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David Sainsbury Fellowships
The David Sainsbury Fellowship Scheme is for exceptional early-career researchers. It aims to attract the best new talent to the challenge of developing models and tools with reduced reliance on in vivo research and/or improved animal welfare ('the 3Rs'). Five awards are available each year, with a value of £65k per annum for three years.
Applicants must provide an outline (using the outline template) to the Office before being invited to submit a full application. The deadline for submitting outlines and full applications has now passed.
Read about the experiences of current Fellows on the NC3Rs blog.
Who is eligible for funding?
Researchers with up to five years post-doctoral experience at the time of application are eligible to apply. Applicants slightly over this criteria should contact the NC3Rs office (email@example.com) as they can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applications will also be accepted from final year PhD students, but they must have been awarded their PhD before the Fellowship can commence.
Applications will need to be submitted via an eligible host Research Organisation and a letter of support is required from a Head of Department, guaranteeing the Fellow space and facilities for the duration of the award.
Applicants should also identify a sponsor who works in a field relevant to the proposal, who can provide them support and guidance with the scientific aspects.
As with other Research Council fellowships, applicants are not eligible to apply if they already hold a permanent contract of employment at the host institute.
Points to consider
Requests for funding
These awards will be made for three years; financial support is fixed at £65k per annum (£195k total) and is expected to cover:
Please note that these awards will only fund the directly incurred costs of the research at 100% of the full economic costing value. Indirect and Estate costs are not eligible for funding under this scheme, and only certain Directly Allocated costs are allowable.
The NC3Rs uses the Research Councils' joint electronic submission system (Je-S) and applications are processed by the RCUK UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS). All applications must be submitted via Je-S, however applicants should follow the NC3Rs guidance for fellowship applicants to assist with the completion of the form.
We have a list of David Sainsbury Fellowships that have already been funded by us within our research portfolio.
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