Guidance to applicants
1. The purpose of the grant must be to set up or improve methodology, with appropriate validation. This allows trying out new ideas.
2. The application should have
- A short title to indicate what is planned.
- A concise introduction to indicate existing knowledge and past work. This may usefully contain a few references.
- The experimental approach planned. (This should be concise, but detailed enough so that reviewers can judge the approach. It may include remedies for difficulties that are already known.)
- The sum of money requested and how it is to be spent.
3. The laboratory, and especially the applicant, should not already be involved in several projects. The submission must cite any existing support and any relevant fund-seeking (or approach to a company) that is pending or has been rejected, or which the proposed work might render feasible. The bid limit is £4,000 which can be split to cover a student as well as consumables. An applicant must cite any previous application to the Fund.
4. Applicants must be a current Early Career, Full or Emeritus member of the Biochemical Society at the closing date of the round applied to.
5. Where a short-term stipend is sought, the person must be engaged in benchwork rather than writing-up; if it is for a student, the application should state whether the work would be done before the student’s final year. Bench expenditure may include special materials or minor capital items.
Note: The Summer Vacation Studentships Scheme can also support vacation help, but the emphasis is different. The Eric Reid Fund emphasizes progress in methodology, and a student of any year (or just finished a degree course) may be supported for this.
6. A short career sketch of the applicant is needed, with an indication of familiarity with the work area (a few citations for example). If the applicant is not in an established post, an endorsement by a senior colleague, preferably the Head of Department, should be given.
7. Applicants should state to whom a grant awarded should be paid, and when they would expect to start the work. If this depends on matching support they should say when its availability will be known, and should notify the Biochemical Society of the outcome. Awards cannot be extended or renewed.
8. The application should include a lay abstract of maximum 100 words outlining why the project is important and giving a brief background on their project. It is important applications are easy to understand and give the reader an understanding of what the applicant is trying to achieve.
9. Funding will not be awarded in two consecutive years.
10. Please include the reason for a career break (a career break is considered as any period of time where the nominee is out of work, for reasons including, but not limited to, redundancy, maternity/paternity or adoption leave, extended leave to perform a carer role, and/or as a consequence of relocation). The length of the career break is required.
Please note that successful applicants are required to:
- Guarantee clearances (e.g. ethical / animal experimentation / Genetic Modification / NHTA / radioisotope use / vacation assistance insurance if applicable), preferably from the Head of Department
- Submit a report and photo to accompany the report (maximum 400 words) of how the award was spent and what has been achieved. This report and photo may be used on the Biochemical Society website, blog or Biochemist Magazine.
- Acknowledge support from the Biochemical Society in any publication that results.