Continuing its practice of
innovative funding and determined to ensure that its limited funds do
"make a difference", the Lister Institute has replaced its prestigious
and successful Senior Research Fellowship Scheme by Research Prizes.
These awards give young scientists the opportunity, as Lister Institute
Research Prize holders, to develop their potential as research
scientists by giving them flexible funding over a five-year period.
The Institute's approach to scientific support continues to be unique in
that it accepts applications from tenured and non-tenured researchers,
clinicians and non-clinicians and has no priority diseases or
restrictions on the research area supported. The Institute also grants
its Research Prize holders the freedom to develop their research careers
individually while fostering a sense of identity and community.
What Prize-winners have in common is the conduct of excellent research
and the ability of the award to help establish or further their
independent research careers. A number of criteria are used in
selecting the Prize-winners: the originality and quality of the proposed
research; their past achievements in the context of their own particular
circumstances; and the impact that the prize would have on their career,
taking account of their research environment and other funding. Award
winners will be granted a lump sum of £200,000 which must be spent
within a five-year period. The money must be used in support of the
applicant's research but can be used for equipment, travel, consumables
or the salaries of post-doctoral workers, technicians or PhD students
etc. Personal salary provision or augmentation is not allowed, but the
funds can be used for a replacement lecturer's salary. The bulk of the
research must be carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland but the
awards are transferable between institutions within the UK and Republic
of Ireland. All publications must state that the research worker is a
Lister Institute Research Prize holder or Lister Prize Fellow.
See also the Lister's Research
Strategy in 'About