CAMS Fellowship Call 2021

The Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (ACTF) and Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS) are pleased to announce this year’s CAMS Fellowship Call.

The ACTF-CAMS partnership provides funding for a range of initiatives to support the development of analytical measurement science talent. In this year’s call up to 5 CAMS Fellowships, funded by the ACTF, will assist early career analytical chemists establish a research identity. Applicants should be within 5 years of their first junior academic appointment at a UK or Irish higher education institute.

One-off Fellowship awards of up to £30K are to be used to advance the purpose and career of the Fellow, whilst being in-keeping with the objectives of both the ACTF and CAMS.

Further information about the call and the application process can be found here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4xnI2WLfBMKUw59-8WjNzDVpRaNTddMscAQqjuPjB3oyurg/viewform and on the RSC Analytical Division website.

Applications must be completed and submitted via the online form by 15:00HRS on Friday 17 September 2021.

Please contact Dr Ruth Hearn, ACTF Administrator, at ruth@rhearn.net with any queries.

Call Details

Purpose & Criteria of CAMS Fellowship

The ACTF-CAMS partnership provides funding for a range of initiatives to support the development of analytical measurement science talent. The objective of the ACTF is to promote, assist and extend the science and study of analytical chemistry and of all questions relating to the analysis, nature and composition of natural and manufactured materials for the benefit of the public. CAMS is an industry-led initiative aimed at promoting world-class analytical measurement science training, research and innovation.

In this year’s call, up to 5 CAMS Fellowships, funded by the ACTF, will assist early career analytical chemists establish a research identity. Applicants should be within 5 years of their first junior academic appointment at a UK or Irish higher education institute.

One-off Fellowship awards of up to £30K are to be used in any way that advances the purpose of the Fellow; including but not limited to:
• co-funding of PhD studentship
• a 3-to-6 month sabbatical
• buy-out from teaching commitments
• purchase of equipment or materials
• visit(s) to UK, Irish or overseas laboratory(ies)
• purchase of time on third party facilities
• public engagement and schools, including training in communication
• fieldwork
• hosting visiting researcher(s) of acknowledged standing
• establishing a research network

NOTE: Registration fees or overhead costs will not be paid.

Applications should be in-keeping with to the objectives of ACTF and CAMS – further information about CAMS and its 4 research themes (point of use sensors and photonics; novel instrumentation or technique; data analytics and complex mixtures, separations and detection) can be found on this website https://cams-uk.co.uk.

Who is Eligible?

Early career and outstanding Analytical Chemists within 5 years of their first independent junior academic appointment at a UK or Irish HEI are eligible to apply to this funding call. For the avoidance of doubt, this means applicants should have started their first appointment no earlier than September 2016. PhD students, or those holding a temporary post-doctoral position, are not eligible to apply to this funding call.

There are no restrictions on age or nationality, but a Fellow must normally be resident in the UK or Ireland. Only one application per person will be considered.

Recipients of other CAMS or ACTF awards are still eligible to apply, although any over-lap of existing awards should be detailed in the application.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who wish to re-establish themselves after a career break or other period of absence from active research, as well as those working part-time.

Application Content & Format

Applications must be completed and submitted via this online form by 15:00HRS on Friday 17 September 2021 - please note that responses may continue to be edited after submission up until this time.

As a minimum, applications must detail:
• The start and end dates of the Fellowship
• Aim(s) and objective(s) of the Fellowship
• How time will be spent
• Deliverables and benefits
• Impact on the UK and/or Irish analytical chemistry community and industry
• Medium to long term professional development of the Fellow
• How and when money will be spent; salaries, consumables, equipment, subsistence, travel (by economy class: including visas, insurance etc), teaching buy-out and other expenses
• A statement outlining how the Work Programme is compliant with the best standards of ethical practice

Assessment of Applications

Applications will be assessed by a minimum of 3 professional analytical chemists from the ACTF and/or CAMS. Each application shall be evaluated by at least 1x academic and 1x industry expert. The 5 highest scoring applications will be selected to receive a CAMS Fellowship, noting ACTF and CAMS reserve the right to make no Fellowship award if applications do not meet the required standard.

In maker its decision, only information provided by applicants within their application to this call shall be considered.

In support of both CAMS and ACTF's commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, applications shall be anonymised during the initial stages of the evaluation process, where a proposal's scientific merit, impact and benefit shall be considered. Applicants are therefore encouraged to support the ‘blind’ evaluation of responses to Questions 3, 5, 6 and 8 and not provide information within their answers to these questions that would identify themselves.

Finances

A Fellowship is valued up to £30,000 or Euro equivalent, and will not exceed £30,000 under any circumstances. Fellowship grants are exempt from VAT.

Payment will be made by BACS to the Fellow’s Home Institution up to one month before the start date of the Fellowship upon receipt of the Fellow’s Home Institution’s invoice by the ACTF Administrator. The Fellow’s Home Institution will be responsible for disbursement of funds to the Fellow.

Registration fees or overhead costs will not be paid. Fellows are responsible for their own work permits, visas, immigration clearance, travel and accommodation arrangements, insurance of their travel costs, personal belongings and medical requirements. In consultation with the ACTF Administrator, Fellows may be permitted to move money between expenditure categories during the course of their Fellowship.

Other Benefits

Recipients (the individual) of CAMS Fellowships will automatically receive Awardee Membership to the CAMS Network and have access to the following benefits for the duration of the award:
• Invite to attend and present/exhibit at annual CAMS conference
• Promotion of work and highlighting institution’s skills/expertise via CAMS website and social media channels
• Engagement with CAMS Industry and Academic members via facilitated webinars
• Access to CAMS network resources including webinars, best practice guides, showcase events and education

Call Timetable