Funding

MASTS is involved in a number of funding mechanisms. See below for details.

MASTS is also responsible for the procurement of research from Higher Education Institutes for the Centre of Expertise for Waters

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As we start to emerge from lockdown we are keen to offer £5,000 seed corn funding to support and kick start MASTS Forum related initiatives and, in particular, cross forum activities and projects:

  • Are there areas of interdisciplinarity that you would like to explore?
  • Do you have a specific Forum related seed corn projects that could lay the foundation for future work?
  • Would some additional funding help you to promote your research to the general public and marginalised groups in particular?
  • Are there targeted pieces of research that could be used to inform and influence policy makers?
  • Would some seed corn funds help you engage with industry with a view to future collaboration?

Please submit your application on the following form by email to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk by 1700 on 20/04/2021.

Proposals will be assessed by a MASTS Review panel and must show links to the relevant MASTS Fora. The outcome of the proposal review process will be announced by end of April.

All projects must start by no later than 1st June 2021. 

You must be a PhD student or employee of a MASTS member institution to apply.

Queries can be submitted to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk

Individuals from MASTS funded HEIs are invited to submit a funding application to offset non-recoverable costs involved in engagement with international research and innovation funding opportunities or wider international collaborations. Examples of activity might include establishing network connections, showcasing skills and capabilities and participating in specific networking activities both for policy influencing and project preparation.

MIRI awards are only available to MASTS HEI members. PhD students are not eligible to apply, but are encouraged to work with their supervisors if they are interested in this call. Where appropriate applicants are encouraged to engage with Scottish SME’s. 

Each MIRI application can be for a maximum of £5,000. In some cases, 50% will be paid during the preparatory phase, with the remaining 50% of the funds requested being paid upon confirmation that the application has been successfully submitted. The sum can be used to assist in the development of MASTS consortia.

Eligible costs may include: 1) all additional costs incurred as a result of engagement in the application process including staff time/services employed specifically for that purpose; 2) travel and subsistence costs for the staff of partner institutions (calculated at the rates normally applied by the institution); 3) modest incidental costs of staging events; or 4) paying for additional administrative assistance to support Principal Investigators in developing applications The funding must not be used for travel and subsistence costs for partner organisations or businesses, or general overhead expenses. We reserve the right to claw back funds should the grant not be used in accordance with these T&Cs.

MIRI applications may be submitted to the MASTS Directorate by email to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk at anytime before Friday 28th May 2021. Queries about the call can also be submitted to this email address.

Funds must be spent by the end of 2021. Applications should be submitted on the MIRI application form.

 

In recognition that MASTS members are invited to participate in various national and international working groups and committees to provide strategically important contributions we are offering to contribute financial support, where this is not already provided.

This support is principally designed to help offset necessary travel and subsistence costs, but may also cover other justifiable unrecoverable costs (excluding salary).

These awards will be allocated based on need, and recipients will need to submit information regarding their role in the group, expected time input and number of meetings.

Although we would not expect formal reporting, we may request that the recipient of these funds provide a brief update on their role and highlight any salient points that may be of relevance to the MASTS community and, in particular the relevant MASTS Fora.

Recipients will be required to acknowledge MASTS support for their participation.

Up to £500 pa will be available based on declaration of actual T&S and incidental costs for those participating in working groups or equivalent strategic bodies. Up to £1,000 pa will be available for those engaged in leading or chairing groups where there is also likely to be a significant time input required. Only one application per person within a 12 month period will be supported and applicants will be required to reapply for subsequent allocations.

Please be aware that the funds available are limited and given the nature of the roles envisaged, we will assess applications as they are received. Once the funding has been committed, we will be unable to support further applications.

Applications may be submitted to the MASTS Directorate by email to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk at any time before Friday 28th May 2021. Queries about the call can also be submitted to this email address.

To apply for this funding please complete the application form found here.

MASTS are members of the PRIMaRE network, so MASTS members are eligible to apply for their fnding schemes. Applications for PRIMaRE external funding opportunities can now be submitted at any time and will be processed on a rolling basis by a review panel.

There are currently four categories of funding available:

  • Short Research Visits (SRVs)
  • Early Career Researcher Travel grants (ECR-TG)
  • Overseas Collaborators to Visit PRIMaRE Partners (OCVP)
  • PRIMaRE Partners to Visit Overseas Collaborators (PVCP)

Please note that the funding limit for the ECR-TG category has been relaxed, and will now typically fund UK travel for 1 person for 1 - 3 days. For more information including eligibility and how to apply for these opportunities please visit the PRIMaRE website

It is important that all MASTS support is properly acknowledged and the following form of words should be used.

Non-direct financial support 
(in kind support, shared equipment, cooperative links etc): "The authors acknowledge the support of the MASTS pooling initiative (The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) in the completion of this study. MASTS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (grant reference HR09011) and contributing institutions".

Direct financial support 
(MASTS staff or students involved, travel funds and other direct support): "This work received funding from the MASTS pooling initiative (The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) and their support is gratefully acknowledged. MASTS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (grant reference HR09011) and contributing institutions".

One Ocean Hub has initiated the ‘Deep Emotional Engagement Programme (DEEP) Fund’ to commission artistic responses that capture connections with the sea and extend local creative economies. The Hub currently invites proposals to the second round of the DEEP Fund and welcomes applications for cultural heritage and/or art-based projects in Namibia, Ghana, Solomon Islands and Fiji. The format of projects is entirely open, including, but not limited to: visual art, performing art, music, sound art, dance, filmmaking, animation, digital art, fashion, literature, poetry, spoken word, craft, indigenous knowledge and customary practices. Available project funding ranges between £5,000 and £20,000.

Closed 26th March 2021

More information

Purpose

Amid the challenges of global and climate change, where the need for high-resolution and high-replication of measurements and samples is pressing, it is more important than ever to identify areas of research and development where members of the MASTS community can exploit their wealth of expertise in Technology and Technical innovation.

Tell us how £1000 could enhance an area of marine technology or technical innovation. Other ideas are welcomed, but examples of areas for which funds may be provided include specialist equipment purchase/hire; analyses; ad hoc assistance; internships; access to data; or requests to host workshops, hackathons or other technology and/or data-orientated events.

Closed: 17:00 on Monday 29th March 2021 before the online workshop “EXPLORING and EXPANDING THE “T” in MASTS” on 22 April 2021.

 

Amount of Award

Up to £1,000 per award will be available based on declaration of actual costs. The funds requested are to be spent no later than 31st October 2021. The funds can only be used to pay for new work and should not duplicate funds allocated from other sources.

 

Conditions of Award

Recipients of funds will be required to provide a brief account of the way that the funds have been used, and this report must be delivered within one month of the completion of the funded activity.

To apply, you must be a postgrad student or employee of the following institutions: Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling, St Andrews, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, Edinburgh Napier, UHI, SAMS, Dundee, Edinburgh & West of Scotland. MASTS members also include Marine Scotland, NatureScot, British Geological Survey, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committee & St Abbs Marine Station.

Recipients will be required to acknowledge MASTS support for their participation.

Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECRE)

***This grant scheme is currently unavailable. We await news from the SFC with regards to further funding becoming avaialble for this scheme.***

The main purpose of this funding is to support postdoctoral and early career researcher* exchanges with Europe, North America, China and India. Each exchange must be for a minimum of one month. Individuals from MASTS funded Institutions are invited to submit a funding application for eligible costs (restricted to economy travel and subsistence). 

Each PECRE application can be for a maximum of £7,500. Eligible costs are restricted to economy travel and subsistence at the agreed institutional rate. PECRE awards are only available to MASTS HEI members.

The costs of the research are not eligible. The funding must not be used for attendance at conferences, training seminars and the like.

PECRE applications may be submitted to the MASTS Directorate at anytime on masts@st-andrews.ac.uk.

PECRE Application Form (Word doc).

*Definition of an early career researcher: "a postgraduate (doctoral) student OR a postdoctoral researcher early in their career. 'Early' in the latter case should be read to be consistent with the REF usage: someone who first undertook independent research within the last four years or so"

Selection criteria will include:

  • evidence of the ability of the candidate (output, leadership);
  • likely benefits to the research of the candidate (new skills, techniques likely to be acquired) as a result of the exchange;
  • likely benefits to the longer term career of the Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher as a result of the exchange;
  • evidence of wider benefits to MASTS as a result of the exchange; and
  • prospects of sustained collaboration as a result of the exchange.

View information and short reports from successful applications to this scheme.

 

Definition of independent researcher: An individual who undertakes self-directed research, rather than carrying out another individual ‘s research programme.  Includes postdoctoral staff who are:

  • Leading or acting as principal investigator or equivalent on an externally funded research project
  • Holding an independently won, competitively awarded fellowship where research independence is a requirement (illustrative list on www.ref.ac.uk )
  • Acting as a co-investigator on an externally funded research project (e.g. leading a work package or equivalent)
  • Leading a research group or substantial work package
  • Significant input into the design, conduct and interpretation of the research
Small Grants Scheme

***This grant scheme is currently closed***

The MASTS Small Grants Scheme has the capacity to allocate small amounts of funding to support requests from members of the MASTS community.

Applications for funds are invited from the MASTS community. Applications (application form) for the Small Grants Scheme should be submitted to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk before 16.00 on Xday Xth MONTH YEAR. A decision regarding funding can be expected within 8 weeks, so please bear this in mind for your start dates. Anyone with outstanding reports for MASTS Grant Schemes is not eligible to apply.

Examples of areas for which funds (up to a maximum of £500) may be provided include: travel/conference expenses, specialist equipment purchase/hire, analyses, ad hoc assistance, access to data etc. The MASTS Small Grants Scheme will also consider requests to host workshops (up to a maximum of £1k). Preference will be given to applicants able to demonstrate additionality - having sourced some funds from elsewhere (non-MASTS). Recipients of funds will be required to provide a brief account of the way that the funds have been used, and this report must be delivered within one month of the completion of the funded activity. Where appropriate MASTS may request an article for a newsletter, talk at the ASM, webinar etc.

To apply, you must be a postgrad student or employee of the following institutions: Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling, St Andrews, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, Edinburgh Napier, UHI, SAMS, Dundee, Edinburgh & West of Scotland. MASTS members also include Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, British Geological Survey, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committe & St Abbs Marine Station.

See Small Grant Scheme Reports

Feedback: The assessment of proposals submitted to the SGS scheme is based on a simple scoring system and will be assessed by two or more independent reviewers. The proposals are then ranked and those that are above the cut off ranking are funded (where funds allow). Due to the relatively small sums of money involved, the reviewers are not asked to provide lengthy textural justification or feedback following the ranking. The Directorate are therefore not able to provide the type of feedback that may be supplied by much larger funding schemes.

 

Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER)

***This grant scheme is currently unavailable. We await news from the SFC with regards to further funding becoming avaialble for this scheme.***

Individuals from MASTS funded Institutions are invited to submit a funding application to offset non-recoverable costs involved in engagement with the Framework Programme process, for example through establishing network connections, showcasing skills and capabilities and participating in specific networking activities both for policy influencing and project preparation. These types of activities are at an earlier stage of engagement with the EU Framework process than development of individual proposals and may not lend themselves to direct SME involvement, however, SME engagement remains a priority for this funding and proposers are encouraged to consider the potential for both involving Scottish SMEs and representing their own interests whenever possible. PEER awards are only available to MASTS HEI members.

Update September 2013: While the offer of grant does refer to framework programme specifically, the use of PEER funds to support INTERREG applications would also be within the spirit of the grant.

Update April 2014: These funds can be used to pay for some external assistance in helping to prepare EU bids (i.e. there are some organisations that specialise in helping to craft/polish EU bids and increase their chances of being funded).

The sum can be used to assist in the development of MASTS consortia and, in particular, the engagement of consortia with Scottish SMEs. Each PEER application can be for a maximum of £5,000. In some cases, 50% will be paid during the preparatory phase, with the remaining 50% of the funds requested being paid upon confirmation that the application has been successfully submitted.

Eligible costs will include:

  • all additional costs incurred as a result of engagement in the EU Framework process including staff time/services employed specifically for that purpose;
  • travel and subsistence costs may be included for the staff of partner institutions and should be calculated at the rates normally applied by the institution.

The funding must not be used for travel and subsistence costs for partner organisations or businesses, or general overhead expenses. We reserve the right to claw back funds should the grant not be used in accordance with these T&Cs.

PEER applications may be submitted to the MASTS Directorate (masts@st-andrews.ac.uk) at anytime. PEER Application Form (Word doc).

Applicants are advised that:

  • The European Officers within the partner institutions should be the initial key contacts to provide relevant guidance and support.
  • Scotland Europa can be a point of contact to help research pools engage with Europe: http://www.scotlandeuropa.com/
  • Pools may use the services of Interface to match-up with a business, where this is possible. http://www.interface-online.org.uk

View information and short reports from successful applications to this scheme.

Visiting Fellowship scheme

The MASTS-Visiting Fellowship Scheme is currently closed to further applications.

The objective of the Visiting Fellowship Scheme is to stimulate and enhance MASTS-related research, by inviting non-UK Scientists to spend up to a maximum of six months at one (or more) MASTS institutions. Fellows can be at any stage in their careers, so both enterprising young postdoctoral researchers as well as established scientific leaders are welcome to apply. Proposals should originate in MASTS partner institutions, and multi-partner supported proposals are encouraged. Further details.

View information and final reports from successful applications to this scheme.

Emailed application forms should be with the MASTS Directorate at masts@st-andrews.ac.uk .

The assessment of VF proposals is based on a simple scoring system. Each proposal will be assessed by two or three independent reviewers who will score each proposal against three statements: 1) The application is directly relevant to the provision of MASTS science and represents research or relevant activity of the highest scientific quality; 2) the results of funding this application will be of interest to the wider MASTS community; and 3) The results of funding this application represent good value for money. Each reviewer also states whether the proposal should be accepted or declined. The proposals are then ranked.

Funds must be used within one year of award.

One electronic copy of the application form together with any supplementary material should be returned to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk before [date]

Queries should be directed to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk

To apply, you be a postgrad student or employee of the following Universities and institutions: Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling, St Andrews, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, Edinburgh Napier, UHI, SAMS, Dundee, Edinburgh & West of Scotland. MASTS members also include Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, British Geological Survey, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committe & St Abbs Marine Station.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Academic Bridge

The MASTS-WHOI Academic Bridge is now closed to further applications.

Successful applicants to this scheme include:

  • Amy Scott-Murray (Aberdeen): "Towards interactive 3D of living animals underwater" Final Report
  • Sophie Elliot (Glasgow): "Marine imaging analysis for gadoid fish habitat association" Final Report
  • Braulio Leon-Lopez (St Andrews): "Individual variation of signature whistles from bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay: the aging effect" Final report
  • Sally Rouse (SAMS): "Nearshore larval transport: physical and biological processes" Final Report
  • Brittant Jones (St Andrews): "Whistle matching and acoustic parameter variation in a population of bottlenose dolphins in the Sarasota Bay" Final Report

 

MOU with MEOPAR

In June 2018 Julia Wouters (a MASTS Grad School student) visited MEOPAR (The Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network) in Canada.  Julia attended the MEOPAR Annual Science Meeting and Training event which was held in conjunction with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s (CMOS) Congress. Find out more here

Please get in touch if you would like to link with MEOPAR.