Prizes, Grants, and Funding

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Oxford University Research Services is based in the University Offices, Wellington Square (with satellite offices in the Medical School Offices of the John Radcliffe Hospital and at 9 Parks Road). Research Services is part of the Finance Division of the University's central administration.

In connection with the acceptance of research awards and signature of research-related contracts, the University's Statutes, section 14 of Statute XVI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, pp. 131--2), provide that `(1) officer of the University, or any other person employed by the University or working in or in connection with any department or body within or under the control of the University, shall have authority to make any representations on behalf of the University or to enter into any contract on behalf of the University, except with the express consent of Council. (2) No such consent given by Council shall be operative until a copy of the resolution of Council, certified by the Registrar, has been delivered to such officer or other person.'

Research Services is authorised to process all applications to outside bodies for research grants and to sign research-related agreements on behalf of the University. It can also provide advice for those seeking external research funding or requiring information about specific initiatives (e.g. LINK, EU research programmes, etc.).

Research-related contracts with industry and other external sponsors are negotiated through Research Services. Such contracts include agreements covering the sponsorship of research, collaborative research, clinical trials, services to industry, intellectual property issues, confidentiality issues, material transfer, and consultancy.

Information about Research Services, their publications and administrative processes is available at:

Research Funding and Research-related Information

Research Services produces a weekly Web-based bulletin of funding opportunities with forthcoming deadlines for applications, electronic Research Funding News (eRFN), which is available to members of the University via the internet at:

Non-funding research-related information is publicised via the Web-based Bulletin Board. To receive regular e-mails summarising the contents of both these publications, please contact the Information Officer (see contact details below).

The University also has access to various online research funding databases and other sources of research-related information, available from the Web site at:

If you would like to receive a weekly e-mail reminder summarising the contents of electronic Research Funding News, and also those of the Bulletin Board, please e-mail with the subject line `join eRFN mailing list'. Please note that this service is only available to members of the University with an `' e-mail account. The Funding Information Officer (telephone: (2)70082) is also the first point of contact for all research funding information queries.

Research Grant Applications

All applications for external research funding must be endorsed by the University before they are despatched to the sponsor, whether or not this is required by the funding body. In order to do this, the University requires all applications made to funding bodies (such as the research councils, government departments, UK and overseas charities and foundations, and industry) to be checked and endorsed by Research Services on behalf of the University. The reasons for this are to ensure that: In addition, Research Services can: The administrative arrangements for submitting research funding applications are available from the Research Services Web site at:

In summary, these are as follows: applicants should submit the original plus one copy of their application, together with a completed copy of the University's Outside Grants (OG) form, to Research Services, or, in the case of certain clinical departments, to the Research Services Medical satellite office at Level 3 of the John Radcliffe Hospital, leaving three clear working days for it to be processed.

Application administration

Enquiries relating to the day-to-day processing of research grant applications should be addressed to the Research Grants staff of the main Research Services office at Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70146), or, in the case of certain clinical departments, to the Research Services Medical satellite office, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington (telephone: (2)22544). A list of grants administrators for each department is available on the Web at:

Research Contracts

The Research Contracts section is responsible for negotiating and approving the terms on behalf of the University of all research-related agreements, including those governing: In addition, the contracts team takes lead responsibility within Research Services for: The administrative arrangements for University research-related agreements are available from the Research Services Web site at:

Research-related contracts

Enquiries relating to research-related contracts should be addressed to the Research Contracts Administrator (telephone: (2)70039).

General enquiries

General enquiries to Research Services may be addressed, in the first instance, to Ms Sarah-Jayne Beedall (telephone: (2)70143, e-mail:, who will be pleased to direct queries to the appropriate member of staff.

Information on Research Funding

Oxford University's Research Services offers the following Web-based resources for those looking for external research funding:

electronic Research Funding News (eRFN) (

This is a Web-based bulletin, updated weekly, of current research funding opportunities across all subject areas with forthcoming deadlines for applications. It includes an at-a-glance guide to deadlines and a searchable archive of previous issues.

If you would like to receive a weekly e-mail reminder summarising the contents of the bulletin, please e-mail with the subject line `join eRFN mailing list'. This service is only available to members of the University with an `' e-mail account.

Subscribers also receive monthly updates about the contents of the RSO Bulletin Board ( which lists non-funding research-related information, such as details of conferences, training opportunities, and changes in the policy of major research funding bodies.

Community of Science (

The University subscribes to the `Funding Opportunities' service offered by the Community of Science (COS). This is a fully searchable database of grant-making organisations world-wide, providing information about research funding across all subject areas. Despite the misleading title, this source of information about funding opportunities also covers the social sciences and humanities.

This service may be accessed by any member of the University from within the university computer network.

Online research funding and information resources (

This page on the Research Services Web site collects together links to COS and other online databases and information services to which the University has access. These services provide information about current research funding opportunities and sponsors.

If you would like more information about these or any other services provided via Research Services, please visit its Web site at or contact the Research Funding Information Officer (telephone: (2)70082, e-mail:

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Dawkins Prize

The Dawkins Prize was endowed by a generous donation from the family of Professor Richard Dawkins, FRS, the University's Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. The Prize is for outstanding research into the ecology and behaviour of animals whose welfare and survival may be endangered by human activities. The first prize-winner (2001) was Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton.

The college now seeks nominations for the second Dawkins Prize.

The prize-winner will receive £2,000 and will be expected to give one public lecture in Oxford. The college also hopes that a Dawkins Prize Scholar will be chosen by the prize-winner, to enable a student to gain research experience by working with him or her. £2,000 will be available to the prize-winner for the scholarship and research expenses. In addition, the travel expenses of the prize-winner and scholar will be met, up to a total of £2,000.

Nominations should contain names, addresses, and affiliations of nominator and nominee and a brief list of the key achievements and publications of the nominee. Nominations should be sent to the Vice-Master, Convener of the Dawkins Prize Committee, Balliol College, Oxford OX1 3BJ, by 1 April.

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Colin Matthew Fund

The fund was established for the promotion and encouragement of historical study or research within the University. The Committee for the Fund now invites applications for grants from student members, undergraduate or graduate. The grants are primarily intended to support travel for the purposes of research (which may lead to a dissertation or an extended essay) but other uses will be considered. It is intended to make two awards of up to £500 each but the committee may make different levels of award, or no award, in the light of applications received.

Application forms may be obtained from the Senior Bursar, St Hugh's College, Oxford OX2 6LE (e-mail:, and must be submitted by the end of Hilary Full Term, i.e 13 March. Applicants will be notified of the outcome early in Trinity Term.

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