according to the following criteria:

  • Is the team multi-disciplinary? (0-2 marks: No/Somewhat/Yes)
  • Are all the applicants early career? (0-1 marks: No/ Yes)
  • Does the proposal fit the strand’s themes? (0-2 marks: No/Potentially/Yes)
  • Is the proposed research activity important? (0-5 marks: Not important or not demonstrated/Less important/Somewhat important/Important/Very important)

Depending on the number of applications received, further criteria may be applied as necessary (e.g. balancing applications across different disciplines).

Up to six successful teams will proceed to stage 2, further information below: 

Stage 2: Workshop

The six successful teams will attend a one-day workshop. The workshop will comprise presentations to help you develop your research plans. There will also be time to develop your application with your team, drawing on advice from the strand leaders and other colleagues.

The workshop will be held on Friday 3 May 2019. Further details will be communicated to the six teams in due course.

Stage 3: Applications for Funding

Teams to complete a Case for Support using the following headings (adapted from AHRC) - 2 A4 Pages max

Research questions or problems

You should describe clearly the research questions, issues or problems that you intend to address.

Research context

  • You should describe the research context for your project/programme of work.
  • Why is it important that these questions or issues are explored?
  • What other research is being or has been conducted in this area?
  • What contribution will your project make to improving, enhancing, or developing creativity, insights, knowledge or understanding in your chosen area of study?

Research methods

  • What research methods will you be using to address the questions or issues that you have set yourself, or solve the problems you have identified, or to explore the matters you intend to investigate?
  • Why have you chosen these methods?
  • Why are they the best way to answer the research questions or problems you have identified?

Project management

  • How will the project be managed?
  • What will be the roles of the members of staff involved (including you and, if applicable, any Co-Investigator(s), any research assistants)?
  • What is the timetable for the project?
  • Does it include appropriate milestones and is it realistic?

Dissemination [Academic Beneficiaries + Impact]

  • Please provide examples of the kinds of outputs you propose to produce during the award and their proposed focus.
  • Please explain further how the research will benefit other researchers in the field and – where relevant – academic beneficiaries in other disciplines.

Deadline 09:00 Friday 31 May 2019 

Successful applicants will be informed by 14 June 2019 with funding to be spent by February 2020.

 

 

How to apply

There is a 3 stage application process.

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest

Early career researchers should form a team of three co-applicants. The team must be multi-disciplinary. The team must be available to attend the workshop (stage 2, below).

The team should email its expression of interest to ebi-b3-contact@bristol.ac.uk by 09:00 Friday 12 April 2019. The expression of interest, which will be no more than one page long, must contain:

  • Information about the co-applicants (name, email, position, discipline, confirmation of early career status, School, Faculty)
  • The strand theme(s) to which the application relates (see above)
  • A paragraph outlining the proposed research activity and indicating its importance (e.g. meeting an established need, advancing research in the area, meeting strategic priorities of the University, funding agencies, policy, practice, etc.)
  • Clarification of which funding source the applicants plan to apply to for further funding

Up to six teams will be invited to participate in stage 2, which involves a workshop to help you develop your proposal.

Stage 2: Workshop

The six successful teams will attend a one-day workshop. The workshop will comprise presentations to help you develop your research plans. There will also be time to develop your application with your team, drawing on advice from the strand leaders and other colleagues.

The workshop will be held on Friday 3 May 2019. Further details will be communicated to the six teams in due course.

Stage 3: Applications for Funding

Teams to complete a Case for Support  - 2 A4 Pages max (see further details in the main text to the left)

Deadline 9am Friday 31 May 2019 

Successful applicants will be informed by 14 June 2019 with funding to be spent by February 2020

 

Further information and queries

If you have any queries please contact: ebi-b3-contact@bristol.ac.uk

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