As part of their Human Resources Strategy, universities
have been tasked by the Funding Councils with devising and
implementing a mechanism for identifying and supporting members of
staff who are at the start of their research career.
The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June
2013. Any questions please email Elora Marston - email@example.com or ring 01902
In order to help you develop your ERAS
fellowship application, you may wish to attend the short advice and
You are invited to attend this year's New Researchers'
Conference on Wednesday, 12th June 2013. This
conference will combine presentations from the Early Researchers
Award Scheme as well as the Research Student Poster Exhibition
& Competition. Follow the link above for and more information
about the day and to book your place.
There are two elements to our scheme:
Anyone in the University who can demonstrate that they are at
postdoctoral level now and normally that they attained this
level within the last 5 years.
Normally such evidence would include:
‘Early researcher’ is interpreted here as ‘at the beginning of a
postdoctoral career’, and does not correlate to chronological age
of the applicant. There is no maximum age limit.
Please note: If you have received the ERAS
award before you are not eligible to apply a second
As part of the application process, you will need to ensure that
your line manager is aware of your application and supportive of
it. If you are engaged with one of the University’s Research
Institutes, you should also secure the support and signature of the
A review panel will assess the applications according to the
quality and viability of the individual proposal, and a decision
will be made from there. The panel does not intend to interview
applicants, although it reserves the right to do so.
The panel is scheduled to meet on Tuesday 9th July
2013 and will inform you of their decision by
Friday 12th July 2013.
As part of your application we ask that you
'please provide the name of an individual who has agreed to
act as your ERAS mentor'. We would like to keep the
mentoring informal for ERAS so we have left it up to individuals to
approach someone personally. Ideally you should select
someone who is an experienced or active researcher within a
discipline that doesn't have to be the same but at least
compliments your own. Your mentor needs to be someone who can give
you constructive feedback on your research.
They should also be willing to and have time
to meet or correspond with you but how often and to what extent
will need to be agreed between yourselves.
If you have any questions please contact
Debra Cureton, the
University Mentoring Coordinator and she can advise with you
You will be given a budget of up to £5000 to support the
completion of your project. You will be asked to provide an
overview indication of how you would intend to spend the money as
part of your application. ‘New Starters’ at the University will be
able to use their allocation of time to participate in this
programme and will still receive the funds to use in support of
other aspects of their research programme such as data gathering
and analysis, research visits, etc.
Normally, you may use your budget to cover research costs such
as field work, research/library visits, consumables, research
assistant time and specialist conference attendance (beyond that
which would be supported through normal School procedures). You may
also use your budget to provide teaching support through VL cover,
in which case you should use rates (from UW9 point 32 to 38) per
‘teaching hour’ (i.e., one hour class contact plus one hour
preparation/marking). Remember to factor in overheads, on-costs and
any holiday entitlement. You should be able to obtain details from
your School Manager or Finance Office. Because of recent changes in
employment law relating to VLs and because of new procedures
operating at University level, you must have your line-manager’s
express approval for any proposed VL cover.
Because of the need to plan for maintenance and replacement
costs, your budget cannot normally be used to purchase
Yes. On your part, you undertake to deliver the project outcomes
within budget and on time. You also undertake to participate fully
in the support programme. You should be aware that it will not be
possible to defer either the uptake of the award or completion of
it (apart from reasons of maternity or extended sick leave), and
that the ERAS fellowship therefore represents a firm commitment. If
you leave the University within 2 years of completion of the
programme, the University reserves the right to reclaim all or part
of its investment (in accordance with standard University
You must be available to attend the mandatory
ERAS Induction scheduled for Monday 23rd September
2013 from 1230 till 1630 and 5 other sessions and events
spread across the year:
On our part, we undertake to honour your commitment to the
programme so that you are fully able to complete it satisfactorily.
We will endeavour to provide a genuinely valuable support programme
that is tailored to meet the needs of the group as far as
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