This page links to the Institute of Physics publications and events that I’m involved in.

The latest additions are

The launch of the new Collaborations guide – Glasgow June 2016

Slides from the Cardiff launch event for Navigating the Funding Landscape.

Here are my blog posts from the “Taking Control of Your Career” event run in November 2015.

Impact, Initiative and Ideas

A badge of honour? Imposter Syndrome

The bulk of this page relates to material and links that support “Navigating the Funding Landscape”, a guide to research funding for early career researchers from the Institute of Physics. The guide has been launched around the UK and Ireland. The slides from each launch event are below.

 LONDON – September 16th

DUBLIN – October 28th

EDINBURGH – December 15th

CARDIFF – May 31st


The new guide to collaboration for early career researchers is currently being edited prior to publication. The links supporting this guide can be found on the Collaboration in Physics page (coming soon).


To get your copy, contact Vishanti Fox at the IOP (Tel: + 44 (0)207 470 4906 or e-mail:

infographic Infographic by Miriam Gilbert

Section 1: The Funding Map

Key funding bodies – the links chosen should help you follow the initial exploration of funders that is suggested in the guide

RCUK eligibility

EPSRC eligibility

EPSRC strategic plan

STFC research funding


STFC and EPSRC use “Grants on the Web” as a platform for easier navigation of funded projects


SFI programmes for ECRS


National Research Prioritisation Exercise (Ireland) (no live link currently available)


Irish Research Council funding for postdoctoral researchers


Newton Fund Mobility Grants


Royal Commission 1851 Fellowship


Overview of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (funding for early career researchers with mobility)

Overview of H2020

ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grants


Leverhulme Trust


Royal Society University Fellowship


British Council: International workshops for ECRS

EPSRC: Funding for workings to stimulate future research activities

Examples of travel grants:

Travel grant – UK – South Africa

Visiting scientist funding: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to spend 2 – 10 months in a Japanese research institute

Don Claugher bursary, Society of Electron Microscope Technology

Up to £1,000 funding is available to cover consumables, small equipment, scientific meetings, attendance expenses or access time on an electron microscope.

Young Investigator Grant, Itish Association of Physicists in Medicine  “A grant of up to €1,500 is available to support an innovative research project in any area related to medical physics and bioengineering. The funds may be used to pay for items such as equipment, consumables, attendance at a conference, etc.” You must be under 35 or registered for a higher degree.

Summer Schools (examples – there are many more)

Plasma Physics: (suggested funding source: FUSENet)

High Energy Particle Physics:

Condensed Matter:


Examples of small awards:

(these are some of the 150+ funding opportunities that were found on a search of a research funding database in July 2015)

Herbert P Broida prize for contributions to the field of atomic and molecular spectroscopy or chemical physics. American Physical Society

Workshop funding for up to 120 scientists from multidisciplinary fields to engage in high-level discussions and exchange results. European Molecular Biology Organisation

The Royal Astronomical Society small grants. These support research or study in any area of astronomy or geophysics. Eligible activities include the following: study or research projects;educational projects; purchase of temporary help for a particular task; support of the applicant or others for a research or educational purpose, including research overseas; support of meetings; travel to conferences or expeditions

Travel grants, British Society of Rheology


Section 2: Getting Ready to Write

Obligations of the host organisation (from EPSRC)

Head of Department Questions from Isaac Newton Trust (Internal funds available in University of Cambridge)

Bournemouth University Research Blog – internal support for developing a proposal

Bristol Physics Fellowship resource including list of potential schemes

Glasgow Physics Fellowship resource


Social Media links (Twitter):



Leverhulme Trust

European Research Council

Science Foundation Ireland

Phil Ward, Deputy Director of Research Services, University of Kent

Professor Andrew Derrington – the co-author of the Research Funding Toolkit

Professor Dame Athene Donald – professor of experimental physics and Master of Churchill College Cambridge

Institute of Physics

European Physics Society

Research Funding


Physics Impact Case studies from REF 2014


Applied Research links: Research with a commercial endpoint


RAEng – grants to build links between academia and industry

SFI (Ireland)  Industry Fellowship Programme

Royal Society Industry Fellowship (funded by the Royal Society, EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC and Rolls-Royce plc.)

STFC Working with Industry funding

STFC/RSE Enterprise Fellowship

Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships


Articles and information on industry – academia connections and funding

Imperial College:

University of Aberdeen:

Times Higher Education

Report on best practices for industry-academic collaborations

Report on different needs of academic and industrial partners


Innovate UK Overview Funding opportunities Networking events Innovation vouchers


Competitions IGEM (Scotland only) Three Minute Thesis


Impact Acceleration Funds


Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership


Section 3: Winning Applications

 EPSRC fellowship links

New competency profile, to accommodate researchers who have had years away or worked part-time after your PhD. (

Host organisation commitments

General fellowship framework which explains which fellowships are open in specific areas at specific career stages:

Separate fellowship calls are occasionally run and listed on the general funding page

Research Funding Toolkit


Andrew Derrington’s blog

12 key sentences:


Glasgow Guide to Fellowships:



IOP Mentoring Scheme

Advice from Funders

Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (STFC)

SFI programmes for ECRS

Leverhulme Trust approach to grant making

EPSRC Areas in which fellowships are available:

EPSRC list of other fellowships (including post-career break/flexible working awards)


Advice for interdisciplinary collaborations:


Advice for writers and reviewers of ID proposals: (although it appears broken, this link is working)

Confusion in Collaboration:

Guide to research collaboration from the GW4 Alliance (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter)

COST Actions – building networks for future collaborations:


Advice from academics and experts


Alan Bundy – how to get funding

Aimed at Vision Scientists, “How to write a grant” from the Applied Vision Association (AVA) advice on funding


Advice from Institutions

Glasgow Guide to Fellowships


Section 4: Review and Reaction


EPSRC advice on reviewing proposals


Andrew Derrington’s blog on the difference between reviewers and committees


Research Funding Toolkit – questions for five minute feedback


Advice on choosing a referee form Leverhulme Trust


Advice for fellowship interviews


Section 5: Turning Negatives to Positives

EPS – European Physics Society with links to events and funding opportunities

STFC Public Engagement funding

IOP Public Engagement grant

Space for All (public engagement)—community-funding-scheme

Office of Astronomy for Development has an annual call for small projects (ranging from about €500 to about €15,000) in three areas: (i) Astronomy for Universities and Research, (ii) Astronomy for Children and Schools, and (iii) Astronomy for the Public


STFC – POST Fellowships


Shell-IOP Very Early Career Woman Physicist Award