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BNF Drummond pump priming grants for newly-appointed university lecturers and research fellows

We know that it is often a struggle to get that first big research grant. To help newly-appointed university lecturers and research fellows, in human nutrition, to undertake the pilot work needed to generate data that can be used as the basis of a more substantial grant application, the British Nutrition Foundation will again be providing two grants in 2014, each of £5000. 

These grants have been made possible through BNF’s management of the Drummond Memorial Fund, established in memory of the work and contribution of Sir Jack Drummond (see http://www.nutrition.org.uk/aboutbnf/awards/drummond for more information).

The recipients of the two grants in 2013 were Dr Andrew Murton, University of Nottingham, and Dr Mario Siervo, Newcastle University. Details of the two recipients and their research projects can be found here

On receiving the award, Dr Andrew Murton said “Being awarded the BNF Drummond Pump Priming Grant has been a great privilege. The award has afforded me the ability to pursue and develop my own research interests at what is a pivotal and defining stage of my career. Moreover, it has allowed me to generate the data required to support grant applications for larger programmes of work; I’m confident that any success in these future applications could be traced back to the work generated as a result of the support received by the BNF and Drummond Memorial Fund.”

Applicants must be working in the field of human nutrition and will normally be within 3 years of their first academic appointment. There is no restriction on the type of study but preference will be given to studies involving humans (in vivo, in vitro and ex vivo human studies). It is a requirement that the funding should be used to obtain pilot data that will lead to a major grant application.  The source of funding (BNF Drummond Memorial Fund) should be acknowledged in the subsequent grant application and in any publications arising from the work.

To apply, please submit a short CV (maximum 3 pages) and a summary and justification of the planned work (maximum 1000 words). The latter should include the aim and outline of the proposed work, a cost breakdown, how the work will aid a major grant application and the proposed funding agency for the subsequent grant application. 

Please also provide a letter of support from your Head of Department. 

Completed applications should be sent to Professor Judith Buttriss - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Closing date for applications:  February 28th 2014

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