AWRN Kick Start Funding Scheme


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Launch of Kick Start Funding Scheme!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Kick Start Funding Scheme. This award aims to drive forward novel animal welfare research ideas (e.g. by supporting pilot data collection) that lead to future grant applications (e.g. to UKRI or Innovate). It aims to enhance the career development and research skills of future PIs and promote high quality animal welfare grants.

We can fund up to three Kick-Start projects this year, with up to £7,000 per project. One of the projects will be ring-fenced for an Early Career Researcher, who may for example be aiming to write a Fellowship application. Inter-disciplinarity and collaboration with relevant experts in other fields are encouraged. To ensure that these projects are relevant to stakeholders, we are particularly keen to fund projects where researchers are collaborating with industry or charity partners and co-funding and/or in-kind support are offered.

All projects funded under this scheme will be expected to generate a future grant application, ideally to a UKRI funder, and to produce a summary report detailing outcomes from the award for the funding body. They may also be invited to present their findings at the AWRN Annual Meeting, thus inspiring others to submit applications in future rounds. 

If you want to apply there are two key documents you need:

1) Guidelines 
Please read the whole document before deciding whether to apply:
Link to Guidelines

2) Application Form 
Please ensure you complete all the sections:
Link to Application Form

We have brought forward the deadline for this funding to midnight on Tuesday 7th February 2023. We are aware that this reduces the time for writing proposal but  given the BBSRC Spotlight on Animal Welfare we wanted to make it feasible for applicants to convert any findings into BBSRC applications for the September deadline. 

If you have any questions about the Kick Start Funding Scheme or anything else to do with the AWRN, then please get in touch: Link to e-mail Poppy