Funding briefs

  • The trustees of the  Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (ACTF) of the RSC invite applications for grants to undertake projects focused on analytical chemistry. Projects must be relevant to the ACTF priorities: education; training; communication; and developing countries. Projects are unlikely to exceed 30,000. Applications must be received by 30 April 2007. Contact: 
  • The Wellcome Trust has launched its new 'seeding drug discovery' award scheme. It aims to bridge the funding gap in early-stage drug discovery and provide a springboard to advance new  small molecule therapeutics projects to further R&D. The scheme has awarded funding to a number of projects including one at Imperial College London, UK, to develop obesity drugs from a natural gut hormone.  
  • UK  crop scientists have been awarded a total of 13.3 million by the Biotechnology and biological sciences research council (BBSRC) for a total of 18 research projects, one aimed at preserving broccoli. A team at the University of Warwick will investigate techniques to improve broccoli's shelf life. Another project at the University of Durham will investigate wheat's resistance to insect pests. 
  • A new initiative funded by the European Commission's 6th framework programme (FP6) has been launched to discover opportunities for  small and medium enterprises to participate and receive funding in the first call of FP7. The new scheme, Detect-it 2, will focus on three areas: information and communications technology (ICT), energy, and biotechnology.  
  • A consortium of chemists, physicists and electrical engineers at Manchester University and Imperial College London has been awarded 1.5 million by the Engineering and physical sciences research council (EPSRC) to produce new affordable,  high-efficiency solar cells for energy generation.