Philip Leverhulme Prize in Biological Sciences

Up to thirty prizes will be awarded in 2020 across 6 subject areas, including biological sciences.

In parallel with selection activities for the other subject areas run by the other divisions, the Medical Sciences Division (MSD) is looking to identify two candidates from MSD departments only for the prize in the subject area of biological sciences. Please note that the Leverhulme Trust supports only ‘investigations of a fundamental nature’. Therefore research in disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications, is not eligible.

Each prize is worth £100,000 over 2 to 3 years and may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of the research of the prize winner, including research assistance, teaching replacement, travel and subsistence, consumables, technical support, computer equipment and software, but excluding capital equipment, the winner’s salary or institutional overheads.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. hold a permanent post or long-term fellowship with the University which would extend beyond the end of the prize duration.
  2. have been awarded their doctoral degree after 18 May 2010 (exceptions made for career breaks)

Internal nominations are invited, from which the Medical Sciences Division will select two nominations to go forward to the Leverhulme Trust. Researchers may self-nominate for this prize, but please note you may only do so with the support of your line manager or supervisor and head of department. Nominations must be submitted via the IRAMS online application system by noon on Thursday 2 April 2020. Departmental Approver sign-off must also be provided in IRAMS. To apply, please upload the completed internal nomination form (case for support template) and a CV describing your career history (key publications, awards, grants, prizes, academic activities, memberships, teaching, etc) as a single PDF.

Once the successful internal applicants have been notified (on or around 23 April 2020), they must nominate themselves using the Leverhulme Trust’s Grants Management System by 18 May 2020. The head of department and an administrative officer will need to approve the nomination in the system, and three external referees must also be named who can provide a reference by 1 June 2020.

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Co-ordinated University bids