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The James S. McDonnell Foundation’s 21st Century Research Awards are designed to support research projects with a high probability of generating new knowledge and insights. The program awards grants in the areas of: bridging brain, mind, and behavior; studying complex systems; and brain cancer research projects. Projects submitted should be should be at an early, even preliminary stage of development, intending to break new ground or to challenge commonly held assumptions; they should also be sufficiently novel, cross-disciplinary, or heterodox that they would not be strong candidates for federal funding. A maximum of US$450,000 can be awarded over a period of three to six years. Applications must be submitted online no later than 13 March 2006.
Euroscience announces the availability of a limited number of travel grants for young researchers from Central and Eastern Europe to participate in the 2nd Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF2006), scheduled to take place on 15–19 July 2006 in Munich, Germany. You can apply for a grant if you are citizen of a Central/Eastern European country and younger than 35 years of age. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 March 2006.
Each year, the International Balzan Foundation administers the Balzan Prizes in predetermined areas of the humanities, social sciences, physics, mathematics, natural sciences, and medicine. Winners are required to allocate half of their prize money (one million Swiss francs) to research projects of their choice involving young researchers. In 2006, prizes will be awarded in observational astronomy and astrophysics as well as plant molecular genetics. Nominations must be submitted to the prize committee by 15 March 2006; self-nominations are not permitted.
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. The program emphasizes novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences. Starting at the postdoctoral level, research grants are awarded for novel collaborations among teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines. The principal applicant must be located in one of the member countries (Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the US), but co-investigators may be from any other country. Two types of grants are available: Young Investigators’ Grants and Program Grants. Young Investigators’ Grants are for teams of scientists who are all within five years of establishing an independent laboratory and within ten years of obtaining their PhDs. Program Grants are for independent scientists at all stages of their careers, although the participation of younger scientists is especially encouraged. Awards are dependent upon team size, and successful teams will receive up to US$450,000 per year for the whole team. The registration deadline for the research grants is 20 March 2006, and the submission deadline is 30 March 2006. [Source:
The Reuters Digital Vision Program awards approximately fifteen fellowships each year to bring exceptional social entrepreneurs and technology professionals from around the world to the campus of Stanford University for nine months. Successful candidates have innovative ideas and are passionate about implementing a project to empower individuals and communities in the developing world. Applicants of any age with a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of full-time professional experience working with information and communication technologies can develop their own projects or continue work on existing projects. The deadline for the 2006–2007 fellowships is 3 April 2006.
Annually, the Austrian Academy of Sciences administers the Ignaz L. Lieben Award to recognize young scientists who have demonstrated the ability to contribute significantly to the fields of molecular biology, chemistry or physics. The US$18,000 prize is given to young scientists based in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia or Slovenia. Applications must be submitted by 15 April 2006. [Source: Euroscience]
The European Commission has issued a joint call for proposals for the Descartes Prize for Research as well as the Descartes Prize for Science Communication. The research prize is awarded to transnational research teams that have achieved outstanding scientific or technological results through collaborative research in any field of science. For the research prize, an award of one million euros will be shared among a maximum of five laureate teams. The purpose of the science communication prize is twofold—to stimulate interest and careers in science communication and to improve the quality of science communication with the public. The closing date for both prizes is 4 May 2006.
Each year, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides grants of up to US$10,580 (a symbolic amount representing the cost of the “Spirit of St. Louis”) to individuals whose work furthers the Lindberghs’ vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment. Lindbergh Grants are made in the following categories: agriculture, aviation/aerospace, natural resource conservation, education, exploration, health and waste minimization and management. A Jonathan Lindbergh Brown Grant may be given to a project to support adaptive technology or biomedical research which seeks to redress an imbalance between an individual and his or her human environment. The deadline for grant applications is 8 June 2006. [Source:
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BIFI 2006 “From Physics to Biology: The Interface between Experiment and Computation;” Zaragoza, Spain; 8–11 February 2006
13th Ocean Sciences Meeting; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; 20–24 February 2006
World Telecommunication Development Conference; Doha, Qatar; 7–15 March 2006
International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology (ICONSAT 2006); New Delhi, India; 16–18 March 2006
LATIN’06: Latin American Theoretical Informatics Conference; Valdivia, Chile; 20–24 March 2006
First Mediterranean Congress on Biotechnology; Hammamet, Tunisia; 25–29 March 2006
“Berlin 4”: International Conference on Open Access following the Berlin Declaration; Golm, Germany; 29–31 March 2006
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2006; Vienna, Austria, 2–7 April 2006
Materials Congress 2006; London, UK; 5–7 April 2006
EuroSys2006; Leuven, Belgium; 18–21 April 2006
10th International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education; Vienna, Austria; 19–21 April 2006
Fourth Symposium on Scientific Research Outlook in the Arab World; Alexandria, Egypt; 22–25 April 2006
Third Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication “Beyond Declarations--the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication;” Lund, Sweden; 24–25 April 2006
8th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography; Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil; 24–28 April 2006
Regional Impact of Information Society Technologies in Africa (IST-Africa) 2006 Conference and Exhibition; Pretoria, South Africa; 3–5 May 2006
Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Conference on Climate Change Challenges and Solutions [EICCCC2006]; Ontario, Canada; 9–12 May 2006
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