The Research Trust (RIDT) and the Malta Neuroscience Network (MNN) would like to inform that the deadline for submission of proposals under the scheme 'Call for proposals: Brain Research Projects 2016' is being extended to Monday 19 December.
All other conditions related to this call will remain unchanged.
The Malta Neuroscience Network (MNN) and the University of Malta Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT), announce the first call for proposals for funding of small projects in brain research within the University of Malta. The awarding of the grants will be made following an evaluation process.
- feasibility studies for larger projects
- small, self-contained research projects
- partial cover of bench fees for Masters and PhD students
- consumables related to existing projects, but exclude the procurement of equipment
- Grants can range between €1,000 and €5,000 per application selected.
- The project duration should not exceed 12 months.
A specific proposal including
- a title
- an abstract (no more than 200 words; in scientific style)
- a detailed description of the project (no more than 2,000 words, excluding references)
- figures and tables (if your application requires figures and/or tables for explanatory purposes, these should not exceed a single A4 page)
- timeline and milestones (please present a timeline for the various stages of your project, highlighting key milestones and when you expect these to be achieved)
- In your detailed description of the proposal, please include (1) the background to the proposal, (2) the specific aims of the research including a clear statement of your hypothesis, and (3) the plan and methodology of research including sample size calculations and intended statistical analysis if required. Your plan and methodology are the most important of these in terms of our assessment, so be sure to describe them in sufficient detail. Please use no more than 30 references
- CVs for researcher(s) involved in the project.
- The scheme is open to all academics of the University of Malta.
- Applicants can only receive one grant under this specific call.
- Projects that are either already completed or with less of 1 year until completion at the start of the application deadline cannot be considered for funding under this scheme.
- Awards will take into consideration the relevance of the work proposed, the quality of work to be anticipated and the interdisciplinary of the project.
- Grants cannot be used to support standalone meetings, conferences or workshops.
- At any time, an individual researcher may be named on a maximum of two active project grants.
The evaluation process will rank the projects primarily on their scientific excellence, their impact and applicability and the quality and the rigor scale of the proposal, including clear deliverables and sustainability of budget. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
Given that one of the main donors of these funds had made a clear request to fund research in the areas of depression and of epilepsy, the evaluation panel will strive to satisfy this request should there be proposals in these areas.
The decision of the Scientific Advisory Committee is final.
All research proposals are treated as strictly confidential throughout the application process.