Grants and Research Funding

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RESEARCH SERVICES OFFICE

The Oxford University Research Services Office (RSO) is based in the University Offices, Wellington Square (with a satellite office in the Medical School Offices, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital). The RSO is part of the Finance Division of the University's central administration.

The RSO processes and approves all applications to outside bodies for research grants and approves research-related agreements on behalf of the University. It also acts in an advisory capacity for those seeking outside funding or requiring information about specific initiatives (e.g. LINK, ROPA, Teaching Company Schemes, EU research programmes, etc.).

The RSO produces a weekly bulletin on funding opportunities, electronic Research Funding News (eRFN), which is available to members of the University via the World Wide Web at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/erin/. Research-related information other than that regarding funding opportunities is communicated via the RSO's electronic Bulletin Board, which is updated on an ad hoc basis. This is also available to members of the University via the World Wide Web at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/rso/oxonly/bboard.htm.

Research contracts with industry are negotiated through the RSO, which deals with research-related agreements covering the sponsorship of research, clinical trials, services to industry, confidentiality issues, material transfer, and consultancy. Contact details for members of the RSO are as follows:

Ms Catherine Quinn, Director (telephone: (2)70158, e-mail: catherine.quinn@admin. ox.ac.uk);

Dr Richard Liwicki, Head of Research Contracts Administration

(telephone: (2)70011, e-mail: richard.liwicki@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Mr Pierre-Manuel Espinasse, Head of Research Grants Administration (telephone (2)70043, e-mail: pierre.espinasse@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Ms Stephanie Malcolm, Research Grants Administrator

(telephone (2)70145, e-mail: stephanie.malcolm@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Dr Michael Halsey, Assistant Registrar, John Radcliffe Hospital satellite office (telephone: (2)22604, e-mail: michael.halsey@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Ms Kathryn Dally, Research Administration Officer (telephone:

(2)80319, e-mail: kathryn.dally@ admin.ox.ac.uk);

Ms Grace Garland, Research Administration Officer (telephone:

(2)22131, e-mail: grace.garland@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Ms Linda Andrews, Research Administration Officer (telephone:

(2)80666, e-mail: linda.andrews@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Dr Clara Ovenston, Research Administration Officer

(telephone: (2)70142, e-mail: clara.ovenston@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Ms Barbara Murray, Research Administration Officer

(telephone: (2)70039, e-mail: barbara.murray@admin.ox.ac.uk);

Enquiries relating to day-to-day processing of research grant applications should be addressed to the RSO's Research Grants Office (telephone: (2)70146), or, in the case of certain clinical departments, to the RSO satellite office, the Medical School Offices, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington (telephone:

(2)22544).

General enquiries may be addressed, in the first instance, to Mrs Jane Taylor (telephone: (2)70143), who will be pleased to direct calls to the appropriate member of staff.

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Submitting research grant applications to external sponsors

Members of the University are reminded that all applications for external research funding support must be endorsed on behalf of the University through the RSO before they are despatched to the sponsor, whether or not this is required by the funding body.

The reasons for the requirement are (i) to ensure that the funds being requested are adequate for the purpose and that the costing rules of the sponsor have been applied correctly, and (ii) to ensure that the University could undertake the obligations arising from an award and that these do not contravene University policy.

The detailed arrangements are as follows: applicants for research grants should submit the original plus one copy of their application, together with a completed copy of the University's outside grants form, to the Research Services Office, Wellington Square (telephone (2)70146), leaving three clear working days for it to be processed.

In connection with the acceptance of awards and signature of contracts it should be noted that Statutes, Tit. X, cl. 3, provides that `no official of the University or any other person employed by the University or working in or in connection with any department of or under the control of the University shall in connection with any invention, discovery, or patent, or ... process, or manufacture have authority to make any representations on behalf of the University or to be concerned in any transaction whatsoever in connection therewith on behalf of the University except with the express consent of Council'.

The Research Services Office has been given authority to approve research funding applications to external sponsors and the terms of contracts in straightforward cases under this provision; in more complicated cases, specific authority is necessary.

Enquiries related to any aspect of externally sponsored research should be directed to the Research Services Office, whose staff would be pleased to help.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDY IN GERMANY

The following scholarships offering the opportunity for Oxford graduates and final-year undergraduates to study in Germany are available in the academic year 2001--2.

Hanseatic Scholarships

Two scholarships are available for graduate and undergraduate (final year) students at the University of Oxford. They are tenable for two years (or, in certain circumstances, one year) at the University of Hamburg. The successful candidates must undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level, or give evidence of a workable project not connected to a research degree. There is the opportunity to obtain a German degree. The current value of the scholarship is DM 24,000 per annum; travel expenses will also be covered. The scholarship is open to members of the University who are British citizens, under twenty-eight years of age on 1 October 2001, and who have either completed all the examinations required for the Oxford BA degree, or have embarked on a course of postgraduate study at the University.

Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship is available for graduate and undergraduate (final year) students at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is tenable for ten months from 1 October 2001 at any university, technical university, or art or music academy in Germany, and may be extended for a second year. The scholar will receive a monthly maintenance grant and remission of institution fees. A grant will be made to assist with travel expenses, and a small book grant will be available each term. The scholarship is open to members of the University who are British citizens, under thirty-two years of age on 1 October 2001, and who have either completed all the examinations required for the Oxford BA degree, or have embarked on a course of postgraduate study at the University.

Theodor Heuss Research Fellowship

One fellowship is available for postgraduate or postdoctoral students at the University of Oxford. The fellowship is tenable for one year, in the first instance, at any university or other institution of higher learning in Germany. The holder of the fellowship will receive a monthly maintenance grant, which is currently DM 3,400 for postdoctoral fellows, and DM 2,500 for doctoral students; travel expenses and institution fees will also be covered. The fellowship is open to members of the University who are British citizens, under thirty-two years of age on 1 October 2001, and who have either embarked on a course of postgraduate study or have already obtained a postgraduate qualification of the University. Further details of all three scholarships and information on how to apply may be obtained from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80487/(2)70241, e-mail: international.office@admin.ox.ac.uk). The closing date for the scholarships is Friday, 16 February 2001.

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SCATCHERD EUROPEAN SCHOLARSHIPS 2001--2

Up to twelve Scatcherd European Scholarships will be available in 2001--2 for undergraduate or graduate students, who will continue to be registered for a degree at Oxford, to undertake study or research in another European country, (including Russia and all countries to the west of the Urals, but not Turkey). The scholarships are tenable in any subject area, for periods of study of between three months and one year.

The scholarships will cover the cost of any tuition or registration fees at the host institution, and provide a grant towards living costs, which is expected to be up to about £7,100 for a full year. Applicants are advised to contact the institution where they wish to study before submitting the application form.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 9 February 2001. Further information and application forms may be obtained from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80487/(2)70241).

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CHARTERHOUSE EUROPEAN BURSARIES 2001--2

Applications are invited for the Charterhouse European Bursaries for undergraduate or graduate students registered for a degree of the University of Oxford to undertake a period of study elsewhere in Europe. The bursaries are available for study in economics, management, applied mathematics in industry, or engineering and technology.

The value of the bursaries will be approximately £3,000 for a full academic year although applications for a shorter period of study (not normally less than three months) may be considered. In such cases the funding will be reduced pro rata. Charterhouse European Bursaries may be held in conjunction with ERASMUS grants or grants from other educational bodies.

Further details and an application form are available from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80487/(2)70241). The closing date for applications is Friday, 9 February 2001.

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STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME WITH THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY 2001--2

A small number of places will be available in 2001--2 for current undergraduate or graduate students, who will continue to be registered for a degree at Oxford, to undertake a period of study of at least six months at the ANU. Australian nationals will not normally be eligible to apply. The exchange programme is open to students in any subject area.

As part of the exchange agreement, all tuition fees will be waived by the host institution although students will be required to continue to pay any fees for which they may be liable at their home institution. A British Airways Travel Bursary will normally be available to provide return economy-class travel to Australia.

Further information and an application form are available from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80487/(2)70241). The closing date is Friday, 9 February 2001.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOLARSHIP 2001--2

Applications are invited from students studying for a graduate degree at the University of Oxford for the 2001--2 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, tenable at the University of Pennsylvania. Students who will by then have completed their programme of study at Oxford will not be eligible to apply. The scholarship is available for one academic year. The scholarship may be held in any subject area available at the University of Pennsylvania. Information about programmes offered by the University of Pennsylvania may be obtained by accessing the University of Pennsylvania homepage at http://www.upenn.edu.

The scholarship will cover the graduate registration fee, student health service, and health insurance fees at the University of Pennsylvania, and will provide a grant towards living costs. The University of Pennsylvania will assist the scholarship-holder to find accommodation (both on- and off-campus accommodation is usually available).

Further details are available from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80487/(2)70241). The closing date for applications is 15 December.

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GRADUATE STUDENT EXCHANGES WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO 2001--2

Applications are invited from current graduate students who wish to work at the University of Tokyo for one year. Two places to be taken up sometime during the British academic year 2001--2 are expected to be available under the exchange scheme.

The successful candidates will be nominated by the University of Tokyo for Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho) Scholarships, which would cover all travel, living, and educational expenses. The scholarship would not cover fees payable to the University of Oxford and CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CHECK THEIR CONTINUING LIABILITY TO PAY OXFORD UNIVERSITY FEES AT AN EARLY STAGE. The University of Tokyo cannot guarantee that Monbusho Scholarships will be granted and successful candidates are advised to apply also to other sources, both British and Japanese, for financial support.

Further details are available from the International Office, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (telephone: Oxford (2)80487/(2)70241), The closing date for applications is Friday, 24 November.

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WINGATE SCHOLARSHIPS 2001

Wingate Scholarships are awarded to individuals who need financial support to undertake creative or original work of intellectual, scientific, artistic, social, or environmental value, and to talented musicians for advanced training. They are designed to help with the costs of a specific project, which may last for up to three years. The average total award is about £6,500 and the maximum in any one year is £10,000. The work undertaken may be in the context of a higher degree, but awards are not normally made for professional training, standard taught courses or for electives. Wingate Scholarships are not offered for fine art, but those engaged in craft, art history, or other related research may apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United Kingdom or other Commonwealth country, Ireland, or Israel; or of another European Union country provided that they have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years. Applicants must be resident in the British Isles during the application period and be twenty-four years of age or over on 1 September 2001.

More detailed information and application forms can be obtained by sending a stamped and addressed A4 envelope to the Administrator, Wingate Scholarships, 20--22 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LR, or downloaded from http://www.win-sch.demon.co.uk. The closing date for applications is 1 February 2001. Interviews of short-listed candidates will be held in May and results will be announced in June 2001.

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