• Great resource for neuroscience research funding

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    A good resource to keep tabs on for all neuroscience-related research funding:

    https://www.scientifyresearch.org/all-funding-neuroscience/

  • PhD position: Using single cell biological approaches to understand central nervous system tuberculosis

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    Central nervous system (CNS) tuberculosis (TB) is the most severe form of disseminated TB. Clinically it can manifest as tuberculous meningitis (TBM), tuberculomas or a combination of both. These clinical phenotypes require very different treatment approaches and have very different outcomes. Previous data from our group has demonstrated that the differential clinical phenotypes of CNS TB may be driven by distinct immune responses. However, this has not been comprehensively studied to date. This is partly due to limited access to site-of-disease samples, including tissue and ventricular CSF. Single cell RNA-sequencing, together with inflammatory proteins and cellular immunophentyping (flow cytometry) of site-of-disease samples can offer valuable insights into the immune mechanisms driving variable manifestations of CNS TB. In the Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit we have access to unique clinical samples and strong laboratory infrastructure (in collaboration with Human Biology). This project aims to define the disease gene expression profiles associated with different CNS TB phenotypes in children using single cell RNA sequencing, multiplexing, and flow cytometry in tissue and CSF.

    Conditions: The successful incumbent will be required to register for full-time study and must comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postgraduate sector. Successful candidates may not hold scholarships and salaried/full-time employment concurrently but will be permitted to take up part-time employment (specified maximum hours per week). The candidate will be required to work flexible hours and should have reliable independent transport.

    Value and tenure: Funding to the value of R 270 000 is available to the successful applicant. Running costs will be funded through the PIs’ funding. For committed students there will be opportunities and support for travelling and engaging with international groups.

    Academic criteria: Students from biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply. This is a translational study involving a mixture of laboratory and hospital bedside work. Applicants should be South African citizens or already hold a valid student visa for South Africa. Only candidates with a master’s degree in biomedical science or related field are eligible to apply. It is preferable for students to have a background in TB and/or molecular biology benchwork and to have experience working with tissue biospecimens.

    Application requirements and selection process: Please send through a letter of application stating your areas of expertise and research interests as well as a full CV, copies of academic transcripts, and the names of 2 contactable referees. Eligible and complete applications will be considered by a selection committee within ABC and Human Biology.

    Closing date for applications: This position is available to commence as soon as possible.
    Contact details for submission of applications and for enquiries: Please send all applications to Miss Devin Van de Laar at dr.vandelaar@uct.ac.za.

  • IBRO Travel Grants (if you're attending SFN take note)

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    The IBRO Travel Grant program aims to foster neuroscience research by providing support to early-career Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows from diverse geographical and scientific areas who wish to participate in international neuroscience meetings and events taking place between July and December, 2024.

    Applications open 1 April

    more info here

  • PhD-Fellowship Opportunity in The Experimental Tuberculosis and Immunology Research Group

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    Applications are invited from qualified students to become part of an exciting new research venture!

    Here is an opportunity to study towards a PhD in The Experimental Tuberculosis and Immunology Research Group. The project on offer is part of a larger NIH funded study and will investigate immune regulatory mechanisms associated with central nervous system tuberculosis using both culture and mouse models. The project will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to become proficient in several methodologies which include the application of mice as models of infection, transcriptomics, the application of specific bioinformatic tools, flowcytometry, immunological assays, and imaging amongst others. Studies will be conducted in a stimulating research environment and the candidate will become part of an established team where members from different research disciplines interact and collaborate.         

    If you meet the following criteria, you are strongly encouraged to apply!

    • An MSc in Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Neuroscience, Infectious Disease or a related field.  Alternatively, the applicant should have obtained and MBChB or equivalent qualification.
    • Experience working with models of infectious disease in a research laboratory will be an advantage but is not a requirement.
    • Experience working in a Biosafety level 3 laboratory will be an advantage but is not a requirement.
    • Experience in Bioinformatics will be an advantage but is not a requirement.
    • Evidence of publications/research output will be an advantage but is not a requirement.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively. English language proficiency and writing skills are required.
    • Must be able to work well in a team.
    • Must be able to work independently, under pressure, and meet deadlines.
    • Must have good organizational skills.
  • BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (2 opportunities)

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  • IBRO Diversity Grants

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    The IBRO Diversity Grants program awards neuroscience societies or event organizers from the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Latin-American and Pan-European regions with grants for activities or events that promote regional and gender diversity in neuroscience.

    Eligible applicants should:

    • address the specific needs for diversity in neuroscience in their country
    • provide a detailed activity description, including a comprehensive list of members on the event organizing committee
    • attach a copy of the event program
    Grant Timeline
    • The proposed event must take place within 2024.
    • The required grant report should be submitted no later than 3 months following the conclusion of the proposed event. Reports should include the number and proportion of diverse plenary lecturers, symposium speakers, session chairs and participants

    Value of the award: 3000 EUR

    more info here

  • IBRO Exchange Fellowships 2024

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    This grant program is designated for covering travel and local expenses throughout the exchange period. Priority will be given to applicants from less developed and under-funded countries, in combination with efforts to ensure both gender and regional diversity.

    Fellowship Specifications:

    • The fellowship must
      • be international (i.e. the host laboratory should be located in a different country from the home laboratory)
      • begin in 2024
      • be completed before June, 2025
    • The required grant report should be submitted no later than 3 months following the conclusion of the exchange.
    • Funds will transferred according to an 80:20 format, meaning 80% of the grant will be awarded two months prior to the start date of the exchange, and the remaining 20% upon completion of exchange and submission of the required grant report.
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    Who Can Apply?

    PhD neuroscience students

    Early career postdoctoral fellows (maximum 5 years from the start of the postdoc)

    A letter of acceptance from the hosting laboratory is mandatory. Moreover, one reference letter is a minimum requirement. However, providing two references is highly encouraged for a more thorough assessment. In addition, the applicants should clearly explain how the knowledge and skills acquired during the proposed exchange will be used to advance research within their home laboratory.

    More info here

  • Simons Foundation 2025 Class of Pivot Fellows

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    The Simons Foundation and Simons Foundation International are now accepting applications for the next class of Pivot Fellows. The program provides funding for today’s brightest minds to apply their talent and expertise to a new field in mathematics or the natural sciences.

    Pivot Fellows receive support for one year of mentored training in their new discipline, followed by the opportunity to apply for up to three years of research funding in their new field. Successful applicants will have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field and a deep interest, curiosity and drive to contribute to a new discipline.

    The most recent class of fellows includes a theoretical physicist transitioning to working on deep learning problems in AI, a materials scientist applying her skills to bioengineering and a marine biologist switching her focus from animals to plants, soils and microorganisms.

    The program is open to faculty in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, data science and computer science at academic institutions or equivalent positions elsewhere. The fellowships provide salary support and research, travel and professional development funding. In addition, mentors will receive a $50,000 research fund. In addition, mentors will receive a $50,000 research fund. At the end of the fellowship year, fellows will be invited to apply for a research award in the new field for up to $1.5 million over three years.

    The fellowships will be funded by the Simons Foundation and Simons Foundation International and administered by the Simons Foundation.

    The deadline for submissions is May 15. For more information and to apply, visit the program’s web page.

  • Wellcome Early Career Awards

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    The Wellcome Early Career Awards from the Wellcome Trust enable researchers working on human life, health and wellbeing from the perspective of any discipline, to develop their own research identity and at the end of the Award to lead their own research group. There are no citizenship restrictions but researchers must have sponsorship from eligible research institutions in the UK, Ireland or low-or-middle income countries (except for China and India). Applicants must have completed a PhD or have 4 years of equivalent research experience, and up to 3 years of postdoctoral experience. The Award provides funding for up to 5 years, which includes the applicant´s salary and up to 400,000 GBP for research expenses and may include institutional indirect costs/overheads. 

    The next applications close on May 21, 2024.

    more info here

  • Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2024 - call for awards

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    The Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2024 is supported by the Falling Walls Foundation to recognize scientific breakthroughs that have made a substantial impact on understanding and resolving global challenges affecting societies. The nominees should have made substantial contributions in the following subject areas: 

    • Engineering & Technology
    • Social Sciences & Humanities
    • Art & Science
    • Science & Innovation Management
    • Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab)
    • Science Start-ups (Falling Walls Venture)
    • Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage)
    • New in 2024: Women’s* Impact Award (Female Science Talents)

    Self-nominations are allowed. The Winners will be invited to present their projects on stage at the Falling Walls Science Summit on November 9, 2024 in Berlin, Germany. Invited researchers will have an opportunity to establish a strong professional network with internationally recognized, top decision-makers, innovators, and emerging talents from different disciplines. 

    The nomination deadline has been extended to May 1, 2024.

    More info here

  • Dr Sam Berman Award – a conference and travel scholarship for early-career clinical trainees in the neuro-disciplines

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    The Dr Sam Berman Award – a conference and travel scholarship for early-career clinical trainees in the neuro-disciplines. The purpose of the award is to invest in the career development of clinical trainees through promoting collaboration and attendance to conferences around the world.

    Eligibility and selection criteria

    Applicants must be neuro-specialists in training, members of the Neuroscience Institute, and hold an MBChB or equivalent degree.

    The applicant is expected to attend a conference between May – December 2024. No retrospective proposals will be considered.

    The most deserving applicant will be determined by a panel of no less than 3 senior academics.

    Candidates will be ranked based on their personal letter of motivation, academic excellence, the conference they propose to attend, and how this relates to the research priorities of the institute.

    Application procedure

    Applicants must e-mail their proposal as a single pdf to Jacquie Bracher (j.bracher@uct.ac.za) no later than close of business, Monday 15 April 2024, including:

    • -  a letter of motivation including the name and dates of the conference they wish to attend

    • -  conference abstract

    • -  a curriculum vitae;

    • -  a letter of recommendation from their mentor; and

    • -  an estimate of expenses with supporting quotations to a maximum of ZAR50,000.00, no excess will be granted.

      The adjudication outcome will be announced by the end of April 2024.

  • L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (South Africa)

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    The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (South Africa) Program recognizes early career women researchers in South Africa in formal sciences, life sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, engineering and technological sciences. The program will recognize 3 research grants for doctoral students and 3 research for postdoctoral candidates. All candidates must be South African nationals. PhD students must be enrolled in at least the second year of their studies at a South African university. Postdoctoral candidates must be conducting research in a research laboratory or an institution in one of the 9 provinces. The program provides training in leadership, management, negotiation and communication. Doctoral students also receive 80,000 ZAR and postdoctoral candidates 160,000 ZAR.

    more info

  • NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship

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    The UK-based National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is launching a new annual Global Advanced Fellowship scheme, aimed at postdoctoral researchers at all levels. The scheme aims to create a sustainable pathway to research leadership for global health researchers working in Low- and Middle-income countries (LMIC) and the UK. The Global Advanced Fellowship scheme will support any field of applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in.

    Eligibility: To be eligible for an NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship you must:

    • Hold a relevant PhD or postgraduate medical research degree, or have submitted your thesis for examination at the time of application. You must have been awarded your PhD or postgraduate medical research degree by the time you attend interview.

    • Not already hold a Professorship/Chair at the point of application.

    • For clinical applications: have completed relevant pre-registration training.

    • Be employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute in a LMIC or a HEI in the UK

    • Be conducting research that directly and primarily benefit patients and the public in countries on the OECD DAC list.

    Award details:

    • Up to £750,000 funding towards the salary costs of the individual, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme.

    • Project duration of 2 to 5 years Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) in duration and may be taken up on a part-time basis between 50% and 100% WTE.

    Please refer to the guidance notes for more information.

  • Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call 2024

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    The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for strategic research related computer equipment and software items (including implementation support e.g., specialised computing services) that are not covered in the conventional way by Faculty IT Equipment Committees. The ACC considers applications for medium-sized computer related hardware and software items of R50 000 to R750 000, as well as large items of R750,000 or more, however, applications for funding for large items must form part of a coordinated effort across departments/faculties and include one or more of the following: eResearch, ICTS, Big Data research facility.

    Eligibility: UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:

    • Permanent academic staff

    • Joint PGWC/UCT academic staff in Health Sciences on UCT Conditions of Service (excluding registrars)

    • Contract staff on academic conditions T2, with a co-applicant from one of the above categories

    Application form

  • UEC Research Equipment Call - 2024

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    Faculty-prioritised Large Equipment Grants

    The University Equipment Committee seeks to advance, extend, and support the research equipment infrastructure of UCT in concert with the research strategies of UCT, the faculties and departments. Equipment may be defined as a facility or system that is used for research purposes and that provides experimental, analytical, processing, testing, measurement, storing, housing, preparation, performative or recording capabilities. The UEC considers applications for funding of either single, or multiple items of equipment which together constitute a coherent unit. When dealing with an application which features multiple items, the UEC shall consider the coherence of the system being requested and may thus exclude applications which feature distinctly independent items. When dealing with applications that include computing facilities or software, the UEC shall consider the necessity of the items to drive or operate a coherent facility.

    Eligibility: UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:

    • Permanent academic staff

    • Academic staff on T2 contracts of at least 5 years

    • Joint PGWC/UCT academic staff in Health Sciences on UCT Conditions of Service (excluding registrars).

  • Neuromatch Academy Online Courses

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    3-week Courses (July 8-26, 2024):

    • Computational Neuroscience: Explore the intricacies of the brain's computational processes and join an engaging community of learners.

    • Deep Learning: Delve into the world of artificial intelligence to uncover the principles and applications of deep learning.

    2-week Courses (July 15-26, 2024):

    • Computational Tools for Climate Science: Uncover the tools and techniques driving climate science research in this dynamic two-week course.

    • NeuroAI (Inaugural Year!): Be part of history as we launch our first-ever NeuroAI course, designed to explore the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence.

    Key Dates:

    • Student Applications Close: Sunday, March 31st, midnight in the last time zone on Earth

    • Ta Applications Close: Sunday, March 24th, midnight in the last time zone on Earth

    Application Link: Apply on Neuromatch Academy

    Additional Information:

    • All courses will be conducted exclusively online, providing flexibility and accessibility.

    • Detailed information about course fees can be found here.

    • Teaching Assistants will lead small groups of students, fostering collaborative learning.

    • TA positions offer financial compensation; detailed rates can be found here.

    Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your knowledge, connect with experts in the field, and contribute to the success of our courses. Apply today and join us on a journey of discovery!