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									RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUND GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS The Research and Development Fund was established to provide a source of funding to underpin the research base of the University. Awards are made continuously during the year on receipt of successful applications. Applications should be sent to Helen Baigrie of Research and Innovation, who will forward them to Professor Allister Ferguson, Convenor of the Fund. The Convenor is given the authority to approve grants of up to £9,000 and bids may be referred to referees for comment. Referral is at the Convenor’s discretion. Applications from younger members of staff attempting to build a research portfolio will normally be given a higher priority than applications from members of staff who already have an established track record. The funding for all awards is short term, being for periods of between 2 to 4 person months. In exceptional circumstances applications for longer periods of support will be considered, although adequate justification for an extended period must be provided in the case for support. The person months need not equate to calendar months: a grant can, for example, fund a research assistant working half time for an extended period. Grants are not provided for equipment or for services which should be provided by Departments. The Fund does not make provision for research studentships, nor for replacement funding of established staff. Although there is a category for travel and subsistence in the standard RDF application form, this is strictly for travel associated with the project. The Fund is not intended primarily to meet travel or conference costs. Two principal types of programme are supported: 1. Pump Priming Research: to enable the pursuit of good ideas to a stage at which they might become more attractive to external funding. Grants are not made for the continuation of work which has been pursued for some time with external support and young researchers are given a higher priority than well-established workers. Cooperative and collaborative programmes which can serve to integrate existing work across several groups or Departments to provide novel avenues of research are encouraged. Awards are not made to support post-graduate research programmes of postgraduate students. 2. Bridging Funding: Grants and loans can be made for this purpose to retain expertise built up in previous research programmes for a promised extension or new programme. These are made on the condition that:     The expertise of the person is well defined and appropriate for retention. The period is short (1 - 6 months). The subsequent funding is defined to the extent that there is strong evidence that an award will be made within a specific timescale (a proposed continuation with the aim of seeking support is not acceptable). A satisfactory programme of research is defined for the interim period which will enhance the research base as opposed to being simply a continuation of existing work for the interim period.

In general, Pump Priming Research is given a higher priority than Bridging Funding, and applications which demonstrate access to matching funding from departmental or other sources, whether in cash or in-kind, will be viewed favourably. Applicants are required, as a condition of their award, to provide reports on the outcomes of the award: a brief report soon after completion and, upon request, a full report at a later stage.

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Ref No: ..................... UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE Research and Development Fund 2008/09 APPLICATION FOR RESEARCH SUPPORT 1. Applicant(s) Name(s) Department Post Since

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Title of Research Project (attach further case for support, not to exceed four pages)

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Overall Summary of Resources Requested Staff Travel & Subsistence Other Costs £ £ £ _________ Proposed starting date.................... Duration............................months

TOTAL _________ _________________________________________________________________________ 4. Signatures

Applicant(s) .............................................. Date................................... .............................................. Date................................... .............................................. Date...................................

Head of Department...................................... Date................................... _________________________________________________________________________

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Notes 1. This application form and supporting case should be submitted to Helen Baigrie of Research & Innovation. 2. The application should be accompanied by both: (i) A supporting statement from the Head of Department (NB if the applicant is the Head of Department the supporting statement should be provided by the Dean). It should be noted that applications which demonstrate access to matching funding from departmental or other sources, whether in cash or in-kind, will be viewed favourably. If such a contribution is forthcoming please specify whether this is in cash or in kind and the value of the contribution. If the Department is not making a contribution please ask your Head of Department, in their supporting statement, to explain why. AND (ii) A case for support not exceeding 4 pages.

DETAILS OF SUPPORT REQUESTED

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Staff Category (Specify Res. Assistant, Tech. etc) and state name if known Starting Salary Superannuation/ NI Length of Appt Total Requested

Total Staff Costs: £

_______________________________________________________________________________

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Travel and Subsistence Destination and Purpose No of visits Duration Cost per visit Sub-Total

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Total Travel and Subsistence Costs: £

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Capital Equipment Capital Equipment cannot be provided from the resources of the Research and Development Fund. If capital equipment is necessary for the project described in this application, please indicate as follows: (i) Is the equipment already available in your Department? YES/NO

(ii) equipment?

if not, what steps have been taken to obtain ownership of or access to the

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Other Costs Specify Details Amount Requested

___________________ £ ____________________

...................................................................................................................................................... ..... 9. (a) State what external sources of funding have been approached with results.

(b)

If no approaches made, give reason.

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Is the proposed research likely to lead to patentable or otherwise commercially exploitable products (if yes please provide further information in the case for support). YES/NO

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Will the proposed research require accommodation (if yes, quantify in supporting case) YES/NO

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