Research Funding Insights

With Research Funding Insights, we bring you the latest news and information on research grant funding, to guide you one step closer to even more funding success.

Preface: Among the many activities of the Falling Walls Foundation to support science and science communication is the Female Science Talents Intensive Track. Every year, the program selects 20 exceptionally talented women in science, who already have a strong research track record, to take their careers to the next level. Female Science Talents Intensive Track facilitates the career development of these amazing women through a 12-months program of coaching, mentorship, … Read more

September 30, 2022

Small image of outline of world globe at top left above “New Global Participation Fund” Logo: ORCID Connecting Research and Researchers White text appears over a darker blue wave: New guest blog from Lombe Tembo, Grant Program Officer / Engagement Lead at ORCID

New grant from ORCID in 2022: Global Participation Program This past May, ORCID launched a global initiative to develop ORCID Communities of Practice in under-represented regions around the world. The goal of the Global Participation Program (GPP) is to help bridge the gap in ORCID uptake in countries which have been designated as having low- and lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank, particularly in the Global South, where ORCID participation … Read more

September 27, 2022

September 24 is World Cancer Research Day  World Cancer Research Day was launched in 2016 by ten renowned organizations and is observed on September 24 [1]. The idea behind the celebration of World Cancer Research Day was to support and make people aware of the efforts that researchers make to prevent, detect and treat cancer.  Cancer research has made a tremendous impact on how we perceive a cancer diagnosis. Not … Read more

September 26, 2022

A photo of Alexis Ceasrine: PostDoc Appreciation Week 2022: Are you making an expensive mistake? The true cost of doing a postdoc

Most academic research labs would agree that a lab without postdocs is like a river without water. All the more reason that we in the research ecosystem should be supporting our postdocs, but do we really walk the talk when it comes to looking after our postdocs?  A series of tweets from Dr. Alexis Ceasrine recently captured our attention. She shared her frustration with not being allowed to receive retirement … Read more

September 22, 2022

A short history of World Alzheimer’s Day Each year on September 21, the world commemorates Alzheimer´s day. World Alzheimer’s Day was first established in 1994 by Alzheimer´s Disease International. While Alzheimer’s awareness month is recognized at different times of the year depending on where you are in the world, what we can all agree on is that awareness and support for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are vital in an aging … Read more

September 21, 2022

Why is International Microorganism Day celebrated on September 17? It is very recently that the world started celebrating International Microorganism Day. The Portuguese Society of Microbiology (SPM) established September 17 as International Microorganism Day to commemorate the day in 1863 when Anton van Leeuwenhoek first reported his description of single-celled organisms to the Royal Society of London [1]. Though started recently, this day is now celebrated worldwide and supported by … Read more

September 14, 2022

An image of an ocean is the background. At top left, a photo of Emily Tewes standing on a sailboat at sea. “Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA): Perspective from a funder, Emily Tewes,Science and Policy Adviser”

This week, for our Funder Perspectives series, we spoke with Emily Tewes, from Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA). Emily has a background in Marine Science and now works as the Science and Policy Adviser at SOA. This interview is the first in a series of interviews with individuals who are directly involved with decisions made by research funders. If you work in research addressing Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Conserve and … Read more

September 6, 2022

A while back we discussed the benefits of having your own independent research funding for your postdoctoral training, rather than being dependent on your mentor’s funding. We also discussed international mobility and whether the USA is still the best location for postdoctoral training. While no country can guarantee long-term success in research to its postdoctoral visitors, the USA remains a popular choice for international researchers and also many US-based researchers … Read more

August 31, 2022

microbes in a dish in upper left and a shadow border of crops along top.

This week, for our Researcher Perspectives series, we spoke with Dr. Pam Marrone, CEO and Founder of Chestnut Bio Advisors. Pam received the 2022 Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the American Chemical Society. This award was established “to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have created a commercially viable business within the chemical enterprise” [1]. We hope her story inspires you! Dr. Pam Marrone, 2022 Kathryn C. Hach Award … Read more

August 23, 2022

An image of the world centered on the US with dots connected across the sky. Hertz Fellowship: Insights from a recipient, Dr. Kyle Gustafson

The Hertz Fellowship – what is it? If you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States planning to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering, this is one of the most prestigious financial awards you could receive. The Hertz Foundation offers substantial funding facilitating academic freedom for the duration of your PhD studies. The 2023 application period for the Hertz Fellowship … Read more

August 16, 2022

What is “partial randomization” when it comes to research funding? For many of society’s challenges, including the UN’s global sustainable development goals, research funding is crucial. We also know, however, that just throwing money at a problem, does not mean that the problem has been solved by the money. This is especially true when it comes to research funding. It is not only vital to have abundant research funding, but … Read more

August 8, 2022

Preface: As part of this year’s EuroScience Open Forum in Leiden (July 13 – 15, 2022), we, at scientifyRESEARCH, presented a poster looking at the use of funding as a strategy to promote diversity in the research workforce. Being an open research funding database, we are well placed to promote diversity funding opportunities and thereby enable a more diverse research workforce. This blog post is based on the original poster, … Read more

July 18, 2022