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BBSRC launches 2013 fellowships for early-career researchers

BBSRC launches 2013 fellowships for early career researchers - 17 July 2013. iStockphoto

BBSRC has today launched its annual David Phillips fellowships alongside two early-career fellowships from BBSRC and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

David Phillips Fellowships support promising early-career researchers working in any area of BBSRC-supported science with a personal salary and research support grant.

Applications from researchers working in the areas of BBSRC's strategic priorities or on science that will underpin the knowledge based bioeconomy are particularly encouraged. This includes scientists working on bioenergy, industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology.

An evaluation of the David Phillips fellowship scheme published in September 2011 found that fellows produced excellent research that often delivers economic and societal impacts.

The five-year BBSRC-FSA fellowships will fund two early-career fellowships in food safety to enable excellent early-career scientists to pursue research to help provide safe food for all.

For example this might involve research to combat food-borne diseases such as Listeria, VTEC, Norovirus and Campylobacter, or research on any emerging issues that affect food safety.

The fellows will also work closely with FSA to apply their research expertise to helping to ensure food safety through improved policy.

Scientists can apply for David Phillips Fellowships and BBSRC-FSA Fellowships from today by visiting www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/fellowships/david-phillips.aspx

Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Director, Innovation and Skills, said "Supporting the best early-career researchers through these David Phillips Fellowships enables them to develop as independent scientists and research leaders, which is essential for our strategy to deliver world-class bioscience which will bring benefits to society and the economy.

"We are particularly pleased to be nurturing talent in all areas of science that BBSRC funds, including food safety, where we are delighted to be working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to offer additional support for excellent early-career researchers in this area.

"BBSRC is very keen to support researchers who can build on the strength of UK knowledge-based bioeconomy helping to deliver growth through sustainable solutions to the energy and materials challenges that we face."

Andrew Wadge, Chief Scientist at the Food Standards Agency, said "The FSA is delighted to be working in partnership with the BBSRC to offer these fellowships. I believe that supporting the development of high quality, early-career researchers to tackle the challenging problems arising in food safety science will be of real benefit to the FSA for the future. One of the FSA's core principles is being science and evidence based and I am looking forward to the successful applicants making a significant contribution towards that."

BBSRC and FSA are both members of the Global Food Security Partnership.