Research Funding

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Boost your career! Get funded for a world class research/training/transfer of knowledge experience at Aston University, Birmingham. Apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

Eligible Researchers

  • Researchers shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • At the time of the deadline for submission, they shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 10th September 2015.

Preferred Researcher Profile
Experience suggests that successful researcher have strong CV’s, with 10+ strong publications (high-ranking, international journals) and a good range of experience (teaching, industry/non-academic, PhD supervision).

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships enable eligible applicants to come to Aston University for a period from 12 to 24 months; the aims are to undertake world class research, undertake career development, and transfer knowledge. If you have the time, read the Guide for Applicants, it will enable you to fully appreciate the aims and objectives of the scheme -  Follow the link to the European Commission website here.

If this opportunity sounds interesting follow the 3 steps below.

  1. Identify a potential project theme, take a look at Astons research expertise - http://www.aston.ac.uk/research/groups/
  2. Identify a potential Aston host, you will need to make this selection based on your expertise, and your intended project – be ambitious…think multi-disciplinary, think inter-sectoral…use this opportunity to significantly boost your career

Once you have done this and are satisfied that you have a potentially novel, complimentary theme for a research project;

3.       Send a description of your potential theme, Aston host and a description of the potential project (please keep the description to no more than 250 words), accompanied by your full academic CV to p.r.knobbs@aston.ac.uk

The current deadline is 10th September 2015. If you are interested you must send the requested documents by early July for this call. 

ARCHA-Funded Staff and Students

James Brown - £10,000.00 from Eveson Trust for an equipment grant (for an XMaP machine from Milliplex).

James Brown - £9700 research donation from Baghdad University to support International PhD student placement

Bellary, S - £100,000.00/- over 2 years. Unrestricted Grant from Binding Site UK. Funding for Research Fellow.

Griffiths, H & Bellary, S - £31,027.72 from BBSRC, Industry Interchange programme, ‘Characterisation of a metabolism-sensitive epigenome in the monocyte’, (2012).

Rhein Parri (PI), Eric Hill and John ONeil (Co-I) - £318,000.00 from the BBSRC (April 2012).

Eric Hill - £73,514.00 from NC3Rs (August 2011).
Eric Hill - £75,000.00 with Loughborough University from the NC3Rs (July 2012). 

Eric Hill - £4620  Midlands ARUK Network (October 2012).

Jonathon Gibson, Rachel Shaw & Amy Benion - £29,719.00 from Thomas Pocklington Trust, ‘Managing general health –Experiences of older people with sight loss’, (2012).

Richard Martin has been awarded an STFC PhD studentship. 'Using structural correlations to inform the development of longer lasting dental restorations'.

Richard Martin - £7,750.00 from Royal College of Surgeons, ‘Applying neutron scattering to inform how to cure dental resin composite materials’.

Richard Martin- £3,000 from ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Awards to gain access to facilities (national laboratories)

Richard Martin: 4 days beam-time at the Diamond Light Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, during the latest allocation round (experiment still to be scheduled; value ~£40,000.00).

Richard Martin: 1 day beam-time at ISIS pulsed neutron source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, during the latest allocation round (experiment still to be scheduled; value ~£12,000.00).
Richard Martin: 12 days on the UK National high field 850 MHz NMR spectrometer (value ~£18,000.00).

Richard Martin: 1 day express beam-time at ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to be scheduled.

Central Facility experiments
Richard Martin: 5th-9th July 2012. 850 MHz National High Field NMR (value ~£6,000.00)
27th April -1st May 2012. 850 MHz National High Field NMR (value ~£6,000.00)
7-8th May 2012. I18, Diamond light source (value ~£10,000.00)
13th -17th October 2011. 850 MHz National High Field NMR (value ~£6,000.00)
1st-2nd August 2011. B18, Diamond light source (value ~£10,000.00)
11th – 15th July 2011. NIMROD, ISIS, Pulsed Neutron Source (value ~£46,600.00)
27th April – 1st May. D4, Institut Laue-Langevin (value ~£45,000.00)
28th March – 1st April 2011. NIMROD, ISIS, Pulsed Neutron Source (value ~£46,600.00)

ARCHA Related Staff (management and cluster members)

Jonathon Gibson & Rachel Shaw - £11,398.00 from Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Jonathon Gibson - £206,719.66 from E.C. Framework 7 – Collaborative Project. EUROCONDOR: European Consortium for the Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinoppathy, (2012).

Helen Griffiths - £31,027.72 from BBSRC, Industry Interchange programme, ‘Characterisation of a metabolism-sensitive epigenome in the monocyte’, (2012).

Helen Griffiths - 147,932.00 from BBSRC CASE IPA / Unliver UK Central Resources Ltd, ‘Epigenetic histone modifications in monocytes - a tractable link between metabolism, ageing and inflammation’, (2011).

Anna Hine (PI) & Cliff Bailey (Co-I) - £353,375.23, BBRSC Industrial Partnership Award application, ‘Antimicrobial peptides: structure-function analysis via a systems biology approach and their potential for dual functionality in the elderly’.  Sam’s work contributed the preliminary data.

Liz Peel - £110,449.96 from British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme, ‘Dementia Talking: Care, conversation and communication’, (September 2011-September 2012).

Rhein Parri – £330,000.00 from BBSRC, ‘The role of astrocytes in experience dependent plasticity’ (May, 2012).

Carol Holland - £229,109.00 from The Extra Care Charitable Trust, ‘Does the ExtraCare approach give positive outcomes for healthy ageing which results in measurable care cost savings?’.

Rebekka Heitmar - £14,760.00 from Fight for Sight, ‘Does a new method of assessing retinal vessel function improve the diagnosis and risk stratification of diabetic retinopathy in patients with coronary artery disease?’ (2011).

Thomas Wassmer - £19,900.00 from Alzheimer's Research UK, “Interaction between the Alzheimer pre-protein and the mTOR signalling complex: Implications for Alzheimer’s disease.” (pilot project; July 2011).

Thomas Wassmer - £86,000.00 from Alzheimer's Research UK, “Identification of the Alzheimer pre-protein as a potential regulator of endosomal phosphoinositide metabolism; a novel mechanistic pathway to neurodegeneration?” (PhD studentship).

James Wolffsohn - £2,000.00 from CooperVision (July 2011).



Last updated: March 2013, Seemaab Naseem