Grants and Research Funding

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The steering committee which makes recommendations for grants from the Hulme University Fund now invites applications for the 2003–4 awards.

Under the Scheme for the Hulme Fund, Brasenose College applies one-third of the income which it receives from the relevant trust for the promotion of education and research in the University by grants designed to relieve the `special needs of university faculties or institutions' or to promote `the special purposes of any study or research pursued in or connected to the University'. The college is required to have regard to proposals made by Council, whose approval is also required for grants.

Each year the committee decides on a particular theme and invites appropriate applications. This year, the topic chosen for 2003–4 is `International Relations'. While all applications will be considered, preference may be given to those aimed at the prevention of war in the modern world. The total amount available to be committed in grants will be some £10K, and the size of grants is normally up to £5–6K. Attention is drawn particularly to the restrictions of the fund to `special needs' and `special purposes': it is not intended to support normal departmental commitments or items which might properly be charged to general university funds. Nor for that matter does it support what might be classed as `luxury items'. Applications should therefore make clear why the case is considered to be `special' and a `need'. It would also be acceptable for a grant to be used as part of a package of support where funds for a particular project are drawn from different sources, and the committee will also consider applications where the ability to carry out the project is dependent on the success of funding applications still under consideration by other bodies. There is no set timetable for completion of expenditure, and approved grants can be claimed as expenditure is incurred.

The closing date is 14 April 2003, and the results of applications should be known the following term. Applications should be made in writing (or may be e-mailed) to the secretary of the steering committee, Ms Geraldine Martin, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail:, giving details of the project, the costs involved, and any other sources of funding available or being sought.

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